1. FESTIVE FASHION

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The 5th Season of the Eid Bazaar is back on May 18 at Grand Excelsior Hotel, Bur Dubai. There will be over 50 exhibitors from India, Pakistan and UAE offering a range of clothing, accessories, make-up and more that will help you prepare for the festive season. If your kids get bored when accompanying you on your shopping excursions, don’t worry – there are plenty of fun activities for them to engage in such as a painting workshop.

Stop and re-fuel all your drained shopping energy at the food court outlets offering chaat, popcorn and other delicious snacks. You just might get lucky and score yourself some give-aways, free hotel stay vouchers or win great prizes at the hourly lucky draws. From 3-11pm with free entry, ample parking and credit card payment; call 050 755 6078.

2. BE A SPORT

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Passionate about sports? The Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Sport Tournament is running until June 5 at the NAS Sports Complex. Have your pick – from Jiu Jitsu, to cycling and the popular NAS Night Challenge. Registration for the other sports is closed but you can still watch all the action and cheer on the participants. Beginning from 8pm onwards; register at nasst.ae.

3. AN ARTE AFFAIR

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The UAE’s longest and largest alternative shopping event ARTE is back on May 19 at Mercato Mall. 35 vendors are offering trendy and unique products – from home décor and accessories to jewellery and art, there’s something for everyone. As you stroll through the market, you can appreciate all the hard work local artisans have put into making these handcrafted products. From 4pm-12am; visit arte.ae.

4. RELAXING RETREAT

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Unwind from the week’s stress at the yoga retreat at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai on May 25. Revitalise your spirit, body and mind through the various sessions such as Aqua Yoga, Chakra Activation, Yoga Nidra and Vinyasa Flow. That’s not it, you also get access to the hotel pool and spa! Priced at Dh199, session runs from 11am-2.15pm with access to the hotel’s facilities up till 5pm. Call 055 222 3542.

5. LITERARY LOVE

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This month’s Dubai Literary Salon reading features Allison Williams at Alserkal Avenue on May 22. The prose reading series is for UAE-based and International fiction and nonfiction writers. Allison has guided writers who have ended up publishing with renowned publishers and media publications like Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan’s Mantle, Time and the Guardian. Allison refers to herself as the Unkind Editor as she provides refreshingly honest critique that helps writers enhance their skills and advance professionally. At the reading, Allison will talk about writing resources, query letters and the Seven-Draft Process which details the planning and writing stages from idea to publishing and things you can do to better your chances of receiving publishing opportunities. The reading is free from 7-9pm; visit alserkalavenue.ae.

6. BROUGHT TOGETHER BY FOOD

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Craving for foods from across the world? Until May 24, end your fast at Tawlet Souk El Tayeb, part of INKED at Alserkal Avenue. At the Tawlet or table in Arabic, you can interact with people of different nationalities and bond over a delicious spread of international cuisines. Profits created are in support of cooks, producers and farmers. Open from Iftar till 9pm and 9.30-11.30pm, tickets cost Dh275 for adults and Dh130 for children between ages 5-11 at inked.ae.

Calling all chocoholics and caffeine enthusiasts! Part of the Ramadan 101 Workshops, Mirzam Chocolate Makers and Zero4 Coffee are hosting a free group workshop on May 21 at Alserkal Avenue. From 8-9pm, register at alserkalavenue.ae.