What is going on in the capital this Ramadan?

Ramadan is the perfect time of year to experience Arabic hospitality and all the benefits of Islamic culture with themed activities and events for everyone

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Culture

In honour of the Year Of Zayed, The Galleria is hosting a photography exhibition featuring images from the National Archive. Emirati artist Hayat Abdallah has also created art for the display, celebrating the life and legacy of the UAE’s founding father. The shopping destination will also host a range of traditional performances, a calligraphy station and henna artists during Ramadan. Free. Al Maryah Island. Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Contact: 02 616 6999, thegalleria.ae

Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 9.48.21 AMGet into the spirit of the season and visit The Holy Month Ramadan exhibition, which will showcase work from more than 30 international artists. Free. Art Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center, Hamdan Street. Daily 10am-10pm. Contact: 02 551 5005, adah.ae

Head to Yas Island with the family to enjoy Heritage Weekends with themed activities and entertainment, including story telling, face painting, a stilt walker and more at Cascade Dining. Free. Yas Mall, Yas Island. Fri and Sat 6pm-midnight until 9th June. Visit: yasmall.ae

19029601_1897200930597464_3167207257789322256_nLet your creative juices flow and sign up for the Design and Dine Ramadan event on 31st May. This month, participants will try their hand at creating decorative Arabic calligraphy before enjoying food and drinks. From AED 310 per person, pre-booking required. Venetian Village, Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa. 7.30pm-11pm. Visit: facebook.com/design.dine.ad

Activities 

Got energy to burn? Sign up for the month-long padel tournament at Abu Dhabi Country Club and see if you’ve got the skills for the sport. Open to both beginners and more experienced players, all entrants get a T-shirt and the chance to win prizes. AED 300 to register. Shakhbout Bin Sultan Street, Al Mushrif. Contact: 02 657 7777, adcountryclub.com

If tennis is more your thing then sign up for the Zayed Sports City Ramadan beginners’ tennis programme starting on 20th May. Participants will learn the basics of the sport and the skills required to play. AED 630. Saif Ghubash Street. Sun and Tue 10pm-11pm until 5th June. Contact: 02 403 4333, tennis@zsc.ae

Test your knowledge and gather your friends to sign up for the Let’s Get Quizzical quiz night at Blu Sky Lounge and Grill. With prizes up for grabs for the smartest bunch, there’s an extra incentive to be the best. Free. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street. Tue 8.30pm. Contact: 02 818 4888, tsogosun.com

The Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel is hosting the 22nd edition of its annual Ramadan tournament, renamed as the Zayed Sports Tournament in honour of the 2018 theme. Starting during the first week of the holy month, 20 local and international teams will compete in nine sports, including volleyball, chess, basketball and football. Open to the public, the tournament will also feature arts and cultural activities for the whole family. Free. Off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. Times vary. Visit: zayedtournament.com

The team behind event curators Festembr are teaming up with department store Tryano for the return of the Layali Tryano Ramadan fair with shopping, food and music from 2nd to 5th May. Yas Mall. Daily 5pm-midnight. Visit: tryano.com

Project Warehouse 2017The eclectic Project Warehouse by Festember is back again from 23rd to 26th May. Described as a “playground celebrating vibrant contemporary arts and culture”, the pop-up event features a curated selection of designer fashion, gourmet food and beverages, live performances, art installations and majlis entertainment at Warehouse421. Participating vendors at the second edition include Martiza, AKS The Label, XO Coffee, Yellow Brick Road and Chic Bae. AED 50 for adults, AED 25 for children, excluding VAT. Mina Zayed. Daily 8pm-2am. Visit: festemberad.com

Pop-up market concept La Loupe is back for the holy month with two Ramadan Caravan editions featuring a slew of homemade vendors selling everything from crafts and artwork to fashion accessories and food. Free. 24th-25th May and 7th-8th
June. Al Seef Mall, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street. 5pm-midnight. Visit: facebook.com/laloupeauh

Wellness 

Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 9.58.49 AMLooking to detox this Ramadan? Join the four-week Ramadan Detox Yoga Cleanse with Sasha Quince starting on 20th May. Join the class every Sunday to improve your mobility, enhance metabolism, gain strength and flexibility and cleanse your body and mind. AED 284 for four weeks. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street. Sun 7pm-8pm. Visit: sashaquinceyoga.com

Unwind for the month and take advantage of special Ramadan offers at the Health Club at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri where you can sign up for a month-long membership from AED 2,175. If you just need a little pampering you can try the ultimate serenity package at Chi the Spa and enjoy a 60-minute hamman and 60-minute massage for AED 800++++. Between the bridges. Contact: 02 509 8888, shangri-la.com

shutterstock_351250025Get your om on at Bodytree Studio. This Ramadan, the centre is hosting four weekly yin yoga classes from 19th May, which will teach you to embrace stillness, detox the organs and regenerate the body. You can also enjoy a light iftar of dates, nuts, soup and tea after each class. AED 80 per class, AED 290 for all four. Corner of Hazza bin Zayed and Mubarak bin Mohammed Streets. Times vary. Contact: 02 443 4448, bodytreestudio.com

Enjoy some opulence and indulge your senses at Eastern Mangroves Spa by Anantara by enjoying an open hammam. The 45-minute treatment includes a gentle exfoliation and traditional foam massage perfect for soothing the body. AED 375. Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara. 10am-7pm. Contact: 02 656 1146, abu-dhabi.anantara.com

Family 

Helping to spread good will during Ramadan, Hallabolou is hosting Star Leadership Programme anti-bullying workshops to guide children in dealing with difficult situations. Helping to build confidence, educate and overcome challenges, the week-long workshops cater to specific age groups, from children aged five to 11 years old.
20th May-14th June. From AED 550 for the week. Villa A54, Marina Village, behind Marina Mall. From 2.30pm. Contact: 054 458 5745,
happy@hallabolou.com

shutterstock_125877587Bringing families together, Little Smarties Nursery is welcoming visitors for a movie screening, while sitting on bean bags in the comfort of your PJs. Plus, if you need a snack, popcorn, cotton candy, shawarma and drinks will be for sale, too. Free, limited places available. 21st Street, Khalifa City. Thu 7.30pm-9pm. Contact: 02 556 5500, littlesmartiesnursery.com

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