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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.

Ramadan Challenge RD2 Take part in the Ramadan Challenge Round 2 at Dubai Kartdrome this Ramadan for an opportunity to show off your racing skills and win sponsor prizes as well as Sodi World Series points. Based on the ‘Arrive and Drive’ principal, the Sodi World Series sees participants competing for the chance to win tickets to the annual Sodi World Series Grand Final in France. Dubai Kartdrome will provide the kart, suit, helmet and gloves for those taking part in these highly competitive sprint races. Compete in either the Junior (7 – 14 years), Seniors (15+ years), or Masters (35+) categories, and enjoy the thrill of competitive karting.

Take the Curated Trail at Alserkal Avenue Join art writer Laura Egerton on a curated tour of Alserkal Avenue’s diverse collection of contemporary art galleries and interactive spaces. Learn more about the current line-up of shows and meet the people behind them face to face. Participants will walk away with insider perspective on the pieces on view. Please note that registration is required. Visit the website to sign up.

Ramadan Big Bazaar Celebrate the festivities of the season and stock up on Eid gifts for family and friends at the Ramadan Big Bazaar which returns on 31 May. Bigger and better than ever, the event is a shopper’s paradise with amazing offers on a wide choice of products from clothing and jewellery to perfumes and toys, among others. The event features a fantastic mix of well-known brands and regional retailers where you can find some truly unique buys. Perfect for all the family, the little ones will be kept fully entertained at the kids’ play area and a grand majlis will offer henna painting for ladies. With free parking, free entry and a wide selection of dining options, this is a must-visit event this Ramadan.

  NAS Night Challenge NAS Night Challenge, which is set to take place 1-2 June, is part of this year’s NAS Sports Tournament. The event is a community-based obstacle course, and you can take part either on your own or as part of a team. The course will be spread out across a plot of land next to the NAS Sports Complex, and is expected to attract over 2000 athletes and visitors over the three days. There will be an ‘individuals’ night on 1 June, and a ‘team’ night on 2 June.

ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals The sporting cream of the squash world returns to Dubai from 5-9 June to contest the lucrative season-ending ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals at a purpose-built glass court at Emirates Golf Club. Watch the top eight men and women in the PSA World Series Standings in action where Egypt’s impressive dominance continues, currently claiming the top three qualification spots for both men and women, with world number one and PSA World Series Finals champion Mohamed Elshorbagy and world number one Nour El Sherbini defending their respective male and female titles with a US$160,000 prize purse.

‘Madayen’ Screening at Cinema Akil ‘Madayen’ tells the story of three young Saudis who set out to the notoriously haunted Madayen Saleh ruins in the far north of Saudi Arabia, to investigate the myths and truths around this mysterious area. Written and produced by Hakeem Jomah and directed by Ayman Tamano, this documentary film was released in 2016 and was filmed in the style of ‘found’ footage.

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.

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.

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.