Documenting tolerance


2019 is the Year of Tolerance, and aiming to enrich the values of acceptance of different cultures, artists from across the GCC and around the world have come together to promote and document tolerance. Catch the best of art’s ability to trigger meaningful change at two different exhibitions inspired by the Year of Tolerance.

The Tolerance Project at Alserkal Avenue showcases over 100 renowned graphic designers. The travelling poster exhibition has been put together by New York-based graphic designer Mirco Ilic. The show aims to reflect each artist’s understanding of what tolerance means in their mother tongue. The ongoing exhibition is currently on display at Alserkal Avenue’s Zayed University Urban Satellite Space (ZUUSS), Warehouse 48 from 10am to 7pm. Until July 30, entry is free. Visit

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan during his visit to Somalia in August 1976

Photographs connect us to the past and The Year of Tolerance Photography Exhibition is harnessing that power of pictures to connect us to Abu Dhabi’s past. The exhibition that’s being held at The Galleria Al Maryah Island in partnership with the National Archives, showcases many images of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan from 30 key historical moments that have shaped the development of the UAE. Some of these images have never been seen by the public before and they cover over two decades of the UAE’s growth, from 1965 to 1990, capturing events and moments that showcase the Year of Tolerance’s main values. Until August 15. Entry is free, visit From 10am to midnight.

If you know, you know

Pop quizzes were never our strong suit in school, but that’s only because they didn’t grill us on TV show trivia. If you’re a die-hard fan of Friends, then Publique, the trendy French restaurant at Souk Madinat, has themed quiz nights that are right up your alley. There’ll be games, food and rapid-fire questions all inspired by the iconic TV series, not to mention a fancy dress competition too, so you can dress up as your favourite character. Entry is free, minimum spend of Dh100 per person. Call 04 430 8550 to book your spot.

Laughter is the cure

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Stressful week at work? Crack on at The Laughter Factory’s comedy night, Friday at Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights at 9pm. Live in action, join the talented Stuart Mitchell, Allyson June Smith and Cory Michaelis on a night of laughter — each with a unique way to make you tear up in joy. Stuart is a Scottish comedian best known for his clever one-liners and play of tongue twisters. Award-winning comedian Allyson from Canada lights up the room by oversharing her struggles and the challenges she faces as a woman. A teacher by day and a comedian by night, Cory is skilled at keeping his audience on edge by sharing his wild short stories and jokes. Buy your tickets online at; price from Dh160. The tour for July is on roll the whole month.