Walks of art
Check out the works of South Asian artist Shilpa Gupta and Zarina at the Ishara Art Foundation. Open till July 13 and titled Altered Inheritance: Home is a Foreign Place, the exhibit resonates with the condition of being South Asian in the Gulf. Depicting the complicated notions of home and belonging, their minimalist works balance poetic and personal reflections on how geographical dislocation affects ordinary lives. Free entry, call 04 223 3001.
If minimalist, abstract art is not your cup of tea, catch Austrian painter Philip Mueller’s explosive series of paintings, including Black Flamingo Sad Boys (BFSB), Der Berg and Mütters in Ramin Salsali’s private collection TIBE NOW: Free Dinks, Boots and Tickets to the Apocalypse. Showcased only till the end of May, it follows Mueller’s exploration of excess and is a culmination of existential crisis-laden narratives that are inspired by the socioeconomic climate of today’s world. Free admission at Salsali Private Museum from 5pm- 9pm, call 04 380 9600.
Drop read gorgeous
Books are a man’s best friend. Let your little ones enjoy the company of books with Khayal, a book reading and discussion event hosted by Waehouse421, Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Early Starters, an Abu Dhabi-based publishing company. Happening on Saturday, this free event will begin with readings of two award-winning children’s books — What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada, and Not A Box by Antoinette Portis. Post the reading session, children can take part in enriching discussions. They can also enjoy fun events like painting their own story. From 12pm to 3pm and only for children of ages four to 12; visit warehouse421.ae.
Health is wealth
With just two weeks left until the Eid celebrations begin, it is important to ensure that you prepare your body for the sudden changes in lifestyle post the fasting period. The Eat Right — Eat Light campaign organised by the RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah offers personalised consultations during and a week after the month of Ramadan, where you can get expert advice from a nutritionist on how to slowly ease back into your regular routine of diet and exercise after the period of fasting ends. You can also get tips on how to utilise the days of fasting to detoxify and heal your body. Free and open to everyone; call 07 207 4444 or visit rakhospital.com.
Paint the town
Children of ages five and above can join the Ramadan Hangouts at thejamjar studio, Dubai. Held daily throughout the month of Ramadan, children can spend two productive hours after school creating magic with their paintbrushes, with guidance from a qualified art teacher. Before they begin, they can either visit the art galleries on display or be a part of an interesting discussion on art. From 2.30pm to 4.30pm only on weekdays at Dh168 per day and Dh796 for five days; contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A WoW shopping experience
Get ready to be wowed at the WoW Eid Bazaar, which is arriving on Friday at Holiday Inn, Bur Dubai. You can get started on your Eid shopping by choosing from an extensive collection of saris, jewellery and home décor, with some great deals. After stocking up on gifts for family and friends, you can treat yourself by getting a beautiful henna tattoo done. From 3pm to 11pm with free entry; call 050 755 6078.