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Now that 2018 is halfway through, make the most of the last six months! If your next question revolves around what is even possible to accommodate it between work and personal life, look no further. We have arrived to the rescue!

It’s time to break free from the monotonous 9 to 5 lifestyle and take up a challenge to surprise yourself. This week, we have picked four skill-sets you could cultivate; skills that will come in handy at home, within personal relationships, and for a more relaxed you. So go on, put your best foot forward and let’s make the most of what’s left of 2018.

1. Pottery course.

They say there’s something magical about fashioning clay to form something beautiful with your hands. Master the potter’s wheel to create pieces of an art form that has its own charm.

Ref: Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah 1, www.artdubai.com (04 344 4398).

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2. Learn a foreign language.

If you and your friends have travel plans lined up to visit a new country, act like a local by speaking their language. With courses running up to a maximum of 2 months, step into a new culture, and/or mindset with a two-hour session per week.

Ref: Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.eton.ac (800 3866).

3. Sew yourself into a textiles whizz.

Dubai’s Craftland holds a whole host of workshops that introduce you to quilting, embroidery, knitting, and the likes. Pretty soon, you could begin your own Etsy account and we’d buy!
Ref: Craftland, Town Centre Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 2237)

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4. Brush up your oil painting abilities.

Awaken your inner Van Gogh with lessons from the very basics, like how the oil paints are made, to the importance of different forms of light in painting, mixing of colors, perspective, and so much more.
Ref: Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777)

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