1. A LEGACY IN PICTURES
From skyscrapers and environmental care to creating unity in diversity, the United Arab Emirates soars as one of the greatest countries in the world. From June till the end of the year, Grand Gallery at One&Only Royal Mirage is celebrating the person responsible for this – His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – with an exhibition of 69 rare and archived photographs that document the life of the UAE’s founding father. The pictures will take visitors on a pictorial journey through his life from everyday scenes of him watering a date palm to historical moments such as meeting Queen Elizabeth II. Entry is free.
2. CHOCO LOCO WEEKEND
Chocoholics, we know how people can guilt-trip you about indulging in your favourite nibbles all year round. Except on July 7 it’s World Chocolate Day – your hall pass to indulge in the brown stuff without a care about calories! Local chocolatier Mirzam in Al Quoz has a host of chocolate workshops, talks and activities. You can be a part of the entire chocolate – making process from (cocao) bean to (chocolate) bar at their free chocolate bar moulding workshop that’s open to all ages. From 6pm-7pm, call 04 333 5888 or visit mirzam.com.
3. TOY STORY
City Walk is adding some imaginative magic to Dubai Summer Surprises with more than just great offers and deals – you can catch the immersive stage show Toys: The Musical until July 28. The 30-minute musical inspired by E Nesbit’s beloved children’s book The Magic City tells the story of a little girl’s adventures in a land full of live toys. The show has an original score, foot-tapping choreography, and spectacular costumes and set designs and is the brain child of Phil Edwards, the globally acclaimed musical director behind hit international musicals such as Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express and Miss Saigon. The show will unfold on an indoor air-conditioned stage set up next to Saladicious Grillz on Al Mustaqbal Street in the heart of City Walk. Show a receipt of a minimum spend of Dh150 at City Walk to watch the show.
4. IMMERSE IN THE EMERGING
Discover aspiring and emerging artists at Al Ain’s Al Qattara Arts Centre’s Summer Exhibition running until September 25. The free exhibition will display local talents’ work in various mediums – acrylic, sketches, oil painting, and styles such as surrealism. The paintings communicate each artists understanding of what community means and their observations of society and the world. You’ll get to discover 18 artists including Abu Dhabi-based Malaysian artist Sadie Sulaiman, Indian artist Sheena M., and Filipino visual and conceptual artist Charlie Villagracia. From 8am–8pm; free entry.