1. ART FOR ALL

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Kids and adults with special needs can get in touch with their artistic sides by discovering colours and shapes — through soap bubbles and food colouring. This is a chance to create quirky artwork by blowing bubbles onto paper. Make a trip to Al Mureijah Square in Sharjah to participate in the artistic journey through the ‘Making Art with Coloured Bubbles’ workshop. At the Art for All centre on August 15 from 10am-12pm for free. To register, email disabilities@sharjahart.org

2. STAYCATION SOJOURNS

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Pack your swimmers, bring out the tanning lotion and get ready for a summer vacation to remember. Enjoy a 30 per cent discount, inclusive of free breakfast, across AccorHotels, ranging from luxury to economy stays across the Middle East. Bask in the offer until September 30, whether you’re soaking up the sun and waves at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach or gazing into the vast Arabian Gulf at Sofitel The Palm. For more affordable options, AccorHotels has you covered with the Novotel Al Barsha and the Ibis Styles Dragon Mart.

3. INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

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Join the Indian Independence Day celebrations with ‘Sparkles of India’ at Abu Dhabi’s Du Forum at Yas Island. Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty will be there as will be chef Varun Inamdar the latter conducting a live cooking workshop. Experience maestro Kailash Kher in his natural singing element followed by India’s Got Talent finalists Beat Breakers. There will also be opportunities to play life-sized board games. From August 16-18. Day pass for Dh45 and three-day pass for Dh75. Visit abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net.

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Not only is Fujairah’s Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort the perfect getaway, but it’s also home to the 72nd Indian Independence Day celebration. Let your taste buds savour paneer tikka, mutton rogan josh or some piping hot pakodas. Then go on a sugar-rush, Indian-style, with motichoor laddo, rose kulfi or lip-smacking gulab jamun. August 15, from 7-11pm for Dh99 per person.

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Partake in a two-in-one celebration of Independence Day and Onam at Dukes Dubai’s Khyber. Start your meal with the traditional mango lassi and choose a three-course menu catered to both vegetarians and meat-lovers of Dubai. Let your taste buds relish the Kothamalli chicken of South India or Vadiyan Da Pulao, the spice-coated soya nugget cooked with fragrant rice. Dh180 per person from August 15-18, 5-11pm. Visit dukesdubai.com.

4. CINEMATIC FLIP OUT

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The screening of 2016 documentary The Big Flip at Cinema Akil is on August 11. Be privy to the tales of four couples who take an unconventional ‘flipped out’ route to raising a family – where the wives earn the bread and the husbands stay home worrying about their careers and kids. Free entry, at 7pm tomorrow; visit cinemaakil.com.

5. BACK TO THE BEGINNINGS

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Get up close and personal this weekend with a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite at Alserkal Avenue. ‘A Trip Down Memory Lane’ with the head of the Dubai Astronomy Group Ahmad Al Hariri traces the Earth’s journey and the formation of the solar system. You’ll also ‘walk’ through the age of the dinosaurs and their extinction. From 6.30-8.30pm on August 14, free entry; visit alserkalavenue.ae.

6. MORISETTE IS MADE

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Summer needn’t be musically flat — singer Morissette Amon, tagged as Asia’s Phoenix, is here to the rescue. Watch the Filipina star’s ‘Made in Dubai’ version where she performs some of her greatest hits, including Akin Ka Na Lang and Di Mapaliwanag – tunes that have left listeners in awe of her singing abilities. On August 17 at Dubai World Trade Centre. From Dh75-Dh300 at 7.30pm; visit dubai.platinumlist.net.

7. HOT DISCOUNTS

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Who knew we’d say this, but there’s an upside to the burning weather — the hot discount you’ll receive when you dine at Hilton Dubai The Walk’s Pure Sky lounge. The Lounge challenges the weather by awarding you a discount based on the Dubai temps at the time of paying the bill. So if the temperature at the time of paying, is, say, 43 degrees Celsius, your bill gets a discount of 43 per cent. Enjoy delicious Barramundi and sweet lemon meringue tart, and walk out with not-so-light pockets. From 6pm. Contact 04 374 7888.

8. GIGGLE MANIA

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Get your dose of chuckles with Dubai’s The Laughter Factory’s hilarious August line-up on August 10. The evening will kick off with the UK’s Dane Baptiste as he reveals excerpts from his sold-out tour Citizen Dane. This will be followed by Canadian rib-tickler Sean Collins, and the night will end with sass and sarcastic bits from Jackie Fabulous — cue a mash-up of Oprah, Ellen and Martha. Show starts at 7pm, Dh150. Visit thelaughterfactory.com.

9. COOL SPORTS

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Looking to get fit over the summer? Abu Dhabi Sports Festival has you covered with its indoor pavilion. Show off your might with basketball or table tennis at Zayed Sports City, or stay active with group fitness, or a speedy round of badminton. For kids aged 4-16 there’re open play sessions for Dh21 (parents, nannies and younger siblings can go for free). From 10am-11pm, until August 20. Visit adsf2018.ae.