Big Bad Wolf Books sale is back

With 1 million books in its arsenal, and in strategic partnership with Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the World’s Biggest Book Sale, the Big Bad Wolf Books, returns to Dubai after a two-year hiatus at Dubai Studio City. The Book Sale will go on from April 14-24, offering quality and amazing books with discounts from 50-80 per cent off the recommended retail price.  Open daily from 10a.m. to 2a.m. (16 hours of book shopping haven!) for 11 consecutive days, the Book Sale will be stocked with a host of genres that are sure to have something for everyone, from kids and adults alike. And the best part is the Book Sale is free for all to enter.  For details, facebook.com/bbwbooksuae.

Ramadaniyyat at NYUAD

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) will host its inaugural, in-person edition of Ramadaniyyat – a diverse, week-long series of public events this Ramadan. Kicking off on April 11, Ramadaniyyat will be hosted jointly by NYUAD’s three public-facing institutions: The Arts Center, The Art Gallery, and The Institute. The program will feature a series of activities including a talk by The Institute on al-Mutannabi, one of the most celebrated Arab poets. The Arts Center will host a special edition of its contemporary Arab Cinema series, CinemaNa, with a screening of Emirati filmmaker Nawaf al Janahi’s feature Before We Forget, along with two musical evenings including a performance by internationally acclaimed oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen and his band. For more information, visit visit nyuad.nyu.edu.

Art in the making

In celebration of World Art Day, the 19th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival held under the theme ‘Crafting the Emirates State of Mind: Creativity, Innovation & Joy', Emirati artist Abdulla Lutfi will be capturing the art scene in the UAE in one of his signature black and white illustrations on a 1.5m X 3m canvas. Visitors at Manarat Al Saadiyat where the Festival’s flagship exhibition Portrait of a Nation II: Beyond Narratives is currently being held, will have the unique opportunity to engage with the elaborate artwork by adding colour to it.  Lutfi, an artist on the autism spectrum, is known for his impeccable attention to detail and ability to capture daily life with an often humorous accuracy. The initiative encourages visitors to participate in his creative process by colouring in the giant canvas, which embodies Abu Dhabi’s dynamic art scene by featuring famous sites. The completed work will be unveiled on World Art Day on April 15.

Adventure at Aventura

This April, visitors can enjoy Ramadan, Easter, and Spring Break activities at Dubai’s Aventura Parks. From painting a Ramadan mural to zip-lining through the Ghaf forest beneath a blanket of stars, guests of all ages will make special memories, while the little ones also enjoy the park’s free arts and crafts station. Over the Easter holiday, children can participate in egg decorating and face-to-face interactions with live bunnies while learning important life skills. Aventura Parks has also recently acquired a Certified Autism Center Accreditation, making it professionally equipped to welcome kids and families with special needs so they can have fun together. Packages start at Dh45. For more details, visit aventuraparks.com.

Painting with a twist

This Ramadan, indulge in a unique evening with an artistic twist with We Love Art, as they announce an exciting line up of their ‘Paint & Grape’ events for April. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a beginner, We Love Art’s ‘Paint & Grape’ sessions are a fun way to end your fast while you let your creative juices flowing alongside delicious food, great music and good vibes. Channel your inner artist as you recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s forever classic Mona Lisa in an outdoor terrace overlooking a beautiful skyline. Aimed at beginners to pros, guests will be guided step-by-step with expert advice as they paint their unique piece of art while enjoying an evening of cool breeze and delicious drinks. Prices start at Dh390. For more details, visit weloveart.com.

Project Art

To commemorate Ramadan, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, will run a special edition of Project Art until May 4. The monthly interactive initiative designed to provide Dubai’s burgeoning art community with a free space to exhibit their work will feature Egyptian artist Omar Aborayan, who uses traditional calligraphy to explore the historic and cultural roots of Arabic culture. The city’s coolest neighbourhood hangout will embody the spirit of the this month by showcasing Arabic calligraphy from Aborayan’s personal collection. Visitors can enjoy a live calligraphy experience and Q&A session in the hotel lobby on April 12 and 19 at 9am, with all of Aborayan’s artworks available for purchase. For more details, visit jumeirah.com.

Yoga at the Galleria

Complimentary yoga class will now be available all year-round at The Galleria Al Maryah Island. Guided by highly trained and experienced instructors, guests are invited to start their day with an energising morning workout and boost their health and wellbeing at the Galleria. Classes will run every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Yoga sessions will continue to be hosted in the Sky Park on Level 4. To ensure maximum health and safety standards, guests are advised to bring their own yoga mat and towel. Guests must show a valid Green Pass on the ALHOSN UAE app and undergo EDE scanning prior to entering The Galleria. For more information, visit thegalleria.ae.

It’s a date

The Manbat Date Festival is on at Nasma Central, part of the Nasma Residences community in the Suyoh district of Sharjah, from 4pm to 7pm every day, and from 9pm to 1am until the second day of Eid. The star of the show will be the region’s finest offerings of dates. Entertainment offerings at the festival will reflect Emirati hospitality and honour regional traditions, including live Arabic music, Al Ayyala performances, Arabic storytelling and more. There will also be an array of nuts, honey, Arabian desserts .... For more information, visit arada.com.

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