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Throughout Ramadan there are some fantastic art exhibitions to check out. This week artist eL Seed will be at The Jam Jar gallery to discuss is work before a special screening of Banksy’s exit through the gift shop. We’ve also got plenty of iftars to work our way through, as well as Euro 2016 action. And another week, another pop-up fashion bazaar, featuring some of the UAE’s most-loved textile designers.

The Jam Jar Gallery has put together an engaging series of events for the summer, all under the supervision of guest curator Beth Derderian. Wednesday nights have been reserved for talks and presentations under the theme of “Outside” – whether that means physical location, away from the mainstream or beyond the typical museum or gallery format. The first event centres on the last of these and begins with a screening of a short preview of Tunisian artist eL Seed’s recent work on “Perception”, his famous mural in the Zaraeeb neighbourhood in Cairo. The artist will be on hand to discuss his work before a screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop, a documentary by perhaps the most famous of all street artists, Banksy. Both elements are designed to look at the challenges of taking art outside of the white cube and the role of public art. It will all take place in the space outside – naturally – the Jam Jar Gallery, in Alserkal Avenue.
When: From June 15
Where: The Jam Jar Gallery, Al Quoz,

Qube Sports Bar
There is an awful lot to get stuck into at Qube in the Meydan Hotel this summer – making the drive out to Nad Al Sheba totally worth it. For regular punters, there is a daily happy hour between 8pm and 10pm (not during matches), there are 16 screens and four cube screens in the bar area, a match-by-match fantasy game and a penalty shootout, with hotel, food, drink and golf prizes all up for grabs.
On the upper level, special packages can be booked by the match: groups of up to six can get 24 drinks for the price of 12, unlimited soft drinks and finger bites all for AED900. For up to eight guests, you can double the drinks and food for AED1,750. You’ll also have your own dedicated team looking after you.
Where: Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba
Contact: +9714 381 3780

This exhibition at DUCTAC features the work of artists reflecting on their own memories and experiences of Ramadan. Set against the increasing commercialisation of the Holy Month, these personal and artistic re-interpretations highlight many shared experiences, from TV series, iftars and personal behaviour. Curated by Muhanad Ali, the exhibition features works from Ahmed Bouhoulaigah, Fatima Albudoor, Amal Al Khaja, Sara Al Haddad, Jumairy, Khalid Mezaina and Salama Nasib, Dina Saadi, Safwan Subzwari and Walid Al Wawi.
When: Monday, June 13
Where: 9:30pm, DUCTAC,

Iftar – The Courtyard
For authentic, traditional and charming, The Manzil Downtown Dubai ticks all boxes with its enchanting Arabian outdoor garden courtyard. Luxurious yet relaxed, the interiors are stunning, but still full of warmth. Located in the heart of this boutique hotel, guests can enjoy a delectable menu for Iftar, shisha and soothing sounds from live performers. You will definitely leave feeling like you have gone back in time and enjoyed an authentic experience. AED170.
Where: Manzil Downtown Dubai
Contact: +9714 423 8899

Visions of Islam
This Ramadan exhibition will display two dozen Islamic artworks by eight artists who comprise art instructors and prize-winning members from the Dubai International Art Centre. They works capture many different styles, from watercolours to modern abstract works.
When: Until July 2
Where: Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre,

Lady Fuzion Bazaar
Another bazaar that has been going for a while is this one from Lady Fuzion, the fashion-based networking group. This is the seventh Ramadan bazaar and will feature some of the most notable textile designers in the UAE in a friendly, sociable environment.
When: June 16, 11am-12am
Where: Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, +971 50 290 4419

Hareem Al Sultan Exhibition
There’s plenty of time to see this long-running exhibition, which doesn’t close until the end of the year. Offering a look back in history to the Ottoman era, the exhibition shows the glamourous Topkapi Palace and the Sultan’s Hareem in the Turkish Ottoman, looking at home décor, jewellery and costumes. You’ll even be able to smell the real scents which would have filled the palace’s rooms.
When: Until December 31
Where: City Walk,

Cinema – Don’t Grow Up (15)
A horror-thriller yarn in the 28 Days Later or perhaps Saoirse Ronan-vehicle How I Live Now genre, this UK-French film directed by Thierry Poiraud centres on a group of British teenagers who abscond from their carehome hoping for some al fresco freedom. As they wander around the nearby town, though, they soon realise that the adults are being turned into crazed, murderous maniacs by a strange disease. What follows is a fight for survival – interlaced with plenty of Dawson’s Creek adolescent angst.
In cinemas from June 9

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