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Af­ter cui­sine, one of best ways to learn about cul­ture is through its cloth­ing. You can learn all about the evo­lu­tion of tra­di­tional Emi­rati women’s fash­ion at the ex­hi­bi­tion of Dr Reem Al Mut­walli’s pri­vate Emi­rati thawb (gown) col­lec­tion. The ex­hibit (be­low) is on dis­play at Robin­sons de­part­ment store in Dubai Fes­ti­val City Mall un­til June 22 and ex­plores in­tri­cate dress­mak­ing tech­niques, ma­te­ri­als, em­broi­dery and styles in the UAE, span­ning five decades dur­ing the reign of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, from 19662004. The col­lec­tion in­cludes kan­duras that fea­ture hand-em­broi­dered verses in­spired by the po­ems of Shaikh Zayed. Copies of Dr Reem’s book Sul­tani: Tra­di­tions Re­newed, Changes in UAE Women’s tra­di­tional dress dur­ing the reign of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan

Al Nahyan (1966-2004) will also be avail­able to buy at the store; visit sul­tani­

The St Regis Dubai is host­ing UAE-based artist Art Noor’s Fra­grance of Faith ex­hi­bi­tion un­til July 2. The paint­ings (right) are the artist’s in­ter­pre­ta­tions of life and spir­i­tu­al­ity. They are in­spired by Art Noor’s orig­i­nal 99 Names of Al­lah se­ries and each paint­ing has a mean­ing.

The Dubai Mall is mark­ing Ra­madan with a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion called 9HIJRI spread across the mall’s atri­ums. The month-long ex­hi­bi­tion (above) cel­e­brates the Golden Ages of Is­lam and its con­tri­bu­tion to the re­gion’s civil­i­sa­tion with nine zones that pay trib­ute to schol­ars and mas­ter crafts­men – the De­sign Zone ex­plores how Is­lamic crafts­men turned geo­met­ric pat­terns into ar­chi­tec­ture, the Film Zone will screen a hand-picked se­lec­tion of short films by lead­ing Arab and Mus­lim di­rec­tors on Is­lamic iden­tity, cul­ture and life, the Lit­er­a­ture Zone will un­ravel the evo­lu­tion of Ara­bic lit­er­a­ture through sto­ry­telling and po­etry recitals for adults and chil­dren by au­thors Alia Al Shamsi and Omar Ghobash and the Nu­meric Zone will hon­our the con­tri­bu­tions of Is­lamic math­e­ma­ti­cians such as Al Kh­warizmi, Al Kindi and Al Misri, to al­ge­bra and the con­cept of zero. From 10am-3am through­out Ra­madan.

Want to learn more about Emi­rati cul­ture and tra­di­tional Ra­madan cus­toms? Head to the in­au­gu­ral edition of Ra­madan Evenings at Ma­narat Al Saadiyat from June 4-17. Or­gan­ised by the Tourism and Cul­ture Author­ity (TCA) Abu Dhabi. You’ll get to savour an if­tar of Emi­rati cui­sine, oud recitals by Bait Al Oud mu­si­cians ev­ery Fri­day, tra­di­tional crafts and work­shops on skills such as Talli em­broi­dery and Sadu weav­ing. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude board games, vin­tage video games, an in­ter­ac­tive pup­pet show and a Ra­madan souq. Daily from 7.30-11.30pm; visit abud­ha­

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