BurJuman is celebrating this festive season until November 14. The mall has added oodles of colour and plenty of lights to give residents and visitors of the UAE a peek into Indian culture and traditions.

Complete your ethnic wear by adorning yourself with traditional bangles, which will be distributed between 3pm and 10pm daily at the mall. Don’t forget to capture your memories by taking family pictures and selfies against a backdrop of Indian-themed décor, hanging flowers and other areas that offer perfect photo ops.

Retail stores in the mall are offering plenty of discounts; look out for the DSMG Spend and Win campaign on until November 21. Shop for Dh200 and get a chance to qualify for the raffle where 20 lucky shoppers will strike gold.

For more information visit www.burjuman.com.

Tashkeel's UAE-made furniture showcase


Tashkeel will be showcasing the Tanween Collection of UAE-made furniture and lighting pieces – a combination of the country’s traditional crafts and contemporary designs – at the Dubai Design Week. Visitors can view three new pieces created by up and coming UAE-based designers until November 13 from 10 am to 10 pm and on November 14 from 10 am to 5 pm at the d3 Building Atrium #5. Yereed by Lina Ghalib, which is an Arish bench-seat made of plypalm, wood, stainless steel and leather, is one of the three innovative furniture pieces. A chair made of terracotta, powder-coated steel and upholstered fabric, Hisn by Nada Abu Shaqra is inspired by the UAE vernacular architecture and contextual materials.

You can purchase Tanween items on tashkeel.org/shop.

Majlis Gallery art collection

With 10 days to go before the Majlis Gallery closes on November 18, there are still some great bargains for you on everything in their collection of fine art, artifacts and furniture. Open until November 18 from 10am-4pm.

More details on www.themajlisgallery.com.

Diwali at Waterfront Market


The Waterfront Market’s Main Atrium in Dubai is set to host this year’s Diwali festivities till November 14 with an array of fun activities from 2pm-10pm. Known for not just it’s food and beverage options, Waterfront Market offers just about everything – from fresh fruits and vegetables to meats, poultry and seafood. With a colourful setting that acts as a perfect backdrop for capturing fun moments, shoppers will also get the chance to watch a rangoli artist experiment with different colours to create an intricate Rangoli design.

To amp up the atmosphere, visitors will also be entertained with vibrant and energetic Bollywood dance shows throughout the day. Extreme care is being taken to ensure that Covid protocols are being followed by guests and staff, such as social distancing and using masks. Those who do not adhere to these protocols will not be allowed inside.

Blue circle campaign on World Diabetes Day

The Friends of Diabetes Association, one of the organisations promoting health under the Health Education Department of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, has launched the "Blue Circle" campaign. This comes in conjunction with the World Diabetes Day. As part of the global initiative "Blue Circle" aims at supporting patients with diabetes and raising health awareness of community members about methods of prevention and coexistence with diabetes.

The drive is on until November 15 and features a medical exhibition at the University Hospital Sharjah to showcase diabetes-related technical and pharmaceutical products and recreational activities to raise awareness of diabetes, in addition to organising webinars and virtual lectures to be delivered by panel of doctors, nutritionists and psychiatrists.

The campaign also includes free examinations and consultations, in cooperation with Moorfields Hospital in Dubai.

Environmental drive targets Abu Dhabi students

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) has launched a virtual awareness campaign targeting students, parents and teaching staff of the emirate’s kindergartens, schools, colleges and universities.

Run in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Education and Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), the drive aims to support the emirate’s efforts to promote environmental awareness, and encourage students and staff to adopt an environmentally responsible behaviour. Through the campaign, Tadweer is also highlighting its prominent role in protecting Abu Dhabi’s environment and public health and safety.

Set to run until early 2021, the drive targets 9,000 students, and focuses on increasing their awareness about various environmental issues to instil in them a positive attitude. To enable students to be responsible towards environment conservation and ensure their active participation in fulfilling Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, Tadweer seeks to educate them about the proper methods to handle various types of waste.

For more details call 800 555.

Free fitness activities at Ski Dubai


To coincide with the Dubai Fitness Challenge, which is on until November 28, Ski Dubai will host a series of free-to-attend activities that will make it fun and easy for everyone to complete their 30 minutes of physical activity.

Ski Dubai is ensuring recommended health and safety guidelines are followed and has implemented an all-encompassing sanitisation and physical distancing plan to ensure that guests can enjoy a comfortable experience with added peace of mind. Participants will maintain a physical distance of two meters during all activities and will be required to wear a face mask, which may be lowered during strenuous exercise if required. Fitness enthusiasts are also encouraged to bring gloves and water.

Trade in your sneakers for a pair of hiking boots and kick-start your morning with a snow hike on the slopes of Ski Dubai. Hosted by local hiking experts, Adventurati, this one-hour snow hike will get your blood pumping and your legs working. Until November 15. Time: 8am-9am. For bookings, call 800 386.

Ski Dubai is also partnering with fitness studio F45 for a high-intensity interval training (HIIT), to give you a complete fitness workout on November 22. Time: 8am-8.30am. Each participant must bring their own towel. The session is free but advance booking is required as maximum capacities apply. Bookings can be made through the Mind and Body App (mindbody.io)

Mining for little ones at Warner Bros. World


A new experience has arrived at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Dynamite Gulch at the Dynamite Gulch Mining Co offers guests a first-hand experience of the mining techniques of the old west, and a chance to learn about gemstones from across the world.

Littles ones, families and friends are invited to acquire a new skill and learn how to use a sluice to filter and wash soil away from their precious stones. Sourced from 14 different countries across 6 continents, guests will receive an educational gemstone ID postcard to take home along with their gemstones!

The new experience is available for Dh45 per bag of gemstones or Dh100 for three bags.

Golden offers galore


Meena Jewellers is back with a super sale where you only pay half the price on already discounted jewellery. Select from a wide range of stunning diamond and uncut diamond jewellery. Gold bars and coins on purchases of Dh5,000 are also being given away.

Malabar Gold and Diamonds has launched the ‘Everyone Wins’ campaign this Diwali. Customers can get assured gold coins on their gold or diamond jewellery purchase when they shop at the stores. They can win a guaranteed gold coin or up to 100 gold coins instantly on purchase of gold jewellery worth Dh3,000 via ‘Scratch & Win’ coupons until November 13. Customers also get a one-gram gold coin on diamond jewellery purchase of Dh4,000 and a half-gram gold coin on purchase of diamond jewellery worth Dh2,500, which will be valid until November 14.

Dubai Fitness Challenge


Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC), the annual citywide celebration of all things fitness, has kicked off in full swing in its fourth edition with an action-packed calendar of free events, sports activities, health and wellness programmes and virtual sessions. It has never been easier for people of all ages, abilities and levels to find the motivation to keep moving, discover a passion for fitness and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.

Lace up and get ready to celebrate your personal best with the city’s biggest, free-to-enter fun run – the Dubai Run presented by Mai Dubai. To help everyone put their best foot forward, six 28-day training programmes have been launched, curated by some of the region’s leading professional coaches and athletes. Join them every step of the way with their training guides for 2km, 5km and 10km distances.

Training programmes are free to access on the DFC website.

For those looking to make their sightseeing adventures more invigorating, free weekly guided Dubai Running Tours provide a unique, on-foot perspective of iconic landmarks and scenic locales across the city. Choose from three different routes with varying difficulty levels – an exciting, self-guided 3km ‘treasure hunt’ style quest in the Dubai Creek area; a 5km fun run around Burj Lake in Downtown Dubai; and an advanced 10km beach run along Kite Beach.

Tours across 5km and 10km are available every day at 6am. Self-guided 3km tour can be accessed for free on the Questo city explorer mobile game.

Make the most of the sun, sand, sea and surf at the DP World Fitness Village Kite Beach. Fifteen distinct zones provide a plethora of activities and experiences for all ages – from intense HIIT workouts and family fun at Aqua Park, to volleyball games and beach football kickabouts. Visit DP World Fitness Village Kite Beach from 2pm-11pm on weekdays; and from 7am-11pm on Friday and Saturday.

The Emirates NBD Fitness Village Al Khawaneej celebrates the benefits of pedalling your way to health, with an array of bikes available for half-hour slots. Daily group classes, open workouts, junior bootcamps, functional training, low climbing walls and parkour obstacles also promise lots of fitness fun for the whole family. Dedicated workout programmes for ladies are also available at the upgraded DP World women’s fitness pavilion.

Emirates NBD Fitness Village Al Khawaneej welcomes visitors from 4pm-11pm, Saturday to Wednesday; and from 4pm-midnight on Thursdays and Fridays.

Check the DFC website for more information.

Film talks and shows

Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) announced an expanded programme for the annual film festival, Sharjah Film Platform (SFP). The SFP seeks to provide a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from across the UAE and around the world. The 2020 edition of SFP will present a line-up of film screenings online and in cinemas. The screenings will take place at the Foundation’s Mirage City Cinema, Flying Saucer and Cinemacity Imax at Zero 6 Mall in Sharjah, UAE, from November 14-21. Online screenings will be hosted on the Foundation’s dedicated virtual festival platform.

Alongside this, SFP will feature public talks on contemporary topics in film as well as awards for the best documentary, experimental and narrative films. The festival’s film screening programme will open with the premiere of Soha Shukayr’s Once Upon a Revolution, an original short film supported by the Foundation’s Short Film Production Grant 2020.

The SFP3 will feature more than 60 films from around the world.

In addition to the screenings, SFP will offer an online programme of diverse talks, panel discussions and conversations led by renowned filmmakers, artists and film industry professionals — all of which are free to the public — as well as workshops aimed at children interested in motion picture and moving-image arts. Visitors can purchase tickets from 9am to 9pm, Saturday to Thursday, and from 4pm to 9pm, Friday, at the Information Centre, Al Mureijah Art Spaces, and The Flying Saucer. Tickets for film screenings in Cinemacity Imax, Zero 6 Mall, are sold at the mall’s reception desk, which is open from 9am to 10pm daily. For more information, visit sharjahart.org.

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