The creative minds behind Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz have transformed Warehouse 90 into the ideal escape from the stresses of the city, where you can learn something new while you’re at it.
The 14-week pop-up project, Nadi Al Quoz, will be running until Saturday October 29. The word “nadi” is Arabic for club or society, which is exactly what this space aims to be. You can turn up and just to get away from it all and relax in a hammock, or sign up for the many courses on offer including yoga and drawing, and there’s even a book club.
The programme of activities on offer, which are themed around work and play, are all completely free (in keeping with the spirit of stress relief), with refreshments provided by Wild & The Moon, a specialist in making healthy drinks and smoothies.
The line-up of events has been carefully curated by artists and entrepreneurs from around the UAE. Layan Attari, a designer and photographer, is behind Mall Crawl, a seven-part course focused on sketching, which leaves the space in Nadi Al Quoz at 10am-1pm every Saturday, from July 23 to September 3, to rediscover some of the city’s forgotten malls. On the tour, Layan will demonstrate how to draw the buildings, focusing on any unusual architecture. And don’t worry about getting lost, transport to and from the malls will be arranged.
If the art of yoga is more your thing, you’ll be interested to know that instructors from the Business Bay studio Urban Yoga will be running hour-long classes every Friday until October 28 at 4.30pm. You don’t even need to have tried the exercise before to attend the sessions and mats will be provided, too.
Music fans will also be catered for, with electronic producer and art curator Karim Sultan’s weekly Panic of the Audible session in which he invites people to share their personal playlists for the group to then discuss. They’ll take place every Tuesday from September 6 to 27 at 7pm to 8.30pm.
There’s also the Speaker Series, an eight-week schedule of talks on Saturday evenings, in which Dubai-based artists, musicians, writers and anthropologists share stories about their works, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. These will run from September 3 to October 22 at 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Free. Daily 10am-7pm. Until October 29. To sign up for sessions, email email@example.com. Warehouse 90, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae.Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue