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Top 10: take part in a cooking class, or take the kids to see Tom & Jerry
Take part in a cooking class led by Top Chef at Truckers Summer Warehouse, which features 15 of the region’s top food trucks in one location as part of the Dubai Summer Surprises. Learn new skills, discover recipes, and prepare dishes inside a food truck in one-hour classes for adults and children ages 6 to 12.
Saturdays, 5pm for the children’s session, Dh85; 8pm for the adults’ session, Dh150, fees include entrance to Truckers Summer Warehouse, open 4pm to 11pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays, for non-class participants, Dh10 entry fee; free entry for children younger than 12, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, book cooking classes at 04 385 5781, email@example.com
Tom & Jerry take their family-friendly stage performance The Crystal Quest to Al Ain as part of Abu Dhabi Summer Season. The live adventure tale features the cat and mouse duo meeting spirit Taja who transports them to the long-lost Pawprint Island where they are sent on a quest to find four lost crystals, which will help Taja regain her magic.
Daily until Saturday, from 6.30pm, from Dh100, Al Ain Municipal Theatre, Al Ain, www.abudhabisummerseason.ae
Get tickets now to see a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone along with a live symphony orchestra performing the entire soundtrack, as part of the Harry Potter Concert Series. The film will be shown in high-definition on a 12-metre screen as John Williams’ score is performed by Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès.
September 21 to 23, from Dh150, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Warehouse421 hosts a board-game night as part of the summer camp programme of events, which is led by games shop Back to Games. Socialise and enjoy playing a collection of board games, including ones you may have never tried, as well as old favourites.
Thursdays, 7pm to 10pm, free, Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, register at www.warehouse421.ae
Ras Al Khaimah
Cool off with a variety of water-based activities at Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club. Ras Al Khaimah has 64km of pristine coastline that provide the ideal setting to explore, relax and partake in various water-based activities, including kayaking, sailing, diving and wakeboarding.
Open daily, 24 hours, from Dh120 for a two-hour introduction to sailing lesson; from Dh50 for kayak rental, Al Hamra Marina & Yacht Club, Ras Al Khaimah, 07 243 2274, www.alhamramarina.com
Sign up for a private yoga experience at Beach Rotana and enjoy practicing sunrise or sunset yoga outdoors, overlooking the sea. The 60-minute class can be taken as an individual or in a couple.
From Dh450 per person or couple, Zen the Spa, Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, 02 697 9333, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit BurJuman, where children ages 3 to 12 can enjoy complimentary activities, including sand-play, rock-climbing, arts and crafts and even bubble blasts every 20 minutes to entertain the youngest members of the family. As part of Dubai Summer Surprises, shoppers can take part in a weekly draw with a spend of Dh200 or more at any store in BurJuman, for the chance to win a car.
Daily until August 12, 4pm to 10pm, BurJuman, Dubai, www.burjuman.com
The Dubai Mall is hosting characters from IMG World of Adventures as part of Dubai Summer Surprises celebrations. Meet and take photos with superheroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and IMG’s realistic looking dinosaur. Different characters visit each weekend in the Star Atrium, which also hosts The Sale Exhibit, featuring some of the mall’s fashion retailers’ top bargains on offer, as well as sweets from Café Bateel.
Thursdays to Saturdays, 6pm to 9pm, free, Souk Atrium, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, 800 38224 6255m, www.thedubaimall.com
Raffles Dubai Spa is offering a complimentary treatment with every full-price treatment purchased on the same day. Take your pick from a range of luxurious massages and facials that use premium products from Shiffa, Aromatherapy Associates and Kerstin Florian to revitalise skin during the harsh summer conditions.
Offer valid until August 31, 10am to 3pm, Sundays to Thursdays, Raffles Spa, Dubai, book at 04 314 9870, email@example.com
Real Pilates Studios offers special summer packs of eight sessions for equipment training on the reformer or chair, and mat training such as core and small equipment. Pilates works core muscle groups, improves flexibility, balance and body awareness, and is conducted under the guidance of specialised instructors.
Offer available until August 31, then valid for 30 days, Dh480 for Summer Mat 8-pack; Dh680 for Summer Equipment 8-pack, Real Pilates, JLT, Dubai, www.real-pilates.com