Find out what’s happening in the UAE this week.
From being an industrial wasteland to the city’s cultural oasis: Al Quoz has come a long way. If Alserkal Avenue’s multiple art galleries, exhibition spaces, studios and warehouses (top right) leave you perplexed, the Saturday Tours are the perfect introduction to the artistic neighbourhood – the free one-hour tours start at Nadi Al Quoz and will walk you through the independent film screenings, interactive workshops and ongoing art exhibits that regularly take place in the warehouse spaces. There’s a tour happening tomorrow from 5pm; call 050 556 9797.
Hard to imagine gamine Anne Hathaway as a gigantic monster running amok in South Korea, right? That’s exactly the premise of the film Colossal (above), being screened by Cinema Akil today and tomorrow at Warehouse 68 at Alserkal Avenue. The 2017 release is a blend of black comedy, sci-fi and thriller that explores what happens when unemployed playwright and party animal Gloria (played by Hathaway) unknowingly makes a giant monster wreak havoc in Seoul. Entry is free but Cinema Akil accepts contributions at the gate. Show starts at 9.30pm on both days; visit cinemaakil.com
The Emirates Heritage Club is hosting the Islamic Manuscripts and Coins Show (below right) at Al Ain’s Zayed House for Islamic Culture until August 10. Centuriesold manuscripts (they are between 200-400 years old) are on display, including documents interpreting Quran sciences and Hadith texts as well as astronomy and mathematics. Besides the 21 manuscripts, 40 types of gold and silver coins that at least 1,000 years old will also be on display. The oldest of these currencies was issued in 750BC. The show also features 15 rare photographs of Shaikh Zayed. From 9am-1pm.