Today’s Top 10: taste chocolate and coffee pairings at Encounter Coffee, get a free fitness session at Zayed Sports City and more

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Book your spot to take part in a chocolate-and-coffee pairings session at Encounter Coffee Roasters in Dubai.
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Tasting session

Plan to celebrate International Chocolate Day at a chocolate-and-coffee pairing session hosted by Mirzam Chocolate and Encounter Coffee Roasters. The sensory journey includes an explanation of the chocolate-making process, origins, taste notes, smells and flavours of the Mirzam chocolate and Encounter Coffee varieties.

Friday, 9am; noon; 2pm, Dh140, Encounter Coffee Roasters, The Sum of Us, Burj Al Salam Building, Dubai, register at

Abu Dhabi

4th of July

Celebrate American Independence Day today at Stars ‘N’ Bars with a US-themed party including a quiz, live band, fun games and a DJ spinning top American hits. Plus, tuck into steaks, burgers and foot-long hot dogs from the outdoor BBQ.

Today, live music from 10pm to 1am, Stars ‘N’ Bars, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 565 0101,

Abu Dhabi

Kids’ camp

Children can take part in the indoor summer camp at The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, where they can enjoy a range of activities that promote physical and mental well-being, including sports and art classes presented by KoolKidz, Primal Gym and The Art Hub.

July 9 to August 17, 8.30am to 1.30pm; 8.30am to 5.30pm, from Dh125 per day; Dh520 per week, The Mall at World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi

Fitness venue

St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort offers a variety of fitness options and water-sport activities throughout the summer. Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities including a 3,500-square-metre gym, a 25-metre pool, three outdoor pools and squash and tennis courts. Group classes are available, as well as swimming and tennis lessons and access to a private beach. Activities include kayaking and paddle-boarding.

Open 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 lessons and activities, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 498 8777,

Abu Dhabi

Art workshop

Take part in a free drop-in art session as part of the exhibition The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence that introduces participants to various media and ideas. The session focuses on building a community art space, taking inspiration from the work of the artists Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian.

Friday, 2pm to 6pm, free, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Fitness lesson

Zayed Sports City is giving away free lessons with fitness packages this summer. Choose between private and semi-private tennis and ice skating lesson packages and get a bonus lesson.

Valid until August 31, from Dh640 for eight semi-private ice skating lessons and Dh1,500 for 10 semi-private tennis lessons, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, 02 403 4200,


Sports venue

Stay fit this summer at the UAE's largest indoor summer sports venue, Dubai Sports World, and take part in a variety of sports, tournaments, academies and activites for fitness enthusiasts and beginners alike, including football, badminton, cricket, indoor cycling, running track, table tennis, volleyball, group fitness classes, basketball, tennis, rugby and a state-of-the-art Technogym.

Daily until September 2, free entry, Dubai Sports World, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai,



The documentary-style musical Jersey Boys tells the story of the 1960s rock group Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, whose harmonies were unlike anything anyone had ever heard, while their off-stage relationships were anything but perfect.

October 11 to October 14, 8pm daily plus 3pm on October 13, from Dh250, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai,


Kids’ camp

Gulf Star Sports offers children aged 7 to 15 an adrenaline-fuelled summer of go-karting, laser tag, race-room simulators, billiards, video games, team games and competitions at the Kartdrome Summer Camp.

Runs until September 7, 9am to 1pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh995 per week when booked two weeks in advance; regularly Dh1,150, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai,, 050 429 4860


Art exhibition

Still in Progress is an exhibition of photographs by the New York-based Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi, whose works are the result of a complex, performance-based process comprising painting, calligraphy, interior design, costume design, stage directing and photography.

Daily until August 15, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Leila Heller Gallery, I-87, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 056 831 3520,