Think you’ve got a potential grandmaster in the family? The Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival opens at Dusit Thani in the capital on August 13. Organised by the Abu Dhabi Chess and Culture Club, the annual festival runs until August 23 and will see chess players from around the country make their winning moves at seven different tournaments aimed at various skill sets and age groups; there’s a masters tournament for veteran players, a blitz tournament for the lightning-quick and family team tournaments. Winners get to take home not just glory and bragging rights but also cash prizes of Dh500 and above. Register at


Here’s a ladies night that’s making a splash, literally – Yas Waterworld’s Ladies Night is back until November 30. Every Thursday the waterpark will turn into a women-only zone where mums, daughters, sisters and best friends can enjoy the pools and rides and even participate in Aqua Zumba classes and groove to the tunes of the resident female DJ. Dive into the interactive competition at the wave pool to win yourself a real pearl. From 6-11pm, every Thursday. Tickets for adults from Dh250 and Dh210 for kids; visit


Swap a pen for a hobby knife and witness the magic it can create on paper at Ductac’s paper art classes for adults. Conducted by artist Ana Tolvai, the three-day course teaches participants to create patterns, geometric illusions and acquaint you with origami architecture. From August 13-16; Dh685 per person including material, 10am-1pm. Visit


Instead of blowing cash, blast some calories at the mall with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s Indoor City Runs at Yas Mall on August 18. You can run or walk 2.5km, 5km or 10km inside the cool, air-conditioned mall where a looped course will extend from the ground floor, finishing at the Pearl Court. The 10km run will start at 8.15am and the 2.5km and 5km run will start at 8.20am. Tickets cost Dh50. Register before August 14 at


Fairmont The Palm’s cooking studio The Chef’s Palette is hosting a range of classes to make master chefs out of kids and adults alike. Under the tutelage of Michelin-trained chef Romain van Durmen, learn to whip up Belgian waffles with nitro ice-cream, maki rolls and pasta carbonara. Dh195 per person including lunch buffet at Flow Kitchen restaurant; from 12pm daily. Kids aged 10-14 years can sign up for a 10-week cooking course that will be broken up into weekly two-hour classes. Classes run from September 25-November 28; Mondays or Tuesdays from 4-6pm. Dh1,500 per child; call 04 457 3457.


The early bird always gets the economical tickets and often the best seats, so while there’s still time for these events it will serve you well to book your places in advance.

The hit gothic play Woman in Black has terrified West End audiences for 27 years; now it’s set to creep out Dubai theatre-goers from September 26-October 2 at the Madinat Theatre. Based on Susan Hill’s best-selling novel, the play that was adapted into a 2012 movie featuring Daniel Radcliffe is a chilling tale about a lawyer who is obsessed with a curse he believes has been cast on his family by the ghost of a woman dressed in black.

Christmas pantomimes have a way of being sold out before you can say ‘mistletoe’, so book your spots for H2 Production’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Ductac from December 20-29. The show is aimed at kids and will enact the classic fairytale of the ebony-haired princess and her troupe of dwarfs through silly chorus singing, colourful costumes, catchy tunes and lots of comedy. Dh90 tickets after the early bird discount are on sale until September 31 at

British rock band Ocean Colour Scene perform at The Irish Village on November 9. The band that’s famous for nineties hit The Riverboat Song, will be touching down in Dubai as part of the Moseley Shoals Tour. Tickets, Dh165 on sale at


From Tom and Jerry to Tweety and Sylvester, Abu Dhabi Summer Season has been reviving some of the world’s favourite cartoons and kids’ TV characters; now it’s Morphin Time at Dalma Mall as the Power Rangers take over today. The meet and greet event will let kids interact with and be entertained by the interplanetary warrior characters. From 5.15-10pm.


Comedy gets cut-throat at Abu Dhabi-based club Yalla Laughs’ Beat the Camel show on August 14. The interactive contest will see 12 comedians perform on the stage for a maximum of five minutes. The audience are given three large camel cards that go up if the performers’ punchlines don’t knock their socks off. The comedian that manages to crack the joke that break the camel’s back and stay the full five minutes on stage makes it to the next round. Show starts at 8pm at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi; entry is free.

Stand-up comedian and Hollywood actor Mike Epps is set to create an uproar (the funny kind) at Al Raha Beach Theatre on August 18. The actor known for his humorous roles in films like Next Friday and The Hangover will perform as part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season, drawing richly from pop culture and current events. Tickets from Dh145 at


The Ajala Project, a Dubai-based community art initiative, is conducting fun workshops throughout August for arty, crafty types – on August 15, the Create an Emirati Doll workshop runs at the Impact Hub, Souk Al Bahar. Learn how to stitch different parts together and dress the doll up; these custom-made dolls can be used as gifts or souvenirs. Dh650 per person from 7-10pm. Not a fan of dolls? On August 12, there’s a palette knife painting class being held at the same space. The class run by Ria Sharma will teach you the techniques of impasto painting, switching brushes for spatula-like knives. Dh200 per person from 5pm; register at for both events.


The Junction at Al Serkal Avenue is presenting Mian Biwi aur Wagah (Husband, Wife and the Wagah Border), an Urdu play on August 11 and 12. Based on a series of letters, the play evokes nostalgia about the lost art of letter-writing while exploring historical and socio-political elements through the story of a husband-wife duo and the personified Wagah border (the border between India and Pakistan) who is the narrator. Tickets cost Dh100; show starts at 7.30pm on both days.

From stage to the big screen, marital drama continues with Eleanor Ford Coppola’s film Paris Can Wait that’s showing at Cinema Akil from today until August 17. The film centres on a journey of self-discovery made by Anne, played by Dianne Lane, during a seven hour food-fuelled road trip from Cannes to Paris that her inattentive movie-producer husband (played by Alec Baldwin) is unable to join her on. The film is the directorial debut of 81-year-old Eleanor (wife of Francis Ford Coppola) and her first screenwriting venture. Entry is free but Cinema Akil accepts contributions at the gate. Show starts at 9.30pm on all days; visit


The pictures on display at Vantage Point Sharjah 5 – a photography exhibition at Sharjah Art Foundation – speak volumes about the emirate. The show, open to public until October 5, features 180 pictures of Sharjah that portray its heritage, beauty and culture in a variety of photographic styles. Over 62 amateur and professional photographers from the UAE and across the region are participating in this edition of the exhibition.