Shopaholics’ Paradise

Holy Quran from Mauritania, handwritten in Moroccan
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Grab your shopping bags. Here is a chance to avail a variety of shopping promotions through the famous Spend&Win Campaign, running till June 4 at Yas Mall, The Mall at WTCAD, and Remal Mall at Abu Dhabi. Spend Dh200 at any of the malls’ outlets and stand a chance to be the lucky shopper of the week and win a Dh10,000 grocery shopping spree. Non-shoppers and history enthusiasts can check out the pop-up exhibitions in any of the malls, displaying a unique collection of cultural and historical artefacts, including Quran copies dating back thousands of years. Yas Mall also has on display an exhibition of 12 handmade artistic carpets by Fatima Bint Mohammad Bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI) depicting the theme of tolerance, an initiative to empower the women in the Afghani carpet industry. Admission is free of cost.

Wish Come True

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From making slime to becoming a superhero, OliOli’s Ramadan Awesome Part Experience package allows you to throw a birthday party for your children that they will never forget. This interactive museum houses eight galleries, over 40 interactive exhibits and two party rooms. Enhance the experience with workshops like Slime Factory, Whimsical Unicorns, Epic Superheroes and Marvellous Masterpieces. Suitable for children aged four and above, the Awesome Party Experience starts at Dh126 per child on weekdays, Dh147 on weekends, for two hours of play, throughout the month of May. All adults and the birthday child have free admission. For more information call 04 702 7300 or visit olioli.ae.

Picture-perfect Suhour

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Keen to experience a unique suhoor? Join Gulf Photo Plus on their Suhour Stroll around the Karama neighbourhood, full of delectable bites and twinkling fairy lights. A guide will offer you tips and tricks to capture crisp images that tell the story of Ramadan, be it on your mobile cameras or a DSLR. With all the best locations scouted beforehand, spice up your Instagram with distinctive and creative night portraits. The stroll will include a special tandoori chai stop, engaging lessons of local history and an exploration of hidden gems, buried throughout this vibrant neighbourhood. Conclude your evening at a local restaurant where you’ll have an image review, get feedback and can share your best shots with the group. If you find yourself unable to make it to the Saturday session, there are more to follow: 13th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 23rd, 25th and 27th of May. Dh295, from 8.30-11.30pm, outside Ravi restaurant. Call 04 380 8545.

Film-tastic

Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi
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Cine-lovers, here is a reason for you to be delighted. Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi and Cinema Akil are screening the Japanese animated film Spirited Away on Saturday at 9pm. The film, directed by master animation director Hayao Miyazaki and handpicked by Shaikha Al Ketbi, visual artist, is the story of the ten-year-old Chihiro and her supernatural adventures during a family outing gone wrong. The film screening will be complemented with a Suhour for the community and is free to attend. Details at warehouse421.ae/en/program.

Bon Chance!

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Sick of the rigid structure of classroom learning? You can sharpen your language skills with Café Langues, a language exchange conversation. Simply drop by, order a drink and join a table where you can interact with native speakers. If you are a little shy and unsure of your grasp on the language, no worries. No specific level is required for any language. A teacher alongside native-speaking volunteers will be there to get the conversation started and help you find the right word. Having smaller groups for these sessions ensures that everybody gets a chance to engage in conversations and practice languages such as French, Arabic, English and many more.

Sessions are on at Café Diemme, Alliance Française Knowledge Park on May 19. Morning 9.30-11am, evening 6.30-8pm. Admission is free. To register visit afdubai.org/cafe-langues.

Festive Fun

This Ramadan, celebrate community spirit in a contemporary setting with the Ramadan Arcade at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, featuring a variety of gaming activities, musical performances, workshops and retail outlets. You will be spoilt for choice with the diverse collection of traditional and classic arcade games. You can also take part in the Ramadan-themed creative workshops such as lantern-making, poetry writing and more. Shoppers can indulge in a full retail experience featuring local and international vendors. Wind down by relaxing on the contemporary majlis displaying a collection of old local television series or to the melodious strains of traditional and contemporary Arabic music. From Friday to May 12 and from May 15 to May 18 from 9pm to 2am. Event schedule and tickets at ramadanarcade.splashthat.com.

The Golden Age

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With only a week left to witness the works of the greats, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi and explore the life of Dutch masters Rembrandt, Vermeer and other artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Learn about Rembrandt’s artistic journey in Leiden and Amsterdam and his relationship with his peers and rivals alike, including Johannes Vermeer Jan Lievens, Ferdinand Bol, Carel Fabritius, Frans Hals and others. You can also take part in the guided tour, through which you can survey the world of light and shadows, through masterpieces depicting portraits, landscape and animal compositions. Admission is included as part of the museum general admission, Dh63 and free for children under the age of 13. Tickets can be purchased online atlouvreabudhabi.ae. Call 600 56 55 66.

Fashion Fever

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Head to the Project Warehouse Fair by Festember at Du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi for a vibrant pop up event that celebrates contemporary art and culture. Art and design lovers will get an opportunity to watch the popular Los Angeles-based artist Oliver Coreaux in action as he paints a series of tote bags and accessories in his signature style. Fashionistas can explore the retail section, designed like a high-end fashion boutique and featuring a diverse group of trend-setters catering to all tastes. You can also watch brands and designers unveiling their first creations at Project Warehouse’s dedicated fashion hub, The Loft. From 8pm to 2am on May 15-18. Dh65 per adult, Dh35 per child, and Dh180 for family (2 adults + 2 kids). Tickets at festemberad.com.