Ten ways to lift your spirits this week

Whether it’s work stress or counting down the hours until you get to hang out with your friends again, there’s no reason to live for the weekend.

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There’s a host of activities and events for adults, kids and families this week to keep you entertained.

Sunday 30th July

Learn a new skill

BAS Summer 3It’s hard to keep the kids happy and entertained in the scorching heat of Abu Dhabi’s summer, but Bawabat Al Sharq Mall is offering a great solution. Bring your kids to the mall for a range of activities and entertainment. There’s be basket making, hat making, clay pot painting, finger puppet making and more. Shoppers will also be greeted by the roaming parade including live acts by magicians, stilt walkers, jugglers and more. Free. Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Bani Yas. Until 10th Aug. Weekdays 5pm-10pm, weekends 6pm-11pm. Contact: 02 503 1400, bawabatalsharqmall.ae

Step back in time

800px-Silver_Coin_of_JalaluddinAre you fascinated with Islamic history and culture? Would you like to see ancient scrolls first-hand? With 21 manuscripts on display, aged between 200 and 400 years old, the Islamic Manuscripts and Coin Show brings Islamic history to the public. You can see unique Islamic manuscripts including Quran sciences, Hadith texts, history and exploration, medicine, astronomy, mathematics and more. The coins on display include 40 types of gold and silver that are around 1000 to 1,300 years old. Free. ZHIC Head Office, Al Ain. Until 10th Aug. 9am-1pm. Contact: 800 555

Grab the crew

pioneer-698515_1920What better way to start the working week than to have an after-work party at the Hotelier & Crew NIght. Vibe to some fresh house music with DJ Tamer and get 40 percent off food and beverage. Entrance is free, but guests must be aged 21 and over. Relax at 12, Aloft Abu Dhabi, next to Adnec, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 9pm-2am. Contact: 02 654 5193, relaxat12abudhabi.com

Monday 31st July

Be en-Tranced

transes2Catch a free film screening of musical documentary Trances (El Hal), a story that revolves around Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane and how they combined Moroccan trance music with political lyrics. The film is a mixture between a concert movie and a free-form audiovisual experiment. If you have a love for music, the Moroccan culture, or you want to try a different genre of film, head over to the CinemaSpace. Manarat Al Saadiyat. 7.30pm-9pm. Free, but registration required here: cinemaspace-trances.splashthat.com

Take a shot

8 Ball Pool Tournament

Billiards_ballsWhether you’re a pro in the pool hall or just fancy a different kind of night out, join in the 8-ball pool tournament this Monday. Show what moves you have up your sleeve and you just might win some attractive prizes. If you don’t know how to play pool, bring your friends to watch others battle it out on the pool table while you soak up the atmosphere and enjoy discounts on food and beverages. Free but reservations required to enter competition. Le Méridian Village. 8pm-11pm. Contact: 050 382 3304, craig.osullivan@devere-acuma.com

Tuesday 1st August

Grab the mic

comedy microphoneJoin this open mic night to listen to a diverse range of talents from the capital. The jam session aims to showcase talents from a range of genres, whether it’s pop or rock. So if you love to sing along or play a musical instrument, now could be the time to take to the stage and test out your talents. Free entry. Jazz@PizzaExpress, World Trade Center Mall, Hamdan Street. 3pm-6pm. Contact: facebook.com

Keep the kiddies busy

child roboticsIf the kids have been stuck in front of the TV this summer, then sign them up for this summer camp so they can learn a new skill in a fun and friendly environment. Kids will enjoy activities such as learning about robotics, chess, puzzle solving, drawing and painting through various workshops. Free admission. Time Master Skills Development Centre, Electra St, ADCP Tower B Building. 9am-noon. Contact: 02 673 9171, timemaster.ae

Conquer a climb

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It’s hard to continue your cycling adventures with this heat, so why not join his King of the HIll indoor cycling class? Test your strength and determination to get to the top of a hill with this cycling group. The race will test your endurance and challenge your mind and body. So, see if you have what it takes to get to the finish line. AED 70. The ROOM, International Tennis Center, Zayed Sports City, Saif Ghobash Street. 6.30pm-7.30pm. Contact: 02 444 4945, info@theroom.ae

Wednesday 2nd August

Make scents

shutterstock_220293472Ever wondered how perfumers manage to infuse different ingredients to create your favourite scent? Learn all the history and secrets to perfume making in this workshop, hosted as part of Warehouse421’s summer camp. Join Mona Haddad as she discusses the ingredients that go into the alchemy of perfumes. She will also take you down memory lane as she talks about the cultural significance in the inspiration of many fragrances. AED 50 per person. Warehouse421, Mina Zayed. 1pm. Contact: 02 676 8803, hello@warehouse421.ae

Grab your gal pals

Having a long week and you just need to let your hair down and enjoy the night? Bring your friends along and enjoy a ladies’ night out at Barfly by Buddha Bar. You’ll enjoy a free-flow of house beverages and 50 percent discount on the food bill. The menu has an extensive range of Asian dishes including Thai chili chicken and sushi. Venetian Village, Khor Al Maqtaa. 6pm-midnight. Contact: 02 404 1951, barfly.ae

 

 

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