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‘Cultural Crossroads’ by Tahar Ben Jolloun ‘Cultural Crossroads’, which is on display at La Galerie Nationale, is a collection of works on canvas by the Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun. The poet, novelist and artist is best known for his novel The Sacred Night, which won the Prix Goncourt in 1987. He first started painting in 2013, and since then he’s had his work exhibited in galleries in Rome, Paris, and Algiers. The show came about because of the friendship between Ben Jelloun and Guillaume Cuiry, the gallery’s director and curator. It will debut during this year’s Dubai Art Week, and also marks the gallery’s partnership with the Institut de Monde Arabe, as 2018 is the official year of UAE-Franco Relations.

Dubai Sports World 2018 Organised by Dubai World Trade Centre in association with Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Sports World returns to the city from 17 May. The place to be for the UAE’s sports fans during the long summer months, bring your pals along to try something new or pick our favourite sports at the emirate’s largest indoor sports venue. With over 25,000 square metres of air-conditioned halls, there’s tons of activities to try out for athletes of all ages and fitness levels. Footie fans will get pro advice from former Real Madrid legend Fernando Sanz at the La Liga Academy, while aspiring gymnasts can flick-flack their way across the floor at the all-new dedicated gymnastic area. Add ping pong, street basketball, badminton, a cycling studio, gym and the fast-paced action of the challenging ninja warrior course, to name a few – and  get fit and have fun all summer long!

The International Association for Disability and Oral Health (iADH) will hold congress in Dubai 2018 with a focus on improving oral health for people with disabilities and disadvantages, which has been found to have a high impact on their health.

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Smart Stores Expo The region’s leading retail industry trade event The Smart Stores Expo returns to the UAE for its second edition on 4-6 September. The event is a chance for retail industry professionals to network and discover the latest market trends, bringing decision-makers, experts, and customers together under one roof. There will be four main sectors to the expo: Smart Store Design, Smart Store Technology, Smart Store Services, and Smart Virtual Stores. This edition of the Smart Stores Expo will also host the Smart Stores Summit for the first time, with talks and panel discussions from a line-up of industry experts from across the region and further afield. They’ll discuss emerging trends and market challenges, covering topics such as big data analytics and innovative store design concepts.

Middle East Stone International stone, marble and ceramic show In preparation for the 2020 World Expo, UAE construction is flourishing and the demand is high for contract flooring products and technologies. The Middle East Stone show provides the solution to all marble, ceramic and flooring needs. In addition to seeing the latest products and innovative designs with more than 300 exhibitors, delegates also have the opportunity to find out about industry developments through educational seminars and certified workshops. Access the most experienced suppliers across the world for all types of projects from residential to governmental. Network with like-minded peers and find inspiration in the live-demonstration feature areas. Also note that with the Middle East Stone visitor badge, you can access all DMG co-located shows.  

Concept Big Brands Carnival The largest fashion event of its kind in the region Shop for bargains at the Concept Big Brands Carnival, one of the biggest luxury fashion events of its kind in Dubai and the wider region. Visitors will be able to find sales on everything from perfumes, cosmetics and designer footwear to watches, jewellery, and writing instruments, and some brands will be offering discounts of up to 80 per cent. Over 300 international world-class brands are expected to take part in the event, including Nike, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, and Emporio Armani.  

Carmen at Dubai Opera Opera lovers will be able to watch Carmen, one of the world’s most popular operas, at Dubai Opera from 6-8 September. The Armenian National Academic Theatre Opera and Orchestra will be bringing to life the dramatic story of Don Jose and the gypsy Carmen. The opera was written by French composer Georges Bizet and was first performed in 1875, and it features operatic arias including ‘Habanera’ and ‘Toreador Song’. It’s also gone on to become one of the most frequently-performed operas in the world – the New York Metropolitan Opera has performed it more than a thousand times.  

Opera lovers will be able to watch Carmen, one of the world’s most popular operas, at Dubai Opera from 6-8 September. The Armenian National Academic Theatre Opera and Orchestra will be bringing to life the dramatic story of Don Jose and the gypsy Carmen. The opera was written by French composer Georges Bizet and was first performed in 1875, and it features operatic arias including ‘Habanera’ and ‘Toreador Song’. It’s also gone on to become one of the most frequently-performed operas in the world – the New York Metropolitan Opera has performed it more than a thousand times.

The Magic Flute at Dubai Opera From 13-15 September, the Armenian National Academic Theatre Opera and Orchestra will take to the stage at Dubai Opera to perform The Magic Flute, the last opera composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It was first performed in 1791, two months before Mozart’s death, and he conducted the orchestra at the first performance. As well as listening to Mozart’s enchanting music, opera lovers will also be able to enjoy a comic fairy tale set in a fantasy world. The Magic Flute tells the story of Prince Tamino and his companion Papageno as they help out the Queen of the Night, and set out to rescue her daughter Pamina.