Events you shouldn’t dare miss this May

“Wanna Read” Fundraiser

13 May | Ritz Carlton Hotel, Abu Dhabi


The Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan foundation announced through its “Wanna Read?” initiative its first fundraiser on Friday May 13, 2016 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Relying solely on volunteers and community support to accomplish its mission, “Wanna Read?” has already opened seven book-filled rooms for young hospital patients in the UAE over the past three years and now aims to raise funds for a further six in 2016 through ticket sales, local partners, and a silent auction.

Glamorous Ballet

The Best of Glamourous

20 May | Armed Forces Officers Club


The ballet group “Glamorous” comes back to the limelight! They will perform in presence of their Patron, Her Highness Sheikha Fatma Bint Abdulla Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Enjoy the diverse cultures of the world through dance as you witness the Arabian, Egyptian, Indian dances, as well as Gypsy and the colorful Russian dances and many more!


Belarus Art Month

Belarus Art Month

2-31 May | Abu Dhabi Art Hub

Under the support of the Belarus Embassy, the Belarus Art Month will be held at the Art Hub. The Embassy and Art Hub have chosen seven artists and to take up residency under the hospitality of Art Hub to create extraordinary artworks. These artists will be introduced to the culture and tradition of UAE and exhibit at the end of their stay. Artists will be creating different kinds of medium from paintings to sculpture and graphic designing to monumental decorative art.

Addams Family Musical

The Addams Family Musical

MAY 12, 13, 16, 19 & 20 @ 7:30PM



From the Group that brought you Legally Blonde and MOVE! Abu Dhabi Choral Group presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL! The show features lively music and is a barrel of laughs from start to finish. Children and Adults alike will delight in the mysterious and spooky humour that The Addams family is well known for. The Addams Family Musical promises to parallel the mixing of cultures and generations that everyone experiences here in Abu Dhabi.

Marc Lottering

Marc Lottering presents “Hash Tag Lottering”

25 May | DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre)


Marc Lottering the South African comedian returns to Dubai this May with a brand new show called “Hash Tag Lottering”. This comedian will pick on how people are obsessed with social media and hashtags. Lottering finds humor in how our lives have become obsessed with Instagram and taking the best selfie. He looks at Whatsapp groups and how you can get into trouble by sending the wrong text. Get ready for a rib tickling time with the best of humour.


AD Arts Collective's HONALFAN II – Summer Art Festival

AD Arts Collective’s HONALFAN II – Summer Art Festival

10 May – 4 June | National Theatre Abu Dhabi

AD Arts Collective cordially invites everyone to HONALFAN II – Summer Art Festival at The National Theatre Abu Dhabi. 20 artists from 13 different nationalities will showcase a colourful and diverse selection of more than 80 artworks, offer free workshops for kids and adults and give insights into their creative work through live art demonstrations during the Adventure Art Studio event nights.

AD Arts Collective is also proud to announce special event nights in collaboration with several performing artists such as a Comedy Night with Abdullah Al Quassab and Yalla Laughs, Short Movie Night with local based film makers, Poetry Night with Art House Speaks and more, and a Live Concert by MASTOUR band.

Exhibition and all events are free of charge.


EmiratesSkills National Competition 2016

EmiratesSkills National Competition 2016

10-11 May | Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre


The National Competition is the UAE premier event that celebrates the outstanding Emirati talents in technical and vocational skills and inspires the young generation to get passionate about new trades and embrace technology-based career pathways. The competition will showcase the talent of 570 selected Emirati youths that will demonstrate their skills in 44 competitions in the field of craftsmanship and technology by challenging their peers based on the standards and judging criteria of WorldSkills International.


Language of the Land

Language of the Land

18 May

Manarat Al Saadiyat


Exploring the beauty and intricacies of Emirati Arabic language structure and how it enables people to communicate ideas, emotions and desires, this talk looks at the development of local dialects in the UAE. Speakers include Sultan Al Amimi (Director of the Poetry Academy), HE Abdulaziz Al Musallam (Chairman, Sharjah Institute for Heritage), and Ahmed Mohamed Obaid (Researcher and Writer). The event will be moderated by Dr. Musa Al Hawari, Head of Education Content Development Section, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.


Dubai Tango

8th Dubai Tango Festival

18-21 May

Meydan Hotel and Grandstand Complex


Tango Dubai welcomes you to join the 8th edition of Dubai Tango Festival. It’s the night to connect tango lovers from all over the globe here in Dubai. The four day festival will host various Tango workshops, milongas, an unparalleled Tango night and gala dinner. And to enrich your experience live music will be played every night by the best of tango musicians and singers, as well as some gorgeous performances, and a few surprises! Check out the festival programme for more details.


Chic Lady Show Abu Dhabi

Chic Lady Show Abu Dhabi

26-29 May 2016

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre


Chic Lady show is an extraordinary woman’s beauty services and fashion event that will showcase latest design collection on the runway while developing excellent business contracts with elite buyers and the press. The Chic Lady exhibition will showcase and demonstrate why woman’s fashion and beauty remains a fine art in the elite Arab society; with featured runway shows from the services and collection offered by multinational and local influential countries and well known Arab designers.

Women's Peak Performance

Women’s Peak Performance Summit

28 May | Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Abu Dhabi

Join the annual summit featuring both women and men who believe in the power of investing in their personal development and enjoy connecting with a diverse multi-national group of pro-active individuals. This high energy summit is totally interactive and features seven powerful master classes to cover seven peaks led by experienced professionals in their given field.

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