GO TO THE NEW MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS IN DUBAI – Tuesday, September 11 is the opening date for the world’s fastest-growing museum chain, in the Al Seef development near Dubai Creek. There are now six locations since the first launched in Zagreb, Croatia in 2015, with a half-dozen more due in 2018 alone. The Dubai venue will feature the Vortex Tunnel, a rotating cylinder that tricks the brain into thinking the ground under the person’s feet is shifting, as well as the Ames Room, where guests appear to shrink or grow depending on their position in the exhibit.
LEARN TO MOVE LIKE BEYONCE, IN ABU DHABI – Body Tree Studio is launching hip hop dance classes under the new Emirates School of Dance. There are options for kids, teens and adults taught by Nader Musharbush, who is the only choreographer in the Middle East who has worked with famous artists from Beyonce to Rita Ora and on major TV productions including X Factor and the MTV Awards. Kids classes are Dh936 for 12 sessions while teens and adults pay Dh320 for four sessions. Each Monday at Saadiyat Beach Club starting September 10; Wednesdays at Body Tree Studio, starting September 19. Email [email protected] for more info.
GET YOUR PHYSIO QUESTIONS ANSWERED IN ABU DHABI – Meet owner and senior physiotherapist Amy Gilbert, who is on livehealthy.ae’s expert panel, as well as the rest of her team, which includes a dietitian, speech-language pathologist and two senior physiotherapists. There will be giveaways, consultation sessions to be won and fresh juice courtesy of the Abu Dhabi company 5Drinks. Perfect Balance is in Tamouh Tower, Reem Island. Saturday September 15 at 3-6pm.
LEARN ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY IN DUBAI – Instructor Majid Alyousef will introduce participants to the history and practice of calligraphy, including letter forms, shapes and anatomy. Participants will have the chance to develop their own designs/monograms. Dh924, Sept 15, 22 and 29, from 10am-3pm at Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba. tashkeel.org
MEDITATE FOR FREE IN ABU DHABI – The Abu Dhabi Meditation Group is back and will hold the first meditation session on Saturday, September 15 at the Third Place Cafe (in Khalidiya, on Corniche Street). The meetup’s goal is to share meditation techniques and spiritual knowledge.
SOAK UP SOME CULTURE AT LOUVRE ABU DHABI – Attend the first of this season’s four planned exhibitions at the museum. Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Décor, which explores links between Japanese aesthetics and modern French decorative arts, runs until November 24. louvreabudhabi.ae
SIGN UP TO MAKE SCENTS IN DUBAI – Holistic therapist Melanie Jane is holding a roster of workshops that teach participants how to understand and blend scents out of essential oils. The first masterclass is at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai (Jumeirah Beach Residence) on Saturday, Sept 22 from 12-4.30pm. Dh500. masterclasseswithmelanie.com