Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for May 13, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Aarti Jhurani rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.
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Head to the Al Seef Mall Pop-Up Market hosted by La Loupe. The first indoor event of the season, it features wares from more than 30 UAE-based vendors, dining options, henna and music.
Today, 11am to 7pm, Al Seef Mall, Off Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/laloupeauh
Head to Alliance Française Abu Dhabi for their book sale. At Dh5 a book, take your pick from a wide variety, including novels, plays and French learning books.
Today, 9.30am to 5pm, free, Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, off 32nd Street, near Irish Embassy, www.afabudhabi.org
Stay active with the summer offerings at Al Forsan International Sports Resort. The Sports and Dining package offers a 15-minute karting session, 150 paintball experience, 30-minute archery session, 30-minute laser shooting and 25 shots with a 22 calibre pistol, as well as a set menu at either Como Italian Café or Kishi Asian Fusion restaurant. There is also the Sports and Fun package that includes a 15-minute karting session, 150 paintball experience, 30-minute archery session and a choice of 30-minute laser shooting or 25 shots with a 22 calibre pistol.
Until August 31, 9am to 11pm, Dh150 for the Sports and Dining offer, Dh110 for the Sports and Fun package, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, 800 25367726, www.alforsan.com
Visit The Mermaid Reef at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, where children can transform themselves into the magical sea creatures with makeover sessions that include make-up, costume and hairstyling, plus they can take home a hair accessory and souvenir photo. Additionally, Mermaids of Arabia will highlight the importance of marine sustainability. Underwater-mermaid-performance artist Hannah Fraser and champion freediver Marina Kazankova will stage a show in the main aquarium tank on weekends and hold meet and greets.
Daily, 11am to 9pm daily for makeovers, Dh200; noon to 8pm for meet and greets, Dh140, both experiences include Researcher access, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, 04 448 5200, www.thedubaiaquarium.com
In The Rezort, after humanity wins a war against the zombies, a few of the undead are kept on a secure island, where they are hunted for sport. But when something goes wrong with the island’s security, the guests face the possibility of a new zombie outbreak. Horror, directed by Steve Barker, starring Dougray Scott, Jessica De Gouw and Martin McCann.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (PG15)
Catch the final two shows of the urban comedy series Laugh-a-Thon, which features top acts from India. At 7pm, popular stand-up comic Abish Mathew (pictured) presents his set featuring original songs and silent, one-man sketches. At 9pm, Zakir Khan brings his new-era slapstick comedy that takes on themes of adulthood, dating and family. Mathew performs in English and Khan performs in Hindi.
Tonight, 7pm for Abish Mathew; 9pm for Zakir Khan, from Dh150; Dh225 for both, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Shop from collections of more than 50 Indian and Pakistani designers at SoPritti and Ensemble Dubai’s Ramadan Souk. Exhibiting designers include duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula, who are designing costumes for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmavati; actor-turned-fashion designer Deepak Parwani; jewellery designer Queenie Singh (pictured, left) who counts Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Priyanka Chopra among her clients; “The King of Colours” Nomi Ansari; and Sania Mastakiya, who is famous for her minimalistic silhouettes and feminine embellishments.
Today, 10am to 9pm, free, Godolphin Ballroom, Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai,
Sign up for the workshop Living and Working in the UAE. Hosted by Eton Institute in partnership with ExpatConnect, the session aims to promote awareness about the UAE culture, Ramadan etiquette and basic knowledge of Arabic.
Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm, free with registration, Conference Room 3, Block 1, Dubai Knowledge Park, for more information and to register visit
Attend a talk by Essa Al Ansari as part of the Flow Talk Series. A popular fixture on the local wellness scene, with more than 45,000 followers on Instagram, Al Ansari will detail the story of his weight-loss – a journey that started four years ago when he weighed 130 kilograms. Now 70 kgs lighter, he is on a mission to inspire the UAE’s younger generation by championing the importance of healthy diet and physical activity. The Flow Talk Series features a bi-monthly schedule of talks hosted by the country’s influencers, entrepreneurs and tycoons.
Today, 3.30pm, free with registration, Flow, Jumeirah Emirates Tower, Trade Centre Area, Dubai, register at www.flow.com/talkseries
Attend the first meeting of an IVF and fertility support group. Founded by Cassie Destino in association with Bourn Hall Fertility Centre, the meet helps couples struggling with fertility challenges come together and share their experiences and concerns. Participants can also learn more about the latest advances in fertility treatments and UAE laws related to the subject. Free consultation and counselling will be provided to attendees.
Today, 4pm to 6pm, free, Bourn Hall Fertility Centre, 7th floor, Block C, Al Hudaiba Awards building, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org