Untitled artwork by Wafa Al Hilali for Gallery 76. Courtesy Gallery 76
Untitled artwork by Wafa Al Hilali for Gallery 76. Courtesy Gallery 76

5 things to do today: See the exhibition Underwater and watch Forrest Gump at Iris

See the exhibition Underwater by the French-Moroccan artist Wafa El Hilali. In her first solo show, she combines abstract paintings and poetry. Hilali draws inspiration from her travels to create her primarily acrylic artworks. Opens today at 6.30pm, Gallery 76, Dubai International Arts Centre, Street 75B, Jumeirah 1, behind Town Centre, Dubai, 04 344 4398, www.artdubai.com

Watch Tom Hanks in the multi-Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump as part of Iris Yas Island's movie night. Hear memorable lines such as: "Stupid is as stupid does" and "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get", in the heartwarming 1994 film about a man with a low IQ who gets caught up in key moments of American history from the 1950s to the 1980s. At 7.30pm, Iris Yas Island, Yas Marina, Building 1, Abu Dhabi, to RSVP call 055 160 5636

Hear the economist Christian de Perthuis speak about his research, which focuses on the economics of climate change and ecological transition in the talk (in French) titled The Economic Challenges of COP21. At 8pm, free, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Street 18, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

Sit in on media trainer Lea Sellers's workshop titled Speaking Women. This session is tailored to help women unlock their potential when giving presentations. There is another session titled The Imposter Syndrome, aimed at people who undervalue their accomplishments. From 9am to 1pm, Dh300; The Imposter Syndrome, 6pm to 8pm, Dh150, Dubai International Writers' Centre, Al Shindagha Neighbourhood, Dubai, register at www.diwc.ae/en/events-calendar

Show off your talent at Open Mic Tuesdays at Original Wings & Rings. The top three prizes are a trip to Sri Lanka, an iPhone6 and a Dh1,000 dine-in voucher. 7.30pm, Original Wings & Rings, Liberty House, DIFC, Dubai, 04 359 6900, www.originalwingsandrings.ae



Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)


Company name: Mozn

Started: 2017

Founders: Mohammed Alhussein, Khaled Al Ghoneim, Abdullah Alsaeed and Malik Alyousef

Based: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Industry: FinTech

Funding: $10 million

Investors: Raed Ventures, Shorooq Partners, VentureSouq, Sukna Ventures and others


Final: Dubai Hurricanes v Jebel Ali Dragons
Saturday, 8.15pm, Al Ain Amblers

Semi-final results
Dubai Exiles 20-26 Dubai Hurricanes
Dubai Tigers 32-43 Jebel Ali Dragons

1 Dubai Tigers, 33 points
2 Dubai Exiles, 24 points
3 Dubai Hurricanes, 18 points
4 Jebel Ali Dragons, 14 points
5 Abu Dhabi Harlequins, 14 points


Name: Kinetic 7
Started: 2018
Founder: Rick Parish
Based: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Industry: Clean cooking
Funding: $10 million
Investors: Self-funded

What is the Supreme Petroleum Council?

The Abu Dhabi Supreme Petroleum Council was established in 1988 and is the highest governing body in Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas industry. The council formulates, oversees and executes the emirate’s petroleum-related policies. It also approves the allocation of capital spending across state-owned Adnoc’s upstream, downstream and midstream operations and functions as the company’s board of directors. The SPC’s mandate is also required for auctioning oil and gas concessions in Abu Dhabi and for awarding blocks to international oil companies. The council is chaired by Sheikh Khalifa, the President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi while Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, is the vice chairman.

'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore'

Rating: 3/5

Directed by: David Yates

Starring: Mads Mikkelson, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Jude Law

The Boy and the Heron

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Starring: Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Ko Shibasaki

Rating: 5/5

Health Valley

Founded in 2002 and set up as a foundation in 2006, Health Valley has been an innovation in healthcare for more than 10 years in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
It serves as a place where companies, businesses, universities, healthcare providers and government agencies can collaborate, offering a platform where they can connect and work together on healthcare innovation.
Its partners work on technological innovation, new forms of diagnostics and other methods to make a difference in healthcare.
Its agency consists of eight people, four innovation managers and office managers, two communication advisers and one director. It gives innovation support to businesses and other parties in its network like a broker, connecting people with the right organisation to help them further

The years Ramadan fell in May





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The five pillars of Islam

The Florida Project

Director: Sean Baker

Starring: Bria Vinaite, Brooklynn Prince, Willem Dafoe

Four stars

Chris Jordan on Sanchit

Chris Jordan insists Sanchit Sharma will make an impact on the ILT20, despite him starting the campaign on Gulf Giants' bench.
The young UAE seamer was an instant success for the side last season, and remained part of the XI as they claimed the title.
He has yet to feature this term as the Giants have preferred Aayan Khan and Usman Khan as their two UAE players so far.
However, England quick Jordan is sure his young colleague will have a role to play at some point.
"Me and Sanchit have a great relationship from last season," Jordan said.
"Whenever I am working with more inexperienced guys, I take pleasure in sharing as much as possible.
"I know what it was like when I was younger and learning off senior players.
"Last season Sanchit kick-started our season in Abu Dhabi with a brilliant man-of-the-match performance.
"Coming into this one, I have seen a lot of improvement. The focus he is showing will only stand him in good stead."

Company Profile

Company name: myZoi
Started: 2021
Founders: Syed Ali, Christian Buchholz, Shanawaz Rouf, Arsalan Siddiqui, Nabid Hassan
Based: UAE
Number of staff: 37
Investment: Initial undisclosed funding from SC Ventures; second round of funding totalling $14 million from a consortium of SBI, a Japanese VC firm, and SC Venture