Five Things To Do

ByLauren SteadmanSunday , 20 July 2014
Five Things To Do
Try the rock shrimp tempura!

THROUGHOUT RAMADAN
Japanese Iftar at Celeb Fave Nobu
Famed for its celeb magnet outlets in London, and New York, this iconic Japanese hot spot is serving up a treat this Holy Month. The restaurant has created a set menu featuring signature dishes such as steamed sea bass, dry miso with aubergine purée and creamy rock shrimp, and when Team Ahlan! tried it out, each had been expertly prepared, with subtle, delicate sauces, succulent textures. Madonna once said: “You can tell how much fun a city is going to be if Nobu has a restaurant in it” – and we can confirm that Dubai’s all the better for having it here. Our verdict? The perfect ‘alternative’ iftar in a modern yet intimate setting. INFO: 7pm-12.30am daily, Dhs270 per person, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, 04 426 0800, restaurantreservations@atlantisthepalm.com, www.noburestaurants.com

THROUGHOUT RAMADAN
Eric Kayser’s Iftar Menu
Parisian baker Eric Kayser is renowned for his artisan bread, but his Dubai boulangerie offers far more than French sticks. The restaurateur has created a four-course set menu specially for Ramadan featuring soup, salad, mains and dessert, rounded off by his signature desserts. INFO: Dhs95 per person, Lower Ground Level, The Dubai Mall, 04 388 2515 

UNTIL THU 28 AUG
Head Downtown to see Islamic art from all over the GLOBE
Stunning works by artists from across the Muslim world are now on show in Downtown Dubai. Head to Emaar’s city centre Ramadan tent and The Pavilion gallery to see mixed-media works featuring calligraphy, painting and photography produced by artists from the Middle East, Africa, India and the UK. The exhibition has been staged by London gallery Ahlan Art, which has nothing to do with us but sounds amazing. INFO: Downtown Ramadan Tent: 6pm-2am Sun-Wed, 6pm-3am Thu-Sat; The Gallery at Emaar Pavilion: 9am-6pm Sat-Thu; free, both Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai; 04 367 5585, www.emaargallery.com

UNTIL THU 7 AUG
Suss out Souq 2014 in Abu Dhabi
Etihad Modern Art Gallery encourages the creation of art with local references, showcasing work from established as well as new Emirati and international artists. This multipurpose space and its associated Arthouse Cafe has launched the selling exhibition Souq 2014, which offers an array of relatively affordable artworks. INFO: 10am-2pm and 8pm-late Sat-Thu, free, Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Villa 4/2, St 4, opposite Cure Medical Center and Al Bateen Mall, Abu Dhabi, 02 667 1229, office@etihadmodernart.com, www.facebook.com/etihadmodernartgallery

THROUGHOUT RAMADAN
Take a Dance Class
It’s easy to let your fitness take a back seat over the summer months, but with many other entertainment options off-limits, it’s the ideal time to try something new. James and Alex Dance Studios will be open for business throughout July and August, so there’s no excuse not to stay active. Run by professional salsa dancers James Castro and Alex De Smet, it holds regular private and group classes in salsa, tango, bachata, Zumba and modern styles. INFO: 2pm-10pm Sat-Wed, prices vary, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, 04 447 0773, www.jamesandalex.com

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