Your online week: life in the UAE from your sofa
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Do you remember what day it is? Are you counting the passing hours by the number of teabags in the bin (or kids' tantrums) too? To be honest it's a good job they put calendars on most digital appliances, or we'd genuinely believe we'd slipped through a time portal back to our student days - sat around eating noodles doused in ketchup from the packet. No? Just us? Well kudos to your culinary flair. Cooking skills apart, we're crying out for distraction and perhaps a little varied contact or at least the opportunity to explore different conversation topics with those also about the house. You know the people you're looking at...every second...of every day.
To make it a bit easier we've sniffed out some of the best virtual experiences you can enjoy in the UAE across the week. Here are your chances to learn, play and unwind with well-known local establishments from the comfort of your living room.
Think you're a whizz in the kitchen, or like us, need to brush up on your talents? wagamama is taking its popular cooking classes online, and serving up live streamed editions for both adults and kids. Learn about Asian food from Wednesday, April 1, as Executive Chef, Shiyas Kareem first invites kids to join him in the online kitchen where he will be teaching little ones how to prepare a mini yaki soba from 3pm - 4pm. To join the live stream classes, follow wagamama on Instagram.
Culture vultures, this one's for you. Mina Zayed arts and design centre, Warehouse421, has launched its online programming featuring a series of video lessons, podcasts, book readings, community talks and curatorial tours. On April 1 tune into Munira AlSayegh and Hashel Al Lamki discussing the curatorial themes spanning The Cup and The Saucer, whereas on April 5, curator Murtaza Vali will speak about The Stonebreakers, the show inspired by the historical and ongoing importance of maritime trade to the development of the port cities of the Arabian Gulf. Check out warehouse421.ae.
It's April Fool's Day on the first, and you can have a laugh here. Experience highlights of The Arts Center at NYUAD's performance archives through its streaming series. Under the name Reconnect., the establishment will stream shows from past seasons on Wednesdays via its Facebook page, kicking off on April 1 with comedian Maysoon Zayid at 8pm.
The need for at-home fitness has never been greater, so the team from Recharge has created a lifestyle channel, which not only includes various workouts including yoga, resistance training and combat-based fitness, all taught by the leading instructors from the region, but cooking and life talks. The online platform can be found at rechargedxb.tv and subscription is Dhs30 per month.
It's not all high-brow you know? Local institution McGettigan's is hosting two major events during the week in order for you to let loose. Try the Live Brunch this Friday, where for Dhs89 (or Dhs149 for two) you will receive a two-course meal and cocktail mixer delivered to your door. The live music will be provided by resident band Oh! from 1.30pm for you to enjoy for three hours on Facebook Live and IGTV, and there will be a Spotify playlist for those wanting to carry on with the afterparty. Order from Deliveroo JLT or call directly at 04 3560 570 and pick your food up in JLT.
Or get in on the Quarantine Quiz. Every Tuesday night at 8pm, Quiz Master, Jono, will be live from McGettigan's JLT with an array of challenging multiple-choice questions that you can answer directly from your device on MyQuiz.org. And yes, the quiz will be 100% legit, with answers being submitted live from each player and prizes are available!