See traditional calligraphic art: Arts organisation Swiss Art Gate and the Park Hyatt are hosting a calligraphy exhibition this month. See works by Husam Ahmed from Egypt and Narjes Noureddine from the UAE. Until August 31. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, www.swissartgateuae.com.
Become a playwright: The Write Now III competition aims to scout out the region’s most promising writers, and the theme for this year is ‘Eat, play, love: your journey through Dubai’. Dubai Drama Group will cast, direct and produce the best entries and the winner will be decided by the audiences. Entry deadline October 23. www.dubaidramagroup.com.
Burger night: Head to C.Taste to feast on all-you-can-eat burgers prepared at the live cooking station, plus two hop- or grape-based beverages. Dhs80. 8.30pm-11pm. C.taste, Centro Barsha, Al Barsha (04 704 0000).
Hang out at Rosso: This popular Italian eatery and bar is one of our favourite Dubai Marina hangouts, and Ramadan hasn’t changed that. Ladies get two free glasses of bubbly and complimentary bruschetta from 9pm. Open from 7pm. Amwaj Rotana, Dubai Marina (04 428 3088).
Have a splashing time at Aquaplay: We admit we have a soft spot for Aquaplay, mainly because it allows the kids to get involved with the wet stuff without us parents having to cart around tons of swimming gear or make sure everyone is slathered in plenty of sunscreen. There are lots of fun rides, including bumper boats (instead of cars), a mini log flume and a stand-and-play area wet area called Murial’s Aquatraptions for little ones who love mucking about with water. For a more exuberant session, you can book them into the fishing village-themed jungle gym. Brilliant! From Dhs5 per activity. Open daily 10am-midnight. Mirdif City Centre, www.playnationme.com (800 534 7873)