x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

5 Things to Do Today: celebrate the 35th anniversary of Le Méridien Abu Dhabi

Plus: get tickets for a charity ball, register for a family run, attend a food conference and sign up for a Zumba party.

Sheikh Zayed and Queen Elizabeth II at the 1979 inauguration of Le Méridein Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Le Méridien
Sheikh Zayed and Queen Elizabeth II at the 1979 inauguration of Le Méridein Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Le Méridien

Mark the 35th anniversary of the inauguration of Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, which was attended by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Sheikh Zayed (pictured in 1979). The 35 on 35 promotion offers guests 35 per cent off everything all week. The exhibition A Journey Through 35 Years reveals exclusive photography of the hotel’s history. Visit www.lemeridienabudhabi.com/en/35thbday for information.

Get your tickets now for The Oil ­Barons Charity Ball. The event will raise funds for Friends of Cancer Patients during this evening of glitz and glamour with the headliner ­Beverley Knight (pictured) and the Bond-inspired theme Licence to Thrill. On February 28, 6.30pm, from Dh275 for an individual Tier 3 ticket, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, book at www.theoilbaronscharityball.com.

Register now for The Color Run Abu Dhabi and take part in “The Happiest 5K on the Planet”, an untimed event where children and adults are covered head-to-toe in coloured powder at each kilometre. On March 29, Dh140, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thecolorrun.ae.

Attend Gulfood, the food service, hospitality and retail event with suppliers offering a wide variety of brands, innovations and products. Until February 27, Dh150, Dubai World Trade Centre, register at www.gulfood.com.

Sign up to attend the Zumba Fitness Party. Beto Perez, the founder of the fitness movement that has swept the globe, will lead a two-hour masterclass featuring the international music workout. Open to men and women of all fitness levels. On March 14, 3pm to 6pm for the fitness party with DJ and warm-up, 6pm to 8pm for the masterclass, from Dh300, Al Bateen Secondary School football pitch, Aldar Academy, Abu Dhabi, 056 339 8919 or 050 109 0927.