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Events calendar: August 2012

Welcome to Tabloid's guide to the best things to do in the UAE this August. Below you’ll find this month’s movies, concerts, comedy gigs, food fairs and so much more.

  • Gulf News
  • Published: 15:45 August 6, 2012
  • Tue, 07
    Tue, 07

    XVA Gallery in DIFC screens the Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall classic To Have and Have Not, 7pm. Free entry, popcorn and cherry sodas.

    What’s worth $250,000 (Dh918,227), features a 30-carat diamond-encrusted Ferrari horse and goes on display at Harvey Nichols today? The Official Ferrari Opus Diamante Edition — yes, a book. The limitededition tome is for sale, alongside three slightly less limted editions, until August 12.

  • WED, 08
    WED, 08

    Closing date for submissions to the second WOMART exhibition; female artists are invited to submit works on the theme of Man Drama: Female artists on the men in their lives. The exhibition, at Dubai Ladies Club, will run from August 26-30. Contact Funoon@

  • THU, 09
    THU, 09

    Youth-centric fashion store Iconic opens its latest outlet in Dubai Mall. At the movies:

    Anurag Kashyap concludes his bloody mining epic with Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2.

  • FRI, 10
    FRI, 10

    Ramadan night market begins at Dubai World Trade Center. Products include food, garments, electronics, perfumes, home appliances, accessories, furniture and handicrafts, toys and baby items, cars and musical instruments. Entry is free, open 8pm-3am during Ramadan; 5pm-midnight during Eid. Call 04-3277743.

  • SAT, 11
    SAT, 11

    Head to Dalma Mall from 8pm-midnight for henna tattoo artists, clowns with balloons and face painting artists and roaming artists. Also Thursday and Friday. Or visit Deira City Centre to see the Ramadanthemed photography exhibition in the Bridge Gallery, with over 80 pieces by 30 Emirati photographers from the Sharjahbased Emirates Photographer Society. The show is on until the last day of Ramadan.

  • SUN, 12
    SUN, 12

    It’s the closing ceremony of the Olympics, with rumoured acts including One Direction, Spice Girls, Pink Floyd, Take That and George Michael. Watch it on the big screen at Dubai Mall’s Ice Rink. The Olympic-themed Summer Camp runs for another two days, while it’s also the last day of the Spirit of the Olympic Dream Paralympics motivational lectures for children at KidZania. Spike Bar, Emirates Golf Club, is also screening the games on eight flat screens. Call 04-4179999.

  • MON, 13
    MON, 13

    Don’t forget to drop off your unwanted clothing and other items at charity points across the country. Marks & Spencer Al-Futtaim and the Red Crescent UAE have collection points at all M&S stores in Dubai (Dubai Festival City, Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre, The Dubai Mall and Wafi City Mall), Al Ain (Bawadi Mall) and Abu Dhabi (Marina Mall, Fetouh Al Khair Mall and Dalma Mall) until the end of Eid Al Fitr. Dubai Outlet Mall has teamed up with the UAE Red Crescent and Dubai Cares to collect items from clothing, footwear, books and toys to electronics, medicines and nonperishable food, as well as receive cash donations, in the Al Ain Road mall.

  • TUE, 14
    TUE, 14

    Experience Ramadan on the East Coast with a stay at the Le Meridien Al Aqah, which is offering three night’s stay for the price of two during weekdays until the end of Ramadan. Dh349 per person on twin basis, includes taxes, iftar and suhoor (or breakfast and lunch or dinner). Two children under the age of 12 stay free.

  • WED, 15
    WED, 15

    Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif pair up again in the long awaited Ek Tha Tiger, which gets an early opening today. Can Salman make it four hits in a row?

  • THU, 16
    THU, 16

    Finally, the UAE gets to see what all the hype is about when Christopher Nolan’s conclusion to the epic Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, releases in cinemas. Also showing this Eid weekend are: The Expendables 2, which sees Arnold Schwarzenegger and Liam Helmsworth join the ragtag band of action heroes and Pixar’s lovable Scottishthemed Brave.

  • FRI, 17
    FRI, 17

    Brunch after dark at Media One’s night owls brunch at The MED, with live carving stations, fresh oven baked pizzas, pasta and a seafood bar paired with selected drinks. Stay the night in a HIP room for an additional Dh240. From 8-11.30pm, Dh298 per person. While you’re there, check out the calligraphy exhibition by local artist Maryam K. Al Falasi. (Maryam will be at the hotel on August 8 to speak about her work; the show runs until August 23.) Call 04-4271000.

  • SAT, 18
    SAT, 18

    Get the new caviar manicure by London nail care brand Ciate at Sisters Beauty Lounge, this month only. The 3D effect comes from tiny beads stuck to two coats of base polish, with 30 colours to choose from. Dh60 for all fingers or toes (Dh10 per nail if you just want a couple), in addition to the price of the manicure/pedicure service. Call 04-3398500. If you want to do it yourself, the kits are on sale at the salon, at Bloomingdale’s Dubai and Sephora stores.

  • SUN, 19
    SUN, 19

    It’s likely to be the first day of Eid Al Fitr. Pick up some celebratory cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, available until August 23, Dh14 each.

  • MON, 20
    MON, 20

    Get pampered at home with the Azur Spa “on wheelz”. August special: book a full body massage and luxury facial (worth Dh670) for Dh450 and get a complimentary body scrub. Call 04-447 5284, or visit

  • TUE, 21
    TUE, 21

    Cute British comedy Gavin and Stacey returns for season 3 on BBC Entertainment at 8.30pm.

  • WED, 22
    WED, 22

    Catch a free screening of the James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause, 7pm at XVA Gallery, DIFC. Free entry.

  • THU, 23
    THU, 23

    The hit US series American Horror Story finally comes to our screens at 11pm on OSN First. The Golden Globe-nominated drama (below) stars Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Taissa Farmiga and Jessica Lange, in her first regular series TV role.
    At the movies

    Mark Warlberg and Family Guy’s Seth McFarlane (playing a teddy bear) get foul-mouthed in Ted; suburban dads Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn unite to save the planet from aliens in The Watch; and Hindi flick Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi sees Boman Irani playing a 45-year-old Parsi bachelor who meets the love of his life — 40-yearold Farah Khan, in her acting debut.

  • SAT, 25
    SAT, 25

    White Collar open day at KO Gym, Dubai Marina, for those who want to compete in the tournament’s ninth fight on November 9. The day’s top performer will be offered free entry, worth Dh5,000 (includes eightweek training programme, kit and equipment, a trophy and DVD of the night). The intensive training programme starts on September 7. Call 056-6836125.

  • TUE, 28
    TUE, 28

    One of the top new shows to come out of the US arrives in the UAE: Homeland, the Golden Globe winner for best drama. It stars Claire Danes as a CIA offcier who believes US Marine Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) was turned against the US while held as a prisoner of war by Al Qaida. Shows at 10pm every Tuesday on OSN First.

  • WED, 29
    WED, 29

    Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor promotes Barfi, in which he plays a deaf-mute, in Dubai.

  • THU, 30
    THU, 30

    ■Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha go alien in Joker.

  • Fri 31
    Fri 31

    It’s the closing day for submissions to the Dubai International Film Festival’s IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award. A cash award of $100,000 (Dh367,319) will be given to the winner, towards the production of feature-length fiction films from the Gulf region. Visit

    The summer’s biggest hit, The Avengers, releases on DVD. Characters (not actors) from the film — The Hulk, Iron Man and Thor — will be at Virgin Megastore, The Dubai Mall at 4pm and at Mall of the Emirates at 7pm to meet their fans.