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Show your Backgammon talents, if you’re game
Fancy yourself a Backgammon whiz? The board game is one of the oldest in history and it is getting a revival tonight at Nay Lebanese restaurant in Barsha Heights, Dubai. The eatery is hosting a tournament that we think will be a winner with backgammon aficionados. It’s a cool concept and we’re sure whichever gamer wins will be more than happy with their free dinner for two. The tournament starts at 7pm. Go to www.yournay.com/activities
Release your inner ninja at Ninja Training Academy
We’re loving the idea of being a ninja at Legoland Dubai – what young warrior wouldn’t, right? The theme park is inviting youngsters to attend the Ninja Training Academy, where they must complete five missions to unleash their inner ninja. The fun, which includes scavenger hunts and a balancing course, is a celebration of Warner Bros’ The Lego Ninjago Movie, out this weekend and screening at cinemas across the UAE. All you have to do to be a ninja is pay an entry fee to the park. For more, see www.legoland.ae
An online exchange for the bookworms among us
Bookworms out there might rejoice in this one. There’s a cool paper-book swapping app that has come to our attention. Browzly allows users to put together a list of hard-copy books they own and don’t want to keep and then lets others know they are happy to share. Users can browse collections from other users and then if they like what they see, can connect and organise an exchange. The app, which has about 400 members, is available to download on IOS and Android. And the best part is, the more books you lend out, the more ‘Swids’ – or in-app currency you earn. You can also create a wishlist of the books you and your family most want to read. Search for Browzly in your app store.
Back to school for adults too at a language training centre
The kids are back at school, but what about you? What better pastime that learning a new language. You can do it at the Eton Institute training centre, which has facilities in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It is offering a free one-hour LiveOnline trial class on Saturday from 3pm to 4pm. Go to the Eton Institute website to register and take a placement test for your chosen language, based on your level and ability. The online class will present an overview of the interactive platform, which offers 160 accredited language training programmes led by qualified instructors. Sign up at www.etoninstitute.com/liveonline.