10 things to do today: Book a spot at the Unseen Trails iftar walk in Old Dubai, get tickets to see Trevor Noah, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for May 30, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Ellen Fortini rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.

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New movie

The film Sachin: A Billion Dreams is based on the life of Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who is regarded as one of the sport's greatest batsmen and one of India's most celebrated sportsmen. Tendulkar plays himself in the film, which delves into his professional and personal life, and follows him from age 10. Biography, also starring Sara Tendulkar, Arjun Tendulkar and Mayuresh Pem.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE (G)


Art workshops

Register to take part in a series of art workshops with award-winning painter Mohannad Orabi, as part of Alserkal Avenue’s after-iftar programming held on Wednesdays throughout Ramadan. Classes include sketching and drawing, colour and composition, painting and still-life painting.

Wednesdays, beginning tomorrow, 9pm to 11pm, free with registration, Ayyam Gallery, 11 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, register at events@ayyamgallery.com


Art exhibition

Visit the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization to see an exhibition that offers a glimpse into the lives of Muslims in China. The photographs in Moments in the Lives of Muslims in China – Through the Lens of Peter Sanders includes 50 images that reflect Muslims at work, study, rest and at worship around the country. Pictured: An image by Peter Sanders

Daily until June 11, 8am to 8pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4pm to 8pm on Fridays, Dh10 entry fee, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, www.sharjahmuseums.com


Art exhibition

See the exhibition Made in Tashkeel, a showcase of works by 34 UAE-based member artists, who demonstrate their creativity in various media and techniques resulting from experimentations, workshops and residencies facilitated by and held at Tashkeel. Pictured: Mumbai by Lisa Fraser

Daily until August 30, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays); 10am to 5pm during Ramadan, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org

Abu Dhabi

Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 5 to 12, for the ZSC Kids Holiday Camp, where they can enjoy ice-skating, bowling, arts and crafts and games at the longest day camp day in the city. It will be led by friendly and professional staff who will ensure that kids are well engaged at all times.

July 10 to August 25, 8.30am to 5.30pm, Dh1,000 per child per week; Dh900 per week for siblings, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 403 4222, kidscamp@zsc.ae

Abu Dhabi

Comedy show

Get tickets now to see Trevor Noah perform at du Forum, as part of his international Around the World tour. The host of The Daily Show released his first book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood last year to wide acclaim, and has performed stand-up in the UAE, including headlining the Dubai Comedy Festival in 2015.

December 15, 8.30pm, from Dh280, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae


Yoga event

Register now to take part in the full moon yoga programme at Fairmont The Palm, which will also include a wellness market. Classport, the group-class booking app, is hosting the event, which features a 90-minute yoga and meditation session. It will also showcase health, wellness and fitness-related products, including yoga wear, protein shakes and more.

June 10, 7pm to 10.30pm, Dh75, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, register at fullmoonyoga@fairmont.com


Iftar walk

Book your spot at the Unseen Trails iftar walk in Old Dubai. Just before sunset, the congested streets of one of Dubai’s oldest neighbourhoods falls eerily silent, as workers and neighbours gather on roadways to break the fast when the call to prayer sounds. Take part in an iftar and experience the neighbourhood as the crowds gather again in the street. Bring your camera for photo opportunities and then enjoy a closing meal at an Afghan restaurant.

Meet before sunset, Dh595 includes water, chai, iftar snacks and dinner at the Afghan restaurant, Naif, Old Dubai, check for available dates at www.unseentrails.com/ramadan


Art offer

Get creative this Ramadan and take advantage of the special Ramadan Painting Package offer from thejamjar. Get four canvases at the discounted price of Dh250 and see where your imagination and skill take you.

Open 10am to 6pm, Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays; 2pm to 8pm on Fridays (closed on Sundays), Dh250, thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 7303, www.thejamjardubai.com


Beauty offer

Enjoy frizz-free hair this summer with a smooth, bouncy look for just Dh75 – regardless of length, hair type or style – from The White Room. Eliminate the daily maintenance of haircare with a blow-dry that lasts two or three days, and feel instantly pulled-together at an affordable price.

From Dh75, Dubai Marina Mall; JLT; Ibn Battuta; and Motor City, Dubai, book at 04 364 9228, www.whiteroomdubai.com

The biog

Name: Salvador Toriano Jr

Age: 59

From: Laguna, The Philippines

Favourite dish: Seabass or Fish and Chips

Hobbies: When he’s not in the restaurant, he still likes to cook, along with walking and meeting up with friends.

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

Dengue fever symptoms

High fever (40°C/104°F)
Severe headache
Pain behind the eyes
Muscle and joint pains
Swollen glands

Company Profile

Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
Based: Cambridge and Dubai
Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

The low down

Producers: Uniglobe Entertainment & Vision Films

Director: Namrata Singh Gujral

Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Nargis Fakhri, Bo Derek, Candy Clark

Rating: 2/5


Processor: Apple M3, 8-core CPU, up to 10-core CPU, 16-core Neural Engine

Display: 13.6-inch Liquid Retina, 2560 x 1664, 224ppi, 500 nits, True Tone, wide colour

Memory: 8/16/24GB

Storage: 256/512GB / 1/2TB

I/O: Thunderbolt 3/USB-4 (2), 3.5mm audio, Touch ID

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3

Battery: 52.6Wh lithium-polymer, up to 18 hours, MagSafe charging

Camera: 1080p FaceTime HD

Video: Support for Apple ProRes, HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10

Audio: 4-speaker system, wide stereo, support for Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio and dynamic head tracking (with AirPods)

Colours: Midnight, silver, space grey, starlight

In the box: MacBook Air, 30W/35W dual-port/70w power adapter, USB-C-to-MagSafe cable, 2 Apple stickers

Price: From Dh4,599

Sinopharm vaccine explained

The Sinopharm vaccine was created using techniques that have been around for decades. 

“This is an inactivated vaccine. Simply what it means is that the virus is taken, cultured and inactivated," said Dr Nawal Al Kaabi, chair of the UAE's National Covid-19 Clinical Management Committee.

"What is left is a skeleton of the virus so it looks like a virus, but it is not live."

This is then injected into the body.

"The body will recognise it and form antibodies but because it is inactive, we will need more than one dose. The body will not develop immunity with one dose," she said.

"You have to be exposed more than one time to what we call the antigen."

The vaccine should offer protection for at least months, but no one knows how long beyond that.

Dr Al Kaabi said early vaccine volunteers in China were given shots last spring and still have antibodies today.

“Since it is inactivated, it will not last forever," she said.


Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

Company Profile

Company name: Yeepeey

Started: Soft launch in November, 2020

Founders: Sagar Chandiramani, Jatin Sharma and Monish Chandiramani

Based: Dubai

Industry: E-grocery

Initial investment: $150,000

Future plan: Raise $1.5m and enter Saudi Arabia next year


1. Black holes are objects whose gravity is so strong not even light can escape their pull

2. They can be created when massive stars collapse under their own weight

3. Large black holes can also be formed when smaller ones collide and merge

4. The biggest black holes lurk at the centre of many galaxies, including our own

5. Astronomers believe that when the universe was very young, black holes affected how galaxies formed

The years Ramadan fell in May





The Transfiguration

Director: Michael O’Shea

Starring: Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine

Three stars

How Tesla’s price correction has hit fund managers

Investing in disruptive technology can be a bumpy ride, as investors in Tesla were reminded on Friday, when its stock dropped 7.5 per cent in early trading to $575.

It recovered slightly but still ended the week 15 per cent lower and is down a third from its all-time high of $883 on January 26. The electric car maker’s market cap fell from $834 billion to about $567bn in that time, a drop of an astonishing $267bn, and a blow for those who bought Tesla stock late.

The collapse also hit fund managers that have gone big on Tesla, notably the UK-based Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust and Cathie Wood’s ARK Innovation ETF.

Tesla is the top holding in both funds, making up a hefty 10 per cent of total assets under management. Both funds have fallen by a quarter in the past month.

Matt Weller, global head of market research at GAIN Capital, recently warned that Tesla founder Elon Musk had “flown a bit too close to the sun”, after getting carried away by investing $1.5bn of the company’s money in Bitcoin.

He also predicted Tesla’s sales could struggle as traditional auto manufacturers ramp up electric car production, destroying its first mover advantage.

AJ Bell’s Russ Mould warns that many investors buy tech stocks when earnings forecasts are rising, almost regardless of valuation. “When it works, it really works. But when it goes wrong, elevated valuations leave little or no downside protection.”

A Tesla correction was probably baked in after last year’s astonishing share price surge, and many investors will see this as an opportunity to load up at a reduced price.

Dramatic swings are to be expected when investing in disruptive technology, as Ms Wood at ARK makes clear.

Every week, she sends subscribers a commentary listing “stocks in our strategies that have appreciated or dropped more than 15 per cent in a day” during the week.

Her latest commentary, issued on Friday, showed seven stocks displaying extreme volatility, led by ExOne, a leader in binder jetting 3D printing technology. It jumped 24 per cent, boosted by news that fellow 3D printing specialist Stratasys had beaten fourth-quarter revenues and earnings expectations, seen as good news for the sector.

By contrast, computational drug and material discovery company Schrödinger fell 27 per cent after quarterly and full-year results showed its core software sales and drug development pipeline slowing.

Despite that setback, Ms Wood remains positive, arguing that its “medicinal chemistry platform offers a powerful and unique view into chemical space”.

In her weekly video view, she remains bullish, stating that: “We are on the right side of change, and disruptive innovation is going to deliver exponential growth trajectories for many of our companies, in fact, most of them.”

Ms Wood remains committed to Tesla as she expects global electric car sales to compound at an average annual rate of 82 per cent for the next five years.

She said these are so “enormous that some people find them unbelievable”, and argues that this scepticism, especially among institutional investors, “festers” and creates a great opportunity for ARK.

Only you can decide whether you are a believer or a festering sceptic. If it’s the former, then buckle up.


Cadillac XT6 2020 Premium Luxury

Engine:  3.6L V-6

Transmission: nine-speed automatic

Power: 310hp

Torque: 367Nm

Price: Dh280,000


Name: SmartCrowd
Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)


Name: Haltia.ai
Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends