10 things to do today: see Palestinian film Giraffada at Cinema Space, take your children to a Ramadan music class at Bodytree Studio and more
Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for June 5, 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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Catch a screening of the film Giraffada at Cinema Space. Ten-year-old Ziad (Ahmad Bayatra), the son of Yacine (Saleh Bakri), the veterinarian of the last zoo in Palestine, has a special bond with the zoo’s pair of giraffes. When the male giraffe dies after an airstrike, his pregnant female partner becomes ill and refuses to eat, and Yacine must find a new partner for her soon. But the closest giraffe is at a zoo in Tel Aviv. The film is in Arabic with English subtitles.
Tonight, 8pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemasplash-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Take your children to the Ramadan Kindermusik Classes with Hanneke at Bodytree Studio. The early-childhood music classes benefit growing minds with activities that enhance speech and syntax, such as singing simple songs and reciting chants.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11am to 11.45am, for children up to age 5; Wednesdays, 4.15pm to 5pm for mixed ages up to 5, Dh65 per class, Bodytree Studio, 04 443 4448, firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual Art Souq exhibition features affordable artwork in a variety of styles, techniques and media. Ideal for seasonal gift-giving, you can find modern calligraphic works to oil paintings – realistic and impressionistic – as well as digital images to geometric compositions. Select works will be available for auction online until the end of Ramadan. Pictured: Khorfakkan Book by Taqwa Al Naqbi
Daily until July 27, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Bateen Area, Street 4, Villa 4/2, Abu Dhabi, 02 667 1229, www.etihadmodernart.com
Abu Dhabi & Dubai
Enjoy lunch at Jazz@PizzaExpress in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, where you can find the Spring Summer menu during the day, featuring starters such as calamari and baked mushrooms, thin-crust Romana pizzas and classic pizzas with toppings from meatballs to tandoori chicken, salads, a wide variety of pastas, plus, salads, sides and desserts including honeycomb cheesecake and tiramisu.
Open 11.30am to 1am, World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi, 02 444 7752; noon to 1am, JLT, Dubai, 04 441 6342, www.facebook.com/pizzaexpressuae
Ras Al Khaimah
Enjoy iftar at Al Marjan Ramadan Tent by Radka in Ras Al Khaimah, which features authentic Arabian iftar and suhoor experiences with live Arabian music and delicacies prepared by chef Ludovic Garnier.
From sunset to 8.30pm for iftar, from Dh150; 9.30pm to 1am for suhour, from Dh100, Al Marjan Ramadan Tent by Radka, Ras Al Khaimah, 07 206 7675, www.almarjantent.com
The Triple Fun Pass from Emaar Entertainment lets children spend the day enjoying some top attractions at a discounted price of Dh200, saving a total of Dh110 per child. The KidZania economy ticket lets them access the indoor mini-village and experience more than 80 professions; the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo (pictured) researcher ticket gives them up-close encounters with aquatic animals and a behind-the-scenes overview; and a public skating session at Dubai Ice Rink includes skate hire for staying cool in the hot months.
Offer valid until June 24, Dh200 per child, ticket counter of KidZania, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, www.triplefunpass.com
Register your children ages 3-13 for the Gulf Star Summer Camp, where they can enjoy a variety of activities including sports, team games, arts and crafts, drama, dance, adventure martial arts and more.
June 25-August 31, 9am-2.30pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh800 per week, Foremarke School, Dovecote Green Primary School, Jebel Ali School, Hartland International School, Clarion School and Repton School, Dubai, email@example.com, 050 429 4860
Beat the heat with the Raffles Pool Access offer and relax in the cool water while you soak up the panoramic views of the city skyline. The offer includes two beverages from the swim-up pool bar.
Offer valid until September 30, Dh150, Raffles, Dubai, book at 04 324 8888, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alliance Française Dubai presents a talk on the Culture and Architectural Heritage of Dubai by architects Julie Drappier and Moanna Rosier, who focus their research on heritage in emerging cities, and in particular the malls, hotels and offices of Dubai. Following the talk, which will be held in French, attendees are invited to share their vision of heritage identity as expatriates.
Today, 9.30am, free entry, La Médiathèque, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Atlantis The Palm will commemorate World Oceans Day with a Family Fun Day, in which ocean lovers of all ages can play, create and engage in fun activities as they learn about the marine world. Additionally, The Lost Chambers will offer a free child’s admission for every paying adult, and visitors can join educational talks, meet the resident sea lions, create artwork, see a photography exhibition and more.
Friday, 10am to 8pm, from Dh75 for a general entry for UAE residents, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 426 1040, www.atlantisthepalm.com
Updated: June 5, 2017 04:00 AM