Char­ity drives and fam­ily fun

Friday - - Leisure Charts -

The Gal­le­ria Shop­ping Mall on Al Maryah Is­land, Abu Dhabi, is ring­ing in Ra­madan with a num­ber of fam­ily-ori­ented ac­tiv­i­ties. Through­out Ra­madan, the mall will have a hos­pi­tal­ity area serv­ing Ara­bic cof­fee and dates daily af­ter sun­set and there will be an arts and crafts cen­tre for kids where they can learn about tra­di­tional crafts like sand bot­tle art and henna. Guests can also en­joy the fal­conry show and watch an Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­pher cre­ate in­tri­cate scripts live. Bring in your old clothes and toys to the mall and do­nate them to the Ra­madan Toys and Clothes Drive – the mall’s ini­tia­tive for the Year of Giv­ing that will dis­trib­ute the items to char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions across the UAE.

Also in Abu Dhabi, you can sup­port the Emi­rates Red Cres­cent’s For Your Sake, So­ma­lia cam­paign, by shop­ping at the Deer­fields Mall. The cam­paign aims to raise Dh500 mil­lion for the famine-stricken coun­try. Sim­ply bring in new or un­used items such as dry food, home­ware, footwear, toi­letries and cloth­ing and drop them off at the col­lec­tion point in front of Car­refour. There’s also a blood dona­tion drive hap­pen­ing at mo­bile blood banks parked out­side the mall from 8pm to mid­night through­out Ra­madan. At all Ma­jid Al Fut­taim malls and leisure and en­ter­tain­ment des­ti­na­tions, spe­cial dona­tion boxes will be placed for shop­pers to do­nate clothes, toys, books, food and elec­tron­ics to fam­i­lies in need as part of their an­nual char­ity cam­paign called Make A Dif­fer­ence.

Mak­ing some­one’s wish come true sounds like a great rea­son to get lost in the life-sized maze at Al Ghu­rair Cen­tre (above). The maze is part of the mall’s so­cial ini­tia­tive called Om­niy­ati (Ara­bic for make a wish) that is set to make three de­serv­ing peo­ple’s wishes come true. Here’s how: fol­low­ing the pur­chase of a Dh25 voucher from the cus­tomer ser­vice desk guests can en­ter the Mys­tery Maze, par­tic­i­pate in its ac­tiv­i­ties and then re­deem their voucher at any re­tail out­let; the Dh25 will be do­nated to the Om­niy­ati ini­tia­tive.

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