Painting children
Art can improve children's cognitive abilities Image Credit: Shutterstock

Dubai: Making weekend plans with your children? Why not try one of these art and culture events happening across the UAE? Scientific research shows that art is beneficial for children’s brain development. Fine arts, music, dance, and theatre have proven to encourage creativity and imaginative thinking in children – two skills that are increasingly linked with long-term professional success.

Art also forces children to engage in out-of-the-box thinking and can help them hone their creative problem-solving skills, and develop fine and gross motor skills, connection, and understanding. Here's a list of events taking place across the country that you can explore this weekend.

1. Watch Korean musicians busking in Abu Dhabi

Watch Korean sibling duo ‘Harryan Yoonsoan’ making its first debut in Abu Dhabi.
Watch Korean sibling duo ‘Harryan Yoonsoan’ making its first debut in Abu Dhabi. Image Credit: Supplied

Korean sibling duo ‘Harryan Yoonsoan’ is making its first debut in Abu Dhabi. Harryan’s 2017 solo debut “Think About U” and the siblings’ first duet song “I’m late but I’m OK” made them famous in Korea. Harryan and Yoonsoan, who have over 770,000 YouTube followers and millions of views on their videos, will be busking in Abu Dhabi this weekend. The event is organised by the Korean Cultural Center in the UAE.

Entry: Free (no registration required)
Venue: Cultural Foundation Main Courtyard, Abu Dhabi
Date: November 26 and 27, 2022
Time: 6pm to 7pm
More details: +971 2 491 7227

2. Explore arts and crafts workshops at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Abu Dhabi

As National Day celebrations kick off at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall in Baniyas, Abu Dhabi, from Thursday, the mall will host an array of activities for families. There will be a dedicated area for children, where they can participate in various arts and crafts workshops, enjoy carnival games and explore the face painting corner. Entry: Free

Venue: Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Abu Dhabi
Dates: November 24 to December 4
Time: 2pm to 10pm

3. Visit an art exhibition to thank the UAE in Dubai

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The PaintBrush Art Community of UAE is organising an art exhibition, which will showcase the artworks of renowned local and international artists. The theme of the event called Teslam UAE is to thank the country on the occasion of National Day, which falls on December 2.

Entry: Free
Venue: The Tower Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Date: November 26, 2022
Time: 6pm onwards

4. Watch traditional Ayala dancers at the Waterfront Market in Deira

Waterfront Market
Celebrate at Waterfront Market

Head to the Waterfront Market for the 51st National Day celebrations. Kids can watch traditional Ayala dancers and roaming cultural parades. They will also be able to engage in arts, crafts, and virtual reality games. The venue is also hosting an Emirati heritage village that will showcase various aspects of local culture, in tents alongside the Deira corniche.

Entry: Free
Venue: Waterfront Market, Deira
Dates: November 25 to December 4
Time: From 2pm onwards

5. Meet art makers at the Arte Market in Dubai

The Arte Market
The Arte Market Image Credit: Instagram

Join Arte – The Maker's Market at Times Square Center to meet artists who showcase their unique creations from handmade jewellery to artwork, fashion, and home décor.

Entry: Free
Venue: Times Square Center
Dates: November 26
Time: 10am to 6pm

6. Free art and craft workshops at the Winter Market in DIFC

Sketch artists at ML2 market
Sketch artists at ML2 market Image Credit: Supplied

Head to the newly opened Winter Market located at Gate Avenue – DIFC, Zone B. Called the M2L Market, it will include an Art Lab featuring artists, art workshops, and exhibitions.

Apart from art and craft workshops, parents and their kids can craft their own pizzas during a pizza-making workshop, and explore a Creative Hub with Instagram-able spaces for selfies.

Entry: Free
Venue: Gate Avenue at DIFC, Zone B
Dates: Open until March 2023
Timing: 4pm to midnight on weekdays and noon to midnight on weekends