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You, But Better: The Gaggler Agenda for January

Mark your calendars.

January 3: Dine and Align

Well-being centre SEVA Experience is hosting a special New Moon in Capricorn pop-up dinner in honour of – you guessed it – the first new moon of 2022. Dine on a unique set menu based on natural roots aligned with the moon in SEVA’s tranquil garden as you take a moment to put all your intentions and wills under the guidance of Capricorn. The first seating will kick off at 6:30 pm, while the second seating will take place at 9pm.

Learn more here.

January 5: Catch a Classic

Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history – and for good reason. Based on real-life events dating back to the roaring 1920s, jazz slayer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and, along with cell block rival Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn. Not only will this iconic production at Dubai Opera boast it all – murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery, and treachery – but its sassy score also includes hits like “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle”.

Learn more here.

January 7: Hop to It

Swing dancing? In Dubai? Absolutely! Hosted by dance community Lindy-hop Dubai, the Swing Dancing Social at Kave in Alserkal Avenue will (thankfully) kickstart the new year on a fun, cheery, and upbeat note with a three-hour session of swing dancing – and it’s open to everyone. The event will start with a short beginners’ class, with the dancefloor then opening for the rest of the evening.

Learn more here.

Swing dancing In Dubai

January 13: Think Green

If you’re signed up for Veganuary – or at least intrigued by the idea – then join fellow plant-based foodies at Expo 2020 for the Vegan Food Festival that will take place until January 29. Not only will you get to discover international eateries that have never been showcased in the city, but you can also try celebrity chef Matthew Kenney’s very first vegetarian high tea, taking place at XYST in the Sustainability District.

Learn more here.

January 15: Take Action

Expo 2020’s Theme Weeks continue into 2022, with Global Goals Week running from January 15 to 22, seeking to drive positive change and advance the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. As for how you can be part of the ‘Decade of Action’? Educate yourself on the 17 goals, test your knowledge, download the AWorld app to inspire more sustainable everyday actions, or join one of the many events taking place at the Expo 2020 site –  just be sure to reserve your seat well in advance.

Learn more here.

January 20: Paint and Rejuvenate

Taking place from 7:30pm-9:30pm, the Parts Integration workshop at community arts space thejamjar is designed to bring harmony to inner conflict, allowing our unconscious to remove the gap between split decisions in order to recognise the purpose beyond. Not only will this Transcendent Healing art session help you gain insights into each separate ‘part’ of yourself, but you will also learn how to find yourself and feel whole. Journals at the ready.

Learn more here.

January 20: Paint and Rejuvenate

January 21: Journey North

With the Omicron variant putting a big fat damper on people’s travel plans, UAE Trekkers is offering a two-day respite with a trip to Kumzar, the northernmost tip of the Musandam peninsula. Here, you can swim, snorkel, kayak, spot dolphins, and even explore the island while meeting with the locals. Hoping to squeeze a hike into this month? A four-hour trek at sunrise (or sunset, depending on the weather) is also on the agenda, as is dinner on the beach and sleeping under the stars.

Learn more here.

January 26: Discern the Difference

With the human mind unable to discern the difference between a crisis and modern-day day stressors – therefore initiating our fight-or-flight mechanism regardless – the Understanding Crisis in Our Day to Day Lives seminar at wellness centre Illuminations comes highly recommended. Facilitated by Holistic Therapist Jessica Canero, this free hour-long session will unveil the science of the subconscious mind and the ingrained responses within us that define our most primitive state of being.

Learn more here.

January 29: Support the Arts

After a hiatus in 2021, the popular Quoz Arts Fest returns to Alserkal Avenue for two days of live music, food trucks, outdoor installations, art exhibitions, wellness sessions, a midnight movie marathon, and more – all of which are free and open to the public. The 2022 edition will not only celebrate homegrown creatives from the avenue, but also showcase the wider Al Quoz community – The Courtyard, The Smash Room, and Akka Project included.

Learn more here.

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