It’s a busy month filled with work and personal errands, we know, but that’s no excuse from taking time out. Here, we shortlist a few amazing treats that you, your friends and family will surely enjoy.
PRACTISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE
This 2016, the most important event in the political calendar of our country is happening. It is time to cast your votes on the future President of the Philippines. Hence, everyone is urged to visit the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, and take part in the vital Overseas Absentee Voting. The month-long election schedule will take place from the 9th of April to the 9th of May.
HIT THE BALL
Join His Excellency Constancio Vingno Jr., the new Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, at the Philippine Ambassador’s Golf Tournament 2016. Taking place on the 29th of April at Yas Links in Abu Dhabi, this is your chance to show off your golfing skills. This welcome tribute to the Ambassador is organized by the Philippine Business Council – Abu Dhabi, in association with the Filipino Golfers in the Middle East and the Expat Golfers Club. AED500 fee applies.
BE A BETTER MANAGER
If you’re a manager who wants to be better at your craft, then you must attend the Mindfully Empowered Manager workshop. Held on the 29th of April and on the 6th of May at Millennium Plaza Hotel located near Emirates Towers Metro station in Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, this workshop is perfect venue for you to refresh your knowledge and enhance your skills.
VISIT THE RIPE MARKET
Held from November until April this year, the Ripe Food and Craft Market is your go-to destination for organic produce, locally made food, handmade art, cooking classes and petting zoo every Friday. Located at Zabeel Park, this distinctive alfresco shopping venue is a must-visit before summer.
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BOOK YOUR TICKETS TO THE OPERA
The grand opening of the Dubai Opera House in the heart of Downtown Dubai on the 31st of August 2016 is now highly anticipated especially with the announcements of an eclectic line up of 49 concerts and a roster of distinguished performers including the Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo. Tickets, priced from AED200, will go on sale from the 24th of April on its website – dubaiopera.com.
GET READY TO RUMBLE
Fans of WWE Stars such as Dean Ambrose, New Day, Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler will experience the best time watching their idols battle at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis stadium over two days, 14th and 15th of April. Get your tickets at Platinumlist.net or UAE Exchange branches.
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SHOP TILL YOU DROP EVERY MONDAY
Don’t wait for the shopping festival to receive the best shopping treats! The Dubai Outlet Mall offers a “Half Price Monday” where a number of participating brands bargain their items at a minimum 50% discount.
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SEND YOUR KIDS TO THE MINISTRY OF SCIENCE
For the first time, Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) is staging the “Ministry of Science” – an event filled with cool science tricks and demonstrations; it’ll squeeze out the science geek in you. Send your kids (and yourself) to this edutainment show on the 20th of April at DUCTAC in Mall of the Emirates. Tickets are on sale at Virgin Box Office.
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RELIVE THE SHAKESPEARE ROMANCE
In conjunction with Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, DUCTAC is bringing to the stage the “Romeo & Juliet” with a highly entertaining and interactive production. Experience the romance from the 21st to the 23rd of April at DUCTAC in Mall of the Emirates. Tickets are priced at AED100. Photo credit: www.ductac.org
WATCH LEGENDS KICK BALLS
The legendary Fabio Cannavaro , Luis Figo, Paul Scholes and more will play a friendly football game against each other at the Global Legends Series on the 22nd of April. For more info, call 04-2766336 or visit glsfootball.com
SUPPORT THE 29TH TABLE TENNIS ASIAN CUP
A 3-day free admission Asian Cup will happen at the Dubai World Trade Centre from the 28th to the 30th of April. The Asian Cup will see some of the world’s best players and potential Olympic medalists competing for the ATTU Asian Cup title in the last major tournament before the opening of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
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TAKE YOUR KIDS TO THE THEATRE
Based around the heroes of Perraults tales, the whimsical and wonderful story of Tom, Emily and Max will be shown on English and French editions at DUCTAC. The 2-day stage shows will take place from the 29th to the 30th of April.
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CHOOSE THE BEST FOR YOUR TOTS
Are you lost in looking for the best nursery in the country? Come and visit the Early Years Education Exhibition (EYEDEX) to attend workshops and meet more than 70 nurseries, early childhood intervention/special needs centres, early years educational material suppliers, education fund management advisors, and experts in the field of early childhood education. The free admission exhibition is happening from the 13th to the 14th of May at Conrad Dubai.
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READ SOME BOOKS
From the 27th of April to the 3rd of May, you can head down to the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) for the 26th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and meet with the leading publishing houses, book sellers and readers from across the world.
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ATTEND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOPS
Winning entries and unique works from the 9th International Emirates Photography Competitionare on exhibit at Manarat al Saadiyat beginning the 28th of March to the 17th of July. Alongside this display, workshops are held in various areas of the capital. Check out the full schedule at abudhabievents.ae.
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FOLLOW THE DHOW RACE
The Al Gaffal Traditional 60ft Dhow Race 2016 is held from the 1st to the 31st of May to commemorate the pearl diving as an integral part of the UAE’s history. The race will begin at Sir bu Nair, 50 nautical miles off the coast and finish at various locations such as Mina Seyahi or The Burj Al Arab.To have the best experience of this traditional sporting event, the Dubai RTA offer ferry rides that follow the racers at various points around the marina.
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FLY HIGH AT THE AIRPORT SHOW
One of the largest airport related exhibitions in the world comes back this year with a promise of bigger and better program. Open to trade professionals and general public, the Airport Show 2016 takes place from the 9th to the 11th of May at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Admission is free.
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BOND WITH THE FAMILY
Another visit to the theatre will show you and your kids the classic tale of James and the Giant Peach. Don’t miss out on this amazing story coming to life at DUCTAC from the 10th to the 13th of May. Tickets are priced at a minimum of AED195.
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LEARN HOW TO FRANCHISE
Are you keen on growing your financial and business acumen? Then, the forthcoming Philippine Business Council of Dubai (PBC Dubai) Franchising Seminar is the perfect opportunity for you to get the essential information about acquiring a master franchise as well as a chance to network with respected Philippine franchisors seeking expansion opportunities in the UAE. You’ll also gain relevant knowledge from Resource Speaker, the Founder and President of GMB Franchise Developers, Armando “Butz” Bartolome, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. This Franchising Seminar is taking place from the 13th to the 14th May 2016, at the Ramada Hotel, Mina Road, Dubai.