1. Free summer bod
Classes that leave us slimmer without reducing the width of our wallet are our favourites. The Mall of the Emirates’ free community fitness classes called MOE Active run from Sunday to Thursday at 8.30am near the Ski Dubai foyer. Burn off calories in the air-conditioned comfort of the mall with your pick of exercises from mall walking sessions, mall walking circuit, FlyWheel spinning classes or FlyBarre body sculpting classes. The exercises are suited to various fitness levels. Sign up for the classes at malloftheemirates.com/moe-active.
2. Older and better
The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, is celebrating its fourth birthday in style – the mall has an activities planned from August 24-27 that include roaming performers, children’s arts and crafts and balloon benders. The first 40 guests who pass by the concierge desk and wish The Galleria a happy fourth birthday will receive gift bags and the first 400 who make it to the cake cutting ceremony on August 27 at 7.30pm (because what’s a birthday without cake?) get a slice of cake from GOSSIP Café and Desserts.
3. Calling all Ice Princesses
Chilling out at the beach takes a literal turn at Dubai Ladies Club, where they have turned their private women-only beach in Jumeriah into a winter wonderland called DubaiICE Ladies Beach. The pop-up has an aqua swing on the beach that showers you with water as you swing, or you can stay out of the sun and find refuge in the Snow Spa, a zero-degree dome where you can make like Frozen’s Elsa and let the heat go with treatments that use real snow. Kids can stay busy at the inflatable play area. A DJ plays cool tunes and a food truck and ice bar on site. Until August 19 from 2-7pm; Dh250 per person.
4. Take it to the grave
Discover the brilliance and talent of the budding Emirati film industry at the screening of the Arabic film Only Men Go to The Grave at Cinema Akil from August 18-24 at 7.30pm daily. This first feature film of Emirati writer-director Abdullah Al Ka’abi explores the dynamics of a family after the Iraq-Iran war ended in 1988; a blind mother reconnects with her estranged daughters to tell them a secret, but dies midway through divulging it. The film made its world premiere at Dubai International Film Festival last year portrays the struggles of dealing with guilt, unresolved family tensions and the strength of relationships. Entry is free; Cinema Akil accepts contributions at the gate.
5. Fall sale
We’re halfway through the year but you’re still in with a chance for new beginnings and belongings as The Big Clearance Sale is back at Dubai World Trade Centre from August 24-26. The shopping bonanza spread across Za’abeel halls 1, 2,3 is rife with deals and discounts – prices of designer wear, cosmetics, jewellery, shoes and fragrances will be slashed by up to 80 per cent. Here’s more incentive to shop till you drop – over 50 brands available at the sale can’t be found at other locations. Shopaholics who splurge Dh300 get a raffle ticket for a draw to win Dh5,000 and cars. From 11am-10pm; entry Dh10.
6. Tune in
Legendary Indian flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia will perform at Ductac on August 25. The 79-year-old maestro of the bansuri (a bamboo flute) will be accompanied by the rhythms of percussionists Satyajit Talwalkar on the tabla and Giridhar Udupa on the ghatam (clay pot). The musician, who hails from a family of wrestlers, is known for giving the folk instrument a wider audience through his collaborations with international names like guitarist John McLaughlin and American composer Ken Lauber, and composing evergreen music for Bollywood films like Silsila and Chandini. Show starts at 7.30pm; tickets from Dh75 at platinumlist.net.