Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Find out what is happening in the capital and Al Ain this week

People sit by the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, where the mercury is expected to rise . DCT Abu Dhabi
People sit by the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, where the mercury is expected to rise . DCT Abu Dhabi

Here's our comprehensive guide to what's happening in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in the coming weeks: including concerts, art exhibitions, talks and workshops, fitness, family events and more.

Bookmark this list as it will be updated several times each week with all of the latest things to do in the UAE's capital.

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PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

Amazing Grace film screening

Monday, August 19

Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace. Courtesy StudioCanal
Aretha Franklin in Amazing Grace. Courtesy StudioCanal

Catch a screening of the 2018 Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack film Amazing Grace at Cinema Space. To commemorate one year since the death of Aretha Franklin, see the concert film of the two-day recording of her 1972 album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles; Amazing Grace was to become the biggest album of her career. The film includes appearances by Franklin’s father Reverend C L Franklin, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and the Ward Family Singers.

7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com

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Eid Al Adha activities at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi

Until Tuesday, August 20

Celebrate Eid Al Adha at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi with activities including crafts workshops, virtual reality and gaming activities. DC Comics superheroes Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and The Flash will perform a Justice League show live daily at 4.15pm, 6pm and 8pm. Children can train alongside them and learn the values of truth, fairness, hope, discipline and teamwork. Customers who spend from Dh150 and show receipts at customer service will receive wristbands for give access to activities.

10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight on Thursdays and Fridays, Marina Mall, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, www.marinamall.ae

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Jai Ho – Indian Independence Day celebrations

Thursday, August 22 to Saturday, August 24

Courtesy DCT 
Courtesy DCT

Enjoy three days of performances to celebrate Indian Independence Day in Abu Dhabi at Jai Ho. On August 22, see comedians Amit Tandom and Biswa Kalyan Rath in a show that mixes Hindi and English. On August 23, experience a live concert by the Queen of Bollywood Music, Sunidhi Chauhan, whose hits include Sajna Ji Vaari Vaari (Honeymoon Travels) and Desi Girl (Dostana). On August 24, ghazal singer and Indian fusion music pioneer Hariharan will perform songs in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu.

Gates open at 8pm daily, from 9pm, from Dh75 for each event, Abu Dhabi National Theatre, Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.net

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Ansaf – Sima Dance Company

Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24

Courtesy NYU Abu Dhabi 
Courtesy NYU Abu Dhabi

Make plans to attend a performance of Ansaf by Sima Dance Company of Dubai. Palestinian choreographer Alaa Krimed explores important aspects facing the Arab world in his show, performed by 10 dancers. The dances are inspired by the writings of Canadian philosopher Alan Deneault.

8pm, The Black Box, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org

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Kalima Encourages Reading

Daily until Saturday, August 24

Kalima Encourages Reading at Khalidiyah Mall is an initiative by the Department of Culture and Tourism to promote reading among children and the general public as well as an interest in Arabic translation and to improve Arabic reading skills. Browse more than 400 titles of children’s and young adult books with discounts of up to 70 per cent. There will also be activities, workshops and attractions designed to encourage children to read, with game and competitions with prizes for winners.

10am to 11pm, Khalidiyah Mall, Abu Dhabi, www.khalidiyahmall.com

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The Luxury Closet launch at Shangri-La hotel

Wednesday, August 28

Courtesy The Luxury Closet 
Courtesy The Luxury Closet

Make plans to attend the launch of The Luxury Closet’s new collaboration with Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, where guests can drop off luxury pre-owned items for re-sale. The goal is to change the way people think and shop luxury items, in that fashion can be sustainable. The event includes refreshments and a preview of one of the largest Hermes Kelly and Birkin collection in the UAE as well as the chance to win a staycation at the hotel.

4pm to 8pm, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, theluxurycloset.com

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Neon Nights at Yas Waterworld

Fridays until August 30

Courtesy Yas Waterworld
Courtesy Yas Waterworld

Neon Nights at Yas Waterworld is back and that means glow-in-the-dark slides, a neon river, a silent disco with glowing headphones and hydrojet shows from the Amwaj Pool. Enjoy all the rides, slides and attractions with extended hours from 10am to 10pm on Fridays, including a neon buffet from Dh75 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

10am to 10pm on Fridays, from Dh250, Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com

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Abu Dhabi Showdown Week

Sunday, September 1 to Saturday, September 7

Courtesy Abu Dhabi Showdown Week
Courtesy Abu Dhabi Showdown Week

Abu Dhabi Showdown Week features seven days of activities and events leading up to UFC 242, including concerts, retail promotions, pool and beach parties and more. On September 4, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at The Arena on Yas Island, followed by another concert the next day, which will be announced soon. The UFC 242 takes place on September 7. The event is sold out, but everyone can enjoy the UFC Fan Experience Zone, which will be created next to The Arena.

Various timings, from Dh250 for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.adshowdownweek.ae

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Ethiopian Dreams – Circus Abyssinia

Thursday, September 5; Friday, September 6; Saturday, September 7

Courtesy NYU Abu Dhabi 
Courtesy NYU Abu Dhabi

The fifth season of the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Centre opens with the acrobatics of Ethiopian troupe Circus Abyssinia. The family-friendly show Ethiopian Dreams features stunts, tricks, human juggling, hoop-diving and contortion to tell the true story of two brothers, Bibi and Bichu, who dream of joining the circus. The performance features the beats of live Ethiopian music.

8pm on September 5 and September 6; 2pm on September 7, The Red Theatre, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org

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Abu Dhabi Baby and Kids Flea Market

Saturday, September 14

Pick up pre-loved children’s and baby goods at the Baby and Kids Flea Market, including clothes, shoes, toys and equipment, all for sale in a fun and friendly environment. Meet other parents in the community and let the little ones enjoy the free activities on offer.

1pm to 6pm, free entry for shoppers, stalls from Dh200, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 056 466 0399, auhbabykidsmarket@gmail.com

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The Laughter Factory

Wednesday, September 18

Courtesy The Laughter Factory 
Courtesy The Laughter Factory

The Laughter Factory brings its Summer, WitTank show to Abu Dhabi with three top international comedians including Canadian Pat Burtscher (pictured), who is making his regional debut with his personal stories, the “Silly Brummie” Andy White who promises that anything could happen when he gets on stage; and Marcus Birdman who returns to the UAE with his witty physical comedy act.

September 18, 8pm, from Dh160, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi, 050 878 6728, www.thelaughterfactory.com

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La Dolce Vita

Friday, September 20

NSO Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Simon Hilderbing present La Dolce Vita, a 90-minute musical programme featuring classical and contemporary pieces including Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Bach’s Air on a G String and Zoosters Breakout, by Hans Zimmer for the film Madagascar.

4.30pm and 7.30pm, from Dh100, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nsouae.org

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Yasalam Emerging Talent Competition

Until Monday, September 30

Courtesy Yasalam
Courtesy Yasalam

Aspiring musicians in the region are encouraged to submit their entries for the 2019 Flash Entertainment Yasalam Emerging Talent Competition. Upload links of music, images and demos at the Yasalam website by September 30, and a judging panel will select 10 acts to compete, with a training and mentorship programme and a live acoustic performance in the capital, where the top three finalists will be chosen. The winner will perform during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and enjoy a residency at du Arena during the 2019-2020 season.

Abu Dhabi, www.yasalam.ae

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Hooray for Hollywood

Friday, October 4

Book tickets for the NSO Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Hooray for Hollywood, led by conductor Andrew Berryman, and featuring music from Academy Award winning films such as Harry Potter, Superman, Pirates of the Caribbean, The King’s Speech and Star Wars.

4.30pm and 7.30pm, from Dh150, auditorium, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.nsouae.org

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Wrong Jovi – Bon Jovi Tribute Band

Thursday, October 10

Book tickets to see Wrong Jovi, a four-piece Bon Jovi tribute band from the UK who perform the American group’s most loved singalong anthems such as Livin’ On a Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive, Bed of Roses and Bad Medicine. A DJ will also be on hand to spin tunes before and after the show.

6.30pm, from Dh50 for members; from Dh75 for non-members, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, 056 536 2230, events@adgolfclub.ae

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Eminem in concert

Friday, October 25

Eminem's Kamikaze tour has been a global success. AP Photo
AP Photo

American rapper Eminem returns to Abu Dhabi on his Kamikaze world tour. The stadium show will feature other performers including Royce Da 5’9 and DJ The Alchemist. Hit songs include Lose Yourself, Stan, Without Me and The Real Slim Shady.

From Dh395, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Trevor Noah

Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26

South African comedian Trevor Noah is coming back to Abu Dhabi in October. Supplied
South African comedian Trevor Noah is coming back to Abu Dhabi in October. Supplied

South African comedian and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, returns to du Forum for two nights of stand-up hilarity. Noah has been performing regularly in the UAE since 2014 when he hit the stage at Ductac. He headlined the Dubai Comedy Festival in 2015 and last performed in Abu Dhabi in December 2017. Those with tickets from his previously scheduled December 2018 show can contact Ticketmaster at 800 86823.

8.30pm on October 25; 7pm on October 26, from Dh300, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae

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The French Gastronomic Gala Dinner

Friday, November 1

Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi with a gala dinner featuring the flavours and delicacies of south-western France created by Michelin-starred chef Vivien Durand and his partner chef Patxi Massonde. There will be a musical performance, a DJ and a raffle with prizes including air-travel tickets, dinner vouchers, hotel stays and more.

7pm, from Dh300 for members; from Dh350 for non-members, InterContinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi, www.afabudhabi.org

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Ladies Season at Yas Waterworld

Thursdays, ongoing

Courtesy Yas Waterworld 
Courtesy Yas Waterworld

Ladies Season at Yas Waterworld means women-only days and nights events with an entire female staff and no mobile phones, to ensure guests’ comfort. Enjoy the 40 rides, slides and attractions along with special events like aqua Zumba in the Amwaj Wave Pool with a female DJ playing top hits.

10am to 11pm on Thursdays for Ladies Days on June 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15; September 5; October 3; November 7; 6pm to 11pm on Thursdays for Ladies Nights on June 20; August 22, 29; September 12, 19, 26; October 10, 17, females only, Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com

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Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019

Thursday, November 28 to Monday, December 2

Courtesy Yas Marina Circuit 
Courtesy Yas Marina Circuit

Book tickets for the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019, which runs for five full days this year, including activities to celebrate UAE National Day on December 2. The final grand prix of the Formula 1 season includes the Pit Walk, on-track racing, off-track entertainment and post-race concerts. There are special offers on ticket and hospitality packages, the Super Parks Pass with access to Yas Island theme parks and more.

Various timings, from Dh699 for a two-day Abu Dhabi Hill ticket, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarinacircuit.com

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FOOD

Taste of America at The St Regis Bar

Until Saturday, August 31

The St Regis Bar celebrates American Independence Day all summer with American food classics such as the New Yorker burger (pictured) with Monterey Jack cheese, smoked beef bacon and BBQ sauce. Or try the Philly steak sandwich with caramelised onions and Provolone cheese on a baguette. Both choices come with an American brewed beverage.

From Dh95, The St Regis Bar, The St Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 02 694 4553, restaurants.abudhabi@stregis.com

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Cuban Burger at Black Tap

Until Monday, September 30

Created in collaboration with Mattar Farm, Dubai’s first artisan smokehouse known for its hand-crafted smoked meats, Black Tap's new limited-edition Cuban Burger offers a tangy take on the classic dish. Priced at Dh99 in Dubai and Dh89 in Abu Dhabi, the burger is made from Mattar Farm’s smoked brisket, and is finished with smoked Swiss cheese, turkey ham, chimichurri, Cuban mustard sauce and pickles.

From Dh89 in Abu Dhabi; from Dh99 in Dubai, Cascade Dining, Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi; Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai; Rixos Premium Dubai JBR; InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai, www.blacktapme.com

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Only Fools and Three Courses The Sequel

Saturday, October 12

Book your spot at the Only Fools and Three Courses The Sequel dinner at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Following the popular event in February hosted by Marlene and Boycie of Only Fools and Horses, expect this comedy dining experience to include appearances by DCI Roy Slater, Del, Rodney, Trigger, Uncle Albert and the gang, who will keep your bellies full and laughing.

7pm to 10pm, from Dh320 for members; from Dh350 for non-members for three courses and unlimited soft drinks, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, adgcdiningevents.com

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Hakkatini Nights Abu Dhabi

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Hakkasan Abu Dhabi
Courtesy Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

Attend Hakkatini Nights Abu Dhabi daily at Hakkasan and enjoy two selected beverages and a small food platter from Dh96. The daily event runs from 6pm to 8pm, but on Wednesdays, the fun is extended to 11pm. Enjoy traditional Cantonese flavours this summer in the cool, indoor bar area.

6pm to 8pm, Thursdays to Tuesdays; 6pm to 11pm on Wednesdays, from Dh96, Hakkasan Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, hakkasan.com/abu-dhabi

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WELLNESS, SPA & HOTELS

Rosewood Abu Dhabi spa and pool package offer

Until Saturday, August 31

Head to Rosewood Abu Dhabi to make the most of a spa and pool package offer this summer. For Dh500, guests can enjoy a 90-minute deep tissue or fusion massage at Sense Spa and will get day access to the pool. Also included in the deal is a Dh100 food and beverage credit voucher, redeemable at the pool bar.

Dh500, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 813 5550, www.rosewoodhotels.com

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Aqua day passes at Sanderson’s

Until Saturday, August 31

Courtesy Sanderson's
Courtesy Sanderson's

Purchase a day pass to the pool at Al Seef Resort and Spa from Sanderson’s cafe for Dh150 and enjoy swimming and sunbathing as well as one dish and a coffee or tea from Sanderson’s Aqua menu, where you can find treats such as the tropical smoothie bowl, avocado on toast, lamb and quinoa salad and a daily yogi bowl.

From Dh150 for adults; from Dh90 for children includes one kids’ meal and juice, Al Seef Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi, wearesandersons.com

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Staycation family offer at Rosewood

Until Wednesday, August 31

Courtesy Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Courtesy Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Families can take advantage of a new entertainment package when staying at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi. Those staying in a suite can also enjoy two activities included in the price of their stay, with a choice of Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World, Warner Bros World and Louvre Abu Dhabi. Also included are access to the Rose Buds children’s club, complimentary Wi-Fi and breakfast at Aqua.

Rates start around Dh5,380, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 813 5550, www.rosewoodhotels.com

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Weekday Summer Bliss at The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Offer valid weekdays until Sunday, September 15

The elegant Buddha-Bar Beach is now open at St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Courtesy St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Courtesy St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Take advantage of the Weekday Summer Bliss offer at The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and enjoy a daycation in the capital. The package includes pool and beach access as well as a three-course, set-menu lunch at Buddha-Bar Beach Abu Dhabi. For an additional price, relax and unwind with a 45-minute massage at Iridium Spa or at the spa cabana by the beach.

From Dh290 for three courses, pool and beach access; from Dh550 for three courses, pool and beach access and a massage, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, 02 498 8888, reservations.saadiyat@stregis.com

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Kayaking at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Fridays and Saturdays, until September 28

Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi 
Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi

View the Louvre Abu Dhabi from a different perspective: on the water. Kayaking at the Museum takes place every Friday and Saturday, with one-hour sessions led by professional instructors that begin with a safety and paddle briefing before beginning the tour into the stillness of the Arabian Sea to discover the architecture from another angle. Full Moon Kayaking sessions take place from 8.30pm to 11pm on Wednesday, July 17, Thursday, July 18, Thursday, August 15, Friday, August 16, Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14. No prior experience is necessary.

8am; 9.30am; 4.30pm; 6pm, from Dh120 per hour, ages six+, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.louvreabudhabi.ae

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Kids Go Free Summer Packages offer on Yas Island

Until Monday, September 30

Courtesy Yas Island
Courtesy Yas Island

Book one night at a hotel on Yas Island this summer and each child under the age of 12 can play at the island’s three theme parks for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Enjoy access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi. Explore fun and activities at Yas Beach, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Kart Zone, the Serdal Pearl Diving Expedition, Yas Mall and more.

Various prices, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasisland.ae

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CLASSES & TALKS

Kids yoga at The Hot House

From Tuesday, August 20

The Hot House is launching its kids yoga classes this month, and they are a great way to introduce little ones to the practice. Children will explore mindfulness, as well as the importance of breathing and movement. The classes are held in a safe, playful environment for those aged four to 12.

3.45pm to 4.30pm for ages four to seven; 4.45pm to 5.30pm for ages eight to 12, from Dh65 per class; packages from Dh240 for four classes, sibling discount 10 per cent, The Hot House, Al Zeina, Abu Dhabi, 02 583 7753, info@thehothouseuae.com

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Slow Down Friday Yin Yoga pop-up

Friday, August 30

Take part in the Slow Down Friday Yin Yoga pop-up at Bodytree. Led by Zita, the class will help participants cultivate restful energy in a sequence of yin postures, meditations and breath work. The practice is recommended for those with an active lifestyle, to restore energy balance. Expect to leave feeling refreshed and recharged. The class is suitable for all levels, including pregnant women.

9am to 10.30pm, from Dh100 includes juice from Nectar, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com

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Emirates School of Dance registration

Saturday, September 14 to Thursday, December 12

Register your children aged two to 15 for the forthcoming term of the Emirates School of Dance. They can choose from a variety of styles including ballet, Latin rhythms, jazz, hip-hop, tap, yoga, Irish and contemporary. The classes cater from beginner to advanced levels to help dancers make real improvements. A ballet assessment week will take place on September 8, 10 and 12.

Various timings, from Dh858 for one class per week, Bodytree Studio and Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, info@bodytreestudio.com

AL AIN

Emirati Women’s Day at Al Qattara Arts Centre

Wednesday, August 28

In honour of Emirati Women’s Day, females aged 14 and older can take part in workshops at Al Qattara Arts Centre. Learn the art of decoupage and decorate household items; a jewellery design workshop focuses on sketching and engraving stones; and for those aged 18 and older, there's a collage art workshop.

4pm, free, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, 03 711 8225, qac@dctabudhabi.ae

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Microphone at Al Qattara Arts Centre

Thursday, August 22 and Thursday, September 12

Al Qattara Arts Centre is hosting Microphone, a two-part series of discussions on social issues, beginning with the talk “You have to travel” on Thursday August 22. Explorers Samr Almarzouqi and Shelaiweeh Almazrouei will share stories of their adventures as well as advice on topics such as top destinations to visit at certain times of the year, and how to plan a trip on a budget. On Thursday September 12, Khalid Albudoor will lead the talk Overcoming the Sense of Loss, which will help participants develop positive coping skills. The sessions are held in Arabic.

7.30pm, free, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, 03 711 8225, qac@dctabudhabi.ae

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Kindermusik at La Dolce Vita

Sunday, September 8

Children aged four to seven can register to take part in the Kindermusik programme at La Dolce Vita, which begins with a taster class on Sunday September 8 from 5.30pm to 6.15pm. The music-based education programme enhances brain development and builds a strong foundation for a lifetime love of learning.

La Dolce Vita, Al Ain, 03 733 1121, info@ladolcevita.ae

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Pop Singing Course at La Dolce Vita

Starts Monday, September 9

Register your children aged seven to 12 to take part in the 13-week Pop Singing course at La Dolce Vita. The one-hour sessions led by UK professional opera singer Louise include a vocal and body warm-up and singing with movements. The term ends with an informal performance.

4pm to 5pm on Mondays, from Dh780, La Dolce Vita, Al Ain, 03 733 1121, info@ladolcevita.ae

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Musical Theatre at La Dolce Vita

Starting Tuesday, September 10

Register your children aged eight to 12 for the 16-week musical theatre programme at La Dolce Vita, where they can sing, dance and act. The course will feature workshops on vocal warm up, voice coaching, singing popular children’s songs, stagecraft, theatrical skills and dancing, culminating with a performance of Aladdin.

From 4pm, La Dolce Vita, Al Ain, 03 733 1121, info@ladolcevita.ae

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Arabic Communication Course at La Dolce Vita

Staring Tuesday, September 10 and Sunday, September 15

Learn Arabic in the communication course at La Dolce Vita. Improve your skills in writing, reading and speaking in this course led by Amani, for both beginners and upper beginners.

5pm to 6pm on Sundays for upper beginners; 5pm to 6pm on Tuesdays for beginners, La Dolce Vita, Al Ain, 03 733 1121, info@ladolcevita.ae

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A Lens on History photography programme

Saturday, September 14

Register to take part in the photography programme A Lens on History at Qasr Al Muwaiji, where you can learn about the methods and tools used to document historical sites. Photographs are key to the preservation and documentation of the history of the UAE – and in particular the restoration of Qasr Al Muwaiji – to provide a resource of knowledge for generations to come. The class includes one hour of theoretical teaching and two hours of hands-on experience. It is open to photographers of all levels, using cameras or smartphones.

3pm to 6pm, free, Qasr Al Muwaiji, Al Ain, 03 767 4444, reservations@qasralmuwaiji.ae

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Emirati Dagger Programme

Saturday, September 7; Saturday, October 5; Saturday, November 2; Saturday, December 28

Register to take part in the Emirati Dagger Programme at Qasr Al Muwaiji and learn the secrets of making a dagger, including the equipment and materials used as well as the correct way to wear it. Learn about the inscription and special decorations on the daggers of the ruling families of the UAE.

11am to 3pm, free with registration, Qasr Al Muwaiji, Al Ain, register at 03 767 4444, reservations@qasralmuwaiji.ae

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KIDS' CAMPS

McDonald’s Mini Crew Camp summer programme

Until Saturday, August 31

Courtesy McDonald's UAE 
Courtesy McDonald's UAE

Children aged five to 10 can take part in the McDonald’s Mini Crew Camp summer programme, which lets them get to know the inner workings of a McDonald’s kitchen and learn values of discipline, confidence and teamwork. Kids will take part in on-floor training, burger and ice cream making and can take part in activities. The Dh100 price of the four-day programme includes a Happy Meal each day, cap, apron and ID, workshop materials and camp certificate.

From 11am to 1pm or from 4pm to 6pm, from Dh100, Al Mariah Cinema, WTC and Al Ruwais, Abu Dhabi; Jumeirah Beach, Spinneys Bur Dubai, Lulu Villa and Al Muhaisnah, Dubai; King Faisal, Sharjah; Ajman Club, Ajman; Zakher Drive-Thru and Shabhat Plaza, Al Ain, minicrew@mcdonalds-uae.com

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Summer Kids Camp at Al Qattara Arts Centre

Until Thursday, August 29

Children can participate in the Qattara Arts Centre Summer Camp in Al Ain. Courtesy DCT 
Courtesy DCT

Al Qattara Arts Centre Summer Camp for children aged six to 13 focuses on art, education and archaeological workshops and includes weekly trips to the cultural sites of Al Ain, including Al Ain Palace Museum, Qasr Al Muwaiji and Al Jahili Fort. Daily art classes include pottery, paper quilling, mosaics, calligraphy, decoupage, drawing and more.

9am to noon, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh315 for the full programme, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, 03 711 8225, qac@dctabudhabi.ae

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Ikea Summer Academy

Fridays until August 30

Courtesy Ikea 
Courtesy Ikea

Take part in the Ikea Summer Academy with activities for the whole family. On Fridays, from 3pm to 6pm, enjoy one of three 45-minute sessions featuring science experiments, kids music and dance, sports games, kids go-green workshops.

3pm to 6pm, free with registration, Ikea Restaurant, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, family.ikea.ae

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Summer Camp at Aladdin’s Cave

Until Thursday, August 29

Courtesy Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas 
Courtesy Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas

Register your children aged four to 13 for the Summer Camp at Aladdin’s Cave at Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas. The educational and engaging activities feature cultural activities that let kids learn about the species of Saadiyat Island such as the Hawksbill sea turtles; sports and team building games; face-painting; a lazy river and water slides; cinema screenings; arts and crafts and more. Families can access the beach and pool from Dh300 per adult; from Dh100 for children aged six to 12.

9am to 3pm, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh200 per day; from Dh780 per week, from Dh2,900 per month, from Dh5,000 for all eight weeks, Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 697 0000, saadiyat.resort@rotana.com

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Sandcastle Club Summer Camp

Until Thursday, August 29

Courtesy The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Courtesy The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Children aged four to 12 can enjoy the Sandcastle Summer Camp, which is led by certified staff and features activities such as swimming, Zumba classes, obstacle courses, arts and crafts, dancing and competitive games. The camp is split into age groups four to seven and eight to 12 and lets children get outside to enjoy the air, learn new skills and make new friends.

9am to 3.30pm, from Dh263 per day; from Dh1,030 per week, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, 02 498 8991, sandcastle.saadiyat@stregis.com

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Kids Summer Camp at Vogue Fitness

Sunday, August 18 to Thursday, August 29

A class at Yas Kids Summer Camp at Vogue Fitness should tire them out nicely, while teaching social skills and teamwork
Courtesy Yas Fitness

Children aged nine to 13 can take part in the Kids Summer Camp at Vogue Fitness and enjoy engaging, age-specific activities that develop speed, strength, agility, coordination, teamwork and social skills. There are Kids CrossFit sessions, art and design activities, outdoor play and more.

10am to 2pm, from Dh200 per day; from Dh935 per week, Vogue Fitness, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarina.ae/voguefitness

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ZSC Kids Holiday Camp

Until Thursday, August 29

Children will enjoy the variety of activities available at the ZSC Kids Holiday Camp.
Courtesy ZSC

Register your children aged five to 12 for the ZSC Kids Holiday Camp, where they can enjoy fun, outdoor sports and activities all day long, including bowling and football, as well as indoor sports, arts and crafts, games, team-building challenges and more.

8am to 5.30pm, Dh1,050 per child per week, discounts for siblings, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 403 4222, kidscamp@zsc.ae

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French Summer Camp at Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi

Until Thursday, August 29

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi 
Courtesy Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi

Tour de France is the theme for the French Summer Camp at Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi, where children aged four to 10 can learn about the traditions, culture and games specific to each region of France. Micro-Folie Abu Dhabi is a digital museum, where children can explore French heritage, as they practice the language through activities such as swimming, cooking, arts and crafts, Zumba, sport, theatre and more.

9am to 3pm, from Dh180 per day, Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 02 612 2900, info@afabudhabi.org

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British Orchard Nursery summer camp

Until Thursday, August 29

Courtesy British Orchard Nursery 
Courtesy British Orchard Nursery

British Orchard Nurseries hosts the BON Summer Stories camps for children aged one to four. Campers will take part in activities based on the themes of books by Julia Donaldson. The storytelling sessions will encourage adventure, friendship, critical thinking and the development of qualities that help children appreciate friends and family.

8am to 2pm for half day; 8am to 6pm for full day, Sundays to Thursdays, from Dh650 per week, all branches of British Orchard Nursery in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, 800 773 724665 www.britishorchardnursery.com

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FITNESS

Ashtanga 1.5 combined series at The Hot House

Saturday, September 28

Courtesy The Hot House 
Courtesy The Hot House

Michelle Alison, along with her husband Sebastien, lead Ashtanga 1.5 combined series, which introduces the second series backbends and other challenging poses and inversions that the primary series doesn’t include. The class aims to provide a more balanced practice for the body. The class is suitable for intermediate practitioners.

2pm to 4.30pm, from Dh190, The Hot House, Al Zeina, Abu Dhabi, 02 583 7753, www.thehothouseuae.com

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50 Hour Yin combined with Yang Foundation Training

Thursday, October 3 to Wednesday, October 9

Courtesy The Hot House 
Courtesy The Hot House

Take part in the 50-hour Yin Yoga Training at The Hot House led by Alexandra Van Schaik. Learn how to integrate the teachings of yin into your class or personal practice by finding how to benefit from finding balance between yin and yang energy. Learn the postures, how to use props, details of anatomy and the fascial system, how to create sequences and the integration of mindfulness and meditation.

Various timings, from Dh3,590; early-bird rate from Dh3,290 before September 3, The Hot House, Al Zeina, Abu Dhabi, 02 583 7753, www.thehothouseuae.com

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Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon free training sessions

Until Wednesday, November 27

Attend free training sessions in preparation for the Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon, which takes place on December 6. Each session is dedicated to distance running and will include a mixture of general drills, easy runs, fartleks, intervals, long runs, tempo runs and uphill runs.

Mondays, 6.15pm to 7.30pm, Al Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi; Wednesdays, 7.45pm to 9.15pm, International Tennis Stadium, Zayed Sports City, www.adnocabudhabimarathon.com

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StartYas

Sundays, ongoing

Start your week with a walk, jog, run or ride around the 5.55km Yas Marina Circuit at StartYas, a community health initiative presented by Daman ActiveLife. Families and friends can enjoy the cooler weather and stay or get fit this winter. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes made available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com

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TrainAM

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until Thursday, September 19

Take part in TrainAM with Abu Dhabi Cycling Club at Yas Marina Circuit and get your bike laps in early in the day. This summer, enjoy a spin around the track during the cooler morning weather every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The full 5.55-kilometre track is open and offers a safe place to ride. Participants must bring their own bike with lights, as well as water and other equipment

5am to 8am, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays until September 19, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarinacircuit.com

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TrainYas

Tuesdays, ongoing

Cyclists participate in the weekly Train Yas event.
Train Yas

TrainYas presented by Daman ActiveLife is a weekly event that lets you get fit or stay fit this winter with a walk, jog, run or bike around the 5.55km track. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes made available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com

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GoYas for women only

Wednesdays, ongoing

Women will enjoy a walk, run or bike ride around Yas Marina Circuit as part of the women-only fitness event GoYas, presented by Daman ActiveLife. The circuit is shortened to 3km and the event is staffed by women to protect the privacy of participants. Bicycles are available for rent and to borrow.

6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com

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FAMILY EVENTS / PLACES TO VISIT

KidZania in Abu Dhabi

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy KidZania Abu Dhabi
Courtesy KidZania Abu Dhabi

KidZania has opened in Abu Dhabi, at Yas Mall. The replica of a bustling city features more than 50 role-playing activities for real-life professions such as surgeons, firefighters, chefs, police officers, models, actors, artists and more. Children aged two to 16 an enjoy playing in a way that helps them develop decision making, teamwork, creativity and social skills.

10am to 10pm, from Dh166, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.kidzania.ae

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Qasr Al Watan

Daily, ongoing

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - March 11, 2019: Exclusive preview and guided tour of Qasr Al Watan, the UAEÕs new cultural landmark. Monday the 11th of March 2019 at Qasr Al Watan, Abu Dhabi. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Chris Whiteoak / The National

Visit the recently opened Qasr Al Watan, the Presidential Palace of the UAE, where you can learn more about the rulers and the country’s government, view the craftsmanship and the architecture and explore the extensive library, as well as exhibitions that celebrate the region’s heritage. There is a garden, a visitors’ centre, restaurants, gift shops, a cafe and more.

10am to 8pm, from Dh25 for the garden only; from Dh60 for the palace and garden; tours from Dh30 with paid entry ticket, Qasr Al Watan, Abu Dhabi, 600 544442, www.qasralwatan.ae

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Heritage Village

Daily, ongoing

ABU DHABI - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - 08MAY2017 - Amer Eid Ahmed who demonstrates his carpet weaving skills to tourist at Emirates Heritage village at the breakwaters in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National (Standalone for News) *** Local Caption *** RK0805-WEAVING05.jpg
Ravindranath K / The National

Visit the Heritage Village, a reconstructed oasis village run by the Emirates Heritage Club. Experience traditional aspects of desert life through exhibitions and demonstrations, including metal work and pottery, spinning and weaving and more. There is also a shop, where you can buy items such as spices, herbs and handmade soaps.

9am to 4pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 3.30pm to 9pm on Fridays, Heritage Village, near Marina Mall, Corniche Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, 02 681 4455, www.visitabudhabi.ae

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Qasr Al Hosn

Daily, ongoing

Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi's oldest building, shows the capital's ancient history for opening night. Khushnum Bhandari / The National
Khushnum Bhandari / The National

Visit Qasr Al Hosn and learn how Abu Dhabi went from a pearling settlement to a thriving capital city. At 250 years old, Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest and most significant building in Abu Dhabi, and its recent renovations enable visitors to experience traditional and cultural aspects of the city’s historical roots. Visit the House of Artisans, take part in workshops and witness the changing of the guards.

9am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; noon to 10pm on Fridays, from Dh30, Qasr Al Hosn, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Abu Dhabi, qasralhosn.ae

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Tuesdays to Sundays, ongoing

From One Louvre to Another at the Louvre Abu Dhabi is open from December 21st to April 7, 2018. Christopher Pike / The National
Christopher Pike / The National

Visit Louvre Abu Dhabi and enjoy a universal museum that focuses on what unites humanity, through the stories of cultures and civilisations around the world and throughout history. The galleries are presented in chronological order and four temporary exhibitions are presented annually.

10am to 8pm, Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from Dh63, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 600 56 55 66, www.louvreabudhabi.ae

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Marina Eye

Daily, ongoing

Visit the Marina Eye on the Corniche Breakwater for an exciting new perspective of the capital. The ferris wheel has 42 capsules, including a number of luxury VIP capsules, for an unparalleled view of the Corniche and the Marina Mall area.

10am to 11pm, Sunday to Wednesday; 11am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh50 for adults; from Dh30 for children younger than 12, Marina Eye, Corniche Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, www.visitabudhabi.ae

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Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

Daily, ongoing

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 24, 2018. The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure at Bedrock land in Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi. Almost 15,000 tickets for Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi have been sold ahead of opening to the public on Wednesday. (Photo by Reem Mohammed/The National) Reporter: Section: NA + AL
Reem Mohammed / The National

Visit Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi and immerse yourself in a variety of themed lands featuring popular characters from cartoons and films including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Batman and Superman. The indoor amusement park has something for everyone with 29 rides, interactive attractions, live entertainment, restaurants and retail stores.

10am to 9pm, from Dh295, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.wbworldabudhabi.com

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Yas Waterworld

Daily, ongoing

Get a free bus to Yas Waterworld from Dubai or Abu Dhabi this summer. Courtesy Yas Waterworld
Courtesy Yas Waterworld

Visit Yas Waterworld and enjoy all the fun that the more than 40 rides, slides and attractions offer, including a tube ride down Slithers Slides, the action-packed wadi ride of Yadi Yas, a six-lane race of Sebag, and bodyboarding on the endless wave at Rush Rider. There are restaurants serving up a variety of cuisines, souvenir shops, a rollercoaster, the Amwaj Wave Pool, special events and more.

10am to 5pm, from Dh250, Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
Courtesy Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi features 37 Ferrari-themed rides and attractions including rollercoasters, midway games, remote-control challenge, simulators, driving experiences, shows, character appearances and more. Plus, enjoy the Italian and international restaurants, and shop in the Ferrari retail stores with products and memorabilia.

10am to 8pm, from Dh295, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

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ART EXHIBITIONS

Year of Tolerance exhibition at The Galleria Al Maryah Island

Until Thursday, August 15

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan during his tour of Taj Mahal in Agra, India, 4 January 1975. Photo: National Archives
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan during his tour of Taj Mahal in Agra, India, 4 January 1975. Photo: National Archives

The Galleria Al Maryah Island marks the Year of Tolerance with an exhibition of photographs in collaboration with the National Archive. View never-before-seen images of historical moments that commemorate Sheikh Zayed. The collection highlights the values that the Year of Tolerance represents and the images span from 1965 to 1990.

10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight on Thursdays; noon to midnight on Fridays, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thegalleria.ae

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Above: Aerial Photography

Until Monday, August 26

An image by Khaleel Al Zadjali. Courtesy DCT
An image by Khaleel Al Zadjali. Courtesy DCT

See the exhibition Above: Aerial Photography, which features images taken from drones and aircraft by artists from the UAE, across the Middle East and the United States. There will be a public programme featuring a workshop by Martin Sanchez, who will take participants into various aspects of aerial photography, and talks focusing on the growth of aerial photography, safety regulations of flying drones and how to navigate art with aviation laws. Pictured: An image by Khaleel Al Zadjali

9am to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5800, www.manaratalsaadiyat.ae

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Codices of Mexico: The Old Books of the New World exhibition

Until Monday, September 30

Visit Qasr Al Watan and see a new exhibition that features historical treasures from ancient Mexico on display in the library. Codices of Mexico: The Old Books of the New World brings a number of priceless pre-Hispanic works dating from the 3rd to the 16th century to the region. The treasures featured in the exhibition are among the most significant sources of information about the ancient cultures of Mexico, preserving the ancestral wisdom of the native peoples of the nation.

10am to 8pm, free, Qasr Al Watan, Abu Dhabi, 600 544442, www.qasralwatan.ae

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Popular Culture & the City

Until Sunday, October 6

'Dipstick' (2003-09) by Jeff Koons. Courtesy Jeff Koons
'Dipstick' (2003-09) by Jeff Koons. Courtesy Jeff Koons

See a selection of artworks from the collection of Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism that embodies the meaning of popular culture and its relationship with the city. The works include Middle Eastern, European and American pop art inspired by city themes ranging from advertising, consumer goods, music, art, technology. Pictured: Dipstick by Jeff Koons

9am to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5800. www.manaratalsaadiyat.ae

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Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co (1900-1939)

Thursday, September 19 to Saturday, December 7

Man from Touraine by Juan Gris. Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi
Man from Touraine by Juan Gris. Courtesy Louvre Abu Dhabi

See the exhibition Rendezvous in Paris: Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani & Co (1900-1939) and experience Paris in the roaring twenties, when artists from across Europe came together to express themselves, resulting in a wave of innovative art. There are more than 80 works presented for the first time in the Middle East, including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Juan Gris, Constantin Brancusi, Tamara de Lempicka and more. A programme of cultural activities will accompany the exhibition, including workshops and musical performances. Pictured: Man from Touraine by Juan Gris

10am to 8pm, Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from Dh63, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 600 56 55 66, www.louvreabudhabi.ae

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A Costume Adventure

Until July 2020

See the interactive exhibition A Costume Adventure at The Children’s Museum at Louvre Abu Dhabi. Children aged four to 10 can create a digital avatar that they dress with accessories as well as trying on replica costumes based on artwork in the museum. Enjoy the reading area, where you can look for hidden messages in the artworks. A toddler space is available for children under three, with costumes, games and activities.

10am to 8pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays (closed Mondays); 10am to 10pm, Thursdays and Fridays, free entry with museum entrance ticket, Children’s Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.louvreabudhabi.ae

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Updated: August 18, 2019 02:48 PM

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