The Buro 24/7 Middle East's weekend culture fix

The Buro 24/7 Middle East's weekend culture fix

Dubai Opera, Green Art Gallery, Okku

Text: Faizal Dahlawia

Eid Al Adha may have passed us but the culture celebrations look set to continue this weekend with new must-try experiences.

Each week, the cultural melting pot that is Dubai offers something new and this week's itinerary does not disappoint. From a ballet performance to an arts exhibition to a sushi masterclass, these are the top three cultural places to be and try this weekend.

Coppélia ballet performance

Performed by the Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Sibera, Coppélia tells the story of a Franz, a young man who falls in love with a life-sized doll, not knowing that it is a mere creation by an inventor. Though promised to another woman, the infatuation with the doll named Coppélia consumes him and he makes every effort to sneak into the workshop to be with it.

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Coppélia will run until September 17 at Dubai Opera. For tickets, visit

Poetry in Wood art exhibition

Dubai art space Green Art Gallery is set to host a multi-discipline exhibition by Lebanese artist Chaouki Choukini. Titled Poetry in Wood, the new show puts the spotlight on sculptures that showcase the lyrical beauty found in wood. Focusing on positive and negative space, tones and textures, the artist draws inspiration from Japanese minimalism while creating masterpieces that reflect memories of his own childhood.

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Poetry in Wood will run from September 18 until October 30 at Green Art Gallery.

Sushi masterclass at Okku

It's time to create your own signature sushi roll at Okku, one of Dubai's premier Japanese restaurants. Under the guidance of the highly skilled head chef, learn the tips and tricks of how to make that perfect roll. After a brief introduction and orientation, the culinary experience begins as you try to create the popular California rolls as well as a prawn tempura roll. From the placement of the ingredients to the correct rolling technique, the class will give a deeper appreciation to this culinary art where precision, detail and an obsessive desire for perfection, in terms of taste and aesthetic, rule.

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With the rolls ready, your creativity continues to be put to the test as you dish your creations in perfect harmony with the table setting. Expect to learn how to garnish with flowers, ice and a host of other creative elements to achieve that perfect overall gastronomic masterpiece. When all the work is done and the photos have been taken, it's time to indulge in your own creations. Offered in groups of six or less, it promises a fun, informative and enjoyable culinary adventure.

For reservations, call +971 4 501 8777.

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