10 things to do today: Book to attend an equestrian performance, get your veggies at Ripe Market and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for March 17, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film creenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Aarti Jhurani rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.

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Al Ain

Horse show

Book your tickets to attend an equestrian performance choreographed by renowned director Bartabas, featuring horsemen and horses from the prestigious National Equestrian Academy of Versailles. The show, which comprises 30 horses in a choreography fusing classic dressage, dance, fencing, poetry and music, will be performed in a purpose built-arena in Al Jahili Fort’s courtyard.

Thursday to March 28, no show on March 26, from 8pm, Al Jahili Fort, Al Mutawaa, Al Ain, tickets cost from Dh50 at www.800tickets.com


Abu Dhabi

Pop-up market

Spend the day at Venetian Village and shop at the one-day-only, pop-up Ripe Market, where you can find locally harvested organic produce, plus the offerings of talented artisans, crafters, jewellers and designers, while enjoying live music.

Today, 3pm to 10pm, Venetian Village, The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi, www.ripeme.com



New film

An adaptation of the perennial fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, independent young woman who is taken hostage by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's staff and learns to look beyond the beast's exterior, allowing herself to recognise the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides inside. Musical fantasy, also starring Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE (PG-13)


Abu Dhabi

Art exhibition

Catch the opening of But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008. The exhibition focuses on a community of artists, sometimes called "the five", made up of visual artists, writers and filmmakers, who encouraged a new culture of radical, formal and conceptual experimentation. Despite a flourishing contemporary art community in the early 1990s, curators visiting the UAE concluded that none existed because of the lack of public venues supporting such artists. Their work is now being presented as one of the country's most important in its artistic history. Pictured: Gallery Cement with Mixed Media, 2000 by Hussain Sharif

Until May 25, 3pm to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 628 8000, www.nyuad-artgallery.org



Family fun

Visit Global Village to see street theatre acts including stilt walkers, magicians, plus Mobile Magicians, Gorilla Gary, Globot and more. Daily until April 8, 4pm to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 4pm to 1am, Thursdays and Fridays, Global Village, Dh15 entrance, Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai, www.globalvillage.ae



Art week

Check out new exhibitions, majlis talks, workshops, daily tours, pop-ups and more at Art Week at Alserkal Avenue. This year’s participating galleries include 1x1, Art Jameel, Ayyam Gallery, Carbon 12 and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde. Also check out pop-up dinners at Inked and film screenings.

Until tomorrow, 10am to 7pm, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, view the full programme at www.alserkalavenue.ae



Children’s event

Take your little ones to the British Orchard Nursery’s Fun Fair, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. There will be art competitions, games, a petting show, story sessions, movies, drumming sessions, a baking contest for adults and children, plus a food court featuring a wide variety of international cuisines.

Today and tomorrow, 10am to 6pm, free, British Orchard Nursery, 20A, 33rd Street, Mankhool, Bur Dubai, 04 398 3536, www.britishorchardnursery.com



Horse show

Visit the Dubai International Horse Fair to enjoy activities for adults and children. Kids can learn about domesticated animals such as Shetland ponies, sheep, goats, snakes, rabbits and birds at the Fun Farm, where they can touch and feed them. There will be a performance by Spanish equestrian performers, an equine-inspired art gallery, a heritage village, pony riding, falconry and more.

Until tomorrow, 2pm to 8pm today, 11am to 8pm tomorrow, Zaabeel Halls 5 and 6, Dubai World Trade Centre, free, children under 16 should be accompanied by adults, www.dihf.ae



Fitness event

Take part in the Get Fit Wellness Programme at The Beach. The action-packed, two-day event filled with wellness activities aims to encourage Dubai residents to embrace healthier events. Activities include sunrise yoga, beach volleyball, intense HIIT workout sessions, beach dodgeball, circuit classes and kayak races. Participants can sign up for the beach volleyball and beach dodgeball tournaments – the winning team stands to win Dh3,000. All activities will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's recommended to arrive early. Today and tomorrow, 7am to 7pm, free, The Beach, opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, sign up for the tournaments at www.duplays.com, full schedule at www.thebeach.ae



Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 3 to 13, to take part in the Gulf Star Sports Spring Camps, where they can enjoy hours of fun and excitement as well as learn new skills including sports, team games, arts and crafts, martial arts, performing arts and more.

March 26 to 30 and April 2 to 6, 9am to 2.30pm, Dh800 for one week, Foremarke School, Jebel Ali Primary School, Arcadia Preparatory School, Clarion School, Repton School, Dovecote Green Primary School and Hartland International School, Dubai, 050 429 4860, info@gulfstarsports.com

How to wear a kandura


  • Wear the right fabric for the right season and occasion 
  • Always ask for the dress code if you don’t know
  • Wear a white kandura, white ghutra / shemagh (headwear) and black shoes for work 
  • Wear 100 per cent cotton under the kandura as most fabrics are polyester


  • Wear hamdania for work, always wear a ghutra and agal 
  • Buy a kandura only based on how it feels; ask questions about the fabric and understand what you are buying

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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

Five healthy carbs and how to eat them

Brown rice: consume an amount that fits in the palm of your hand

Non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli: consume raw or at low temperatures, and don’t reheat  

Oatmeal: look out for pure whole oat grains or kernels, which are locally grown and packaged; avoid those that have travelled from afar

Fruit: a medium bowl a day and no more, and never fruit juices

Lentils and lentil pasta: soak these well and cook them at a low temperature; refrain from eating highly processed pasta variants

Courtesy Roma Megchiani, functional nutritionist at Dubai’s 77 Veggie Boutique

Voy! Voy! Voy!

Director: Omar Hilal
Stars: Muhammad Farrag, Bayoumi Fouad, Nelly Karim
Rating: 4/5


Company name: Clinicy
Started: 2017
Founders: Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman, Abdullah bin Sulaiman Alobaid and Saud bin Sulaiman Alobaid
Based: Riyadh
Number of staff: 25
Sector: HealthTech
Total funding raised: More than $10 million
Investors: Middle East Venture Partners, Gate Capital, Kafou Group and Fadeed Investment


Director: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh, Matt Damon

Rating: 5/5

Mercer, the investment consulting arm of US services company Marsh & McLennan, expects its wealth division to at least double its assets under management (AUM) in the Middle East as wealth in the region continues to grow despite economic headwinds, a company official said.

Mercer Wealth, which globally has $160 billion in AUM, plans to boost its AUM in the region to $2-$3bn in the next 2-3 years from the present $1bn, said Yasir AbuShaban, a Dubai-based principal with Mercer Wealth.

Within the next two to three years, we are looking at reaching $2 to $3 billion as a conservative estimate and we do see an opportunity to do so,” said Mr AbuShaban.

Mercer does not directly make investments, but allocates clients’ money they have discretion to, to professional asset managers. They also provide advice to clients.

“We have buying power. We can negotiate on their (client’s) behalf with asset managers to provide them lower fees than they otherwise would have to get on their own,” he added.

Mercer Wealth’s clients include sovereign wealth funds, family offices, and insurance companies among others.

From its office in Dubai, Mercer also looks after Africa, India and Turkey, where they also see opportunity for growth.

Wealth creation in Middle East and Africa (MEA) grew 8.5 per cent to $8.1 trillion last year from $7.5tn in 2015, higher than last year’s global average of 6 per cent and the second-highest growth in a region after Asia-Pacific which grew 9.9 per cent, according to consultancy Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In the region, where wealth grew just 1.9 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014, a pickup in oil prices has helped in wealth generation.

BCG is forecasting MEA wealth will rise to $12tn by 2021, growing at an annual average of 8 per cent.

Drivers of wealth generation in the region will be split evenly between new wealth creation and growth of performance of existing assets, according to BCG.

Another general trend in the region is clients’ looking for a comprehensive approach to investing, according to Mr AbuShaban.

“Institutional investors or some of the families are seeing a slowdown in the available capital they have to invest and in that sense they are looking at optimizing the way they manage their portfolios and making sure they are not investing haphazardly and different parts of their investment are working together,” said Mr AbuShaban.

Some clients also have a higher appetite for risk, given the low interest-rate environment that does not provide enough yield for some institutional investors. These clients are keen to invest in illiquid assets, such as private equity and infrastructure.

“What we have seen is a desire for higher returns in what has been a low-return environment specifically in various fixed income or bonds,” he said.

“In this environment, we have seen a de facto increase in the risk that clients are taking in things like illiquid investments, private equity investments, infrastructure and private debt, those kind of investments were higher illiquidity results in incrementally higher returns.”

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the largest sovereign wealth funds, said in its 2016 report that has gradually increased its exposure in direct private equity and private credit transactions, mainly in Asian markets and especially in China and India. The authority’s private equity department focused on structured equities owing to “their defensive characteristics.”


Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

Russia's Muslim Heartlands

Dominic Rubin, Oxford

How to donate

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Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

Where to donate in the UAE

The Emirates Charity Portal

You can donate to several registered charities through a “donation catalogue”. The use of the donation is quite specific, such as buying a fan for a poor family in Niger for Dh130.

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments

The site has an e-donation service accepting debit card, credit card or e-Dirham, an electronic payment tool developed by the Ministry of Finance and First Abu Dhabi Bank.

Al Noor Special Needs Centre

You can donate online or order Smiles n’ Stuff products handcrafted by Al Noor students. The centre publishes a wish list of extras needed, starting at Dh500.

Beit Al Khair Society

Beit Al Khair Society has the motto “From – and to – the UAE,” with donations going towards the neediest in the country. Its website has a list of physical donation sites, but people can also contribute money by SMS, bank transfer and through the hotline 800-22554.

Dar Al Ber Society

Dar Al Ber Society, which has charity projects in 39 countries, accept cash payments, money transfers or SMS donations. Its donation hotline is 800-79.

Dubai Cares

Dubai Cares provides several options for individuals and companies to donate, including online, through banks, at retail outlets, via phone and by purchasing Dubai Cares branded merchandise. It is currently running a campaign called Bookings 2030, which allows people to help change the future of six underprivileged children and young people.

Emirates Airline Foundation

Those who travel on Emirates have undoubtedly seen the little donation envelopes in the seat pockets. But the foundation also accepts donations online and in the form of Skywards Miles. Donated miles are used to sponsor travel for doctors, surgeons, engineers and other professionals volunteering on humanitarian missions around the world.

Emirates Red Crescent

On the Emirates Red Crescent website you can choose between 35 different purposes for your donation, such as providing food for fasters, supporting debtors and contributing to a refugee women fund. It also has a list of bank accounts for each donation type.

Gulf for Good

Gulf for Good raises funds for partner charity projects through challenges, like climbing Kilimanjaro and cycling through Thailand. This year’s projects are in partnership with Street Child Nepal, Larchfield Kids, the Foundation for African Empowerment and SOS Children's Villages. Since 2001, the organisation has raised more than $3.5 million (Dh12.8m) in support of over 50 children’s charities.

Noor Dubai Foundation

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the Noor Dubai Foundation a decade ago with the aim of eliminating all forms of preventable blindness globally. You can donate Dh50 to support mobile eye camps by texting the word “Noor” to 4565 (Etisalat) or 4849 (du).

Famous left-handers

- Marie Curie

- Jimi Hendrix

- Leonardo Di Vinci

- David Bowie

- Paul McCartney

- Albert Einstein

- Jack the Ripper

- Barack Obama

- Helen Keller

- Joan of Arc

Rashid & Rajab

Director: Mohammed Saeed Harib

Stars: Shadi Alfons,  Marwan Abdullah, Doaa Mostafa Ragab 

Two stars out of five 

Tips for job-seekers
  • Do not submit your application through the Easy Apply button on LinkedIn. Employers receive between 600 and 800 replies for each job advert on the platform. If you are the right fit for a job, connect to a relevant person in the company on LinkedIn and send them a direct message.
  • Make sure you are an exact fit for the job advertised. If you are an HR manager with five years’ experience in retail and the job requires a similar candidate with five years’ experience in consumer, you should apply. But if you have no experience in HR, do not apply for the job.

David Mackenzie, founder of recruitment agency Mackenzie Jones Middle East

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets

Qosty Byogaani

Starring: Hani Razmzi, Maya Nasir and Hassan Hosny

Four stars


Date started: 2012

Founder: Amir Barsoum

Based: Dubai, UAE

Sector: HealthTech / MedTech

Size: 300 employees

Funding: $22.6 million (as of September 2018)

Investors: Technology Development Fund, Silicon Badia, Beco Capital, Vostok New Ventures, Endeavour Catalyst, Crescent Enterprises’ CE-Ventures, Saudi Technology Ventures and IFC

Our family matters legal consultant

Name: Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants.

Nepotism is the name of the game

Salman Khan’s father, Salim Khan, is one of Bollywood’s most legendary screenwriters. Through his partnership with co-writer Javed Akhtar, Salim is credited with having paved the path for the Indian film industry’s blockbuster format in the 1970s. Something his son now rules the roost of. More importantly, the Salim-Javed duo also created the persona of the “angry young man” for Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the 1970s, reflecting the angst of the average Indian. In choosing to be the ordinary man’s “hero” as opposed to a thespian in new Bollywood, Salman Khan remains tightly linked to his father’s oeuvre. Thanks dad. 

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Transmission: 10-speed auto
Power: 298hp
Torque: 452Nm
Towing capacity: 3.4-tonne
Payload: 4WD – 776kg; Rear-wheel drive 819kg
Price: Price: Dh138,945 (XLT) Dh193,095 (Wildtrak)
Delivery: from August


Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5

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