1. Hala Al Turk in Dubai
End Dubai Summer Surprises on a musical note with a performance from Arab’s Got Talent 2011 winner Hala Al Turk. The Bahraini singer is set to conquer the stage on August 4 at Dubai Festival City Mall. Sing along to hits including Happy Happy and Nami Wa Jaa AlQamar in her free-to-attend concert at 8.30pm. Visit dubaisummersurprises.com.
2. From spectator to racer
Live life in the fast lane with Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. Transform yourself form spectator to racer in an Aston Martin GT4 or a Mercedes-AMG GTS while enjoying a 25 per cent discount. Clutch, drift and accelerate with a 50 per cent off all Yas Marina Circuit’s Chevrolet Camaro Drag Experiences. For Dh325, you can test your limits in the Chevrolet Camaro under the expertise of one of the drag racing instructors. Until August 31. Call 800 Yas (927) or visit yasmarinacircuit.com.
3. Jashan-E-Dosti concert
Come together in merriment to celebrate both Indian and the Pakistani Independence Days on one day, at one location. Dubai’s Al Nasr Leisureland celebrates the independence days (on August 15 and 14, respectively) on August 9 with the Jashan-E-Dosti concert from 6.15pm to 9.15pm. Bollywood singer Alka Yagnik and Pakistani composer Sahir Ali Bagga will be joined on stage by singers Kaajal Vashisht, Maham J Pasha and Sohail Mirza. Comedians Ali Hassan and Irfan Malik will also be on stage to tickle some ribs. Tickets from Dh60. Call 055 972 8761.
4. Be a sport
Pull up your socks, get your head bands fastened as it’s time for a competitive summer at Abu Dhabi’s A’l Bahar Summer Sports Tournament. Get into teams, smash, and kick around at beach football, volleyball and basketball. Play every week for seven weeks followed by one week of playoffs and win exciting prizes. At the Corniche from 8-10.30pm from August 5-26. Register with DuPlays for free. Visit duplays.com.
5. Desert duck
Until August 4, kids can experience Daffy Duck and his goofy nature through his Desert Adventure at Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall. Be amused as the beloved character goes on an accidental journey through the Arabian des(s)ert in search of relics. Watch him slurp ice cream and eat whole pies through his hilarious journey. Shows at 5pm, 6pm and 7.45pm. Entry is free.
6. Come to life
Let your kids explore the cartoon world outside the TV screen at Abu Dhabi Summer Season’s Nickelodeon Experience! From August 6-15, your tots can watch TV cartoons in real life as their favourite characters come to life. Sing-along and meet everyone from SpongeBob SquarePants to PAW Patrol’s heroic pups. Spend the season enjoying non-stop activities with Dora the Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Enjoy a range of exciting performances in a special Nickelodeon tent next to Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi. Dh85 for Sunday to Wednesday, Dh110 for Thursday to Saturday. Call 800 555 or visit tcaabudhabi.ae.
7. Discard your device
Disconnect to reconnect with this digital detox. Getaway from the devices on August 4 at Dubai’s Aster Hospital in Al Qusais. Kids and adults are invited to take part in treasure hunts, meditation and dance sessions from 9.30am-6pm. Visit bit.ly/Asterdetox
8. Trip down memory play
The play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell is running at The Junction from August 9-11. Based on journalist, Jeffrey Bernard, Keith Waterhouse, his friend and cohort, the play describes a helpless Bernard stuck in a Soho pub where he shares embarrassing anecdotes from his life, such as often when Bernard could not submit his article prior to the deadline, his magazine would print a one-line apology that said, ‘Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell’– bringing meaning to the title. From 7.30-9pm; tickets from Dh100 at the junctiondubai.com.
9. Race yourselves
Take part in the most exhilarating race in the UAE at IRONSTAR INDOOR TRIATHLON Series at Jebel Ali Recreation Club. Challenge, individually, or with a relay team through a swift swim, a speedy stationary bike ride and a turbo-run on the treadmill. Race through time on August 11 from 1-8pm. Winners get to take home medals as well as a ton of gifts and presents. Dh415 for individual and Dh787 for teams. Visit iron-star.com.
10. Arab art
As part of their free-to-attend events, Al Serkal Avenue is hosting another cultural programme under the theme ‘Sensing Memory’. On August 4, you can learn about arish (palm leaf) architecture in a two-hour interactive session. Leading architect Asna Moazzam takes you on a journey through the UAE’s rich history, discussing the conservational challenges it faces and the future prospects for the iconic architectural style’s revival. From 4-6pm. Email rsvpalserkalavenue.ae.
Tashkeel has a calligraphy class designed to get you in the Arabic spirit from 10am-1pm on August 4. Follow the lead of Tashkeel’s graphic designer Ibraheem Khamayseh as he takes you through the basics at Youth x Hub, Emirates Tower, Dubai, for free. Visit tashkeel.org.