Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 28 May 2018

Your essential guide to things to do in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain 

Find out what is happening in the capital and Al Ain, from concerts and performances to classes, film screenings, and fitness and family events

There is plenty to do in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain during the holy month; check out our list of events and happenings. Victor Besa / The National
There is plenty to do in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain during the holy month; check out our list of events and happenings. Victor Besa / The National

Consult our comprehensive guide to find out what is happening in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in the coming weeks: this includes concerts, art exhibitions, talks and workshops, fitness, family events and more.

Bookmark this list as it will be updated daily with all of the latest things to do in the UAE's capital.

Also, here is our definitive list of things to do in Dubai.


Project Warehouse

Until Saturday, May 26

Courtesy Warehouse421
Courtesy Warehouse421

Attend Project Warehouse, a pop-up event that celebrates contemporary culture with an array of art, cuisine, fashion and design. See art installations with themes of female empowerment and rural Emirati populations, designer fashion with a high-end boutique feel and majlis entertainment and performances. Plus, enjoy gourmet versions of parata, chips Oman, chai halib, karak and sweet desserts.

8pm to 2am, Warehouse 415 and 416, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.com

Cinderella and The Breadwinner film screenings

Saturday, May 26

Cinema Space presents screenings of Cinderella and The Breadwinner on Saturday. At 4pm, see a newly restored version of the animated 1950 film about Cinderella, whose fairy godmother turns her rags into a beautiful gown so she can go to the royal ball, where she meets her prince charming. At 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat and Gulf Film present The Breadwinner, a 2017 Academy Award nominated film for Best Animated Feature about Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family.

4pm for Cinderella; 8pm for The Breadwinner, free with registration, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

5 Broken Cameras film screening

Monday, May 28

The Beirut International Film Festival faces logistical challenges, but still has a highly anticipated list of movies to showcase, including the documentary 5 Broken Cameras. AP Photo
AP Photo

Cinema Space presents a screening of 5 Broken Cameras, a 2011 Palestinian film by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi. The deeply personal, firsthand account of non-violent resistance in a West Bank village threatened by settlements. The footage was edited by Davidi, but shot almost entirely by Burnat, a Palestinian farmer, who bought his first camera to record the birth of his youngest son. The film is structured around the destruction of each of his cameras and focuses on the family’s evolution over five years of turmoil. The film is in Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.

8pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

Hordur - Between the Worlds film screening

Wednesday, May 30

Hordur – Between Two Worlds (2015, Germany)
Hordur – Between Two Worlds (2015, Germany)

Cinema Space and Goethe-Institut Gulf Region present a screening of Hordur - Between the Worlds. The 2015 German film directed by Ekrem Ergun is about Aylin, a German-Turkish teenager caught between cultures. At home, she is the caretaker for her family and at school she is tormented by bullies. When she fights back and injures one of her bullies, she is sentenced to community service at a horse farm, where she is drawn to Hordur, a wild Icelandic horse that cannot return to its homeland. When Aylin finally gets permission to ride Hordur, she discovers so much more about herself. The film is in German and Turkish with English subtitles.

8pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

Ramadan Arcade

Until Friday, June 1

Courtesy DCT
Courtesy DCT

Manarat Al Saadiyat presents Ramadan Arcade, which features a range of cultural experiences based on traditional elements of Ramadan that have been transformed into contemporary concepts and trends. Enjoy playing traditional games such as karom, jakaro, hokm and hand, as well as classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Mario Kart. Teachers from Bait Al Oud will give oud, quanun, cello and rebabah lessons and there will be a concert by Bait Al Oud teachers and students. Take part in creative workshops in collaboration with Manarat Al Saadiyat art studio, where you can make lanterns, recipe books, clay pots, jewellery and more. There will be Arabic and English poetry writing workshops, vendors selling local and international fashion, and food outlets from the non-profit organisation Mirbad.

9pm to 1am, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5800, manaratalsaadiyat.ae

Charity event and artefacts museum

Monday, May 28 to Wednesday, June 6

Visitors to the Mall at World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi are invited to celebrate Ramadan by contributing to a six-metre mosaic mural of Sheikh Zayed, through the purchase of a glass mosaic tile for Dh5, which will build to depict two portraits of the Founding Father. All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, which grants wishes to seriously ill children. There is also a pop-up museum featuring a collection of 80 Islamic artefacts, providing a cultural experience for the whole family.

10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 1am, Thursdays and Fridays, from Dh5 per tile, The Mall at World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/wtcad

Flea Market

Saturday, June 9

Sheraton Baby and Kids Flea Market 
Sheraton Baby and Kids Flea Market

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort hosts a Ramadan baby and kids flea market, where parents can buy and sell pre-loved baby and kids items and meet other parents. There will be free entry for shoppers, entertainment for children and a designated area for refreshments. Stalls are available from Dh200.

1pm to 6pm, free entry for shoppers; from Dh200 per stall, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 056 466 0399, abudhabibabymarket@gmail.com

Ramadan Race Nights

Until Sunday, June 10

Courtesy Yas KartZone
Courtesy Yas KartZone

Visit Yas Marina Circuit and enjoy Ramadan Race Nights, which includes access to Yas KartZone as well as an iftar at select hotels on Yas Island. The recently revamped 800-metre karting track has more than 30 karts and improved facilities and briefing rooms. The iftars take place at Crowne Plaza, Yas Viceroy, Yas Island Rotana and Radisson Blu and the karting packages include rental of gear including helmets, gloves, overalls and safety covers.

6pm to midnight, from Dh249 for adults; from Dh139 for children ages 8-12, Yas KartZone, Yas Central, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarinacircuit.com

Hawa Beirut suhoor tent

Ramadan, ongoing

Visit the Hawa Beirut tent at the Qaryat Al Beri complex during the holy month for a suhoor experience with food, beverages and a live oud performance. Enjoy traditional mezze, salads, hot mezze, snacks, sandwiches, quesadillas, saj and desserts including knafa with cheese and umm ali, as well as shisha in a variety of flavours.

8pm to 2am, from Dh65, private beach of Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, 02 509 8555, www.facebook.com/tradersabudhabi

A'l Bahar Ramadan Sports Tournament

Sunday, May 27 to Wednesday, June 13

Take part with friends or colleagues in the A’l Bahar Ramadan Sports Tournament and create a team of up to 8 people to compete in beach football, beach volleyball, or basketball. Each team will play one game a week over three weeks and there will be prizes for the winning teams. The first 300 people to register will receive a ticket to Taste of Abu Dhabi. Food and beverage outlets are open from iftar until 2am.

9pm to 11.30pm, A’l Bahar, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, register at www.duplays.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

Yas Parks Annual Pass

Until Tuesday, July 24

Courtesy Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Courtesy Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Purchase the Yas Parks Annual Pass and get a full year of access to Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, which is set to open on Wednesday, July 25. The amusement parks feature rides, attractions and experiences the whole family will enjoy. Pass holders can also take advantage of discounts on shopping and dining as well as one complimentary ticket for a friend on the guest’s birthday.

From Dh1,295, valid for one year, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, tickets can be purchased online and at Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi ticket counters, www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com, www.yaswaterworld.com, www.wbworldabudhabi.com

Unite with Tomorrowland

Saturday, July 28

Book tickets now to attend Unite with Tomorrowland Abu Dhabi, as part of the worldwide concert event that connects seven cities’ celebrations with Tomorrowland in Belgium with DJ sets via a live satellite connection.

2pm to 3am, from Dh495, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.net

Yas Marina Circuit Driver Experiences

Friday, June 1 to Friday, August 31

Courtesy Yas Marina Circuit 
Courtesy Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Marina Circuit offers special driving and passenger experiences this summer that let you enjoy a variety of cars on the Formula One track. The DriveYas Driver and Passenger Experiences feature the Aston Martin GT4, the Mercedes-AMG GTS, Jaguar F-Type S Coupe and the Formula Yas 3000, all supported by expert instructors and available at a 25 per cent discount. The Chevy Camaro Special lets you drag race at the drag-racing strip under the expert eye of a racing instructor and is available at 50 per cent off.

From Dh325 for the Chevy Camaro Special, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, booking is essential at 800 927, www.yasmarinacircuit.com

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25

YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -November 26, 2017: The final race of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

(  Boris Dejanovic for the Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi  )
Boris Dejanovic for the Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi

Tickets are now available for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Formula 1 2018 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Packages are available, including the one-day Paddock Club ticket, three-day Grandstand tickets, Lounge tickets, Yas Suites and the Super Parks Pass, which is an upgraded three-day package that offers unlimited access to all three Yas Island parks: Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi. The Public Pit Lane Walk takes place on Thursday, November 22, and after-race concerts are scheduled to take place at du Arena and include The Weeknd (Can't Feel My Face) on Friday, November 23, and Guns N' Roses (Sweet Child O' Mine) on Sunday, November 25.

From Dh625 for Saturday-Sunday tickets for Abu Dhabi Hill, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800927, www.yasmarinacircuit.com


Loving Kindness Meditation

Thursday, May 24

Take part in the class Loving Kindness and Visualisation with Natalia at Bodytree Studio. Loving kindness meditation teaches a traditional practice for cultivating love and applying it as a life-changing force. The practice is the softening of the mind and heart, an opening to deeper levels of the feeling of kindness.

5.45pm to 6.45pm, from Dh80, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com

Aromatherapy workshop

Friday, May 25

Register to take part in an aromatherapy workshop with Jacquelene at Bodytree Studio. The four-hour class will focus on the most commonly used essential oils, ways to incorporate them into your everyday life, including blends to address certain moods and ways to enhance your environment. Participants will also learn what their signature or personality essential oil is.

9am to 1pm, from Dh375, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com

Mindful Meditation Evenings

Saturday, May 26

Register to take part in Mindful Meditation Evenings with Joelle at Bodytree Studio and learn to train your mind to experience the present moment. The sessions include meditation practice and short discussions on how to use mindfulness to lead a happier, successful and stress-free life. Everyone is welcome to attend the session.

5pm to 6pm, from Dh80 per session, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com

Ramadan Dance Week

Sunday, May 27 to Saturday, June 2; Sunday, June 3 to Saturday, June 9

Register your children, ages 2 to 18, to take part in the Ramadan Dance Week with Emirates School of Dance, so they can try some of the new classes that will be offered in the autumn, including ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, creative movement, Pilates, teen tone and teen Xtend Barre. All classes are mixed, and the full programme will be run by professional dancers, with an emphasis on developing a foundation in dance technique as well as artistic self-expression.

2pm to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; from 9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), from Dh55 per class, at Bodytree Studio from Sunday, May 27 to Saturday, June 2 and Saadiyat Beach Club from Sunday, June 3 to Saturday, June 9, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com

Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation

Thursday, May 31

Sign up to attend Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation with Lina at Bodytree Studio. The bowls have been used for centuries for healing and meditation by creating a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul. The sounds are said to be a type of energy medicine that promote healing from stress, pain, depression and disease.

5pm to 6pm, from Dh100, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com

Yin Yoga Iftar

Saturdays in Ramadan

Register to take part in the weekly yin yoga and light iftar held on Saturdays throughout Ramadan at Bodytree Studio. Led by Jacquelene Sadek, the practice embraces stillness and cleanses the soul by detoxing organs and meridians, allowing for renewal and regeneration of body, mind and spirit. A light iftar of soup, nuts, dates and tea will be shared after class. Each week a new theme will be explored including sustenance, expression and persistence.

6pm to 7pm, from Dh80 per class or from Dh290 for all four sessions, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com


Al Qattara Arts Workshops

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy DCT 
Courtesy DCT

Al Qattara Arts Centre hosts monthly art workshops and courses for adults and youth taught by the artists at the centre. Learn the basics of technical skills painting, calligraphy, mosaic, photography, sculpture, 3-D drawing and traditional handicrafts, as well as piano and oud. Classes have two morning and evening sessions and will continue through Ramadan, except for the music classes. Contact the centre prior to the start of each month for specific class timings and registration details.

Various timings from 10am to 8pm, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, register at 03 711 8225, qac@dctabudhabi.ae



Sundays, ongoing

Start your week with a walk, jog, run or ride around the 5.55km Yas Marina Circuit at StartYas, a community health initiative presented by Daman ActiveLife. Families and friends can enjoy the cooler weather and stay or get fit this winter. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes made available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com


Tuesdays, ongoing

Cyclists participate in the weekly Train Yas event.
Train Yas

TrainYas presented by Daman ActiveLife is a weekly event that lets you get fit or stay fit this winter with a walk, jog, run or bike around the 5.55 km track. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes made available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com

Swimming sessions

Wednesdays, ongoing

Daman ActiveLife presents iSwim, which offers access to swimming facilities. The casual environment lets participants both train and improve swimming skills. Swimmers of all abilities and ages are invited.

From 6pm to 8pm, free, American Community School, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/iswimsaturdaynyuad

GoYas for women only

Wednesdays, ongoing

Women will enjoy a walk, run or bike ride around Yas Marina Circuit as part of the women-only fitness event GoYas, presented by Daman ActiveLife. The circuit is shortened to 3km and the event is staffed by women to protect the privacy of participants. Bicycles are available for rent and to borrow.

7pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com

Community run/walk event

Saturdays, ongoing

iTrain Saturdays is a free community run-walk event presented by Daman ActiveLife. The informal fitness initiative has moved indoors to Yas Mall for the hotter summer season and features 1-kilometre, 3-kilometre and 5-kilometre distances. The event is not a race, but finishing times are recorded.

8am, free, VIP entrance, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/itrainabudhabi


Marina Mall kids' activities

Ramadan, ongoing

Courtesy Marina Mall 
Courtesy Marina Mall

Marina Mall hosts a series of complimentary workshops for children that introduce the spirit of the holy month from a cultural perspective. Children of all ages can learn to make colourful lanterns and chime decorations, as well as enjoy cookie-decorating, gift-wrapping, card-making and painting. A light iftar will be available after sundown with refreshments in the Ramadan hospitality tent.

8.30pm to 11.30pm daily, free, no age limit, Marina Mall, Breakwater, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.marinamall.ae

Heritage Weekends

Ramadan, weekends

Courtesy Cascade Dining 
Courtesy Cascade Dining

Enjoy the activities of Heritage Weekends at Cascade Dining as part of its Hala Bil Weekends series. There will be family entertainment and free activities for children ages 4-12 with a heritage theme such as arts and crafts, face-painting, a colouring wall and a storyteller will read tales of the Middle East in Arabic and English at 8.30pm, 9.30pm, and 10.30pm. Plus, there are variety of iftar and suhoor options at the 19 venues throughout the holy month.

6pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, Cascade Dining, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.cascadedining.ae


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.

10am to 4pm and 7pm to 1am during Ramadan, from Dh125, Fabyland, Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi, fabyland.ae/uae

Xtreme Zone

Ramadan, ongoing

Courtesy Xtreme Zone 
Courtesy Xtreme Zone

Xtreme Zone offers visitors a variety of adventure activities with a large trampoline park, zipline, three-storey rope course and a ninja course. Children and adults will enjoy the physical activities that test focus, balance and strength in the fresh outdoor air, yet located within the mall.

10am to 4pm and 7pm to 1am during Ramadan, from Dh15 per play, Xtreme Zone, Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/XtremezoneME

Yas Waterworld kids' offer

Ramadan, ongoing

Yas Waterworld presents a special offer this Ramadan that lets one child, ages 12 and younger, enter free with one paying adult. Enjoy the more than 40 rides, slides and attractions at a discounted, family-friendly price. Food and beverages are available in designated areas during the day.

10am to 6pm, from Dh250, Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com

Capt Tony's Ramadan Cruises

Ramadan, weekends

Book an evening cruise with Capt Tony’s and enjoy Ramadan ambience aboard a traditional dhow, with festive decorations, tea, Arabic coffee and dates. Take in views of Yas Island and the surrounding area, skyline and nature in a tranquil ride through the waters around the marina.

8.30pm to 12.30am, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, hourly from Dh85 for adults and from Dh40 for children ages 6 to 12, Capt Tony’s, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, captaintonys.ae

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Free View offer

Ramadan, weekends

Courtesy Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 
Courtesy Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi brings back its Ramadan Free View on weekends, allowing guests to enter the park and pay just for the rides and attractions you choose at the indoor amusement park. Ticket options include an unlimited rides pass, with access to the Flying Aces and Turbo Track rides from Dh175; a kids’ package with the Junior Training Camp, Nello’s Adventureland and Benno’s Great Race from Dh125; or experience a variety of rides from Dh50 each, excluding rollercoasters.

6pm to midnight, Thursdays and Fridays; 6pm to 11pm on Saturdays, free entry, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

AquaFun at A'l Bahar

Daily, ongoing

Visit the inflatable waterpark AquaFun at A’l Bahar on the Corniche. The new beachfront destination features an 84-piece obstacle course with steps, slides, ramps and bridges, offering participants a fun adventure as well as a stimulating workout that challenges balance, coordination and core strength. The park can accommodate up to 250 people at a time and there are four to seven lifeguards on duty at a time.

9am to 6.30pm daily, from Dh100 per hour; from Dh150 for a day pass, AquaFun, A’l Bahar, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.al-bahar.ae

Go extreme with adventure courses at Deerfields Mall

Daily, ongoing

Visit Xtreme Zone, the new outdoor trampoline park at Deerfields Mall, with a zip line, three-storey rope course and ninja course, where visitors can choose their own level of thrill from a variety of courses. Children from 110cm and adults can take part in physical activities that test and improve focus, balance and strength.

From 1pm to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 1pm to midnight, Thursdays and Fridays; 10am to 10pm on Saturdays, from Dh15 to Dh70 per play, Xtreme Zone, Deerfields Mall, Abu Dhabi-Dubai Road, Abu Dhabi, 02 678 7741, www.facebook.com/DeerfieldsMall

Hands-on art

Daily, ongoing

Visit the new art studio at Manarat Al Saadiyat, which features hands-on arts education programmes, art classes, drop-in sessions, workshops and more for all ages. The drop-in studio is designed for visitors to experiment with a specific, easy-to-follow art activity and create at their own pace for up to two hours, with assistance from instructors.

Daily, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 10am to 8pm, Fridays and Saturdays, drop-in sessions from Dh50 for two hours for adults and teenagers; from Dh30 for children; workshops from Dh100 for adults and teenagers; from Dh50 for children, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5929, manaratalsaadiyat.ae

Superheroes Summer Camp

Sunday, July 1 to Thursday, August 30

Courtesy Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort 
Courtesy Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort present the summer Superheroes Camp, offering children ages 4 to 14 a fun-filled experience with a variety of outdoor activities. Swimming, games, water sports, squash, football, Zumba, fitness and arts and crafts are available, as well as an island trip. Parents will receive a daily pool and beach pass on days their child is at camp.

9am to 2pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh180 per day; from Dh850 per week, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 02 697 0270, sheraton.resort@sheraton.com


Handicrafts Workshops

Ramadan, Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Try your hand at Emirati handicrafts at Al Jahili Fort. TCA Abu Dhabi
Courtesy DCT

Take part in a series of weekly workshops at Al Ain Palace Museum that explore the history and heritage of traditional Emirati handicrafts, including Telli embroidery, which uses gold, silver and brightly coloured strings; Khoos palm-leaf weaving for decorations and household items; Sadu weaving, which is used to create shelters and tents.

9am to noon, free, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae

Fun and interactive Music Monkeys lessons

Sundays and Thursdays, ongoing

Register your little ones for the newly launched Music Monkeys classes in Al Ain. Children ages 3 months to 4 years will enjoy the stimulating, interactive music and movement classes, where they are exposed to songs and rhymes and they can experiment with instruments, take part in parachute and bubbles play and engage in story time.

Various timings for various ages, from Dh60 per 30-minute class for Sundays, Al Ain Golf Club; from Dh540 per term for Thursday classes includes 30-minutes of play time at Cheeky Monkeys, Al Ain Mall, Al Ain, contact@musicmonkeys.ae


Globes: Visions of the World

Until Saturday, June 2

Globes: Visions of the World is an exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi that brings together globes, maps, art and scientific instruments from the past two millennia. See these rare and beautiful objects on display in the region for the first time, including early celestial globes from the Islamic world and one of the oldest Arab astrolabe. Learn how the globe became a symbol of knowledge and power, as well as today’s cutting-edge transformations of the globe.

10am to 8pm, Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (closed Mondays); 10am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, free entry with museum general admission ticket from Dh63, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.louvreabudhabi.ae

Permanent Temporariness

Until Saturday, June 9

Permanent Temporariness by Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti explores how our understanding of the “permanent temporariness” of our environment shapes our experience. The artists use space in the art gallery and throughout the NYUAD campus for installations that bridge architecture and art to examine the social, economic and political consequences of exile and displacement.

Noon to 8pm daily (closed Sundays), NYUAD Art Gallery, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artgallery.org

Carte Blanche to Nada Al Ameri

Until Sunday, June 24

A detail of an image by Nada Al Ameri. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi 
Create Space by Nada Al Ameri. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi

Alliance Française Abu Dhabi presents Carte Blanche to Nada Al Ameri, an exhibition of works by Emirati visual artist Nada Al Ameri, who captures and creates the effect of light by splitting it into the colours of the rainbow. Using watercolours and mixed media, Al Ameri focuses on precision to convey her art.

9am to 6.30pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 9am to 5.30pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, near Irish Embassy, Abu Dhabi, www.afabudhabi.org

Art Souq 2018

Until Tuesday, July 31

A detail of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque by Shadab Khan. Courtesy Etihad Modern Art Gallery
A detail of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque by Shadab Khan. Courtesy Etihad Modern Art Gallery

Etihad Modern Art Gallery hosts Art Souq 2018, a group exhibition running through Ramadan and the summer, featuring art in a variety of styles, techniques and media created by locally based artists. Find modern acrylic and oil paintings, realism and impressionism, digital images and dynamic geometric compositions. Pictured: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque by Shadab Khan

10am to 9pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Bateen Area, Street 4, Villa 4/2, Abu Dhabi, 02 667 1229, www.etihadmodernart.com


Lines and Stitches

Until Thursday, June 14

A detail of NewYorkNewYorkNewYork by Tess Campbell. Courtesy DCT
A detail of NewYorkNewYorkNewYork (the original) by Tess Campbell. Courtesy DCT

Visit the exhibition Lines and Stitches, a showcase of fashion illustration in the UAE that sheds light on the growing creative genre through the artwork of UAE-based fashion designers and illustrators. The exhibition features more than 20 illustrations and 8 installations as well as workshops by illustrators and designers every Saturday, including fashion illustration drawings, textile printmaking, capsule collection creation and fashion mood board.

9am to 8pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae