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Cycling on the Corniche in Abu Dhabi.
Cycling on the Corniche in Abu Dhabi.

Five things to do today: try a boot camp and sign up your kids to rock academy

Our pick of things to get out and do in the UAE today.

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up to pedal your way down the Corniche in Abu Dhabi tomorrow, when you can take in the sights of the capital on a 9km guided tour. Learn facts and figures about the city, view the original beach line and enjoy the sunshine. Bicycles and helmets are provided along with an informative Noukhada guide. From 10am and lasts 1.5 to 2 hours, Dh150, start point is Heritage Park car park (opposite the dhows at Meena Zayed), end point is the model dhow opposite Marina Mall, www.noukhada.ae, 02 650 3600

see and smell the exhibition The Infusion of Impossible Things, where artists present works throughout the courtyard and adjacent rooms in which scent infuses and conjures up memories and emotions, from one-of-a-kind moments to recollections of struggle and threat. From 9am to 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays, XVA Art Hotel, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com

sign up your budding young rock stars between the ages of 11 and 18 so they can develop skills in drums, bass, guitar, vocals, keyboards and DJing. Students will form bands and work with professional tutors to perfect cover versions of rock and pop songs before performing at the end of the course. March 31-April 4, or April 7-11, 9am-3pm, Dh1,750, location to be announced, Dubai, 050 445 6198, www.rockacademyworldwide.com

come to Primal Boot Camp and do circuit training workouts based around functional movements the human body is designed to do: picking things up, carrying them, dragging, pushing, pulling, climbing and more. The workouts will give you strength and fitness and have you in better physical shape than you have been for years. Starts at 7pm, Dh60 per session, packages available, Yas Racing School, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, book at 800 927, trainyas@ymc.ae, www.yasmarinacircuit.com

learn more about the cultures that make up Abu Dhabi and the languages its residents speak. Anyone wishing to improve language skills is welcome to exchange conversation and cultural information at this free gathering. Speakers of all languages are invited. From 7pm to 9pm, Roulís Coffee & Bites, Central Market (mixed group), Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/ADspeaks

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