Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 26 May 2018

Your definitive list of things to do in Dubai

Here's what is happening in Dubai and the Northern Emirates: there are theatre and film screenings, classes and talks - many of them free 

Check out our list of things to do, see and experience during the holy month in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Getty Images 
Check out our list of things to do, see and experience during the holy month in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Getty Images 

Want to know what's happening in the city? Here are the best things to do in Dubai, from one-off events, concerts and art exhibitions to family-friendly places to visit.

Bookmark this list, as we'll add to it throughout the month, and update it several times each week. Planning to visit the capital?

Here is our list of the essential things to do in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.


Cricket Fan Park

Until Sunday, May 27

Indian Premier League fans will enjoy watching games at the Cricket Fan Park at Dubai Sports City, where giant TV screens will show every IPL match including playoffs, qualifiers and the final. The atmosphere includes colourful flags of the teams, cricket-themed branding and activities, plus there will be music, food and drinks, stalls, a kids’ area and a gaming zone.

From 1.30pm for double-header games; from 5.30pm for regular matches, from Dh50, includes a Dh30 food and beverage coupon, Cricket Fan Park, Dubai Sports City, Dubai, www.dsc.ae

TEPfactor adventure experience

Starts Tuesday, May 29

Courtesy TEPfactor
Courtesy TEPfactor

Visit JBR to experience the new TEPfactor, an adventure experience that takes place in a cave, where teams of two to six people take on 21 challenges that put their physical, mental, teamwork and co-operation skills to the test. Racing against the clock, the groups take part in puzzles, balancing acts, tests of patience, heroic feats and team challenges to progress to the next task. Up to 15 teams can participate at a time, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, activewear and trainers.

10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays, from Dh80 per hour; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh100 per hour, ages 8+, TEPfactor, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 04 398 8438, www.tepfactor.ae

Les Fourberies de Scapin

Tuesday, May 29

Courtesy Alliance Française Dubai 
Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

Catch a screening of a live performance of Les Fourberies de Scapin (Scapin the Schemer) as performed by the actors of the Académie de la Comédie-Française. The play by Molière is about Scapin, a tricky and arrogant man with a gift for diplomacy. The monthly series presented by Alliance Française Dubai takes place at the auditorium and will feature recorded versions of classic plays.

8pm, from Dh35 for Alliance Française members; from Dh40 for non-members, auditorium, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

Life, Animated film screening

Wednesday, May 30

Courtesy Cinema Akil 
Courtesy Cinema Akil

As part of its Ramadocs series, Cinema Akil presents the documentary Life, Animated, about Owen Suskind, a young man with autism who learnt to communicate by immersing himself in the world of Disney animated films.

9.30pm, free on a first-come-first-seated basis, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com

L'amour fou, French-language play

Wednesday, May 30

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai
Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

See the French play L’amour fou by the Morgane Gauvin Drama Troupe, in residence at Alliance Française Dubai. Ten actors explore the complexities of romantic relationships and parent-child relationships through words, dance and music. Couples, parents and siblings illustrate what binds us and tears us apart at the same time.

8.30pm, from Dh60 for Alliance Française Dubai members; from Dh80 for non-members, ages 14+, Alliance Française Dubai Theatre, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

Macbeth performance screening

Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1

Catch a screening of Macbeth at The Courtyard Playhouse as part of the National Theatre Live programme. The Shakespearean tragedy is directed by Rufus Norris and stars Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the classic story of the damaging effects of political ambition.

8pm, from Dh100, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, courtyardplayhouse.com

XLine Night Rides

Wednesday, May 30; Wednesday, June 6; Wednesday, June 13

XDubai offers special, limited-time XLine night rides with all proceeds going to the Al Jalila Foundation, which is dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research. Enjoy the thrilling experience of a zipline ride across Dubai Marina, and get a customised video to take home.

8pm to 9.30pm, from Dh850, XDubai, Dubai Marina, 04 457 3212, www.xdubai.com

Ramadan Lights Fest

Until Tuesday, June 12

Courtesy Dubai Ice Rink 
Courtesy Dubai Ice Rink

Celebrate the holy month at the Ramadan Lights Fest at Dubai Ice Rink, and enjoy games, crafts, food and more. Donate clothes to the less fortunate at the A Touch of Love campaign; children will enjoy ceramic-painting, lantern-making, face-painting and window art; enjoy VR Sports’ games such as football, basketball, bowling and archery; and the Chevrolet Football area features a daily crossbar challenge, 4-a-side football and more.

Noon to 2am, free entry, from Dh15 to Dh50 per crafts zone activity, Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 04 448 5111, www.dubaiicerink.com

SMCCU iftar event

Until Tuesday, June 12

Courtesy SMCCU
Courtesy SMCCU

Plan to attend an iftar at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). The evening begins with the call to prayer followed by breaking of the fast with Emirati hosts. Enjoy Arabic coffee and dates and then take a moment to watch the hosts pray before enjoying a selection of Emirati dishes served for iftar. Guests are invited to ask questions they have about Ramadan, or the culture and traditions of the UAE. After iftar, guests can visit the Diwan Mosque before returning to the SMCCU house for dessert and tea.

7pm to 9pm, from Dh185 per person, SMCCU, House 26 and House 47, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai, 04 353 6666, www.cultures.ae

Open Tent at Chi-Ka

Until Wednesday, June 13

Visit the Open Tent at Alserkal Avenue as presented by Chi-Ka and enjoy a Japanese-Arabic iftar prepared by chef Michael Fessler, who serves up a fusion of Japanese dishes and street foods reworked with Middle Eastern flavour. The venue features minimalist decor, bonsai gardens, calligraphy murals and live oud nights.

Sunset to 8.30pm for iftar; 8.30pm to 10pm for dinner, from Dh220, Warehouse 46, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, chikaspace.com/bookings

9 Hijri

Ramadan, ongoing

The Dubai Mall hosts 9 Hijri, a month-long event that celebrates the common guiding values between the holy month and the Founding President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed. Nine immersive zones spread across the mall with exhibits, interactive workshops and showcases of Islamic culture, religion and heritage. The zones include Community, Heritage, Faith, Togetherness, Enlightenment, Family, Giving, Self-Reflection and Well-Being. There is also an exhibition of works by Sharjah artist Art Noor, Asma – 99 Names of Allah, and a silent auction in support of Emirates Autism Society featuring artwork from Robi Walters.

10am to 1am, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.thedubaimall.com/ramadan

Heavenly Spa offer

Ramadan, ongoing

Courtesy The Westin Dubai 
Courtesy The Westin Dubai

Heavenly Spa at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, offers a month of late pampering with treatments available until midnight and for longer. With the purchase of any treatment, the spa will double your treatment time at no extra charge. Choose among an array of treatments including the Heavenly Spa Signature Massage, Green Coffee Sculpting, Heavenly Hammam and Turkish Bath.

Noon to midnight, from Dh235, Heavenly Spa, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, book at 04 437 3300, heavenlyspaalhabtoorcity@westin.com

Music in the Studio

Wednesday, June 20

The series Music in the Studio continues with a performance by Bruno Vlahek and Dubravka Vukalovic, winners of the International Piano Four-Hands Competition. The duo will perform a programme featuring a selection of music from Cabrier, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Granados and de Falla.

8pm, from Dh150, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

The Laughter Factory

Wednesday, June 20 to Friday, June 22

Courtesy The Laughter Factory 
Courtesy The Laughter Factory

The Laughter Factory is back with stand-up comedy fun to help beat the heat. The Summer of Laughter tour features American comedian and writer Desiree Burch (pictured), observational humour from Joe Bor, and British storyteller Nick Page, whose tales are outlandish yet relatable.

8pm on Wednesday, June 20, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi; 8pm (early show) on Thursday, June 21, Zinc, Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai; 9pm (late show) on Thursday, June 21, Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights, Dubai; 7pm (early show) on Friday, June 22, Senara, The Palm, Dubai; 9pm (late show) on Friday, June 22, Movenpick JBR, Dubai, from Dh150, www.thelaughterfactory.com

Fête de la Musique

Thursday, June 21

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai 
Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

Alliance Française Dubai presents the annual Fête de la Musique, a global celebration of music in which musicians and performers are encouraged to go outside in their neighbourhoods, parks and public spaces to share their talents. The Dubai event is hosted by oud musician Kamal Musallam, who will also perform, as well as four local bands: The Gypsy Swing Project, Healer Twins featuring Herman Cortes, Eddie Misk Trio and As Per Casper (pictured).

7pm, free with registration, The Studio and The Grand Circle, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, register at www.afdubai.org

Le Petit-Maître corrigé

Tuesday, June 26

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Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

Alliance Française Dubai presents a screening of a live performance of Le Petit-Maître corrigé as performed by the actors of the Académie de la Comédie-Française. The play by Marivaux is about Rosimond and Hortense, who are to be wed in an arranged marriage, and what happens when they finally come face to face. The monthly series presented by Alliance Française Dubai takes place at the auditorium and will feature recorded versions of classic plays.

8pm, from Dh35 for Alliance Française members; from Dh40 for non-members, auditorium, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

The Definitive Rat Pack

Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4

Dubai Opera presents The Definitive Rat Pack, featuring top interpreters of Frank Sinatra (Stephen Triffitt), Dean Martin (Mark Adams) and Sammy Davis, Jr. (George Daniel Long) performing the legendary singers’ hits including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Fly Me to the Moon, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head and New York, New York.

8pm, from Dh140, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

Suzanne Vega

Thursday, July 5

Suzanne Vega, 2013, (Photographed at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts located in Katonah, New York, caramoor.org)
Suzanne Vega, 2013, (Photographed at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts located in Katonah, New York, caramoor.org)

American singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega will perform her greatest hits at Dubai Opera for one night only. The Grammy Award nominee is known for her popular 1980s folk-rock songs, including Luka, Tom’s Diner, Left of Center, and Marlene on the Wall.

8pm, from Dh195, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

La Perle


La Perle is offering discount on their tickets to start off 2018. Courtesy La Perle by Dragone
Courtesy La Perle by Dragone

See La Perle, a live theatrical performance influenced by Dubai’s rich culture and history and produced by renowned creative director Franco Dragone. The permanent resident show is a fusion of artistic performances, imagery and technology featuring aquatic and aerial feats as well as special effects.

Shows at 7pm and 9.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays; 4pm and 7pm on Saturdays, from Dh400, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, 800 517373, laperle.com


Flow Talk Series

Monday, May 28; Wednesday, May 30; Tuesday, June 5

Courtesy Flow 
Courtesy Flow

Flow healthy eating hub presents the Ramadan series of its talk programme, featuring a neo-Bedouin iftar of traditional Arabic cuisine with modern influences, along with engaging talks that stimulate conversation and debate as part of its commitment to serving food that fuels body and mind. On Monday, May 28, Khalifa bin Hendi, social philanthropist and entrepreneur, will discuss the shift among Emirati youth towards giving back to the community through charity and volunteer programmes. On Wednesday, May 30, Emirati spoken-word poet Afra Atiq will perform a poetry recital as well as a talk that focuses on finding inner peace and following your dreams. On Tuesday, June 5, Emirati artist Aysha Al Hemrani will discuss her artwork as well as the new Arab culture, its changing perceptions and stereotypes. Guests will take home a small keepsake from the evening.

7pm, from Dh85, Flow, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, 04 319 8767, www.facebook.com/flowdubai

Summer art exhibitions talk

Tuesday, June 5

Attend a lecture on summer art exhibitions in France and elsewhere by Philippine Motais de Narbonne, an art lecturer and expert in 19th-century paintings and drawings. The lecture will discuss exhibitions including Eugene Delacroix at Musee du Louvre, Paris; Picasso at Musee Fabre in Montpellier; and Cezanne at National Gallery in Washington. The lecture will be held in French.

10am, Dh30, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

Unseen Trails Iftar Walk

Monday, May 28; Tuesday, May 29; Wednesday, May 30; Monday, June 4; Tuesday, June 5; Monday, June 11

Courtesy Unseen Trails 
Courtesy Unseen Trails

Foodies and photographers are invited to sign up to take part in an Old Dubai Iftar Walk with Unseen Trails this Ramadan. The three-hour guided tour of Old Dubai includes the opportunity to breaking the fast with the community and time to photograph the area as it erupts with buzzing crowds.

5.30pm to 8.30pm in May; 5.40pm to 8.40pm in June, from Dh395, Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai, www.gulfphotoplus.com/unseentrails

thejamjar art offers and classes

Until Saturday, June 16

Visit thejamjar and take advantage of their Ramadan offer, which lets the whole family enjoy creative time together at a special price. The 30cm x 30cm painting packages let four people paint four canvases from Dh250. Other workshops include Ramadan mobiles, watercolouring for children, Arabic calligraphy for adults, cushion creating for children, figure drawing for adults, musical canvas for children and more.

10am to 6pm, Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays; 2pm to 8pm on Fridays (closed Sundays), thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 7303, booking@thejamjardubai.com

Don't Panic – An Intro to Improv

Saturday, June 2 to Thursday, June 28

Register to take part in Don’t Panic – An Intro to Improv presented by The Courtyard Playhouse. This introductory class can help calm your fears, make you laugh, develop public-speaking skills, and feel more spontaneous, creative, open and aware. The course is taught by Salman Z Qureshi and Jessica Pratt, and ends with a showcase performance.

11am to 1pm on Saturdays, from Dh1,130, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, courtyardplayhouse.com

Spirit improv class

Saturday, June 2 to Thursday, June 28

The Courtyard Playhouse presents the improvisational course Spirit, which will push your skills and help develop you as a performer. There will be games, narrative, character, theory, practice, play, and personal development with training that adapts to the needs of the class and geared to those who have taken the introduction course, Don’t Panic, which is also available from June 2 to 28.

1pm to 3pm, Saturdays, plus a showcase event and social, from Dh1,130, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, courtyardplayhouse.com

Storytelling short course

Saturday, June 2 to Thursday, June 28

The Courtyard Playhouse presents a storytelling short course that concentrates on the importance of the story through games and character development, but with a focus on directing the attention to the audience to the improvised story. Explore techniques and formats to bring the audience to laughter, fear, expectation and anticipation. The class can be taken after the course.

3pm to 5pm, Saturdays, plus a showcase and social, from Dh1,130, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, courtyardplayhouse.com

Dubomedy Stand-up Class

Saturday, June 23; Tuesday, June 26; Saturday, June 30; Wednesday, July 4; Saturday, July 7; Sunday, July 8

Dubomedy hosts a two-week summer stand-up intensive class open to all levels of those wanting to try their hand at comedy. Work with professional comedians who will help craft your observations and stories into jokes, as well as work on stage presence, timing and delivery. The course includes five classes, a private coaching session and a final public performance.

1pm to 3.30pm on Saturdays; 7.30pm to 10pm on Tuesday and Wednesday; 7pm to 9.30pm on the final show on Sunday, July 8, from Dh1,000; from Dh750 for returning students, Dubomedy, JLT, Dubai, lol@dubomedy.com

Dubomedy Acting Workshop

Saturday, June 23; Wednesday, June 27; Saturday, June 30; Tuesday, July 3; Saturday, July 7

Take part in an acting workshop with Dubomedy, led by actor and comedian Mina Liccione. Beginners and advanced performers can learn how to make their performance more natural and spontaneous by taking part in ensemble games, script analysis, emotional recall, character development, scene study and audition preparation. The course will end with an open-rehearsal-style performance for friends and family to attend.

4.30pm to 7.30pm on Saturdays; 7.30pm to 10pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, from Dh1,200; from Dh1,000 for returning students, Dubomedy, JLT, Dubai, lol@dubomedy.com

Café Langues language exchange

Monday, June 25

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai
Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

Take part in the Café Langues exchange event hosted by Alliance Française Dubai. Native speakers of French, Arabic, English, Spanish and other languages are invited to meet and practice languages with each other over a cup of coffee. Sessions are led by native-speaking volunteers who will get the conversation going and help find the right word.

9.30am to 11am on Wednesday, May 9; 6pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 25, free admission, Café Odeon, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

Sharmila Dance Workshop

Tuesday, June 26 to Saturday, June 30

Register to take part in the Sharmila Dance Summer Workshop and learn dance styles such as hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, ballet, Bollywood and more. An international choreographer will lead the classes for children ages 7 to 12, teenagers ages 13 to16, adults and professionals. A showcase performance takes place at the end of the workshop.

5pm to 9pm Tuesday to Thursday; 10am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday, from Dh1,000 for a two-day programme; from Dh1,600 for all five days, Sharmila Dance, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, register at info@sharmiladance.com

Perfume-making class

Sunday, June 30

Courtesy Melanie Jane 
Courtesy Melanie Jane

Register to take part in Putting on the Spritz, a perfume master class as part of a series with aromatherapist Melanie Jane Nightingale. Learn about essential oils, perfume-making techniques and create a bespoke fragrance as you enjoy drinks and finger sandwiches. Guests will take home a 15ml bottle of their exclusive signature scent eau de parfum.

10am to 2.30pm, from Dh385 incudes buffet breakfast and a tailor-made fragrance, Ritz-Carlton JBR, Dubai, www.bymelaniejane.com


Mind Your Body session

Sunday, May 27

Gold’s Gym hosts an open day for members and non-members with a Mind Your Body session designed to suit those fasting during Ramadan. The class focuses on slow and low-intensity exercise including yoga, Les Mills Body Balance and Pilates that engage the full body, and ensure relaxation and body flexibility for male and female participants of all fitness levels.

Various timings, free, all Gold’s Gym locations in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, goldsgym.ae/blog/upcoming-ramadan-events

RAK Diabetes Center free screenings

Until Saturday, June 30

RAK Diabetes Center offers a free lifestyle and diabetes screening and awareness campaign for UAE residents. The checks include blood sugar, blood pressure, BMI, height, weight and waist measurements. A lifestyle coach and diet consultant will be on hand to guide patients toward cardiac care, diabetic solutions, weight management, exercise programmes, stress and sleep management, and solutions for quitting smoking.

9am to 5pm, Saturdays to Thursdays, RAK Diabetes Center, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 380 1104, www.diabetesrak.com

Dubai Sports World

Until Saturday, September 8

Dubai Sports World offers a wide variety of indoor sports and fitness options under one roof all summer long. Sports enthusiasts of all ages and ability levels can enjoy playing football, basketball, volleyball, cricket, tennis, gymnastics, golf, cycling and table tennis. There is a fully equipped Technogym, fitness classes with Gold’s Gym, a 500-metre running track, a Ninja Warrior obstacle course and more. Rent courts and pitches, or sign up for a sports camp. There are restaurants and coffee shops available on site.

8am to midnight, various prices, Sheikh Saeed Halls, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.dubaisportsworld.com

Be Your Best fitness offer

Wednesday, May 23 to Saturday, September 15

Courtesy Fairmont The Palm 
Courtesy Fairmont The Palm

Fairmont The Palm offers both an Aquaspin and a yoga class for Dh99, plus a complimentary Prama class as part of its Be Your Best fitness programme. Aquaspin is a 45-minute class that involves cycling on a bike submerged in water and burns up to 800 calories per session. Yoga caters to all levels and blends meditative hatha and yin yoga with the more physical vinyasa practice. Prama is a functional-training system using a high-intensity, circuit-based workout to improve endurance, strength, balance and overall fitness. The free Prama class voucher can be downloaded at www.beyourbestdxb.com

Various timings, from Dh99, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 457 3330, www.beyourbestdxb.com

Boot camp

Sundays and Wednesdays, ongoing

Take part in the outdoor boot camp at Burj Park presented by The Burj Club. The 45-minute class features a combination of cardiovascular, strength training and stretching for a full-body workout designed to maximise results including weight loss, toning, increased muscle mass and cardio endurance.

6.30am on Sundays; 6.30pm on Wednesdays, from Dh75, Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, 04 888 3900, reception@theburjclub.com

Nike+ Run Club

Tuesdays and Fridays, ongoing

Courtesy Nike Run Club
Courtesy Nike+ Run Club

Sign up to take part in the Dubai Nike+ Run Club, which has two courses per week at different venues around the city. Led by Nike coaches, the club lets new and accomplished runners gain guidance to help them improve their strength, speed and endurance.

8.04pm on Tuesdays for a 4-6 kilometre speed run; 9.04am on Fridays for a 4-5km fundamentals run, various locations around Dubai, gonike.me/NRCdubai


Aventura Ramadan Offer

Ongoing until Saturday, June 16

Aventura offers guests a special rate throughout Ramadan, with a daily pass at Dh99 and an unlimited pass from Dh249 throughout the holy month. Explore the park’s tree-surfing and zip-lining and test your mental and physical agility with more than 80 challenging climbs and rope-crossing activities. There is something for all ages at the park in the Ghaf tree forest.

10am to 7.30pm, Mondays to Wednesdays; from 9am to 10pm, Thursdays to Sundays, from Dh99 for a day pass and from Dh249 for an unlimited pass, Aventura Park, Mushrif Park, Dubai, www.aventuraparks.com

OliOli After-School Programme

Tuesdays and Wednesdays until June 27

Courtesy OliOli UAE
Courtesy OliOli UAE

OliOli presents after-school programmes for children up to fifth grade that focus on Steam – science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The course offers a hands-on, creative and imaginative learning experience led by experienced teachers and facilitators. Children will develop critical thinking, problem solving and creative design skills as they gain confidence exploring concepts in science, maths and the arts through engineering, robotics, coding and more.

4pm to 5pm, Tuesdays for grades 3-5; Wednesdays for grades 1 and 2, from Dh100 per session; from Dh900 for a full term, OliOli, Dubai, 04 702 7300, www.facebook.com/olioliuae

Laguna Waterpark

Until Wednesday, July 4

Courtesy Laguna Waterpark 
Courtesy Laguna Waterpark

Laguna Waterpark at La Mer beachfront offers a special resident price of Dh99 for fun in the sun and a variety of waterplay activities, including Splash Pad, AquaPlay and Flowriding. During Ramadan, children ages 1-16 will receive a free ice cream when visiting the venue after school. There is fun for all ages, with interactive features for toddlers, waterslides, and WaveOz180, an invigorating surf experience with experienced instructors to teach tips and tricks such as knees, barrel roll and superman. Plus, there are laid-back activities for parents, including a Lazy River and infinity pool with swim-up juice bar.

offer valid Sundays to Wednesdays, excluding public holidays, from Dh99 for residents; from Dh159 for non-residents, La Mer, Dubai, www.lagunawaterpark.com


Ramadan, ongoing

Courtesy Fabyland 
Courtesy Fabyland

Visit Fabyland family entertainment park for an array of attractions and amusements for children ages 3 and older. The venue features 15 major rides, a MyTown area for kids to play and learn and more than 100 game machines, as well as a giant trampoline.

Noon to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays; noon to 1am on Thursdays; 1pm to 1am on Fridays during Ramadan, from Dh125, Fabyland, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, fabyland.ae/uae

Legoland Dubai

Ramadan, ongoing

Courtesy Leogland Dubai 
Courtesy Leogland Dubai

Legoland Dubai presents fun for families during Ramadan, including a new building experience at Miniland, where children can create traditional lanterns out of Lego bricks. In addition, for every lantern built, Legoland Dubai will donate Beacon in a Box light kit to young children in impoverished areas of the world in association with Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, to celebrate the legacy of the Year of Zayed.

1pm to 9pm for Legoland Dubai; 10am to 6pm for Legoland Water park, from Dh135 for entrance after 6pm and access to the iftar buffet, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai, www.legoland.ae

Al Ghurair Centre kids' activities

Ramadan, ongoing

Al Ghurair Centre hosts a range of kids’ activities this holy month including stained-glass making, a counting calendar, Ramadan garland, button art, jewellery-making, lantern-making, 3-D art and burqa decoration. Visit the Ramadan majlis on the second floor, where you can enjoy Arabic hospitality.

7pm to 11pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 6pm to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays, Al Ghurair Centre, Deira, Dubai, www.alghuraircentre.com

XLine zipline

Ramadan, ongoing

Courtesy XDubai
Courtesy XDubai

Enjoy the thrill of traveling across Dubai Marina on an XLine zipline at XDubai. Said to be the longest urban zipline in the world, XLine takes you from the launch platform 170 metres up on the Amwaj Towers across the marina for one kilometre to Dubai Marina Mall. After your ride, you’ll get photos and a customised video of your experience.

10am to 3pm, Mondays to Saturdays during Ramadan; 9am to 5pm, Mondays to Saturdays, after Ramadan, from Dh650 for one person; from Dh1,200 for two people, includes photos and a customised video, XDubai, Dubai Marina, 04 457 3212, www.xdubai.com

Flip Out Dubai

Ramadan, ongoing

Courtesy Flip Out Dubai 
Courtesy Flip Out Dubai

Flip Out Dubai offers one-month of fun at the trampoline park with the Ramadan Pass. Starting Friday, May 18, try activities including trampolining, parkour, 3-D wall running, bubble soccer, archery tag, dodgeball, volleyball, football and baseketball. There will be a dedicated food and drink area in the café.

2pm to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 10pm, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh299, Flip Out Dubai, Warehouse 5, Al Quoz 3, Dubai, 600 567 568, www.flipout.ae

Music Monkeys classes

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays ongoing

Courtesy Music Monkeys
Courtesy Music Monkeys

Check out Music Monkeys classes in Dubai, where children ages 3 months to 4 years can enjoy a programme of interactive fun singing about animals, hopping like bunnies and roaring like lions while popping bubbles, running under the parachute, banging on drums and more designed to promote learning and development.

Classes run Mondays at Fitness First, Springs Town Centre; Mondays at Cheeky Monkeys at Arabian Ranches 2, Kids Jungle at Dubai Silicon Oasis; Wednesdays at Kidzone at Souq Al Bahar; Thursdays at Kids HQ on Umm Suqeim Road, Cheeky Monkeys in Mirdif, Dubai, from Dh60 for drop-in classes, dubai@musicmonkeys.ae

Kartdrome Summer Camp

Sunday, July 1 to Thursday, August 30

Gulf Star Sports presents the Kartdrome Summer Camp for children ages 7 to 15 featuring go-kart driving instruction from the experts at Dubai Autodrome, as well as laser tag, race simulators, billiards, PlayStation games, competitions, prizes and more.

9am to 1pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh1,150 per week; from Dh995 per week early-bird rate, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai Motor City, Dubai, gulfstarsports.com

Fairmont Falcons Kids Club

Sunday, July 1 to Thursday, August 30

Fairmont The Palm hosts the Fairmont Falcons Kids Club this summer, a nine-week programme where children ages 3 and older can enjoy a range of activities to stay active and entertained with different educational and interactive themes each week, including Island Paradise, Jungle Safari and Treasure Hunters.

1pm to 5pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh200 per day; from Dh650 for five days, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 457 3331, palm.childrensactivities@fairmont.com

Hayley's Comet Theatre Company summer camps

Sunday, July 1 to Thursday, August 30

lf00 Top 10 Courtesy Hayley's Comet Theatre Company 
Courtesy Comet Theatre Company

Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company presents its week-long musical theatre and playwriting summer camps, which offers children ages 6-14 the chance to immerse themselves in a creative, energetic environment. The programme, led by professional instructors from the UK, focuses on building teamwork skills through drama games, learning routines and songs and creating their own characters to become part of a play performed on the last day of camp. The play will include comedy, drama and musical theatre. There is also the option of an after-camp club from 3pm to 6pm.

9am to 3pm, from Dh750 per week, James and Alex Dance Studios, Dubai Media City, Dubai, info@hayleyscomet.com

OliOli Summer Camps

Sunday, July 8 to Thursday, August 30

Courtesy OliOli
Courtesy OliOli

OliOli hosts a selection of summer creativity camps for children in age groups 4-5 and 6-9, who are interested in arts and science. The Superhero Steam Academy lets kids invent their own superhero persona and investigate science by building circuits, contraptions and make glowing crystals. The Spectacular Space Camp lets kids reach for the stars by designing a lunar lander with robotic arms and programming a droid for interplanetary adventure. Brilliant Bodies Camp explores how the human body works by using tools to make a prototype of a skeleton, a glowing brain and even a model of the digestive system. The Artful Antics Camp takes kids on an artistic journey from cave paintings to abstract design and more with mixed-media creations and painting with light.

10am to 2pm, Sundays to Thursdays with July 8-August 2 for ages 4-5 and August 5-August 30 for ages 6-9, from Dh250 per day; from Dh990 per week, OliOli, 4th Street, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.olioli.ae

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Daily, ongoing

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Courtesy: Emaar Entertainment *** Local Caption *** al05ju-Top 10-7.JPG
Courtesy Emaar Entertainment

Visit the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in the Dubai Mall and enjoy a wide range of aquatic experiences, including shark feedings, shark encounters, cage snorkelling and Scuba-diving. In the Underwater Zoo, see the 750-kg King Croc, and learn about the UAE’s night creatures, such as Arabian toads, giant camel spiders and spiny-tailed lizards. The VR Zoo lets visitors experience animals in their natural habitat via virtual reality, and a variety of tours and presentations give insight to underwater animal life.

10am to midnight, from Dh120 for the Aquarium Tunnel and Underwater Zoo, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.thedubaiaquarium.com

Dubai Bowling Center

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Dubai Bowling Center 
Courtesy Dubai Bowling Center

Dubai Bowling Center has reopened its doors following an expansion and renovation and offers a fun atmosphere with 16 professional-series lanes, black-and-white movies on projectors above the lanes, an arcade with classic old-school games and The Zone area with e-gaming options. Enjoy the trampoline playground, a private party hall and the toddler play area. The in-house restaurant Yamu offers quirky burgers and freak shakes inspired by gaming culture.

10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, Dubai Bowling Center, Al Quoz, 28th Street and Al Meydan Road, Dubai, 04 339 1010, bowlingdubai.com

Wild Wadi Waterpark residents offer

Daily, ongoing

Enjoy free entry to Wild Wadi Waterpark when you stay at a Jumeirah hotel in Dubai. Courtesy Jumeirah
Courtesy Jumeirah

Wild Wadi Waterpark offers UAE residents a special discount on tickets until the end of the year. Enjoy fun in the sun and all the excitement of a wide selection of the more than 30 rides and attractions, including 13 that are interconnected for a seamless experience. Relax on the lazy river Juha's Journey; Breaker's Bay wave pool; Master Blaster aquatic roller-coaster ride; surfing on the Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders; and the famous Jumeirah Sceirah slide that propels brave visitors from a height of 32 metres at 80 kilometres per hour.

Open 10am to 7pm, from Dh149 for general admission for 1.1 metres and taller; from Dh69 for below 1.1m, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com

XPark Jr

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy XPark Jr
Courtesy XPark Jr

XDubai has launched XPark Jr, a natural playscape that lets children ages 1 to 12 explore, discover and let their imaginations run wild through free and messy play. Set in a forest-like setting, it features plants, fruit trees, streams, waterfalls, fountains, tree houses, climbing nets, a petting zoo, sand-play area and a mud kitchen, where children can take healthy risks, build confidence and connect with one another in nature.

Open 8am to 6pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 8am to 8pm, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh45 for one child and one adult for two hours of free-play; additional hours from Dh25 per hour, XPark Jr, near Kite Beach, Dubai, www.facebook.com/xparkjr

Aventura Parks

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Aventura Parks
Courtesy Aventura Parks

Aventura Parks is now open later in the evenings, so visitors can enjoy the obstacles and zip lines in the cooler weather. Test your mental and physical agility in the great outdoors with more than 80 climbing, tree-surfing, zip-lining, rope-crossing challenges across five different levels, off the ground and in the trees. The park will be illuminated at night and safety is a top priority.

10am to 7.30pm, Mondays to Wednesdays; 9am to 10pm, Thursdays to Sundays, from Dh125, Aventura Parks, Mushrif Park, Dubai, www.aventuraparks.com

KidZania annual pass

Daily, ongoing

KidZania has launched an annual pass, giving unlimited access to the mini-city, where children can explore and role-play various professions in a fun learning environment. Plus, the passes come with a KidZania “Pazzport”, fast-track tickets, invitations to special events, discounts on skating sessions at Dubai Ice Rink and more including the chance to try the new virtual reality fire-awareness activity.

Valid for 12 months from purchase date, from Dh550 for a silver pass; from Dh950 for a gold pass, KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, www.kidzania.ae

Ripe Market

Saturdays, ongoing

Visit a Ripe Market to stock up on produce, shop for gifts and enjoy the community spirit at any of its several venues. Find seasonal organic produce grown locally, as well as a variety of superfoods, juices, honey, eggs and essential pantry items. There are vendors selling gift items such as jewellery and clothing, live music and entertainment, fitness classes, yoga, children’s activities, workshops and more.

9am to 5pm, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.ripeme.com


Art and charity

Ramadan, ongoing

Courtesy City Centre Ajman 
Courtesy City Centre Ajman

Visit City Centre malls, where children can take part in the month-long charity iftar box decoration sessions. Spreading the message of compassion and giving during the holy month, the activities let children get creative and design boxes to be filled with iftar items and distributed by Emirates Red Crescent to the less fortunate.

10am to 8pm, free, City Centre Ajman; City Centre Fujairah; City Centre Sharjah, www.citycentresharjah.com


The Remarkable Resilience of Symbols

Until Wednesday, May 23

A detail of Suis Generis by Colleen Quigley. Courtesy XVA Gallery
A detail of Suis Generis by Colleen Quigley. Courtesy XVA Gallery

The Remarkable Resilience of Symbols by Dubai-based Japanese-American artist Colleen Quigley is an exhibition of works that features patterns and decorative symbols from the urban landscape of Dubai, including the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. The exhibition focuses on the flow and transformation of patterns.

10am to 6pm daily, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com

Star Liner

Until Wednesday, May 30

British-Trinidadian artist Zak Ové presents Star Liner, featuring works that focus on the theme of belonging, and what it means to him in a multicultural world. The artist incorporates African/Caribbean elements into this practice, such as found objects, in works that feature space and time-travel, mask-making and African sculpture.

10am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 346 9906, www.lawrieshabibi.com


Until Wednesday, May 30

A detail of an untitled image by Houssam Ballan from the exhibition Beings. Courtesy Fann A Porter 
A detail of an untitled image by Houssam Ballan from the exhibition Beings. Courtesy Fann A Porter

Fann A Porter presents Beings, an exhibition of works by Syrian artist Houssam Ballan, who experiments with inspiration from Sufism and Illuminationism with a simplistic style that reflects on the characteristics of miniatures. The idea conveyed is that when one tries to remember a person or incident, the subject is not always remembered in concrete lines and colours, but blurred into an overall multidimensional feeling.

7pm on Monday, April 30, then 10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), Fann A Porter, The Workshop, Villa 45, Street 23B, Al Wasl Road, opposite Boxpark, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, 04 341 2595, www.theworkshopdubai.com


Until Saturday, June 9

A detail of Améthyste by Kathleen Caillier. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai
A detail of Améthyste by Kathleen Caillier. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

American artist Kathleen Caillier, who has studied art in France and Japan, presents Meanderings, an exhibition of works that reflect her feeling of being a “citizen of the world” and depict her curiosity and wonder of the beauty of nature and in cultures.

9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm, Thursdays and Saturdays (closed Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org


Wednesday, May 16 until Sunday, June 17

Ductac presents the third edition of the art exhibition Ramadanization, which celebrates the talent of the UAE art community. Local emerging artists were invited through an open call to share what Ramadan means to them through the art form of their choice.

9am to 10pm, Ductac, Gallery of Light, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.ductac.org

Beyond the Grid

Until Thursday, June 28

Tabari Artspace presents the exhibition Beyond the Grid, featuring works by Saudi artist Lulwah Al Homoud. See a selection of abstract works that draw influence from Islamic art, such as calligraphy and geometry, including large-scale minimalist pieces and 50 silkscreens from the artist’s series 99 Names of God.

9am to 9pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), Tabari Art Space, Gate Village, Level 2, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0820, www.tabariartspace.com

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Until Saturday, June 30

Miniature Masjid by Mariam Abbas. Courtesy Showcase Gallery and Mestaria
Miniature Masjid by Mariam Abbas. Courtesy Showcase Gallery and Mestaria

Showcase Gallery presents The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a group exhibition of works curated by Anna Seaman. The artists participating – including Wissam Shawkat, Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Julia Ibbini and Amal Al Gurg -- use systematic techniques to create their art and the majority of the works feature an inherent spirituality, which is notable during the holy month. The title is borrowed from the novel by French journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby, who was paralysed by a stroke and was able to move only his left eyelid, which he used to communicate and write a book with the assistance of a translator.

7pm on Wednesday, May 9, then 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.showcaseuae.com

Out of Focus / Union

Until Saturday, June 30

The Farjam Foundation presents Out of Focus/Union, an exhibition of works by six artists from India, Iran and Iraq, who offer insight to their neighbouring geopolitical beliefs, while exploring notions of perception, division and unity. The works aim to provide visitors a personalised experience, in which viewers see something others may not.

10am to 8pm, The Farjam Foundation, Gate Village 4, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0303, www.thefarjamcollection.org

Made in Tashkeel

Until Thursday, August 30

A still from a video installation by Hind Mezaina and Tulip Hazbar. Courtesy Tashkeel 
A still from a video installation by Hind Mezaina and Tulip Hazbar. Courtesy Tashkeel

Visit the ninth edition of Made in Tashkeel, the annual summer exhibition showcasing achievements of Tashkeel members, workshop participants and recently presented artists. See more than 35 works from 25 artists, reflecting the diversity of the Tashkeel organisation, but which all refer in some way to the mix of facilities and programmes available as well as the collaborative environment. The works range from photography, mixed media, sculpture, video, calligraphy, painting, jewellery and installation. Pictured: A still from a video installation by Hind Mezaina and Tulip Hazbar

10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org