Catch some culture
From being an industrial wasteland to the city’s cultural oasis: Al Quoz has come a long way. If Alserkal Avenue’s multiple art galleries, exhibition spaces, studios and warehouses leave you perplexed, the Saturday Tours are the perfect introduction to the artistic neighbourhood – the free one-hour tours start at Nadi Al Quoz and will walk you through the independent film screenings, interactive workshops and ongoing art exhibits that regularly take place in the warehouse spaces. There’s a tour happening on July 29 from 5pm; call 050 556 9797.
Hard to imagine gamine Anne Hathaway as a gigantic monster running amok in South Korea, right? That’s exactly the premise of the film Colossal, being screened by Cinema Akil today and tomorrow at Warehouse 68 at Alserkal Avenue. The 2017 release is a blend of black comedy, sci-fi and thriller that explores what happens when unemployed playwright and party animal Gloria (played by Hathaway) unknowingly makes a giant monster wreak havoc in Seoul. Entry is free but Cinema Akil accepts contributions at the gate. Show starts at 9.30pm on both days; visit cinemaakil.com
The Emirates Heritage Club is hosting the Islamic Manuscripts and Coins Show at Al Ain’s Zayed House for Islamic Culture until August 10. Centuries-old manuscripts (they are between 200-400 years old) are on display, including documents interpreting Quran sciences and Hadith texts as well as astronomy and mathematics. Besides the 21 manuscripts, 40 types of gold and silver coins that at least 1,000 years old will also be on display. The oldest of these currencies was issued in 750BC. The show also features 15 rare photographs of Shaikh Zayed. From 9am-1pm.
Take a joke
The good things in life are free and Dubomedy is ensuring that age-old adage applies to laughter, too, with their free stand-up show Comedians at Work. The event will see old hands and rookies spread the chuckles at Hangry Hangar, Al Quoz, on July 29. From 7.30pm; rsvp at dubomedy.com to get on the guest list. For more laughs, head to The Junction at Alserkal Avenue on August 3 and 4 where Indian stand-up Amit Tandon will perform. Honestly Speaking will see the comic make light of marriage, kids and growing up, through anecdotes from his life. Tickets Dh150 at platinumlist.net; show at 8pm.
For mums and babies
To mark International Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), Aster Nurture Breastfeeding Support Group is conducting free one-hour sessions at 2pm every day that week at the Aster Hospital, Mankhool. The sessions for new and expecting mums will cover topics such as breastfeeding positions and techniques, baby’s first foods, diet during lactation, breastfeeding for working mums and how to cope with stress and fatigue.
We kid you not
The Arabic version of beloved children’s television show Sesame Street, Ifthah Yah Simsim, will take the stage at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi from August 3-5. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, the Cookie Monster and other famous Muppets entertain kids with a song and dance routine.
After each show, kids can interact with the Muppets and participate in arts and crafts workshops. From 4-10pm; call 800 9276255.
Francophiles aged four to 10 should say oui to the French summer camp running at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi. The camp, on until September 7, will keep little ones occupied with games, sports, dancing, and arts and crafts all taught by French teachers who also speak fluent English. Kids can also dabble in cinema, cooking, swimming and theatre. Dh120 per day per child including snacks; call 02 612 2900.
Avast ye! Sharjah’s Al Majaz Waterfront is a treasure island until August 19 with the Pirates Village at Mini Splash Park. The swashbuckling theme park has face-painting, handicraft workshops, giant bubble sessions and pirate battles where aspiring buccaneers fight with water-filled balloons instead of cannonballs.
Kids will also get to meet Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films; Dh50.
Send in your entries
Before it kicks off in February 2018, the sixth Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival is accepting submissions from August 20-October 20. Both budding artists and established talents from across the world can submit their creations under four categories: Photography, visual arts, film and student work. This year the visual arts category adds a new sub-category: Recycled art. Participants must use recycled materials from the emirate in their submissions. You don’t have to scrounge for debris and junk – simply contact the RAK Waste Management Agency who’ll help you source raw materials. Visit rakfinearts.ae. The Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre has extended their open call for submissions for Haj: Memories of a Journey. The exhibition opens on September 20 with a gallery of souvenirs that Muslims the world over collected during their Haj pilgrimage or were given by after their return from Makkah. You can submit your souvenirs from Makkah until August 3; call 02 599 5267.
You will no longer have to drive to Dubai Creek to enjoy an evening out at QD’s – the iconic eatery is opening up an air-conditioned summer tent on the lawns of the Emirates Golf Club that’s aptly called QD’s 2.0. The summer tent will be open until mid-October with a dedicated kids’ area and themed nights such as sports night on Sundays, Jack and Jazz nights on Tuesdays and Throwback Thursdays. Call 04 417 9999.
Be a sport
Time to find your sporting spirit – the Abu Dhabi Sports Festival is on until August 31 and is your opportunity to participate in 15 different disciplines including football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis and badminton. There are separate categories for men, women and kids. From 10am-11pm at Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre Halls; entrance is free but there is a participation fee. Visit adsf2017.ae.
The Fairmont Dubai is hosting a series of pool parties throughout the summer – the Liquid Nation party will let partygoers cool off in the hotel’s rooftop pool every Saturday from 5-10pm and surface for a selection of slushies and food. Entrance is free for ladies and Dh100 for men, inclusive of a free slushie; call 04 311 8316.
Out of the water but equally fun are the Plus Minus summer sessions at Bridgewater Tavern, JW Marriott Marquis. On July 28, German DJ and producer Matthias Meyer will raise the roof with house and electronic dance music, supported by Haider Al & Hameed. Entry is free from 6-9pm and Dh100 thereafter; call 04 414 0000.