Top 10: Head to the Dubai Mall for back-to-school season, register your kids for dance classes this term at Bodytree Studio, and more

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Find all your back to school essentials at The Dubai Mall. Courtesy The Dubai Mall
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Back to school

Head to The Dubai Mall, where you can find giveaways and specials to celebrate the back-to-school season. Stock up on school supplies, clothing, backpacks and other essentials, plus spend Dh500 to be entered in a raffle to win a year’s worth of school fees. There will be giveaways, a teddy-bear hunt for prizes, and kids-eat-free specials at more than 40 food and beverage outlets.

Daily until Saturday, 10am to midnight, Star Atrium, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, 800 38224 6255,

Abu Dhabi

Art exhibition

Swiss Art Gate UAE presents Equus & Folium by Venezuelan artist Bernardo Nieves and Italian artist Daniela Carletti. The exhibition features Nieves’s large-scale horses, and Carletti’s digital paintings of leaves, which feature impressions of animals and insects in the cycle of life. Pictured: Encuentro (detail) by Bernardo Nieves

Daily until March 10, from 12.30pm to 7pm, Mezzaluna restaurant, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, 050 225 1783,


Kids’ camp

Register your children for the final week of the Coral Beach Resort Sharjah Summer Camp. Activities for little ones, ages 4 to 11, include nature crafts, a young chefs’ programme, kids’ fitness classes, swimming and educational and fun trips in the Northern Emirates with healthy meals and snacks.

Runs until August 30, 9am to 4pm for ages 4 to 11; 7.30am to 2pm for ages 1 to 3, from Dh120 for Coral Beach Resort members, Coral Beach Resort Sharjah, Sharjah, 06 522 9999,


New movie

In Annabelle: Creation, a couple (Anthony LaPaglia and Miranda Otto) who lost their young daughter in a car accident, decide to take in a local nun and orphans when they are left homeless. But a spirit that they once thought was their daughter's, and resides in a doll, is unleashed and begins to torment the children. The film is a prequel to the 2014 film Annabelle and is the fourth in The Conjuring series of films. Horror, also starring Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Samara Lee and Philippa Coulthard.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (18+)

Abu Dhabi

Dance classes

Register your children for dance classes this term at Bodytree Studio. Classes for ages 2 to 17 include twinkle toes, creative movement, ballet, contemporary dance and jazz, and are led by a professionally trained faculty. The new Horton Technique programme for ages 9 to 12 is a style of modern dance developed by Lester Horton that incorporates diverse elements done to percussive music.

Starts September 17, various prices and timings, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448,


Q&A session

Plan to attend an event presented by ExpatWoman that will answer all those essential questions you have about moving to Dubai. Whether you are a newcomer or have lived here for a long time, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers about life in the Emirate from experts in a variety of fields. Plus, there will be food and beverages as well as a variety of activities to occupy the children.

Saturday, 10am to 3pm, free, Constellation Ballroom, The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai,


Kids’ camp

Keep your little ones occupied by signing them up for the Kartdrome Summer Camp. Gulf Star Sports offers children ages 7 to 15 an adrenaline-fuelled summer of go-karting, laser tag in the medieval maze, race-room simulators, billiards tournaments, video games, team games and fun competitions.

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,

Abu Dhabi

Family fun

Cool off indoors and have a good time with your family at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Take advantage of the Friends & Family pass, from Dh220 per person, when a minimum of four tickets are purchased. Enjoy the Ferrari-themed rides and attractions of the indoor amusement park this summer. Nannies and children younger than 3 can enter for free.

Open daily 11am to 8pm, from Dh220 per person online; from Dh251 per person at the gate for bronze category tickets, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 496 8000,


Fitness event

Register now to take part in the annual Pink Is Punk Run:Swim event presented by Ignite Fitness and Wellness to raise money for breast cancer awareness in support of the Al Jalila Foundation. Four categories of races with varying lengths offer a distance suitable for all fitness abilities, including open, sprint and junior and a fun run. Participants are encouraged to bring props and dress up as superheroes or in fancy dress for the fun run, as there will be a prize for the best-dressed.

October 6, from 6am, from Dh150 for adults; from Dh70 for juniors, Anantara The Palm Resort and Spa, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, register at


Shopping event

Summer Bazaar ‘17 is a cultural market offering shopping experiences from cultures around the world, including handicrafts, apparel, beauty products, perfumes and oud, home appliances, accessories, toys and baby items. Food outlets offer a variety of local and international cuisine options to enjoy.

Daily until September 4, 3pm to 11pm, free entry, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai,