Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze would have approved of Manzil Downtown Dubai’s Pottery and Ceramics Workshop. Dubai-based pottery and ceramic art studio Yadawei’s experts will help you with techniques such as wheel throwing, hand building and glazing, let you create your own feats of clay. Every Saturday from 1-4pm, at Boulevard Kitchen Terrace. Dh90 per person for a three-hour session.
DIY transcends home-improvement projects at hardware brand Speedex’s DIY String Art workshop on March 15. String art is a project where you string coloured threads from point to point to form geometric patterns. The two-hour workshop conducted by Meredith Huston will see you sand, varnish and paint woods and use power tools to drill holes and hammer in nails. From 10am-12pm at Speedex Office, Al Quoz 4. Call 04 339 1929.
Art Nights DIFC is back on March 13, from 7pm at the Gate Avenue, DIFC – the bi-annual event’s theme this year is Art Fresco, which aims to reflect the greenery of the Dubai International Financial Centre area through installations, decor and ambiance.
Highlights this year are pieces by English sculptor Sir Tony Cragg and Italian sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi, and a Marc Jacobs pop-up space. Visit difc.ae
PET’S DAY OUT
Find out more about animal welfare and connect with other animal lovers and their pets in the outdoor area at Thai Café Isan’s Paws A Minute Animal Awareness Brunch. Members of the Middle East Animal Foundation (MEAF) will guide you through the work they do, volunteering opportunities and provide information on fostering or adopting animals over a three-dish veg lunch, with unlimited soft drinks. From Dh99. Call 04 5135289
Feeling out of tune with life? Twig Centre at Mirdiff is offering sound meditation classes to harmonise physical, emotional and mental well-being. Trainer Naresh Devani helps participants use positive properties of sound wave vibrations produced using tuning forks, singing bowls, gongs and pipes to heal and calm. Every Wednesday, from 7.30pm-8.30pm; Dh85 per person. Visit twigonline.com.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates is organising a free trial session of hatha yoga at the Voltas studio on March 11 from 5.30pm-6.30pm. The class is taught by Om, a certified yoga instructor from CYA International. Bring your mat along. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Head to the Hundred Wellness Centre in Jumeirah on March 11 for a day full of, well, wellness – an indoor organic produce market, a pop-up market featuring brands like YApparel, Lorna Jane and Fitness Fuel, a health-focused Emirati brunch on the garden terrace and film screenings at 7.30pm. There are fun and free workshops too – art for kids, Pilates classes and more. Free entry. From 9am-9pm; advance booking required, call 04 344 7333.
BEAUTY AND THE FEAST
Tea-time is haute at The Palace Downtown Dubai’s Bulgari afternoon teas. Inspired by the Roman jewellery and beauty brand’s tea-infused range of Eaux Parfumée, there will be a stand of treats, live stations of crêpes and pancakes, chocolate fountains and sorbet trolleys, accompanied by harp and violin virtuosos. The Eaux Parfumée range of fragrances will be displayed too. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in March; 1-4pm, from Dh200 (21 and above only); 04 428 7981.
West 14th, the Palm Jumeirah steakhouse, has launched Beauties on the Beach, a ladies’ day concept. Choose from yoga classes, healthy canapés or unwind at the beach’s sunloungers to the tunes of a DJ. From noon-5pm every Tuesday; women pay Dh125 and men pay Dh175. Call 04 447 7601.
ROLL THE DICE
The Beach eatery Pots, Pans & Boards is hosting a board game night every Wednesday in collaboration with board game retailer Back to Games. Called Pans & A Board the event gets you good food with a side of classic board games such as Monopoly and Cluedo. Dh90 per person includes your choice of a one-pot dish and a one-pan dish from a special menu, and the use of board games. Call 04 456 1959.
HOLI GOOD FUN
Colour yourself happy this weekend at the events and parties around the country celebrating Holi, the Indian festival of colours, which falls on March 12.
The Aks Colour Carnival kicks off on March 10 at the Rugby Park, Dubai Sports City, where you can play with organic safe colours to the music of DJs Lemon, Cowboy, Gautam and Beatz, and enjoy grub from food trucks and the Holi Bazaar. Dh60 per person, platinumlist.net; call 052 779 9914.
Cleartrip is hosting Holi Masti at the Al Sahra Desert Resort and Equestrian Centre with performances by Bollywood singers Mika Singh and Kanika Kapoor, organic colours, food counters and a kids’ arena. From 10am-6pm; tickets from Dh180 per person at platinumlist.net.
The celebrations continue next weekend, too: On March 17, party with colours and stars at the Bheege Chunariya Holi 2017, at the Autism Rocks Arena. Bollywood actors Hrithik Roshan and Sonu Sood, music producers Vishal and Shekhar, Indian rapper Badshah and singer Neeti Mohan will be performing. Early-bird tickets form Dh120 available at platinumlist.net.
Also March 17, the Holi Beach Party at Jebel Ali Beach Club throws sun, sand, surf and water balloons into the mix, with music by Indian DJs NYK and Lijo supported by local DJs Sukhi, Benson Nodde and Madmax. Guests get beach access, organic colours and food and beverages. Tickets from Dh50 at platinumlist.net; call 056 225 2855.