6 awesome things to do in Dubai this week
Poetry and writing workshop
Fine tune your creative writing craft with this free to attend event headed by acclaimed spoken word poet Farah Chamma. To secure your spot, register here. The workshop will focus on various forms of expression – poetry, spoken, novel extracts and more.
When: Wednesday, June 14
Where: The Dubai Mall, 9Hijri – Zone 3, in front of the Souk
Draw your body movement workshop
Harvard cardiologist Herbert Benson linked drawing with stress release. The relaxation response (RR) is a physical state of deep rest and an alternative to the fight-or-flight stress response. As a result, the person is left with lower blood pressure and a lower heart rate. If you’d like to give it a try, head down to Soul Art Center this Saturday where Asareh Ebrahimpour will lead you through the process. Just remember to wear all black.
When: 3.30pm-5pm, Saturday, June 17
Where: Soul Art Center
Price: AED180, all materials provided
Contact: +9714 551 7440, website
This is a special group exhibition for Ramadan, which includes a collection of art from the likes of Omar Najjar, Akil Ahmad, Majd Kurdieh, Mona Nahleh and Hazem Al Zubi, as well music and traditional Arabic treats and desserts.
When: Wednesday, June 14
Where: The Workshop, Jumeirah
Contact: +9714 341 2595, website
Iftar at Dubai Opera
Another interesting Iftar is served up by Dubai Opera, who have converted their auditorium into a large dining hall. As you’d expect, there is musical accompaniment in the form of a talented trio of musicians performing a selection of pieces on harp, flute and percussion.
When: Sunset to 9.30pm, from June 14 to 25
Where: Dubai Opera
Price: AED250 per person, or AED220 for group bookings of 11 guests or more. Children under six dine free, and children between the ages of six and 11 are charged at AED125.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, website
Ramadan Nights at Rise
This is one of the most interesting Ramadan activations. RISE is serving up an appetising buffet of traditional Arabian dishes and international favourites for both Iftar and Suhoor meals, as well as music from Khalil Ghadri. Visitors can also get creative with workshops for making Eid cards, Ramadan gift hampers and Islamic art pattern making – as well as the usual games and tea. There is also a number pop-up stores featuring home décor, accessories, gifts and fashion.
When: Until the end of Ramadan
Where: Dubai Creek Harbour
Price: AED140 for Iftar, AED125 for Suhoor.
The Mummy (18)
Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe team up for another retread of the monster-in-the-crypt plot, which seems to be the latest attempt to revive the success of Indiana Jones. It’s hard to dislike, though, even if you know exactly what’s coming.