Videogamers, time to put all those nights of sleep you’ve traded to move on to the next level of Fortnite as the Yas Gaming Festival is back from June 5-15 at the Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi. Enter the big leagues and battle it out with gamers in the region playing popular multiplayer games such as Fortnite, Overwatch and Street Fighter V, participate in cosplay competitions as well as interactive experiences featuring virtual reality and retro games. The festival will also hold a ProAm Tournament where invited influencers and gamers go up against each other for a prize of Dh20,000 that will be donated to Gaming 4 Good — an initiative that donates games and consoles to support people with autism. Also visiting will be YouTube gamers Zubair Sarookh and Hemo King. To register visit me.ign.com.
Indian ghazal singer Talat Aziz is performing at the Shaikh Rashid auditorium in homage to Indian music legends on June 13. The Event, called Roohani Shaam, will see him be joined on stage by tabla master Jeetu Shankar to perform a repertoire of timeless, poetic ghazals. Show starts at 7pm; tickets from Dh90 at platinumlist.net.
Laughter will ring across the Dubai Opera on June 14 when stand-up comedian Alan Davies steps up to the mic as part of his one-night-only performance. The actor and comedian has played TV detective Jonathan Creek on the BBC mystery drama series of the same name. Sharing the limelight to triple the laughter are fellow British comics Rhys James, Tom Lucy, and Jarred Christmas who will host the show.
Continue laughing thrice as much when the leading lights of Pakistani comedy Umer Shareef, Rauf Lala and Shakeel Siddique bring the roof down at the Rajmahal Theatre Bollywood Parks at the Comedy Ka Dhamaka show on June 14. While Umer Shareef is a household name and a celebrated personality of the subcontinent’s comedy circuit, Rauf Lala and Shakeel Siddique too have made a name for themselves as formidable comedians with their presence on TV shows such as the The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and Comedy Circus. You can enjoy the trio’s satirical take on all things for just Dh79 per person per ticket that’ll get you a rollicking two hours of laughter and access to park’s rides.
More desi comedy unfolds at the Front Row Laughter Nights. Indian comic Varun Thakur is their latest headliner and he’ll be performing at the Emirates International School’s Auditorium on June 14. The comic’s impersonations and quirky alter egos have landed him sold-out shows and the Amazon Prime comedy special ‘Vicky This Side, Varun That Side’. However, his second UAE outing, will see him perform 30 minutes of new material along with popular sets full of observational humour. Show starts at 8pm; tickets from Dh60 at platinumlist.net.
Before you’re confined to sprinting on indoor treadmills, enjoy an outdoor run with the final run of the Dubai Desert Road Run season on Friday (June 7). The race kicks off at the Sevens Stadium on Al Ain Road with the usual 3km, 5km and 10km courses. All participants who complete the traffic-free stadium run get to take a medal home and the fastest three in each age group will all receive a trophy. Runners can also win on-the-spot prizes in a raffle draw, and enjoy post-race food and drink. Register online at dubairunning.com. Race starts at 6am.
Same stuff but different
Hardware brand Speedex has an upcyling workshop on June 11 that will transform you into the fairy godmother for old and tattered furniture — mural artist Julie Fraser knows a fresh lick of paint goes a long way into transforming battered old furniture into the belle of the ball, well, you’re living room anyway. She will teach participants all that and various other techniques of redesigning and repurposing furniture. All you need to do is show up at the workshop with a small piece of furniture you’d like to give a makeover to. Dh400 per person, from 10am-1pm at Speedex outlet Shaikh Zayed Road.
Art of kindness
Good deeds can be beautiful when you swing by Noor Bank’s Charity Art Exhibition. When you take home a stunning painting from the art exhibition running at Noor Art Gallery on Shaikh Zayed Road, proceeds from the sale will be donated to charity. The show runs until June 30 and features works of 20 local and international artists including Fatma Lootah, Faisal Abdulqader, Mashkoor Raza, Samir Paul, A. S Rind, Khusro Sabzwari, Zohaib Rind and more. Free to attend.
Free your mind for free
Jumeirah at the Saadiyat Island Resort is celebrating Global Wellness Day on Saturday with complimentary fitness and yoga sessions. Under the guidance of the resort’s Bodyism team, reset your batteries and rejuvenate. The complimentary sessions also allow an hour’s use of the spa’s wet facilities. There are four sessions, one each at 7am, 8am, 9am and 10am respectively.
To sign up, RSVP to JSIspa@jumeirah.com or call 02 811 4357.