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Abu Dhabi Pottery
Tel: (02 666 7079)
More info: 16th month (four sessions); adults Dhs360, children Dhs240. Adults: ladies only Sat 10am-11.30am; Sun-Mon 10am-11.30am and 6pm-7.30pm. Children: Sat 4.30pm-5.30pm; Mon-Thu 4.30pm-5.30pm.

Café Ceramique
Tel: (02 666 4412)
Location: 26th Street, near Choithram buildings, Khalidiya
Timings: Sun-Thu 8am-12midnight; Fri 10am-12midnight; Sat 8am-12midnight. Ceramic items Dhs13-Dhs200.
More info: Membership schemes, loyalty cards, birthday parties, holiday camps, parties and Ceramics-To-Go (a 'catering service' for ceramics painting for schools, companies and other organizations) also available.

Cultural Foundation
Tel: (02 619 5357)
Location: Opposite New Etisalat, Old Airport Road
Timings: Painting Sun-Thu 10am-12noon; 6pm-8pm.
More info: Various classes at the Art Workshop. Classes are offered in ceramics, silk painting, photography and much more. Classes a taught by teachers who can speak English and Arabic.

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Art Exhibition

Al Qibab Gallery
Tel: (02 655 2350/050 816 3695)
Location: Villa 3, Street 15, Al Buteen area in Zl Zaab. Daily 10am-1pm, 5pm-8pm.
More info: This newly opened gallery brings in some of the up and coming, as well as more established, artists of Iraq, and hopes to host more local contemporary artists as well.

Folklore Gallery
Tel: (02 666 0361)
Location: Zayed 1st, Khalidiy
Timings: Sat-Thu 9.30am-1.30pm, 5pm-10pm.
More info: Art, craft and gift items from the Arab world. Prints and paintings inspired by UAE landscape, as well as traditional Bodouin jewellery, ceramics and a picture framing service.

Ghaf Art Gallery
Tel: (02 665 5332)
Location: Khaleej Al Arabi Street.
Timings: Sat-Thu 9am-1pm, 5pm-9pm.
More info: A new art gallery in Abu Dhabi. Exhibitions take place every month. A mixture of local and international artists show their work at the gallery.

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Community groups

Abu Dhabi Ladies' Art Group
Tel: (050 720 6618)
Location: Delma Corner, Cultural Foundation.
Timings: Meet Thu 9.30am.
More info: A well-established art group that meets to paint (all media) and exhibit locally every year.

Clay modeling
Tel: (050 581 5717)
Location: Art Workshop, Cultural Foundation.
Timings: Tue 10am.
More info: Looking for a new hobby? Learn how to craft flowers out of ceramic, while honing your handicraft skills.

Dubai Drums
Tel: (050 531 0078)
Location: Venue varies. Call for day and time this month,
More info: A monthly community drum session has started in Abu Dhabi. The jam is for adults (35) and children (Dhs25).

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Dance & Drama

Abu Dhabi Dramatic Society
Tel: (02 667 1602/050 812 8382)
Location: The Club, Al Mina,
More info: No experience necessary and new members are always welcome.

Expressions of Dance & Drama
Tel: (02 643 2898/050 314 0839)
Location: Al Nasr Street.
More info: A new dance studio that offers tuition in Latin dancing, the cha-cha, ballroom for beginners, tap, ceroc, salsa, Argentine tango, flamenco, samba and modern dance.

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Arabic Conversation
Tel: (050 614 4815)
Location: Delma Corner, Cultural Foundation. Beginners language class Timings: Sun 11.30am. Beginners conversation class Tue 9.30am. Intermediates Wed 11.30am.
More info: For ladies wishing to converse in Arabic. Wafaa Hezazi also teaches beginners (second stage) in Arabic conversation on other days at a different venue.

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Abu Dhabi Choral Group
Location: Brighton College Abu Dhabi - Auditorium. Every Monday at 7:30PM, with additional rehearsals (as advised) on Saturdays.
More info: An amateur community choir with singing in four-part harmony with accompaniments.

Abu Dhabi Music Arts Foundation (ADMAF)
Tel: (02 677 8432)
More info: ADMAF, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation, presents concerts, exhibitions, workshops and lectures by leading international musicians and artists.

Beethoven Institute of Music
Tel: (050 782 7947/02 632 7588)
Location: Located between Canon Park and Nsr Street Market. Contact Shahnaz regarding lessons in piano, guitar, vocal training, keyboard and drums. A children's choir recently started up.

Chamber Orchestra of Abu Dhabi
Tel: (050 836 1559)
More info: Rehearsals at the British School Al Khubairat. Mon 7pm-9pm. Email:;
More info: A group of musicians who put on two classical music concerts a year in the capital.

Voices of Harmony
More info: A women's barbershop singing group, who sing a cappella style (without accompaniment). The group uses tapes to learn each of the four harmony parts. They are planning lots of performances. If you would like to audition, email Alex on

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Gulf Photo Plus
Tel: +971 4 360 2365
More info: Online photography community which holds regular course and workshops for photographers of all levels. Also runs competitions. Photographers can display their work online.

Photographers' Circle
Location: Delma Corner, Cultural Foundation.
More info: First and third Sun of the month, 7pm-9pm. Dhs10 per session. Open to all photography buffs.

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