THE WEEKEND EDIT: DIVE IN

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THE LONG WEEKEND HAS ARRIVED – HERE’S HOW WE WILL BE SPENDING IT

It’s hot out there, but MOJEH’s edit of things to do, eat and see will keep you cool. From staycations to salve your soul to empowering talks with the region’s most inspiring, dive in and enjoy…

THE EXHIBITION

Akka Artwork by Naqsh Collective

Tabari Artspace is showcasing its art-season finale throughout this month, with Stitched Stories, an exhibition of works by Naqsh Collective. Founded in 2009, Naqsh – which means to ‘engrave’ – is the creative brainchild of two Jordanian sisters, Nisreen and Nermeen Abudail, and this show reiterates their vision to merge age-old Arab world design practices with a clean, contemporary aesthetic that repositions elements of Middle Eastern art, architecture and heritage in a minimalist frame. On display are works from past series – including Road to Damascus, Road to EgyptWihdeh CollectionJaffa and Bride’s Cushion – each an education on the nuances that define Middle Eastern culture.

Stitched Stories runs until July 1 at Tabari Artspace in The Gate Village, DIFC. For more information, please call +971 4 323 0820

THE FINE DINING

Ewaan at Palace Downtown

One of our favourite ways to while away an Eid Al-Fitr evening is in fine company surrounded by fine food. There are myriad options to do so around the city, with one of our favourites, Ewaan at Palace Downtown. The grandeur of the setting is so deliciously complimented by the Arabic fare, allowing for an evening where food and friendship combine in a beautiful Arabesque setting.

Dinner throughout Eid Al-Fitr at Ewaan, Palace Downtown, starts at 7pm from Dhs255 per person. For more information, please call +971 4 888 3444

THE CULTURE

What She Said conversation will take place at SoBe, W Hotel Dubai – The Palm

Inspirational stories of bold women achieving great things take centre stage once again with W Hotels’ What She Said conversation series. On June 25, design becomes the conversation starting point as inspiring women who have transformed the region’s fashion and design scenes and made waves around the world share their stories. The formidable panel includes Zayan Ghandour, Khulood Thani, Nez Gebreel, Safiya Abdallah and Caroline Labouchere, resulting in an enriching evening of insight, education and empowerment.

What She Said takes place on June 25 at SoBe playground, W Hotel Dubai – The Palm. The event is open to all on a first-come, first-served basis

THE READ

Chic Stays

Where oh where to go next? Surely the eternal question of those with a heart filled with wanderlust. We take inspiration from anywhere when it comes to inspiring our globetrotting adventures, but when you can combine beautiful coffee table dressing with serious mood-enhancing travel research, then we’re doubly should. Chic Stays is one such tome. From Sofia Coppola’s luxurious family retreat in Bernalda, Italy, to Kate Moss’ favourite beach in the Maldives to Kate Winslet’s secret Scottish hideaway, 36 personal tales of the loveliest spots around the world are bursting with anecdotes and stunning imagery, enough to leave you itching top pack up and ship off on your next adventure.

Chic Stays, Dhs350, is available at Maison Assouline at The Dubai Mall

THE HEALTH RETREAT

The Retreat Palm Dubai

The beauty of Ramadan is that one sets time aside to focus, really focus, on the here and now – spiritually, mentally, physically. Continue that journey of wellbeing with Shift & Manifest with Mima Healing & Akoya Retreat – a glorious transformative weekend-retreat on June 14 and 15 at The Retreat Palm Dubai. Through a medley of meditation, energy healing, art therapy, oracle reading and more, your journey of discovery and expansion will empower you to become the best version of you. The package includes two immersive days on the course, plus an overnight stay at Retreat – one of the city’s newest and most beautiful, restorative bolt-holes. Whilst it’s still a weekend away, the early bird booking special (from Dhs2,150) ends on June 7, so it’s a ‘book now, enjoy later’ activity. And relax…

To book Shift & Manifest with Mima Healing & Akoya Retreat, please call +971 52 915 5515

  • Words: Emily Baxter-Priest
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