x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Community Art Nights @ Gate Village. Courtesy DIFC
Community Art Nights @ Gate Village. Courtesy DIFC

enjoy an evening of art, design, film, music and cuisine at Art Nights @ Gate Village. There will be gallery exhibitions, live art, screenings of short films in association with Dubai International Film Festival, music from a DJ, open-air performances and special events. From 7pm to 10pm, free entry, Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai, www.facebook.com/DIFCommunity

join the Dubai Sea Dragons for a free trial dragon boat session. Learn about the team that includes men and women ages 20 to 63 and get a taste of what the sport is like. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet, a hat, sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. From 5.15pm, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, near 360 Degrees bar, register at jugregs@hotmail.com, ­www.dubaiseadragons.net

attend a lecture on fibre arts by the natural fibre and textile artist Akihiko Izukura, who descends from a line of master silk-weavers for the imperial family of Japan. From 6.30pm, Art Hub, Plot 38 MW5, Mussaffah, Abu Dhabi, 02 551 5005, www.adah.ae

check out the pop-up boutique What You Love Is Beautiful, which celebrates women empowering women. Female designers will feature their creations, including handmade furniture and other one-off treasures. From 9am-5pm, The Sofa Studio at The Courtyard, Street 6A, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.facebook.com/mishmashidesigns

secure your spot in the Jones the Grocer cooking classes. This month, learn to cook a main course of pan-roasted and smoked Australian lamb rump, or make a trio of tarts. This week: November 12 for dessert at Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, 02 639 5883; November 13 for main course at Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 346 6886. From 6-8pm, Dh375 per person per session

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