How much do you know of the UAE’s heritage? Expand your knowledge with a visit to the new Etihad Museum in Jumeirah near the Union House. The manuscript-shaped museum with seven columns resembling pens was designed to reflect the signing of the Unification Agreement. It documents the formation of the UAE from 1968 until 1974, through rare images and video footage of events and the Founding Fathers. The museum also has a Dubai Public Library branch where you can leaf through 3,000 different titles and educate the kids, visiting friends and yourself on the UAE’s national and social history. It’s Dh25 for visitors over the age of 25, Dh10 for those five-24. Visit etihadmuseum.dubaiculture.ae.
Two family fun days take place on January 14. A charity day at Irish Village is packed with raffle draws, proceeds from which go to Dubai Cares. There’s face painting, golf with Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, science experiments with Cool Science, puppet shows and gaming booths. Free entry, 1-5pm. And at Alliance Francaise Dubai, family fun starts earlier in the day (11am-5pm)with the Galette Party. Expect music workshops (by Musichead) and street art painting (by Jamjar Dubai), theatre and storytelling sessions and performances by the UAE Philharmonique. Café Vendome will be serving special dishes including galette des rois (a traditional puff pastry cake celebrating the three kings). Registration is a must at email@example.com.
Love Kim Kardashian West’s flawless face? Mario Dedivanovic is her secret weapon, and can be yours too, with a public Q&A and demo at The Dubai Mall tomorrow at 6pm. It’s the last day of DSF’s Beauty District pop-up. Younger fashion lovers can check out the kids’ fashion shows at BurJuman every Thursday and Friday from January 19 - 27. The atrium hosts catwalk shows by little models, 6-8pm.
Tickets to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature go on sale on January 16. The literary festival’s ninth edition will be held from March 3-11 and will see 160 authors from more than 30 countries conducting 250 sessions including legendary British novelist Jeffery Archer (Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory). The festival will also have a number of workshops, competitions, play readings, panel discussions and events on site such as Residential Creative Writing Course, a Murder Mystery Dinner: The Fatal Festival, spoke word event Desert Stanzas 2017 etc.
Art hub Tashkeel that has been a launch pad for various local creatives will host its Founder and Director, Lateefa Bint Maktoum’s first solo exhibition, ‘New Chapter’ from January 18 to February 23. The artist has used digital media to express her journey through various stages of pregnancy and motherhood. Visit tashkeel.org
This coming week, Dubai restaurants will be combining some of life’s best things - food and art. French restaurant La Cantine du Fauborug at Emirates Towers is showcasing Kuwait-based Lebanese artist Ali Cha’aban’s first solo exhibition ‘Technicolor’ on January 15. A series of colour motion picture processes, dating back to 1916 will be displayed at the exhibition to a background of groovy beats, canapes opportunity to meet the artist. From 7pm-9pm. Call 04 352 7105
Peruvian eatery COYA is showcasing Syrian artist, Osama Nassar’s exhibition ‘Splashes’ for the first first time in the UAE starting January 16. Characterised by bold colours the paintings touch upon themes of humanity and optimism. At Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, from 7-9pm. Call 04 316 9600.
Indian artist Dinesh Kamble’s first international travelling solo exhibition ‘Rainbow 2017’ will be held at The Ajman Palace Hotel until January 25. Over 20 abstract paintings created using a mix of mediums like and acrylic on canvas and paper and different colours will be featured. Open all day for public.
The Dubai International Arts Centre (DIAC) in Jumeriah is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Open House Festival on January 14. From 10am to 4pm enjoy live art and caricature demonstrations, try your hand at crafts, participate in painting competition to win a free course at DIAC and workshops. Free henna, camel rides and face painting adds to the fun. Free entry. Call 04 344 4398.
Street food and storytelling
Street Food Market DXB – a new adults-only food market concept – takes over Dubai International Marine Club every Thursday to Saturday this month from January 19. There’ll be 20 pop-up restaurants and food trucks serving up fusion food, burgers and live music from local DJs and musicians. Dh10 to get in (21+ only).
In Sharjah, the International Storytelling Festival at Al Noor Island (until January 28) intends to revive oral traditions of storytelling in the UAE. Performers from the UK, Europe and Southeast Asia will narrate stories on the theme ‘Tales on the Island’ through story walks, live music, singing and live visual art.
Wedding bells are ringing
Attention brides-to-be, grooms, mums-in-law and all the bridesmaids. While you’re planning for the big day and scouting for themes and ideas, say ‘I do’ to these wedding fairs scheduled across the UAE over the next few months.
Save these dates: Don’t miss the Ajman Wedding Fair’s last day on January 13. From 4-10pm at The Ajman Palace Hotel; call 06 701 8839.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary is Bride Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from January 25-28, while from February 15-18, there’s Bride Dubai, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Both fairs will showcase more than 250 exhibitors that include fashion designers, wedding planners, home and accessories vendors, destinations experts and more. Tickets for both events are on sale at thebrideshow.com. Advance standard tickets are from Dh20 and advance VIP tickets from Dh175.
The Wedding Fair by Emaar Hospitality will take place at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, on February 3 and 4. Said to be the largest open-air wedding fair in the region, it will be divided into four cultural zones – Arabian, South Asian, African, Western – representing vendors suited to specific traditions. Meet with food and beverage experts and representatives from Emaar properties that host weddings, such as The Palace in Downtown Dubai. You’ll also have the opportunity to win honeymoon flight tickets to London and to Sydney in Business Class with Qantas, as well as a wedding photo shoot. Visit myweddingdubai.com. It’s from 2-8pm on February 3 and 11am-6pm on February 4.
Body Pump 100 Party at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Here’s a cool event to burn those calories and stick to your ‘get fit and fab’ resolutions- the Body Pump 100 party at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel on January 14. The popular group workout using barbells that was first created in Les Mills (a fitness company) in Auckland New Zealand is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the s Aviation Club Dubai with free Reebok goodie bags and other prizes for participants with an after-party at Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel from 4:30pm. Dh100 per person at fitnesslink.me. From 1pm - 4pm