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Kids are back to school, and once you have rearranged uniforms, after-school activities, fitness routine, filled the fridge, you may want to figure out an activity for yourself. We have handpicked some cool activities around town and the cherry on top is that they are free.
Apart from the usual visits of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Heritage Village, an early morning walk on the Corniche, walking through the buzzing Mina markets, we have new stuff to share to fill up your me-time!
CONTEMPLATE ART FOR FREE
Visit the current two exhibitions at Warehouse 421
It’s no secret we love that Warehouse 421 building designed by the world acclaimed young architect Bjarke Ingels (we highly encourage you to visit this cultural center at Mina Port Zayed that he designed few years ago) and there are currently two exhibitions there that you can enjoy for free:
- Redefining space, between borders at Warehouse 421
Between the 8th and the 30th of September 2018
“Cuadro Fine Art Gallery is presenting artworks by Camille Zakharia. While the photographic collage works carry a fluid abstract characteristic on the surface, upon close reflection, subtle patterns composed of specific signifiers and symbols begin to emerge on the surface, reflecting the artist’s itinerary journey away from his native land, and his attempt to find harmony within the boundaries of places he calls Home.”
- Community and Critique: SEAF 2017/2018
Between the 8th of September and the 4th of November 2018
“This exhibition represents a culmination of a year-long engagement in the Salama bin Hamdan Emerging Artists program (SEAF). The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation (SHF), in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design, welcomes a group of emerging artists from across the UAE to participate in this unique educational program designed to encourage and foster artistic growth and development.”
More info here: https://www. warehouse421.ae/en/ exhibitions/community-and- critique-seaf-2017-2018-
WATCH MOVIES OR OPEN MIC FOR FREE
- Watch classic movies weekly for free at Cinema Space located at Manarat Al Saadyat
“Cinema Space is a fully voluntary and independent initiative to share beautifully restored classics and contemporary world cinema through free community screenings for audiences and enthusiasts in Abu Dhabi.”
This initiative has now grown a lot and proposes many different film series such as Italian, German, French, Spanis, Korean, Ingrid Bergman, Robert Mitchum or Word film series. You can register online to get the regular program updates or to attend one of the upcoming screenings.
With different screening locations in Abu Dhabi (Louvre Abu Dhabi, Warehouse 421, Manarat Al Saadiyat,…), the program is varied and eclectic and can fit into any agenda with daily screenings at 2pm, 4pm or the evening after 7pm.
Check their website to get the full scope: http://cinemaspace- abudhabi.splashthat.com/
- Do you enjoy Open Mic? The Season 7 of Rooftop Rhytms is on at NYUAD
The idea is to experience culturally-diverse voices with both leading and up-and-coming musicians and poets presenting their own original material.
For information, the poetry open mic list is on a first-come, first-served basis on the Rooftop Rhythms Group Page on Facebook: https://www.nyuad- artscenter.org/en_US/events/ 2018/rooftop-rhythms/
Lineup and Dates:
Season Opening / Open Mic Night – Friday, Sep 28
5th Annual Rhyme-O-Ween / Slam Competition and Open Mic Night – Friday, Oct 26
Open Mic Night – Friday, Nov 16
Slam Competition and Open Mic Night – Friday, Dec 14
Open Mic Night – Friday, Jan 25
Slam Competition and Open Mic Night – Friday, Feb 22
7th Anniversary Show / Open Mic Night – Friday, Mar 29
More details here: https://www.nyuad- artscenter.org/en_US/events/ 2018/rooftop-rhythms/
EXERCISE OUTDOORS FOR FREE
- Work your glutes at Zayed Sports City with Train ZSC
Yay, TrainZSC is returning on the 17th of September so book your Mondays between 5 and 8pm. While you can climb the steps at Zayed Sport City (or just jog along the track and watch how the others master the climbing… ), your kids can also jog or enjoy the children’s bouncy inflatables and get healthy while having fun.
Link to the website: http://trainzsc.com/
- Enjoy a sunrise bike tour at Hudaryat Island
You have driven around Al Bateen beach area and have seen this beautiful new bridge called Hudayriat Bridge. Well, it’s now open and leads to the Hudayriat island that has fantastic biking and running tracks all around the island (loops of 5 and 10 km actually).We agree temperatures are still too warm for an afternoon ride but some of you may feel like waking up earlier one day to just ride close to the sea, enjoy the sea breeze and bearable outdoor temperatures while exercising. Sounds like a plan!
When the days will get cooler, this recreational island will also be worth visiting to enjoy beach time. The Hudayriat Beach (with a lifeguard on the site) features four football fields, four volleyball courts, four basketball courts, four tennis courts, two beach football fields, two beach volleyball courts, and an open garden.