5 Lively UAE Summer Events Worth Checking Out

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Pizza, yachts, unlimited beverages & workshops. If you’re in the country during the peak of its heat, and not cooling off in the Swiss Alps, don’t sweat it [more than you have to].

There are some super Snap-able moments available close to home.

Here are 5 UAE summer events worth a shot:

1. Hang out at Jazz@PizzaExpress

With saxophones and a light-headed, upbeat vibe, this blue-sy location is opening its doors to a fantastic offer for the summer.

The Summer Social lets you eat and drink all you care to [or can] every Thursday evening. Their selection of wines, cocktails, tossed salads and crispy pizzas makes this an irresistible deal.

When: June 1 to August 31, 2016

Where: Jazz@PizzaExpress at The World Trade Centre Mall, Abu Dhabi.

How much: AED 149

2. Get Artsy at Wednesdays at the Warehouse421

Get your hands artsy this summer, as Warehouse421 returns with Wednesdays at Warehouse this summer – poetry readings, discussions, talk and workshops. This is in conjunction with the running exhibition Departure, by Spanish sculptor Xavier Mascaró.

The workshops highlight AD’s position as a historical port-city.

When: May to July, 2016

Where: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed District, Abu Dhabi

How much: Free admission [Online registration is required]

Wednesdays at the Warehouse, Program from May – July 2016

Date Event                              Description Contributors



4 Wed



18:00 – 18:45

Talk | Conversation with the Artist Xavier Mascaró


As part of the program that surrounds Xavier Mascaró’s exhibition Departure, this conversation with the artist highlights the artworks on show at Warehouse421. It also explores his processes and techniques, and discusses the global context of the work, as well as its relation to Abu Dhabi. Talk moderated by: Mahnaz Fancy,

Editor, Canvas





18 Wed



Performance |

Parting Words –

A Poetic Dedication to the Departure Exhibition


Visitors can delve in to the UAE’s rich maritime history of diving, pearling and trade with some of the country’s most prominent contemporary poets, as they perform English and Arabic pieces that cover notions of departure, exploration, and more.  *In collaboration with Rooftop Rhythms
Date Event                              Description Contributors



1 Wed


17:00 – 19:00

Workshop | Sand Formations,

Material Casting


Observing the behavior of materials found in the UAE’s natural environment and how their transformative qualities can be adapted into new forms, participants can engage in one of the mold-making and casting processes, which is turning grains of sand into 3-dimensional surfaces. * In collaboration with SEAF Workshop led by: Talin Hazbar, Designer & Alumni, The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF)

Age Group: Adults

Prior registration is required



15 Wed

20:30 – 22:00

Performance | The Journey of the Pearl –

Reinterpreting Pearling Stories

Visitors can relive the life of an Emirati pearling family that dealt with the consequences of departure, travel and returning home, through a compelling theatrical and storytelling production. *In collaboration with Rooftop Rhythms




29 Wed

16:00-18:00 WORKSHOP | Boat Building, Model Making


This workshop revolves around building a skeletal form of a boat, by using materials that imitate Xavier Mascaró’s materials, to guide and not limit children, to create their own structure. The workshop starts with an introduction, and then moves to sketching ideas and choosing the material to work with, to form the structure of the boat and build on it, in order to achieve a standing finished piece. * In collaboration with SEAF Workshop led by: Ahmed Mohamed, Artist & Fellow, The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF).

Age Group: Families (suitable for children 7 years and above), Prior registration is required

Date Event                              Description Contributors



13 Wed


17:30 – 19:00

Workshop | Positive and Negative, Relief Printing


Using the sketches and drawings exhibited in Departure at Warehouse421 as a starting point, participants can extract elements from the sketches, and create reduced black and white drawings and textures. The drawings are then transferred on a linoleum sheet, to be carved out and inked, creating multiple raised prints on different surfaces. *In collaboration with SEAF Workshop led by: Salama Nasib,

Artist & Alumni, The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF)

Age Group: Adults

Prior registration is required




27 Wed


17:00 – 19:00

Workshop | Reinterpreted Objects,

Mold-making and Casting


Taking inspiration from Xavier Mascaró’s installations exhibited in Departure at Warehouse421, participants can experiment with found objects to create molds and use casting techniques, resulting in organic looking and unexpected small-scale sculptural pieces. *In collaboration with SEAF Workshop led by: Kyle Hittmeier, Artist & Studio Manager, The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship (SEAF)

Age Group: Families (suitable for children 10 years and above)

Prior registration is required


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3. Lounge at Nikki Beach Lounge & Terrace

Every Friday and Saturday, watch the sun set and have your pick from their selection of shared mixed drinks and bottles of grape. Bite into delicious platters from a special menu.

When: 5pm to sunset, Fridays and Saturdays

Where: First Floor of Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira,

How much: starting from AED 35

4. Take Thrill Rides with The Yellow Boats

In for a bit of a splash about? The Yellow Boats, setting off from Dubai Marina Walk in Dubai and Emirates Palace Marina in Abu Dhabi, can take you on a 30-minute adrenaline-filled high speed experience throughout the summer.

Groups of eight can book on an exclusive basis and explore the open waters in the UAE. Max capacity is 11 passengers.

When: Departs at 1:50pm, all summer long

Where: Dubai Marina Walk

How much: AED 1,200 [adults only]

For bookings: or call 971 4 432 8543.

5. Pamper yourself at Anantara’s Pool Villas at Qasr Al Sarab

A luxurious retreat with camel rides, a private pool, a sun-bathing deck, a cabana and other desert activities. Book a session at the Anantara pa r add a signature dining experience like a Villa BBQ.

This little break can rekindle the fire and refresh your mind with a short stay.

When: Until End of September 2016

Where: Anantara Hotal, Abu Dhabi

How much: Starting AED 1,999* per night in a One Bedroom Anatara Pool Villa, inclusive of breakfast for two

*Rates are subject to local government fees and 10% service charge.

For bookings, visit

What are you doing this summer? Know of any enlivening activities we should add to this list? Tell us in the comments 🙂

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