Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for May 28, 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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Visit Bawabat Al Sharq to take part in family friendly Ramadan festivities that uphold the Year of Giving and promote Emirati culture. Souq Al Omniyat, which is organised by and supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation, features 50 vendors selling clothing, perfumes and accessories. There will be henna, calligraphy, a falcon show and children’s arts and crafts where they can make lanterns and more.
Open daily during Ramadan, 10am to 2pm and 8pm to 1am, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to 2pm and 8pm to 2am, Thursdays and Fridays; the souq and Ramadan activities begin at sunset, Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi, www.bawabatalsharqmall.ae
Get tickets to see the Grammy Award-winning Chamber Orchestra of Europe perform at Dubai Opera in two gala evenings featuring works by Mozart, including Magic Flute Overture, Violin Concerto No 3 and Symphony No 4, as well as Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Violin Concerto and Symphony No 5. The orchestra will be led by conductor Robin Ticciati with Christian Tetzlaff (pictured) on violin.
November 2 to 3, from Dh250, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Sign up your children, ages 5 to 11, for the Ramadan Kids’ Camp at Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, where there is plenty to keep them busy, including swimming pool games, indoor activities, arts and crafts, movies, a talent show and games.
Starts today and runs until Thursday; then June 4 to June 8, 2pm to 6pm, from Dh160 per day, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 697 9302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vogue Fitness has extended its hours during Ramadan to accommodate early-morning and after-iftar training with additional classes. Plus, women who join Yas Ladies, can take part in the introduction class for free. Membership packages are available for CrossFit and personal training.
Open 5.30am to 1am, Vogue Fitness, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 583 2380, www.vfuae.com
In the film Berlin Syndrome, Clare (Teresa Palmer), an Australian photojournalist, is on holiday in Berlin, where she meets Andi (Max Riemelt) and begins a passionate romance. When she wakes up, however, she discovers that Andi has left and has locked her in his apartment, where he intends to keep her forever. Thriller, also starring Lucie Aron, Cem Tuncay and Matthias Habich.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE (18+)
St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort offers a variety of fitness options and water-sport activities throughout the summer. Enjoy the state-of-the-art indoor facilities, including a 3,500-square-metre gym, squash and tennis courts, plus group classes such as HIIT, Zumba and yoga, personal training and a 25-metre lap pool. Swimming lessons are available, as well as tennis classes and activities, including paddle-boarding, kayaking and boogie-boarding. Members can enjoy access to the three outdoor pools and the 9-kilometre private beach.
From 8.30am to 11am and 6pm to 8pm for group classes; Dh65 per group class for members; Dh85 per group class for non-members, packages available at various prices for swimming, tennis, watersports, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 498 8777, email@example.com
Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Sharjah
Jones the Grocer combines local flavours and regional traditions in its Ramadan menu, which includes pumpkin and corn fritters, a zataar-grilled halloumi wrap, a barramundi burger with moutabal and pomegranate (pictured) and Moroccan meatballs with crispy kale and sesame bread.
Open from 9am to 11am for take-away and 11am to 10.30pm for dine-in and take-away at Khalidiya and Al Raha, Abu Dhabi; open 9am to 11pm for dine-in and take-away at Al Muneera and Al Mamoura, Abu Dhabi; from 9am for take-away and from iftar for dine-in and take-away at Al Manara and Al Safa, Dubai; 24 hours at Dusit Thani Dubai; from 5pm to iftar for take-away and iftar to 3am for dine-in and take-away at Flag Island, Sharjah, www.facebook.com/JonestheGrocer
See the exhibition A Fast, Moving Sky. It features works curated by Dexter Wimberly that reflect the African diaspora. The four artists chosen to participate come from vastly different parts of the world, but are all connected through the theme. They present works that exemplify the complexity of the phenomenon, illustrating how ideas, aesthetics and people are constantly in a flux. Pictured: Crashing Drone II by Rushern Baker
Daily until July 25, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 1367, www.thethirdline.com
Qasr Al Sultan has a special iftar and suhoor offer. It features an enchanting ambience that reflects the splendour of a sultan’s palace, and immerses guests in the warmth of Arabian hospitality. Enjoy iftar with hot and cold mezzes, roasted lamb ouzi and shawarma, along with a dessert counter and homemade ice cream. Arabic singers and oud players will entertain throughout iftar. Suhour features a set menu of Arabic snacks and wholesome soups. Plus, visit the traditional souq and shisha terrace while children will enjoy the games and play area.
From sunset to 9pm for iftar, Dh195; 10pm to 2am for suhour, Dh150, 50 per cent discount for children ages 6 to 12; free for children ages 5 and younger, Qasr Al Sultan, near Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, www.qasralsultan.ae
Dubai Ice Rink and VRZoo have teamed up to bring a special offer for family fun that includes an ice-skating session and an immersive, virtual experience with animals. Have a skate around the cool Dubai Ice Rink, then delve into a 360-degree virtual world featuring live-action endangered species, including dugongs, African elephants and meercats on the VRZoo at Dubai Aquarium.
Available until Wednesday, Dh110, Dubai Ice Rink, ground floor, The Dubai Mall, 04 448 5111, www.dubaiicerink.com