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DUCTAC
The Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre at Mall of the Emirates is a veritable hotspot for budding artistes of all ages. Catering to every arty age-group and whim, be it a photography classes, a spot of am- dram, or musical theatre and dance, there are numerous courses running at any one time. The best way to find out what’s on is to visit the centre’s website. In true Dubai style, the facilities are fantastic too. There are two large auditoriums, several function rooms, classrooms, dance studios, an art shop, a well-stocked English library, coffee shop and more. The centre is often the destination of choice for larger theatre production companies bringing all manner of musical and dramatic shows to Dubai, so it’s also worth keeping an eye on the DUCTAC box office calendar!
Annual membership available. Class prices vary. Open 9am-10pm, Sunday to Thursday; 2pm-10pm, Friday. Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).

DIAC
This villa-based arts centre might be small in size, but the Dubai International Arts Centre, which was founded in 1976, is the longest established venue for art lovers and appreciators in the city. It continues to serve the community, running a range of creative courses that cater to all ages, whether you’re four or 64. Classes range from sculpture and fine art, to Arabic and Spanish for beginners, children’s painting sessions, lessons in water colour, photography and abstract art. DIAC also has its own art gallery, where local artists can display their work. Classes can be paid for on an individual or ‘course of 10’ basis, and members of DIAC enjoy a 25 per cent discount. As a member, you are also invited to submit your creations to the annual DIAC art exhibition, so if your mini Picassos are showing some true potential, this is definitely the place for you.
Annual memberships available (discounts for Time Out Kids readers in April). Class prices vary. Open 8.30am-5.30pm, Saturday to Wednesday; 9am-4pm, Thursday. Closed Fridays. Jumeirah 1, www.artdubai.com
(04 3444398).

By Time Out Dubai Kids staff
Time Out Dubai,

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