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Top 10: The Laughter Factory returns, play with Lego, try archery, see The Big Sick
Nightlife heats up again in Dubai with the return of The Laughter Factory. Catch the first shows of the month tonight and tomorrow featuring top stand-up comedians, including Nick Page, John Fothergill and the quick and charming Irish comedian Paddy Lennox (pictured). Shows return next week in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Tonight and tomorrow, 9pm, Dh140, ages 21+, Mövenpick, JBR, Dubai, www.thelaughterfactory.com
See a performance by Saudi Arabian master illusionist Ahmed El Bayed, who presents a live stage act as part of the Abu Dhabi Summer Season programme of events. Known as the Middle East’s Pioneer Illusionist, El Bayed performs daredevil stunts and feats of illusion.
Daily until Saturday, Al Raha Beach Theatre, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabisummerseason.ae
Register your children ages 5 and older for the ZSC Academy Ice Skating Camp, where they can take part in on-ice sessions with certified coaches of the Ice Skating Institute of Asia (ISIA), free skate and off-ice games to develop endurance, balance, co-ordination and flexibility.
Runs until August 24, 9am to 1pm, Sundays to Thursdays, Dh750 per week, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 403 4333, email@example.com
Play board games and socialise with others in a relaxed setting at Warehouse421 as part of the summer camp series. The board-game night is led by games shop Back to Games. Enjoy playing a collection of board games, including old favourites and some you may have never tried before.
Tonight, 7pm to 10pm, free, Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, register at www.warehouse421.ae
The Big Sick stars Kumail Nanjiani as a Pakistani comedian who falls in love with an American woman named Emily (Zoe Kazan), but worries what his traditional Muslim parents will think. When Emily falls seriously ill, and with their romance in question, Kumail finds himself developing another type of family relationship. Directed by Michael Showalter, the film is based on Nanjiani’s real-life relationship with Emily V Gordon. Drama, also starring Holly Hunter, Ray Romano and Anupam Kher.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (15+)
Visit the Lego Bricks at BoxPark as part of Dubai Summer Surprises. Children will enjoy the interactive games, promotions and Lego building workshops. There are treasure hunts, where kids can win prizes. Spend Dh200 and enter the draw to win annual passes to Legoland Dubai and Legoland WaterPark.
Daily until August 12, noon to 10pm, Lego, BoxPark, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, www.boxpark.ae
Colors Dubai Summer Camp offers a variety of fun activities and experiences to children in age groups 3 to 5 and 6 to 9. Kids can learn new skills and keep up their fitness levels with a team of professional teachers at four locations across Dubai. The weekly schedule kicks off with Sunday Funday, with competitions to take part in as well as art and baking to take home. Other classroom sessions and workshops include yoga, aerobics, crafts, cooking, painting, dancing, Lego and swimming, so children spend their time productively with safe and enjoyable experiences.
Runs until August 24, 9.30am to 2pm, Sundays to Thursdays, Dubai Ladies Club; The Address Montgomerie Club; Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club; BurJuman Mall, Dubai, register at 056 798 1188
Abu Dhabi Archery has a special summer offer that includes a 30-minute shooting session and basics briefing for Dh45. Additional 30-minute sessions can be purchased for Dh30. Get to know this popular sport and improve your skill under the watchful eye of the instructors.
Valid until August 31, 2pm to 9.30pm, from Dh45 for one 30-minute session, Al Ghazal Golf Club, beside Abu Dhabi Airport, Abu Dhabi, 050 721 3230, firstname.lastname@example.org
See Made in Tashkeel, a showcase of works by 34 UAE-based member artists who demonstrate their creativity in various media and techniques resulting from experiments, workshops and residencies facilitated by and held at Tashkeel in Dubai.
Daily until August 30, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays); 10am to 5pm during Ramadan, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org
Catch two films as part of the Nowplaying series, which promotes alternative and independent films and is presented by Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue. Set in the 1990s, Parisienne (Peur de Rien) is directed by Danielle Arbid and is about Lina (Minal Issa), a 19-year-old university student who arrives in Paris from her home in Lebanon alone, lost and searching for freedom. Colossal, directed by Nacho Vigalondo, stars Anne Hathaway (pictured) and Jason Sudeikis as Gloria and Oscar, childhood friends in New York who discover a strange connection between themselves and a monster destroying Seoul.
Tonight, 7pm for Parisienne (Peur de Rien); 9.30pm for Colossal, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com