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La Perle By Dragone Franco Dragone, the mastermind behind shows like The House of Dancing Water in Macau and Le Reve in Las Vegas, has created Dubai’s first resident show – La Perle. The show, which is expected to run for the next ten years, with ten shows a week, takes place in a purpose-built theatre in the heart of Al Habtoor City. The theatre uses state-of-the-art technology, and houses an aqua-stage and a 12-metre deep pool filled with 2.7 million litres of water. You can expect to see 65 world-class performers, from 23 countries, performing breath-taking and extraordinary stunts, ranging from acrobatics and contortion to flying and diving. With a story that’s inspired by the spirit of Dubai, La Perle is a one-of-a-kind live show, designed to appeal to everyone, and capture the imagination of children and adults alike. Please note that La Perle will be off during the Holy Month of Ramadan from 13 May and will resume shows on 13 June.

‘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.

Philip Taaffe Solo Show at Leila Heller Gallery Leila Heller Gallery will be presenting a new exhibition by Philip Taaffe from 19 March until 31 August, in what will be the artist’s first solo show in the Middle East. Taaffe is one of the most eminent artists of his generation, and the exhibition will feature some of his most recent paintings. The paintings are inspired by a variety of sources – everything from Roman mosaics and Syrian embroidery to calligraphy and Mongolian masks. Known for his fusion of techniques, including collage, silkscreen printing, and marbling, Taaffe has mixed the decorative with the narrative, as well as the ancient with the modern, creating a series of striking artworks.

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!

XPark Jr is the latest venture from XDubai, and is aimed solely at families and their little ones. It’s opened up close to the Kite Beach Skatepark, and is full of trees, gardens, streams, tree houses, bridges, and climbing frames for families to enjoy. It’s also home to a petting zoo, a sand play area, and a mud kitchen. The park aims to encourage children to take risks and be more confident as they explore and learn more about nature. Add to Calendar

Inner And Outer Space by Kenny Scharf The latest exhibition to go on display at Leila Heller Gallery is ‘Inner and Outer Space’ by Kenny Scharf, and is the American artist’s first solo show here in the UAE. The painter and sculptor is best known for his large, colourful paintings of animals and imaginary creatures, as well as sculptures of televisions and found objects. His latest series of works reflect his concerns about the environment, and in particular the petroleum industry. Two of the paintings, We’re Melting Together Night and Day, and Melty Slop, show a series of brightly-coloured cartoon faces melting down to the bottom of the canvas, and have been made using oil, acrylic, and diamond dust.  

Modhesh World 2018 The 19th edition of Modhesh World, one of the region’s largest indoor entertainment and amusement facilities, returns to Dubai World Trade Centre with tons of summer-long family fun from 7 June to 25 August 2018. This year the My Modhesh, My World theme takes over eight air-conditioned halls packed with interactive experiences across different zones: Show Land, Amusement Park, Jam Base, and Modhesh Bazaar. Head to the Amusement Park for a fairground theme with traditional rides, arcade games, kiddie rides, trampolines, bungees and water games. Little ones will have endless options to keep them active all summer-long with go-karting, inflatables and a wire world on offer as well as hi-tech edutainment at Jam Base. Show and tell fun has its own focus with big stage entertainment and delicious food and beverage outlets for snacking and dining moments at Show Land, while the Modhesh Bazaar is retail central with lots of shopping and indoor market action on offer. Check back for more updates closer to the event.

The 19th edition of Modhesh World, one of the region’s largest indoor entertainment and amusement facilities, returns to Dubai World Trade Centre with tons of summer-long family fun from 7 June to 25 August 2018. This year the My Modhesh, My World theme takes over eight air-conditioned halls packed with interactive experiences across different zones: Show Land, Amusement Park, Jam Base, and Modhesh Bazaar. Head to the Amusement Park for a fairground theme with traditional rides, arcade games, kiddie rides, trampolines, bungees and water games. Little ones will have endless options to keep them active all summer-long with go-karting, inflatables and a wire world on offer as well as hi-tech edutainment at Jam Base. Show and tell fun has its own focus with big stage entertainment and delicious food and beverage outlets for snacking and dining moments at Show Land, while the Modhesh Bazaar is retail central with lots of shopping and indoor market action on offer. Check back for more updates closer to the event.   Date 07 June – 25 August 2018 Category Community , Experiences , Family , Live Entertainment Venue Halls 1-8, Dubai World Trade Centre Telephone +971 600 555 559 Ticket price AED25 Free entry for children under 3 yrs, senior […]

If you’re spending time in Downtown Dubai, don’t miss the opportunity for an insider’s look at the city’s latest cultural icon with a guided tour of Dubai Opera. Discover the inspiration for the architectural design, see the cutting-edge audio-visual technology that enhances every performance, and take a behind-the-scenes tour to see where the magic happens. Don’t miss this exciting chance to explore the contemporary yet cultural jewel which holds a prominent spot in Downtown Dubai’s skyline. Please note that the tour lasts about one hour and is conducted in English and Arabic, with other languages available on request. Add to Calendar

Dubai Opera Tours If you’re spending time in Downtown Dubai, don’t miss the opportunity for an insider’s look at the city’s latest cultural icon with a guided tour of Dubai Opera. Discover the inspiration for the architectural design, see the cutting-edge audio-visual technology that enhances every performance, and take a behind-the-scenes tour to see where the magic happens. Don’t miss this exciting chance to explore the contemporary yet cultural jewel which holds a prominent spot in Downtown Dubai’s skyline. Please note that the tour lasts about one hour and is conducted in English and Arabic, with other languages available on request.

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.

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.