Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for June 29, 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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Beach Rotana hosts the Brad Kids’ Camp for children, ages 5 to 11, over six consecutive weeks of themed activities, including swimming, indoor pursuits, movie time, games, a talent show, sports and arts and crafts. Additionally, campers’ mothers are invited to take part in the Mother’s Camp, which includes a 60-minute relaxing massage in Zen the Spa, same-day access to the private beach and pool and cup of tea or coffee at Bay View restaurant for Dh350.
Weekdays until August 3, 8am to 2pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh160 including lunch, Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, 02 697 9302, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifa Club World Cup Roadshow Visit the Fifa Club World Cup UAE 2017 Excitement Mobile Roadshow at Yas Mall, and get ready for the world's biggest club football tournament by measuring your football skills in an interactive and competitive environment.
Daily until Saturday, mall open 10am to midnight on Thursday and Friday; 10am to 10pm on Saturday, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmall.ae
Despicable Me 3 sees the mischievous Minions hoping that Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) will return to a life of crime after he is fired from the Anti-Villain League, but Gru decides to remain in retirement and travels to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother Dru (also Carell) who is desperate to live the criminal life. Animated comedy, also featuring the voices of Trey Parker, Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan and Julie Andrews.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE (TBA)
Get tickets now to see a stand-up show by American comedian Mike Epps, as part of the Abu Dhabi Summer Season. Epps is best known for his appearances in the films Next Friday, All About the Benjamins, The Hangover and Meet the Blacks.
August 18, doors open at 6.30pm, from Dh145, Al Raha Beach Theatre, Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.net
Canadian artist Hamza Abdulbasit presents Abstract Calligraphy, a showcase of works that represent his love for bold abstracts with Arabic and Urdu scripts, featuring one character at a time, imposed on colourful backgrounds that reflect the cultures and people of these languages. Pictured: Disco
Daily until June 30, 10am to 10pm, Z Gallery, first floor, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 323 0333, www.fourpointssheikhzayedroad.com
See 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: Mannequin Nr. 38 by Tor Seidel
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
See rising Emirati star Mohamed Al Shehhi tomorrow night at Dubai Opera. The singer blends traditional khalij sounds with contemporary western beats. Al Shehhi's hit song Kashf Al Mahaba has had more than 35 million views on YouTube.
Tomorrow, 10pm, from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Get tickets now for The Naughty Dog, a children's puppet show performed by the Noel Lambert Puppet Theatre, featuring colourful characters from the TV series Dinin. The fast-paced, 40-minute story features original music and teaches children the importance of respecting nature.
July 7 and 8, 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm, Dh50, Kilachand Studio Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
See Mandela Trilogy, a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela presented by Cape Town Opera with a cast of more than 30 performers, including three incarnations of Mandela and featuring diverse styles of music – Xhosa choral, jazz and jive, struggle songs and liberation music – while dramatising the defining moments of his life.
November 9 to 11, 8pm, from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Plan to attend the opening of Literaturhaus at Nadi, a celebration of literature presented by Alserkal Programming that sets out to reinvent and revive the 19th-century salon. It features debates as well as literary, artistic and cultural initiatives to inspire audiences with new perspectives. The opening event features Emirati slam poet Afra Atiq. The event runs Saturdays and some weekdays until September 30.
Saturday, 4pm, Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.alserkalavenue.ae