Weekend In Review: Dubai Summer Surprises Deals

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This past weekend, Dubai Summer Surprises deals continued with plenty of shopping savings and surprises from retailers and malls all across the city. Also Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde at Alserkal Avenue hosted opening night for a trio of fabulous artists.

Dubai Summer Surprises Deals Abound

Summer Surprises is a time for lots of shopping and family-friendly activities.
Summer Surprises is a time for lots of shopping and family-friendly activities.

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Everyone in Dubai looks forward to Summer Surprises each year, not only because of the concerts and entertainment but especially because of the shopping deals that can be found all over the city. Here’s a look at a couple of the deals and surprises you’ll find in Dubai during DSS this year.

Several Dubai malls are participating in the His and Hers promotion for Dubai Summer Surprises. Among the malls participating are The Beach – JBR, Palm Strip, Reef Mall, Sunset Mall, Arabian Centre, City Walk, and BOXPARK. Each week, two cars are being given away, one for Him and one for Her. To enter the drawing, just spend AED 200 at the participating malls or AED 100 at restaurant or food sellers at the participating malls. The promotion runs through Sept. 10.

A long list of individual retailers are participating in Shop a Surprise. Many of the retailers on the list are offering giveaways of balloons and candy for the kids or promotions of spending a certain amount and getting a surprise. Others are offering deep discounts of up to 75%, while at least one retailer is offering daily in-store treasure hunts. Each retailer is ending its promotion on a different date, so check the list to see which retailers are offering which promotions and when those promotions end.

Alserkal Avenue Gallery Holds Opening Night

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Hesam Rahmanian, one of three artists whose work was exhibited at Alserkal Avenue over the weekend, uses found objects to create canvases or assemblages.

Photo Credit: Alserkal Avenue

On Saturday, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde at Alserkal Avenue hosted opening night for an exhibition featuring work by Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian. Ramin was born in 1975 in Tehran, but now is based in Dubai. His biography on the gallery’s website describes his work as “carving into the symbolic order – the debris of imagery – that surrounds us.” He focuses on collages but also ventures into drawing, video, and assemblage.

His brother Rokni is a painter who combines social and public gatherings in Iran, especially weddings, religious celebrations, banquets, and funerals. His biography says he reveals “the hedonistic, ritualized, or violent side of human nature that [is] buried in such spectacles.”

Rahmanian lives in Dubai and begins with fragments like a household item that has been discarded, a leftover paint chip, or other shapes which vaguely resemble a face, body, or animal. Using canvases or assemblages, his work features “a playfulness and spontaneity that is faithful to his initial glimpse,” according to his biography on Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde’s website.