17 October 2017Last updated

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What to do this weekend: Friday’s don’t-miss-it guide

The best events places and experiences to check out around the country

Shreeja Ravindranathan
24 Nov 2016 | 12:00 am
  • Emirates Bike Festival


Emirates Bike Festival

While the F1 races delight car enthusiasts, bikers can keep busy at the Emirates Bike Festival, running until November 27. Entrance is free and doors open at 2pm today and 10.30am tomorrow. There are stunt competitions where participants can display their wheelie and burnout skills, motorcycle parades, games and more. On the final day, Sunday, the 7 Emirates Tour will roll out from Bay Avenue in Dubai and Ghantoot in Abu Dhabi, and you can see the procession ride through Fujairah, Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah over the following three days. Participation in the tour starts from Dh4,958. Call 056-4740491 or email

Markets and fairs


The weekend-only Mosaic Market in Ajman’s Al Safia Park is a combination of more than 40 stalls retailing fashion, accessories, handicrafts, books from local entrepreneurs and an entertainment zone of food trucks, cinema screenings and a petting zoo. It takes place every weekend until January 17, from 3pm onwards.

In Dubai, Zee’s The Great Mela – a lifestyle and entertainment fair – transforms the Media City Amphitheatre into a shopping and entertainment destination today and tomorrow. Part flea-market featuring handicrafts from Indian and Dubai-based brands, it’s also a concert venue with performances by Thaikudam Bridge, DJ Miki Love, Avial, Bollywood singer Amit Trivedi, YouTube sensations Vidya Vox and Shankar Tucker and more. Do try out the Indian street food served up by the pop-up food stalls. From 2pm. Tickets from Dh130 at

Sunsets Festival


Sun, sand, surf and music come together at Barasti’s Sunsets Music Festival. The free beachside fest, on until tomorrow, features performances by Little Boots, Kings of Tomorrow and from the Black Eyed Peas today. Tomorrow Junior Jack and Dirty Vegas perform. In typical music festival-style, booths displaying products by local designers and food stalls will dot the beach bar at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. From 2pm.

Say yes to yoga


Experience a unique underwater yoga class at the Ambassador Lagoon, The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm Dubai. The one-hour class from 8-9am lets you practise hatha yoga and rejuvenate in a tranquil aquatic surrounding of 65,000 sea creatures without getting your feet wet. The classes are based on a study released by Plymouth University and the University of Exeter that shows aquariums can reduce stress, anxiety and blood pressure. Every Friday. Dh120 includes a yoga mat, valet parking and a bottle of water. 
Call 04-4262000.

For those looking for a regular yet fun yoga experience, try the recently opened W Hotel’s Flex @ Wet Deck. Do your asanas as a DJ plays upbeat tunes, then enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring dishes made from superfoods – all for Dh79. From 9am, Al Habtoor City. Call 04-4366666.

Literary events

The Emirates Literature Festival might be a long way off, but that means aspiring writers have time to polish up their oeuvres. Sign up for the So You Want to be a Writer? workshop for the Montegrappa Writing Prize at the Emirates Literature Foundation, today. Conducted by Thalia Suzama, learn how to pitch stories to agents, improve quality of submissions and overcome writer’s block. From 10am-noon, Dh250 per person.


Theatre buffs should check out the free play reading festival Arab Voices: Here/There/Then/Now. The staged readings of plays by Arab and Arab-American writers at New York University, Abu Dhabi, explores themes of migration, and lives of the Arab diaspora, starting November 26. Plays performed will include Food And Fadwa, written by Lameece Issaq and Jacob Kader, and The Hour of Feeling by Mona Mansour, plus Foot by Ismail Khalidi. Until November 28. Show starts at 7pm. Visit At the Courtyard Playhouse in Dubai the Dubai Drama Group is staging English playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular, December 1-4. The black comedy is a three-act play that charts the lives and fortunes of three married couples over three successive Christmases. Doors open at 7.30pm for the evening performances and 3.30pm for the matinee. The theatre doesn’t charge but welcomes donations from the audience after the show. Visit

Jewellery exhibition


Lifestyle exhibition Numaish is showcasing Indian jewellery house Art Karat’s latest gemstone collection, Navratna, today and tomorrow at the Taj Dubai Allegro Room from 11am to 8pm. Featuring over a thousand designs, expect pieces by founder Asha Kamal Modi – she has created pieces for real-life royalty such as Queen Rania of Jordan, and reel-life royalty in historical Bollywood epics such as Jodha Akbar and Bajirao Mastani. The range is priced between Dh200 to Dh5,000. Call 052-8005521.

History, shopping, Sharjah


No need to travel to Jordan to see rare archaeological finds from the historical city of Petra – one of the wonders of the world. They’re on display at the Sharjah Archaeology Museum until March 16, 2017 as part of the Petra, Desert Wonder exhibition. The collaboration between Sharjah Museums Department and Department of Antiquities in Jordan features a variety of sculptures, statues and crafts by the Arab Nabataeans who resided in the ancient Jordanian city from 300BC to 106AD. Shopaholics can swing by the Big Sale 2016 at Expo Centre Sharjah. Retailers will be offering discounts of up to 80 per cent on electronics, fashion and home appliances. Perfect for Christmas shopping. From December 1-3.

Join the Unity Run


Participate in the Unity Run at Mamzar Beach today and support a charitable cause – the 3km walk and 7km run will raise money for the Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities and aims to raise awareness about special needs as part of Dubai’s initiative to become a disability-friendly city by 2020. The event is also celebrating Al Noor Centre’s 35th anniversary and the UAE’s 45th National Day, so dress in national colours. From 7am-3pm. Email or call 04-3339222.

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan