Get tickets to see Tom & Jerry at Al Raha Theatre as part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season. Courtesy TCA Abu Dhabi
Get tickets to see Tom & Jerry at Al Raha Theatre as part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season. Courtesy TCA Abu Dhabi

Top 10: Enjoy stand-up at Rooftop Comedy, see a family-friendly performance of Tom and Jerry, and more



Abu Dhabi

Kids' fun

See a family-friendly performance featuring cat and mouse duo Tom and Jerry, as part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season. In the live adventure tale, the characters meet the spirit Taja who transports them to the long-lost Pawprint Island where they are sent on a quest to find four lost crystals, to help Taja regain her magic.
Daily until Saturday, 6.30pm on Thursday; 3pm on Friday; 3pm and 6.30pm on Saturday, from Dh100, Al Raha Theatre, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabisummerseason.ae

Abu Dhabi
Comedy show

Enjoy stand-up at Rooftop Comedy, presented by  Yalla Laughs and featuring comedians from across the region. Bring your friends and colleagues and end the week on a high note.
Tonight, 8pm, free, 21+, Up and Below rooftop bar, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/yallalaughs
 
Ras Al Khaimah
Spa offer

The spa at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah offers an Afternoon Tea facial, a 90-minute bespoke anti-ageing treatment that stimulates cell rejuvenation. The underwater-themed spa offers an array of relaxing treatments plus facilities that include a flotation bed, steam rooms and the hotel's signature herbal sauna.
Open daily, 9am to 9pm, Dh950 for the Afternoon Tea facial, age 16+, Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, 07 203 5722, rasalkhaima.info@waldorfastoria.com

Abu Dhabi
Art exhibition

Catch the final days of Woven Identities, an exhibition of sustainable art by Dubai-based artists Stephanie Neville and Jeff Scofield. The show examines how we adapt or conform to our immediate environment and also questions how the UAE's transient lifestyle affects the sustainability of interdependent relationships. 
Today and Saturday, 3 to 10pm, (closed Friday), Project Space, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 628 8000, www.nyuad-artgallery.org
 
Abu Dhabi
Kids' camp

Register your children for the French Summer Camp presented by Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, where they can make new friends through fun activities and adventures to improve their French.
Until September 7, 9am to 2pm, from Dh120 per day including a snack, Le Royal Méridien, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 612 2900, info@afabudhabi.org

Dubai
Food trucks

Visit the Truckers Summer Warehouse for the best of the region's food trucks all under one roof, all summer long. Featuring TruckersDXB's funky, industrial set-up, the event includes 15 vehicles serving authentic and fusion cuisines from around the world, as well as interactive entertainment and live performances. Enjoy the arts and crafts market, carnival games, a mechanical bull ride, face-painting and more.   
Until September 2, 4pm to 11pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays, Dh10 entry fee; free entry for children under 12, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.truckers.ae

Dubai
Performance

Get tickets to attend a one-night-only performance by flamenco dancer Eva Yerbabuena at Dubai Opera. Accompanied by five dancers and an ensemble of musicians, she will perform a rendition of her celebrated Carne y Hueso show. The Spanish dancer, known for her speed, power and dramatic footwork, mixes traditional flamenco forms with her own style.
October 5, 8pm, from Dh200, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

Dubai
Writing workshop

Make plans to attend a creative writing workshop with Emirati author Mariam Al Saedi as part of Literaturhaus at Nadi, the celebration of literature and forum of creativity presented by Alserkal Programming. Al Saedi will focus on the inner-voice of the writer, using the method of addressing why, how, when, what and where. The workshop will conclude with participants writing a short paragraph that can be used as the start of a short story and is followed by a group discussion.
Saturday, 4pm to 5pm, Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, rsvp@alserkalavenue.ae

Dubai
Auditions

Book a table for Prime Date Night at The Meydan Hotel's fine-dining steakhouse Prime, and enjoy a special set menu created by chef Raphael Raschke. It features a choice of starters followed by the chef's signature steak, grilled to your preference, and two desserts to choose from.
Offer available daily, 7pm to 11.30pm, Dh750 per couple, Prime, 5th floor, The Meydan Hotel, Dubai, reservations at 04 381 3111, www.meydanhotels.com/PrimeDinner
 
Dubai
Kids' camps

Children can make full use of their holidays at the Emaar Entertainment Summer Camp, where they can learn skills and make new friends through activities at Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Ice Rink, KidZania, Reel Cinemas and the Burj Khalifa. Activities include ice-skating, visiting a heritage village, learning about marine conservation, filmmaking, film watching and team-building games.
Runs until August 31, 8.30am to 3pm, Sundays to Thursdays, Dh750 per week, including activities, snack, lunch and certificate, meeting point at KidZania entrance, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, emaarsummercamp.com

Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

'Worse than a prison sentence'

Marie Byrne, a counsellor who volunteers at the UAE government's mental health crisis helpline, said the ordeal the crew had been through would take time to overcome.

“It was worse than a prison sentence, where at least someone can deal with a set amount of time incarcerated," she said.

“They were living in perpetual mystery as to how their futures would pan out, and what that would be.

“Because of coronavirus, the world is very different now to the one they left, that will also have an impact.

“It will not fully register until they are on dry land. Some have not seen their young children grow up while others will have to rebuild relationships.

“It will be a challenge mentally, and to find other work to support their families as they have been out of circulation for so long. Hopefully they will get the care they need when they get home.”

KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Director: Wes Ball

Starring: Owen Teague, Freya Allen, Kevin Durand

Rating: 3.5/5

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Director: James Wan

Starring: Jason Mamoa, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II 

Rating: 2/5

Stuck in a job without a pay rise? Here's what to do

Chris Greaves, the managing director of Hays Gulf Region, says those without a pay rise for an extended period must start asking questions – both of themselves and their employer.

“First, are they happy with that or do they want more?” he says. “Job-seeking is a time-consuming, frustrating and long-winded affair so are they prepared to put themselves through that rigmarole? Before they consider that, they must ask their employer what is happening.”

Most employees bring up pay rise queries at their annual performance appraisal and find out what the company has in store for them from a career perspective.

Those with no formal appraisal system, Mr Greaves says, should ask HR or their line manager for an assessment.

“You want to find out how they value your contribution and where your job could go,” he says. “You’ve got to be brave enough to ask some questions and if you don’t like the answers then you have to develop a strategy or change jobs if you are prepared to go through the job-seeking process.”

For those that do reach the salary negotiation with their current employer, Mr Greaves says there is no point in asking for less than 5 per cent.

“However, this can only really have any chance of success if you can identify where you add value to the business (preferably you can put a monetary value on it), or you can point to a sustained contribution above the call of duty or to other achievements you think your employer will value.”

 

KEY DATES IN AMAZON'S HISTORY

July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).


Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).


Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

MO

Creators: Mohammed Amer, Ramy Youssef

Stars: Mohammed Amer, Teresa Ruiz, Omar Elba

Rating: 4/5

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.

The specs

Engine: 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8

Power: 611bhp

Torque: 620Nm

Transmission: seven-speed automatic

Price: upon application

On sale: now

The specs: 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Price, base / as tested: Dh101,140 / Dh113,800


Engine: Turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder


Power: 148hp @ 5,500rpm


Torque: 250Nm @ 2,000rpm


Transmission: Eight-speed CVT


Fuel consumption, combined: 7.0L / 100km

Tips to keep your car cool
  • Place a sun reflector in your windshield when not driving
  • Park in shaded or covered areas
  • Add tint to windows
  • Wrap your car to change the exterior colour
  • Pick light interiors - choose colours such as beige and cream for seats and dashboard furniture
  • Avoid leather interiors as these absorb more heat
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