We've reached the halfway point in 2017 and the region's cultural scene continues to shine under the summer spotlight. From a must-see art exhibition, a national day special, a moment of wellness and the ultimate entertainment stop, these are the places to be and be seen in June.

Summer pampering at Dahlia Spa

Experience the signature skin-revitalising sessions by renowned French beauty institution Biologique Recherche, now available exclusively at the Dahlia Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. The iconic name in beauty has brought its expertise to Dahlia Spa through a specially curated list of treatments that have been handpicked for the needs of the Middle Eastern consumer.  

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For reservations, call +9712 333 2222.

Still in Progress art exhibition

The first regional solo exhibition by New York-based Moroccan artist Lalla Essaydi will see a showcase of her finest works from the decade beginning in 2003. Her unique approach to photography combines multiple artistic disciplines including calligraphy, painting as well as costume making. The result is a stunning body of work that explores roles of women in society as well as conflicts.

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Still in Progress runs from June 7 until August 15 at the Leila Heller Gallery.

Fashion Forward Dubai Epic pop-up shop in Jeddah

Twelve Middle Eastern designers will make their debuts this month as part of a pop-up concept by Fashion Forward Dubai to create a platform for emereging labels. The region's next big fashion names that will showcase at the event include Amira Haroon, Arwa Al Banawi, Ghudfah, Hessa Falasi, Jelena Bin Drai, Nasiba Hafiz, Poca & Poca, Amal Haliq, Madiso, Rula Galayini, Vanina and Sarah's Bag.

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The Fashion Forward Dubai Epic pop-up shop runs from June 5-25 at Rubaiyat, Stars Avenue Mall, Jeddah.

Global Wellness Day

Celebrate wellness with Four Seasons Hotels in Dubai as they bring you two must-experience health sessions. First, head over the to private beach at Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach for an over-the-water yoga session. Then for those who are looking to soothe their muscles, the hotel, along with the Four Seasons DIFC, also offers all-day hand and foot massages too.

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Global Wellness Day is on June 10.

Project Warehouse at Warehouse421

Project Warehouse is the Ramadan equivalent of Warehouse421's much-loved Festember event. Visitors to the four-day festival can expect fashion outposts and culinary spots as well as art shows and live performances, think glass harp musicians from Poland.

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Project Warehouse runs from June 1-4 at Warehouse 421.

Italian National Day at Segreto

Say mamma mia with Segreto as the famed restaurant celebrates Italian National Day on June 2. A special week-long menu has been created to mark the occasion and food connoisseurs can indulge in classic dishes including smoked burrata cheese with fresh broccolini, buttery poached cod served with green peas and cannoli filled with Italian buffalo ricotta cheese sprinkled with pistachios and fresh raspberrries.

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For reservations, call +971 4 432 3232.

Eid Al-Fitr

The new moon at the end of June signals the end of Ramadan and its bountiful iftars as the Muslim community celebrates Eid Al-Fitr. Watch out for Buro 24/7 Middle East's Eid-inspired gift giving ideas as well as luxury places to dine for lunch or brunch on the special day.

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Eid Al-Fitr is expected to be on June 25. 

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