This week: July 2 - July 8

A trio of female painters chart how moving to a different country has made them consider the importance of location when it comes to their work and Toy Story 3 opens in cinemas.

This Location A trio of female painters chart how moving to a different country has made them consider the importance of location when it comes to their work. Essentially, how much of their work comes from nature and how much is nurture? Ersilia Sarrecchia swapped Italy for Qatar, Gayatri Gamuz moved from Spain to the south of India while Monica de Miranda splits her time between Portugal and England. The three also explore the somewhat nomadic existence of modern populations, the cross fertilisation of cultures and the premise of defining a fixed location where a particular event is happening. "I don't pretend to belong here or feel that India is mine," says Gamuz. "I am a long-time tourist in India, and also on the planet." Wednesday 7.30pm (invite only) Thursday until July 31, 10am-7pm (closed Fridays), Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, 04 323 6367

Fantasy on Ice World World premiere of the new show that consists of fabulous skating, lightshows, illusions and miles and miles of spandex ... probably. Sunday until July 15, 8pm, Abu Dhabi Hall, ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, Dh200 (children Dh70), call 800 555, Terry Francis The resident DJ at Fabric in the UK presents a set that effortlessly fuses house and techno and keeps the party going all night long by thowing in some electro for good measure. Just don't be fooled by his name sounding like a bloke who makes his living flogging second-hand cars in east London. Thursday 10pm-3am, The Rooftop, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Dh130, 21+ only, 800 4669

Summer Salon

Work from ten Dubai-based artists is on show, with all pieces up for sale and new works arriving all the time. Paintings and sculptures will sell for between Dh1,000-7,000.

Saturday until July 31, 9am-4pm, (closed Thursday and Fridays), Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Centre, Street 75b, Villa No 27, Jumeriah Beach Road, Dubai, 04 344 4398

Photo Exhibition

Katy Donaldson and Astrid Harrisson show off their latest collection of super snaps.

Saturday until July 22, 10am-6pm (closed Fridays), Majlis Gallery, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, 04 353 6233


The Cuadro Fine Art Gallery is doing something a little different this summer, like spelling things in American English. The entire gallery has been colour-coded and divided into six sections - red, blue, green, black, brown and white. Sounds like the new Manchester United away kit.

Daily until August 31, 10am-8pm, Saturday (12-6pm), closed Fridays, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Building 10, DIFC Gate Village, Dubai, 04 425 0400

Shrouded Memories

The first solo exhibition in the UAE by Egyptian artist Wael Darwesh concentrates on social issues in his homeland, such as identity, gender and migration. It's a mixed media show with many worthy messages. Try saying that 10 times in a row.

Daily until July 24, 10am to 7pm (closed Fridays), Art Sawa, Dubai, 04 340 8660.

Ahmed Krausen's photographs provide a true insight into Islamic life on another continent. Daily until August 14, 8am-8pm (Fridays 4pm-8pm), Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, family ticket Dh10, adults Dh5, children free, 06 565 5455 Set Me Free From My Chains Zoulikha Bouabdellah's show pokes fun at "traditional notions of representation and abstraction". Daily until July 23, 10am-7pm (closed Fridays), Gallery IVDE, Dubai, 04 323 5052 A Story of Islamic Embroidery in Nomadic and Urban Traditions This noteworthy exhibition presents a variety of textiles, some more than two centuries old and include work from Central Asia and Russia Daily until July 28, Gallery One, Emirates Palace hotel, Abu Dhabi (ladies only Tuesdays 10am-4pm), 02 690 9000 I U Heart Mahmoud Bakhshi, Shahab Foutouhi, Arash Hanaei, Mamali Shafahi and Vahid Sharifian illustrate their individual responses towards how Iran's politics dominate its global image. Pop culture, socio-political references and a variety of media are all on display. Daily until July 31 (closed on Fridays), 10am-7pm. The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, 04 341 1367 Summer Exhibition Sameer Reddy's startling photographs and Saba Qizilbash's vivid works on paper present an optimistic outlook on modern life. There is a repeat showing of the exhibition from September 1-22. Daily until July 31 9am-7pm (closed Fridays), XVA gallery, Bastakiya, Dubai, 04 353 5383 Iraq: Transition to Peace Tina Hager's spellbinding collection of photos chart Iraqi society trying to return to normality after nine years of conflict decimated the country. Daily until August 15, 9am-7pm (closed Fridays), Portfolio Gallery, Dubai, 04 323 2395 Blue Skie'd and Clear This group exhibition features photographs by Birgit Graschopf, Yuko Ichikawa, Maria Maeser, Jamie Baldridge, Maximillian Pramatarov and Hazem Mahdy. Daily until September 25, 11.30am-7pm (closed Fridays), Carbon 12 gallery, Al Quoz 1, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Warehouse D37, Dubai, 050 464 4392 Beyond the Surface A summer exhibition by a group of 15 Dubai artists aged from 16 to 18. Daily until August 31, 10am-8pm (Friday 2-8pm, closed Sundays), thejamjar gallery, Street 17, Dubai, 04 341 7303 That Shimmering Beast: The Capture of Urban Life Virgilio Ferreira, Miyuki Okuyama and Mehrdad Naraghi offer their own take on what factors give cities their unique characteristics. Daily until September 9, 9am-10pm (Fridays 3pm-10pm), The Empty Quarter, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 1210 Peripheral Vision Paintings, photographs and sculptures created by artists from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Syria and the UAE examine the question of Arab identity. Daily 10am-8pm, Barjeel Art Foundation, Maraya Arts Centre, Sharjah,

Kids Theatre Works Drama Camp Youngsters can learn how to perform and read and write their own lines, culminating in a show at the end of the week. Murder mystery, soap operas and superhero adventures will all be explored by the group. Allcomers are welcome and there are no auditions to join. There are also camps starting on July 10, August 22 and August 29. Saturday-Wednesday, 9am-3pm daily, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, Dh650, 04 341 4777. DUCTAC Summer Camps Children can enjoy painting and creating for five days.The week-long courses will begin every Sunday until August 8, with groups divided into those aged six and eight and others who are nine to 12. Sunday-Thursday 10.30am-1pm daily, Manu Chhabria Arts Centre, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, one week Dh900 (two weeks Dh1500), 04 341 4777.

Rodeo Tuesdays Enjoy a grilled steak the authentic way at Sofra Bld. There are a host of different cuts from the grill station, and even some greens, if you're feeling adventurous. Tuesdays Shangri-La hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Dh180 plus service charge, including selected drinks, 02 509 8888

Modhesh World Modhesh, the yellow mascot of summer in Dubai, returns with a world of fun. There are over 100 things to do, including a fair, camel riding, a 4D cinema and bouncy castles. Daily until August 7, 10am-10pm, Thursdays 10am-midnight, Fridays 3pm-midnight, Duabi Airport Expo, 600 545 555, Summer in Abu Dhabi A host of fun for kids at this annual event aimed at the capital's children. There are plenty of music, dance and performance attractions for all ages, as well as educational activities. Daily until August 4, Hall 11, Adnec Abu Dhabi, Dh15 entry, 02 444 0444, Cool summer nights This Brazilian carnival-themed night is now weekly and includes Samba dancers and beach football. There is also manta ray feeding and a laser and fireworks display at the end of the evening. Oh, and don't forget there is a brilliant selection of waterslides too. Thursday 7pm, Aquaventure, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, tickets Dh200 (Dh165 children 3-11), pay on the door, Wild Nights Al Ain Wildlife Park and Zoo is open at night until the end of August, giving you the chance to see the animals from a totally new perspective - in their nocturnal environment. Daily Saturday to Thursday, 4pm to midnight, Fridays 10am to midnight, adults and over 12s Dh15, children three to 12 Dh5, Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, Al Ain, 03 782 8188

Rob & Derek Live at Meydan Rob McCaffrey and Derek Whyte are hosting a series of nights throughout the World Cup. With England out, expect much wailing and gnashing. Today & Saturday 6pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 10.30pm,Parade Ring Restaurant, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, Dh375, 04 445 6824,

On the Wall This series of paintings by Syrian artist Baseem Rayyes tell of the artist's nostalgia for his homeland. Daily until Sunday, 11am-9pm, Aspen Cafe, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 427 0219

Toy Story 3 This is the third and final instalment of the 15-year-old animated franchise. Unlike some of its counterparts, Toy Story has aged well, as Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang try to come to terms with Andy, their owner, heading off to college without them. The bottom line is that any movie with a character called Mr Pricklepants, above, is worth checking out. A fabulous hat trick by Disney/Pixar.,,, Knight and DayCameron Diaz (June Havens) and Tom Cruise (Roy Miller) run around the globe trying not to get killed after the former gets caught up in the latter's world of international espionage. Expect some action, Tom running very fast, a little forced romance and most people wishing they'd make a sequel to There's Something About Mary.,,,

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Harder Ace car salesman Don Ready (Jeremy Piven) and his unconvential team are brought in to save a dealership in the town of Temecula. Think Talladega Nights, but with selling cars rather than racing cars. This is the first film made by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's new production company.,,,

Movies and Munchies The al fresco film watching season continues at Epicure. This week, from the comfort of the pool, you can watch the kidcentric Hotel for Dogs, before cracking open a cold one, or perhaps even a shotgun, for the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123. Denzel Washington and John Travolta star in the thriller set on a hijacked New York subway train, but it lacks the grittiness, as well as the score, of the 1970s original. Wednesday 7pm, Epicure, Desert Palm resort, Dubai, Dh30 (includes entry, towel and popcorn), 04 323 8888,

Tetro Francis Ford Coppola wrote, directed and funded this black and white independent movie about two brothers: Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich) goes in search of Tetro (Vincent Gallo) in Buenos Aires and finds not only his sibling, but also a family about to unravel. Wonderfully shot and framed.

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