The heart of wellness

Heartfulness, an initiative of Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation, is hosting a wellness fest – Dhyanotsav (meditation and relaxation programme), in Dubai on Saturday from 6pm to 9pm at the Dubai World Trade Centre Hall 8. The event is bringing together a slew of experts including Luke Countinho, lifestyle and wellness advocate who co-authored The Magic Weight-loss Pill – he will be offering tips on how to lead a happier healthier life, focusing on heartfulness meditation practices. Organised by the Heartfulness Association, an organisation promoting wellness and yoga in the UAE for 15 years, the event will underscore the correlation between meditation and health.

Luke Countinho

‘We want to include heartfulness and meditation into the daily lives of people in the UAE,’ says Luke. ‘We see a growing number of people with diabetes, cardio issues and other health conditions and we co-relate this with the amount of stress they are experiencing. I’ve been using heartfulness meditation techniques to help people with various health conditions including diabetes, cardio issues and cancers. I want to integrate heartfulness meditation into the lives of the people because it can benefit them in not just managing but also preventing many health issues. I’ll be talking about that integration. We will have heartfulness meditation practitioners teaching the audience how to meditate,’ says Luke. Entry to the event is free and open to all above the age of 14 years; register for a spot at Read the full interview with Luke Coutinho in the forthcoming issue of Friday.

Laughs don't cost a thing

At least at Dubomedy’s Mix-Tape show on Saturday, they won’t. You’ll be entertained all evening with a blend of new and old stand-up and improve sets and live music. Once you’ve had a chance to catch your breath between laughter fits, you can also participate in comedy games. Free entry; only 13 years and above. Email your name and number of guests to to register for free seats.

Market season

Hardware superstore Speedex’s community market event called The Fest, kicks off today. The two-day outdoor event is happening outside the Speedex branch in Al Quoz and features stalls by small local business and artisans. While you’re there, you can also enjoy dance and music performances, DIY workshops, food and a Spin-the-Wheel competition where you can win flight tickets, staycations, bikes, skincare and more. Animal-lovers can take home something a little more precious – a pet! The event will be hosting a pet adoption on Saturday along with a reading session conducted by Reading with Dogs. Visit for more details.

Double treble

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Indian singers Shaan and KK are back for another performance at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on November 22. After their joint concert last November, the duo are back to entertain fans to their biggest hits – both their Indi-pop singles as well as popular Bollywood soundtracks, such as Shaan’s Suno Na from Jhankaar Beats, Tanha Dil and KK’s evergreen hits such as Pal and Yaaron Dosti and Tadap Tadap Ke from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Tickets from Dh50 at; gates open at 7pm, show starts at 9pm.

A good claim to fame


Now here’s an event you definitely want to show your support for – FAME (an acronym for fashion,art, music and entertainment), UAE’s largest inclusive event that showcases the talent of People of Determination, is happening Friday at the Dubai World Trade Centre Ballroom. Besides dance and musical performances, today’s show will include the event’s first-ever inclusive catwalk and will see young people of determination showcase the creations of well-known designers, such as Rina Dhaka and Niharika Momtaz. UAE-based rock band Point of View will be performing at the event and getting some of this year’s participants to break into song on stage with them. Entry to the event is free; doors open at 6.30pm and show starts at 7pm.

Get crafty

Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi, is hosting a slew of arts and crafts classes this coming week. Starting Saturday until November 18 handcraft artists Haya Sami and Majd Amouri are conducting lessons on Marquetry Art – short course where you’ll learn traditional art forms with a digital twist – a software allows artists to plot out their design beforehand and laser cutters allow them to assemble the patterns. Dh1,320 per person, from 5pm-8pm. Also starting Saturday is Majid Al Yousef and Wisam Shawkat’s introductory workshops to the art, history and development of Arabic calligraphy, where participants can master a few basic strokes and explore the elementary styles of Ruqa’a. Dh200 per person, from 5.30pm-8.30pm.

Groove on

The grass is pretty green and musical on the Emirates Golf Club side this evening when the homegrown music festival Groove on The Grass kicks off its latest session. You’ll be dancing to the tunes of Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila, music-producer Rodriguez Jr and German DJ Robag Wruhme. Duba-based Pierre Ravan will spin some tunes for the sunset session. As always, there’ll be lots of art installations and stalls to checkout at the venue. Show starts at 5pm; tickets from Dh225 at