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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.

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

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 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.

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.

IAMRA International Conference The region’s biggest conference on Medical Regulation In October, the IAMRA International Conference on Medical Regulation returns for its 13th edition. The four-day conference is organised by the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities, in association with the Dubai Health Regulation Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Empowering regulation with innovation and evidence,’ with sub-themes including innovative regulation models and medical education. Over the course of the event, visitors will be able to attend a line-up of lectures and panel discussion from international experts. Telephone+971 4 311 6300

The Mining Show The Middle East’s largest mining conference and expo The Mining Show returns to Dubai this October for its eleventh edition. The event is the largest mining conference and expo in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and South Asia, and brings together professionals and companies throughout the mining industry. The event has partnered with the UAE’s Ministry of Energy, and is looking to examine the challenges facing the extraction and production of construction materials in the region. The event is set to bring together mining companies and investors from the Middle East’s emerging mining countries, including Oman and Egypt. It will also take a look at some of the newest technologies and innovations that can transform the world’s mining projects, and help in the extraction of materials and ores.

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference The communications technology event comes to Dubai for the first time The ITU is the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency that specialises in issues concerning information and communications technology. The Plenipotentiary Conference is the organisation’s key decision-making event, and determines the ITU’s activities over the coming months. It’s held in a different city each year, and in 2018, it will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre for the first time. The conference attendees will be helping the ITU to bring the benefits of modern communication technology to people around the world, in a safe and affordable way.  

Aesthetic Dental Facial Cosmetic Conference The dental event returns for its 10th edition The Aesthetic Dental Facial Cosmetic Conference returns this November for its 10th edition, and is set to cover all of the latest trends in aesthetic dentistry, as well as give professionals insights into new technologies and services. The main aim of this two-day event is to take a closer look at the advantages and limitations of cosmetic dentistry, and also to make observations on the industry based on research and insights from clinicians from around the world. There will be educational sessions from industry experts, seminars, hands-on courses, presentations, face-to-face appointments with dental industry suppliers, and networking opportunities for all attendees.

HR Summit and Expo The region’s largest HR event The HR Summit and Expo is one of the largest HR events in the Middle East, and it returns to the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre in November. The three-day event is set to cover very aspect of HR and talent management, with a line-up of seminars, workshops, book signings, and talks from international experts. There will be more than 100 exhibitors at the event, showcasing the latest HR innovations, as well as plenty of opportunities to meet with fellow professionals, including speed network sessions and work workouts.

DP World Tour Championship 2018 The DP World Tour Championship, one of the biggest events in Dubai’s sporting calendar, is back for its tenth edition from the 15-18 November. Part of the European Tour, and the thrilling climax to the European Tour Race to Dubai, this golfing tournament has seen some of the world’s best golfers competing here in the UAE, with past winners including Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. The tournament has a prize fund of $8,000,000, and you can expect some tense scenes when the athletes battle it out on the course to take home the trophy.

The region’s leading education show The Gulf Education and Training Exhibition, or GETEX, returns from 14-16 November. The event is a chance for schools, colleges and educational institutes to reach out to Dubai’s aspiring students, and for students to learn about what educational opportunities are available. Each year, the exhibition attracts more than 35,000 students, and GETEX focuses on all aspects of education, from residential schools to student counselling. The three-day event also features a Counsellors Forum, for Counsellors to meet and learn from fellow professionals. There will also be a line-up of seminars led by representatives from local and international schools, covering everything from children’s healthcare to Master’s Degree programs.