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Put down the phone, turn off the Netflix, step away from the food court and take your mind off of how many days are left of fasting.
Ann Marie McQueenJune 4, 20188 min
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Pieces from emerging artists are for sale from Dh700 in the Less is More exhibition. Photo courtesy Engulf Art.

Less is More art exhibit

Check out the Less is More exhibition featuring 30 UAE-based artists representing the themes of anti-consumerism, anti-waste and anti-social media addiction. The show complements the spirit of Ramadan and the Year of Zayed. Organized by creative and art platforms Dubai Jiggy and Engulf Art. TRYP by WYNDHAM hotel in Barsha Heights until mid-July. 

Puppy Pilates

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Puppy pilates at Al Quoz Dogwalk. Photo courtesy Puppy Pilates.

That would be pilates with your dog. (It’s true.) The Animal Agency and Phoenix Rising are behind this mix of pets and core work, led by instructor Kirsty MacPherson-Wright. Pre-booking is essential as space is limited (as you can imagine). The next pilates session, which will move indoors due to the heat, is on Saturday, June 9 at the Dubai’s Al Quoz Dogwalk. Dh95 per dog-and-owner couple.

World Environment Day

Celebrate World Environment Day on Tuesday, June 4 by vowing from this moment forward to do three things: refuse a straw with your drink, carry a reusable cup for coffee takeaway and tell the delivery service you don’t need any plastic cutlery when you are eating at home. 

XTreme Zone

ABU DHABI: Wear the kids out after iftar at XTreme Zone, outside Deerfields Mall. It’s Dh15 to try out each piece of equipment. We say: check out the trampoline park, zipline and three-storey rope course. And maybe sign up for a ninja course. Open from 10am-4pm and 7pm-1am.

Watch Straws

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It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose. Photo courtesy Unsplash.

Sign up for the premiere screening of Straws, Linda Booker’s documentary about the impact of plastic straws on the environment, narrated by American actor Tim Robbins. The screening is being held by Azraq (Blue), a Dubai-based non-profit marine-conservation organization, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Emma Banks, general manager of Jumeirah Restaurant Group, Ian Ohan, chief executive of Freedom Pizza and Natalie Banks, Azraq’s managing director. Entry requires a Dh50 membership to Azraq. Saturday June 9, 8-9.30pm at The Junction, Al Serkal Avenue in Dubai.

Do some yin yoga

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Jacquelene Sadek is a yin yoga teacher. Photo courtesy Bodytree.

Ease into the evening this Holy Month with the Ramadan Yin Yoga + Light Iftar series at Bodytree, led by teacher Jacquelene Sadek. Yin yoga is a slow practice where the poses are held from three to 10 minutes, stimulating and releasing the body’s fascia, or deep connective tissues. A light iftar of soup, nuts, dates and tea will be shared after class. Dh120 per class. Saturday, June 9 at 6-7pm. Bodytree studio in Abu Dhabi. 

Sharjah’s Rain Room

Cool off in the Rain Room, a permanent installation situated within its own purpose-built site. Photo courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation.

Cool off without getting wet at the Rain Room, a permanent art installation that is now open at a purpose-built facility of the Sharjah Art Foundation. Using 1,200 liters of recycled water for each session, the Rain Room allows you to walk through a rain shower unsoaked but definitely refreshed. This is thanks to sensors that stop the deluge as you approach. Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Ramadan hours are Saturday to Thursdays from 10am to 4pm and 9pm to midnight; Friday from 4pm to midnight. Dh25 general admission; Dh15 for teachers and students. 

Featured photo courtesy Dubai Jiggy

Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen is the founding editor-in-chief of Livehealthy and host of The Livehealthy Podcast. She is a veteran Canadian digital journalist who has worked in North America and the Middle East. Her past roles include features editor for The National, trends writer and columnist for the Canadian newspaper chain Sun Media, and correspondent for CBC Radio.