Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for November 28, 2016, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.
Catch a screening of City of God as part of the Cinema Space series at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The Brazilian 2002 film about crime and redemption is based on a true story. A young boy discovers he can view his harsh surroundings with a different, more artistic eye and becomes a professional photographer to show his world and find his way out.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free, ages 18+, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
See the acclaimed sci-fi film Arrival. Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and her team must figure out how to communicate with aliens that have appeared in spaceships at 12 locations on Earth. The clock is ticking as they try to figure out the alien language and determine the intentions of the visitors. Also starring Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (PG-13)
Sign up to take part in the Yas Mall Walkathon, which celebrates the 45th National Day with a family-friendly 10km indoor walk. Dress in the colours of the UAE flag, but be sure to dress for comfort and physical activity in practical sportswear.
Saturday, 8am, Town Square, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/YasMall
Register for The Climb to Abu Dhabi, a vertical marathon up an iconic Abu Dhabi tower. Elite categories will be tested in a time-trial format over 82 floors and 1,617 steps. Family, school and community categories will take in 32 floors and 720 steps. The prize pool is US$25,000 (Dh92,000). Training sessions begin January 8.
January 27, Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, register at www.climbtoabudhabi.com
Abu Dhabi and Dubai
Swiss Art Gate UAE presents a limited-edition print, 45, in collaboration with HouseBau and the Wanna Read? initiative led by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan. Commemorate the anniversary of The Spirit of the Union with one of the 45 available prints. Ten per cent of all proceeds will go to the Wanna Read? initiative, which offers friendly, enriching environments for children in hospitals across the country. The original will be auctioned off – with a starting price of Dh14,500.
Daily until December 15, Dh2,200 per print, lobby of Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi; Swiss Tower, JLT, Dubai, www.swissartgateuae.com
Register your children, ages 5 to 9, for the Centre de Loisirs de Noël – a Christmas-themed winter camp where French-speaking children can have fun creating holiday decorations during the school break.
December 18-22, 9am to 1.30pm, Dh175 per day; Dh750 per week, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Visit Dubai International Financial Centre today and take part in family-friendly events to celebrate the UAE’s 45th National Day. There will be traditional Emirati music, refreshments and entertainment.
Today, 12pm to 3pm, DIFC Spanish Steps, Dubai, www.facebook.com/DIFC
See Solar Flare, Always Red, in which Raja’a Khalid presents works inspired by mythologies of power, the aesthetics of consumerism and the economies of desire since 1984. Pictured: Raptor II
Runs until January 7, 11am to 7pm, Saturday to Thursday, Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 379 0764, www.greynoise.org
Get tickets now to see German tenor Jonas Kaufmann in concert at Dubai Opera. He will perform as part of the White Nights in Dubai series, which brings top international musicians to the city.
April 6, 8pm, from Dh550, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.greynoise.org
Attend a talk by Dr Djeila Medbouhi, who will speak about the many benefits of art therapy, a process that uses creative expression as a means for healing and improving a person’s mental, physical and emotional well-being. Enjoy coffee and croissants from Vendôme Paris for Dh15.
Today, from 9.30am, free entry, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org