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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 February 2019

Things to do in Dubai

Here's what is happening in Dubai and the Northern Emirates this week

Here are the top things to do in Dubai this week. AFP
Here are the top things to do in Dubai this week. AFP

Looking for something to do in Dubai this week? From concerts and art exhibitions to fitness and family-friendly places to visit, here are the best things to do.

Bookmark this list, as we'll add to it throughout the month, and update it several times each week. Planning to visit the capital? Here is our list of things to do in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

Auditions for a play by Third Half Theatre

Dubai Jazz Festival 2019

Wednesday, February 20 to Friday, February 22

The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2019 features international performers in a variety of genres. The event kicks off on Wednesday with a performance by Snow Patrol (Chasing Cars, Run), then on Thursday, British jazz-funk band Jamiroquai (Virtual Insanity, Cosmic Girl) take the stage. On Friday the series wraps with a performance by Alicia Keys (No One, Fallin’, Girl on Fire).

From 6pm, from Dh350, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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The Laughter Factory

Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22

John Fothergill. Courtesy The Laughter Factory
John Fothergill. Courtesy The Laughter Factory

The Laughter Factory heats up the stage with hilarious stand-up from top international comedians, including Geordie funnyman John Fothergill; Lateef Lovejoy, who is making his desert debut; and also performing for the first time in the UAE is Ria Lina, whose Filipina heritage gives hilarious insight into her life in the UK as an Asian woman, as she smashes stereotypes.

February 14, 9pm, Movenpick JBR, Dubai; February 15, 9pm, Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai; February 21, 9pm, Tryp by Wyndham Dubai, Dubai; February 22, 9pm, Hilton Dubai, Jumeirah, Dubai, from Dh160, www.thelaughterfactory.com

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Montreux Comedy Festival

Wednesday, February 20 to Friday, February 22

Montreux Comedy Festival returns to Dubai with a variety of shows featuring top comedians from around the world delivering sharp and intellectual stand-up. Two French-language evenings include comedians from France and Switzerland, while the English-language show on Friday includes comedians from the UAE, South Africa, UK, Egypt and India. The late show on Friday will be in Arabic and features Ali Al Sayed of the UAE, Abdallal Al Ansaari, Wissam El Cheikh Hassan and more.

8.30pm daily for the French and English shows from Dh250; plus 10.30pm on Friday for the Arabic show from Dh150, Madinat Theatre, Souq Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, www.madinattheatre.com

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Wael Kfoury

Friday, February 22

Courtesy The Pointe 
Courtesy The Pointe

See the first Arabic music concert at The Pointe as Lebanese singer Wael Kfoury hits the stage at the beachfront plaza this weekend. The free event begins at 6.30pm with a DJ set, and Kfoury will perform from 8pm. Hit songs include Belgharam, Safha We Tawaita and Kezzabeen.

8pm, free, The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 390 9999, www.thepointe.ae

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Walk for Arthritis

Friday, February 22

Register to take part in the Walk for Arthritis 2019, which aims to spread awareness about finding a cure for the debilitating condition and to provide access to resources and treatments. The 3.5-kilometre walkathon also includes family activities and a best-dressed competition.

8am, free, Dubai Creek Gate 2, Umm Hurair, Dubai, register at 050 534 3182, www.arthritis.ae/WalkForArthritis

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Tueurs film screening

Tuesday, February 19 and Saturday, February 23

Tueurs. G. Chekaiban / Versus production
Tueurs. G. Chekaiban / Versus production

As part of the French Cinema series of recent French-language films, Alliance Francaise Dubai is screening the 2017 Jean-Francois Hensgens and Francois Troukens film Tueurs (Above The Law). The protagonist, Frank Valken, is a thief who has just carried out a final, "perfect" robbery. But soon Valken and his gang are caught up in an old case as crazy killers appear to be back in town and on the loose.

7.30pm on February 19; 5pm on February 23, from Dh35 for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh45 for non-members, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show film screening

Wednesday, February 20 and Saturday, February 23

Actors Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Patricia Quinn, in a scene from the movie 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 1975. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images

Join Cinema Akil for a screening of the ultimate cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. When Brad Majors and Janet Weiss get stranded in a snowstorm, they seek shelter in a nearby mansion, where they find strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating a convention, and Rocky Horror, the latest creation of eccentric scientist Dr Frank-N-Furter.

7.30pm on February 20; 5pm on February 23, from Dh56.50, Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com

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Second-hand book sale to benefit animal organisations

Friday, February 22 to Saturday, February 23

Visit the second-hand book sale at Town Centre Jumeirah in support of animal welfare groups 38 Smiles Dubai, Stray Dogs Centre Umm Al Quwain and Animals and Us Fujairah. All sorts of books are available for purchase from Dh10 to Dh20, including paperbacks and hardcovers, and a wide selection of children’s books. Funds will go to the organisations’ efforts in helping stray and injured animals, as well as the ongoing trap and neuter campaign.

10am to 8pm, Town Centre Jumeirah, Dubai, www.towncentrejumeirah.com

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A Day in Spain at Eton Institute

Saturday, February 23

Experience a day in Spain without leaving the country. Take part in a Spanish language class with Eton Institute, a dance class with Flamenco Art and Entertainment and a hands-on cooking class with the chef of Salero Tapas and Bodega. A meal of gazpacho, Spanish omelette, paella and churros then rounds off the experience.

11am to 3.30pm, from Dh170, Tapas and Bodega, Kempinski Hotel, Dubai, www.etoninstitute.com

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Study 4 a Day at SAE Institute

Saturday, February 23

Courtesy SAE Institute 
Courtesy SAE Institute

Register to attend the Study 4 a Day workshop series at SAE Institute. Students in Year 10 and higher who are interested in a career in creative fields will have the chance to experience life on campus and learn from industry professionals through taster coursework in animation, audio production, graphic design, film production and games development.

10am to 4pm, from Dh105, SAE Institute, Block 16, Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai, 04 360 6456, hello@saedubai.com

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Storytelling show at Alliance Francaise Dubai

Saturday, February 23

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai
Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

Attend Rendez-vous Contes!, a monthly storytelling show for families at Alliance Francaise Dubai. This month, Halima Hamdane of Morocco, Mariella Bertelli of Canada and Davide Bardi of Italy will tell stories about the character Juha in a show held in French. The improvised performance features music and the adventures of the witty and naïve Juha, who is a character in traditional Middle Eastern folklore. The Cafe Odeon organic brunch will be available for purchase from Dh90 for adults and from Dh50 for children younger than 12.

2.30pm, from Dh50 for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh70 for non-members, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, register at mediatheque@afdubai.org

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Vote for Hidden Gems restaurants

Until Monday, February 25

Courtesy Dubai Food Festival 
Courtesy Dubai Food Festival

Take the chance to vote for Dubai’s Hidden Gems restaurants as part of Dubai Food Festival and you’ll have the chance to win one of 10 prizes of Dh1,000 and a year-long Zomato Gold membership. To assist you in your research before voting, the 40 shortlisted restaurants - in a range of cuisines - are offering a special DFF meal priced at Dh35 per person until March 2, with the 10 winners extending their special menu until the festival ends on March 9. All menus can be viewed on the individual restaurant pages on the Zomato website and app, with an option for delivery.

Various locations around Dubai, www.dubaihiddengems.com

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Neige et les arbres magiques (Snow and the Magic Trees) film screening

Tuesday, February 26

Neige et les arbres magiques (Snow and the Magic Trees) (2014, animated)
Neige et les arbres magiques (Snow and the Magic Trees)

As part of the Cine Kids film screenings hosted by Alliance Francaise Dubai, children aged five to 10 are invited to a screening that aims to stimulate their French-language skills, improve listening comprehension and introduce them to French cinema. Neige et les arbres magiques (Snow and the Magic Trees) is a 2015 animated film that features four short stories themed around nature. Three stories are about trees and the last one is about snow and uses cut-paper animation to tell the story of a young boy who meets an Inuit family.

4pm to 6pm, free with registration, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, register at www.afdubai.org/cinekids

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Lucrece Borgia screening

Tuesday, February 26

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai
Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

See a screening of a performance of Lucrece Borgia by La Comedie-Francaise, as performed at Salle Richelieu in Paris, at Alliance Francaise Dubai. The Victor Hugo play tells the story of the criminal Borgia, who wants to be loved by her estranged son. When she surprises him at a ball, his strong reaction sets into motion her heartbreaking act of revenge. The performance will be shown with English subtitles.

7.30pm, from Dh35 for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh45 for non-members, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

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#WOWJBR

Until Wednesday, February 27

Courtesy WOWJBR
Courtesy WOWJBR

The 10-day #WOWJBR Street Beats music festival features performances by 55 musicians from 20 countries, including homegrown rockers Vandalye, Carl and the Reda Mafia, Wywy, Adam Baluch and Walter Scalzone. International acts include Archy J, who is known as The Snake Charmer, India’s first female bagpiper; flute-loop player Sean Regan; pop-duo Hannie, classical singer Josephine Shaw; and virtuoso sarod player Soumik Datta.

5pm to 10pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 4pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, free, JBR, Dubai, www.facebook.com/thewalkatjbr

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Faenza ensemble

Wednesday, February 27

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai
Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

Hailing from France, the Faenza ensemble brings ancient music to the modern world as they perform the recital Europe Galante. Led by singer and theorbo player Marco Horvat, the accompanied singing programme includes French, English, Italian and Spanish music from the 17th century.

7.30pm, from Dh80 for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh120 for non-members, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

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Wild Wadi Waterpark Residents Offer

Until Thursday, February 28

UAE residents are invited to visit the newly reopened Wild Wadi Waterpark and enjoy a special discount on tickets until the end of the month. Take your turn on more than 30 rides and attractions, including 13 that are interconnected for a seamless experience. Highlights include the lazy river, wave pool, an aquatic roller-coaster ride, and the famous Jumeirah Sceirah slide.

Offer valid until February 28, open 10am to 6pm, from Dh99 when purchased online only, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com

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Gems Jumeirah Primary School Spring Fair

Friday, March 1

Courtesy Gems Jumeirah Primary School
Courtesy Gems Jumeirah Primary School

The Jumeirah Primary School Spring Fair is a fun-filled family event that will raise funds for children’s education in developing countries. Enjoy traditional fair games, shopping at the Traders’ Souq, food, entertainment, prizes and more. There will be a silent auction with items including holiday packages in Kuala Lumpur.

2pm to 6pm, Gems Jumeirah Primary School, Al Safa 1, Dubai, www.jumeirahprimaryschool.com

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Al Noor – Samsung Hope for Children Family Fun Fair

Friday, March 1

Courtesy Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities 
Courtesy Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities

Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities hosts a family fun fair that celebrates the spirit of family with activities including a football tournament, garage sale, a kids’ village, rides, games, a painting competition, bouncy castles, a food court and a raffle. Members of the community who would like to donate items to the sale can do so at Al Noor on weekdays from 8.30am to 4pm until February 14. The proceeds of the Dh3,000 entry fee for teams for the five-a-side football competition will go to Al Noor. The football finals will take place on March 2.

10am to 10pm, from Dh5, Al Noor Training Centre, Al Barsha 1, behind Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 340 4844, www.alnoorspneeds.ae

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Dubai International Boat Show

Tuesday, February 26 to Saturday, March 2

Courtesy Dubai International Boat Show
Courtesy Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai International Boat Show features a variety of aquatic activities and products designed to celebrate and encourage the boating lifestyle. Visit the Dive Mena Expo, the Rad Zone with extravagant sea toys, Superyacht Avenue featuring more than 50 exclusive yachts and more.

Dubai Canal, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.boatshowdubai.com

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#WOWJBR Cravings

Thursday, February 28 to Saturday, March 2

Celebrate Dubai Food Festival at #WOWJBR Cravings, where you can find singing and juggling chefs, roaming characters dressed as candy and popcorn, fruit- and vegetable-carving sessions, live music from the Pimms Brooke Duo and DJ Choppa and more.

6pm to 10pm on Thursday; 4pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday, free, JBR, Dubai, www.facebook.com/thewalkatjbr

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Swagger documentary screening

Saturday, March 2

Swagger (2016, Olivier Babinet)
Swagger (2016, Olivier Babinet)

Teenagers aged 14 to 17 are invited to attend Cine Teens, a monthly programme hosted by Alliance Francaise Dubai, that aims to help them discover French cinema as they improve their French comprehension. Swagger is a documentary about 11 children and teenagers with astonishing personalities who are growing up in some of France’s most underprivileged housing projects. After the film, the teenagers are invited to take part in a short discussion in French.

2.30pm to 5pm, free with registration, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, register at www.afdubai.org/cineteens

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Dear Zoo

Thursday, March 7 to Friday, March 8

Courtesy Art For All 
Courtesy Art For All

Children aged two and older and their families will enjoy a performance of Dear Zoo, a musical adaptation of the popular lift-the-flap book. The tale is about Ben, a young boy who wants a pet, so he writes to the zoo and they send colourful crates filled with a menagerie of strange and exotic animals. The Art for All performance features songs and rhymes that follow author Rod Campbell’s original text, life-size cutouts, furry friends and fun costumes.

4.30pm on Thursday; 11am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Friday, from Dh130, Madinat Theatre, Dubai, 04 304 2340, www.madinattheatre.com

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Foodie Experiences at Dubai Food Festival

Thursday, February 21 to Saturday, March 9

Courtesy Dubai Food Festival 
Courtesy Dubai Food Festival

Take part in a variety of Foodie Experiences as part of Dubai Food Festival, where you'll get a glimpse of the culinary process and enjoy a delicious meal. Dozens of events will span a variety of cuisines and tastes, including a raw-vegan cooking class, a beef-wellington masterclass, a Spanish-fiesta experience, a 16-course meal at Tresind, City Walk’s longest dinner table, noodle masterclass and a sushi masterclass.

Various timings, prices from Dh99, locations throughout Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Friday, March 1 to Saturday, March 9

Book tickets now for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, a celebration of the written and spoken word that aims to promote education and a love of reading and writing. There will be more than 170 authors from across the region and around the world taking part in talks, workshops for adults and children, interviews and debates.

Various timings, prices from Dh50, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City; Novo Cinemas, Dubai Festival City; www.emirateslitfest.com

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Taste of Dubai

Thursday, March 7 to Saturday, March 9

Taste of Dubai features three days of culinary experiences, such as dishes from Dubai’s top restaurants, cooking challenges, celebrity chefs including Jenny Morris and Masaharu Morimoto, workshops, kids’ activities, shopping and live entertainment including the Thursday night headlining act, Tony Hadley, formerly of Spandau Ballet (Gold, True, Through the Barricades).

4pm to midnight on Thursday; noon to midnight on Friday; noon to 11pm on Saturday, from Dh120 for Thursday; from Dh55 for Friday and Saturday, Dubai Media City, www.tasteofdubaifestival.com

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Dubai Food Festival Swyp Beach Canteen

Thursday, February 21 to Saturday, March 9

Courtesy Dubai Food Festival
Courtesy Dubai Food Festival

Visit the Swyp Beach Canteen as part of Dubai Food Festival and enjoy food, activities for children, a sports court and more. Get to know homegrown and established food concepts from Emirati specialities to Mexican delicacies in the Food Piazza; check out a mix of food trucks in the Food Truck Alley; watch interactive demonstrations in the Cooking Court and shop in the Retail Garden with its serene picnic tables and festive lighting. There are fun zones, gaming zones, a play park, obstacle courses, workshops and more.

Noon to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight on Thursdays and Fridays, 10am to 11pm on Saturdays, beach Canteen, Jumeirah Beach, Sunset Mall, Dubai, www.dubaifoodfestival.com

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Dubai’s Most Instagrammable Food Festival

Until Sunday, March 10

Courtesy BurJuman
Courtesy BurJuman

Visit BurJuman and experience Dubai’s Most Instagrammable Food Festival, which features food-art installations of spinning doughnuts, moving noodles, colourful sushi rolls, fluffy marshmallows, an oversized popcorn tub and a 8.4-metre ice cream cone. Wander among the art and sample a variety of cuisine from the mall’s food outlets that are offering giveaways and samples. From February 21 to March 9, spend Dh50 or more for the chance to win a 2019 Nissan Patrol, a diamond pendant and Dh1 million in prizes from Zomato.

10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to 11pm, Thursdays and Fridays, BurJuman, Dubai, www.burjuman.com

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Ballet Under the Stars

Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11

Book tickets for Ballet Under the Stars performed by The Covent Garden Dance Company in an open-air beachside theatre. Principal dancer Lauren Cuthbertson will be joined by Xander Parish and a cast of renowned dancers from some of the world’s top companies. The evening features three gourmet dining courses and three half-hour performances, followed by a post-show reception with the artists and production team.

7.30pm, from Dh550, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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Al Noor Superhero Fun Run

Friday, March 15

Courtesy Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities 
Courtesy Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities

Register to take part in the Al Noor Superhero Fun Run which will support the Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities. Be one of the thousands of real-life UAE superheroes who will dress up as comic book characters for a 4-kilometre run through Al Barsha and the Pond Park. All runners will receive a certificate and prizes will be given to the runners with the three best costumes.

7.30am to 10am, from Dh100 for adults; from Dh70 for ages six to 17; free for runners aged five and younger, meeting point at Al Noor Training Centre, Al Barsha 1, behind Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 340 4844, www.alnoorspneeds.ae

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Zurich Corporate Touch 6s Tournament

Friday, March 15

Photo by Melissa Lear / Courtesy Zurich Corporate Touch 6s Tournament
Photo by Melissa Lear / Courtesy Zurich Corporate Touch 6s Tournament

Register your team to compete in the Zurich Corporate Touch 6s Touch Tournament 2019. There will be more than 32 teams competing in the men’s, women’s, mixed and veterans’ team categories and registration is open now. On the day of the event, families can enjoy a fun-filled day with children’s activities, entertainment, live music, food trucks and more. Additionally, there is a free kids’ U7 tag-rugby tournament and registration is open until February 28.

From 9am; finals at 5pm, from Dh3,500 to enter an adult team; free to attend event, Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, Dubai, www.zurichcorporatetouch6s.com

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

Friday, March 15

Courtesy Art For All 
Courtesy Art For All

Book tickets to a performance of Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain, a West End show that brings educational theatre to children aged five and older through the works of children’s author Terry Deary. The show encapsulates Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians to give kids an entertaining insight into British history with clever performances and amusing sound effects.

11am and 3.30pm, from Dh125, Madinat Theatre, Dubai, 04 304 2340, www.madinattheatre.com

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Escape In with #DXBExperiments

Thursday, February 28 to Friday, March 22

#DXBExperiments presents its fourth in a series of pop-up events that feature games and challenges. Escape In is a collection of themed activities that require guests to solve puzzles to unlock access to “Escape In”, and enjoy fun into the early hours.

7pm to 1am, Thursdays and Fridays, free entry; drinks payable on consumption, 21+, On42, Media One, Dubai, www.facebook.com/DXBExperiments

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The Laughter Factory

Thursday, March 14; Friday, March 15; Thursday, March 21; Friday, March 22

Alasdair Beckett-King. Courtesy The Laughter Factory 
Alasdair Beckett-King. Courtesy The Laughter Factory

Book tickets for the Tickle Your Funny Bone tour as The Laughter Factory brings top international comedians to the UAE for stand-up hilarity. Renaissance man Alasdair Beckett-King (pictured) makes his Gulf debut as does the frank and fearless Sarah Callaghan, while inventive Adam Bloom marks his return to the UAE.

March 14, 9pm, Movenpick JBR, Dubai; March 15, 9pm, Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai; March 21, 9pm, Tryp by Wyndham Dubai, Dubai; March 22, 9pm, Hilton Dubai, Jumeirah, Dubai, from Dh160, www.thelaughterfactory.com

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The Beach Run DXB

Friday, March 29

Register to take part in the Beach Run Dubai, which lets runners of all ages and abilities start off the weekend with some exercise. There are three distances and running categories: the 7.2-kilometre serious run; the 3.6km fun run; and the 1.8km family run. The event takes place beside the Burj Al Arab and there is a Festival Village with food trucks, music and fitness demonstrations, kids’ activities, entertainment, viewing areas and more. Runners will receive an official race T-shirt and race goodies.

7am, from Dh119, Sunset Beach, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, register by March 27 at beachrundxb.com

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Burj Khalifa lightshow

Tuesdays to Saturdays until the end of March

Courtesy Burj Khalifa
Courtesy Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa presents its popular light show, which debuted on New Year’s Eve, nightly at 8pm through March. Two Guinness World Records were earned: Largest LED-illuminated facade and Tallest LED-illuminated facade. The displays narrate the story of the UAE with the theme of “time and progression”, highlighting the heritage of the nation and its future ambitions. The other timings will feature various displays from the Burj Khalifa's extensive library of shows.

7.15pm, 8pm and 9.30pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 6.45pm, 8pm and 9.45pm from Thursdays to Saturdays, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.facebook.com/burjkhalifa

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Middle East Film & Comic Con

Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13

Book your tickets for the Middle East Film & Comic Con, where super fans will meet superheroes through panel talks, workshops and activities. Plus, there will be merchandise to purchase, a cosplay contest and parade, comic and manga artists, eSports games and celebrity meet-and-greets including Ross Marquand of The Walking Dead and voice actress Tara Strong.

2pm to 10pm on Thursday; noon to 10pm on Friday; 1pm to 9pm on Saturday, from Dh115 for a one-day pass, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.mefcc.com

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Wafi Science Factory

Tuesday, February 26 to Wednesday, April 10

Courtesy Wafi
Courtesy Wafi

Visit the Wafi’s Science Factory interactive exhibition, which combines knowledge and fun challenges for all ages. There are 40 machines that feature experiences such as earthquakes, tornadoes and being invisible, where visitors can enjoy science, math, nature, music and more in an informational and entertaining setting, as well as prizes to be won.

10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight, Thursdays and Fridays, free, Wafi, Dubai, 04 324 4555, www.wafi.com

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Tony Robbins Live in Dubai

Tuesday, September 3

Personal and business development coach Tony Robbins is heading to Dubai this year to share his message of motivation and empowerment to help you reach your life goals. The author of the bestseller Money: Master the Game will present Achieving the Unimaginable, which focuses on discovering your greatness, living your passion, attracting wealth and abundance, achieving your goals and mastering success. Register now for tickets and VIP meet-and-greet information, as well as venue details when they become available.

10am to 4.30pm, location to be announced in Dubai, www.tonyrobbinsdxb.com

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VR Theme Park Super 7 Pass special offer

Daily, limited time

For a limited time, book a VR Theme Park Super 7 Pass online and get a 50 per cent discount. The Super 7 pass lets you experience any seven of the top 10 experiences, games, rides and educational journeys, including Dubai Drone, Dune Bash and VR Maze.

From Dh90 with discount; regularly Dh180, 10am to 11pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 10am to 1am on Fridays, VR Theme Park, Level 2, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.vrparkdubai.com

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We Love Our Beach clean-up

First Sunday of every month

Courtesy Zero Gravity 
Courtesy Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity hosts We Love Our Beach, a monthly environmental event in which staff members and volunteers, including divers, join for up to 90 minutes to clean the beach of plastic and rubbish. The initiative is part of the venue’s ongoing efforts to make a difference to the environment by cutting down on plastic. The event is followed by a breakfast by Zero Gravity's chef. T-shirts will be provided and guests are asked to bring a refillable water bottle.

7.30am, free, Zero Gravity, JBR, Dubai, 04 399 0009, weloveourbeach@0-gravity.ae

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Dubai Ice Rink weekday skate offer

Sundays to Thursdays, ongoing

Visit the Dubai Ice Rink from Sunday to Thursday and take advantage of the weekday skate offer of a 90-minute skating session for Dh49. Skating enthusiasts can perfect their jumps, spins and footwork and enjoy a whirl around the rink at sessions beginning at 10am, 11.45am, 1.45pm, 3.15pm and 5pm.

10am to 6.30pm, from Dh49; regular prices from Dh75, Dubai Ice Rink, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 800 38224 6255, www.dubaiicerink.com

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AJMAN

Fun Factory pop-up at City Centre Ajman

Until Thursday, February 28

Courtesy City Centre Ajman
Courtesy City Centre Ajman

The Fun Factory indoor entertainment park at City Centre Ajman has been extended to include new arts and crafts workshops from Thursdays to Saturdays after 5pm. Parents can drop off their kids for artistic sessions including sand art, pottery, slime-making workshops, freestyle painting and candy-jar decorating. Teenagers will find video games, younger kids can watch cartoons while lounging on beanbags and everyone will love the air hockey, foosball and billiards games.

Mall open 10am to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays, City Centre Ajman, Ajman, 06 743 2888, www.citycentreajman.com

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RAS AL KHAIMAH

Tough Mudder

Friday, March 1

Courtesy Tough Mudder
Courtesy Tough Mudder

Register to participate in the obstacle course challenge Tough Mudder, which features more mud-soaked mayhem than ever. Test your physical strength, stamina and mental grit on any of a variety of courses, including the Tough Mudder 5k, which includes 13 obstacles; the Tough Mudder Classic with 25 obstacles along 10 kilometres; and the Mini Mudder for kids, a 1.6km course for seven- to 13-year-olds. New obstacles include the Leap of Faith and the Black Widow, while the Pyramid, Mud Mile and Everest 2.0 make their return.

From 7.30am, from Dh350 for the Tough Mudder 5k, Mina Al Arab, Ras Al Khaimah, www.toughmudder.ae

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Awafi Heritage Festival in Ras Al Khaimah

Until Friday, March 15

Courtesy Awafi Festival
Courtesy Awafi Festival

Visit the Awafi Heritage Festival on the Al Qawasim Corniche. The three-month-long annual event features a traditional marketplace that includes arts and crafts, cultural displays, children’s activities, live entertainment and more.

4pm to 10pm, Mondays to Saturdays; 4pm to midnight on Thursdays and Fridays, free, Al Qawaswim Corniche, Ras Al Khaimah, www.en.rasalkhaimah.ae

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FOOD

Chinese food market at Al Seef

Until Saturday, February 23

Continue with the Chinese New Year celebrations at Al Seef, which hosts a waterfront Chinese food market featuring multiple vendors along the banks of Dubai Creek. Taste authentic Chinese delicacies including xiao long bao dumplings, dan-dan noodles, Chinese burger and the raindrop cake. The area is decorated with lanterns, and from 6pm on weekends there will be live entertainment including dancing, acrobatics, kung fu, drumming and theatre.

4pm to 10pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays, Al Seef, Dubai, www.alseef.ae

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Pancake Month at Clinton Street Baking Company

Until Thursday, February 28

Courtesy Clinton Street Baking Company
Courtesy Clinton Street Baking Company

Clinton Street Baking Company celebrates Pancake Month with a selection of 13 different flavours to try - and they change every two or three days. From now until the end of the month, tuck into spiced Japanese pumpkin, German chocolate pecan and caramel, fresh coconut and lime, blueberry streusel, Bavarian apple, raspberry almond, strawberry shortbread and many more, including a special Valentine’s Day flavour, raspberry chocolate (pictured).

8am to midnight, from Dh59, Clinton Street Baking Company, City Walk, Dubai, 04 344 0705, clintonstreetbaking.ae

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Cirque de Cuisine: Carnival de Brazil

Thursday, February 28

Courtesy Atlantis The Palm
Courtesy Atlantis The Palm

Seven restaurants of Atlantis The Palm will serve up delicacies in the latest Cirque de Cuisine, this time with a Carnival de Brazil theme. Guests can wander among the restaurants enjoying all-you-can-eat signature dishes, cooking stations, buffets and live entertainment. South American food will be served up at Nobu, Hakkasan, Bread Street Kitchen and Bar, Ronda Locatelli and Seafire Steakhouse and Bar, then dine under the sea with desserts from Ossiano at The Lost Chambers Aquarium and after 11pm at Wavehouse.

4pm to 11pm, from Dh495, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 426 2626, www.platinumlist.net

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The Italian Way Supper Club

Monday, March 18 to Saturday, March 23

Courtesy The Supper Club
Courtesy The Supper Club

Book your spot at the pop-up communal dining experience The Supper Club curated by The Italian Way and enjoy an exclusive menu of 39 ingredients served in a secret 39th-floor location. The five-course Italian meal will be served at one table and features dishes created by chef Stefano Ratti, who will serve the dishes and explain the selection and curation of the ingredients.

From Dh350, 21+ only, book through InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai, 055 992 9102

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The Pandora Afternoon Tea at Fairmont The Palm

Friday, March 1 to Tuesday, April 30

Courtesy Fairmont The Palm 
Courtesy Fairmont The Palm

Experience the “Celebrating You…” afternoon tea at Mashrabiya Lounge, where, in honour of International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, guests can enjoy a Pandora-themed event. Along with Instagrammable decor, homemade finger sandwiches, delicate scones with clotted cream and a selection of decorated treats and truffles, the first 200 to attend will also receive a Pandora crown design charm and the first 20 group bookings for bridal or baby shower events will receive an extra gift for the main guest. There is also a weekly prize giveaway.

Noon to 6pm, from Dh155, Mashrabiya Lounge, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. 04 457 3457, palm.dining@fairmont.com

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WELLNESS

Sisters Beauty Lounge special offers

February, ongoing

Throughout the month, the Hearts package at Sisters Beauty Lounge offers 10 per cent off of any two services booked, 15 per cent off of any three services booked and 20 per cent off of any four services booked, with a minimum spend of Dh500.

Sisters Beauty Lounge locations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, 800 7478377, www.sistersbeautylounge.com

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Mindfulness four-week course

Wednesdays in March beginning March 6

Courtesy Mindful Me
Courtesy Mindful Me

Register for a four-week yoga and mindfulness course with Dina Ghandour and Mindful Me. Learn more about yourself and your patterns as you use your body to link gentle movement, breath and intention for a positive impact to your nervous system and your mind. This is your chance to “tune in” with sound and chanting and an open mind. No yoga experience is necessary.

7pm to 9pm, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, from Dh1,300 for four weeks, Jumeirah Park, Dubai, 054 466 8400, info@mindfulme.me

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Well-Mum and Baby clinic

Sundays and Thursdays, ongoing

New mothers and pregnant women can take part in the Well Mum and Baby Clinic offered at King’s College Hospital London in Dubai. The newly launched programme is free for the first two months and offers three sessions of one-hour holistic antenatal and postnatal care that focuses on feeding, weaning, sleeping patterns, breastfeeding and more. Specialist consultations are available as well as baby-weight monitoring.

2pm to 5pm, King’s College Hospital London, Dubai Hills, kingscollegehospitaldubai.com

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CLASSES & TALKS

Free German language course

Sunday, February 24 to Thursday, February 28

Register for a free German course with Eton Institute that aims to introduce learners with essential vocabulary, basic words and phrases as well as insight to the German culture. Germany is one of few countries in the EU that offer free higher education to students with proficiency in the local language, as well as offering affordable living costs and student discounts, making learning German an attractive option for students.

5pm to 7pm, free with registration, Eton Institute, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi; Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai, 800 3866, register at www.etoninstitute.com

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Speech-language conference at Alliance Francaise Dubai

Monday, February 25

Speech-language pathologist Helene Malik will lead a series of monthly lectures hosted by Alliance Francaise Dubai that will focus on dyslexia, attention disorders and different learning styles. This month’s talk will focus on fake labels stuck on children and will be held in French.

10am, from Dh35, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, register at mediatheque@afdubai.org

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Sustainability talk at Flow

Monday, February 25

Molly Huggins. Courtesy Flow 
Molly Huggins. Courtesy Flow

Attend a panel discussion about sustainability and the environment as part of the Flow Talk Series at Flow, the healthy eating and creative hub. Hear from five experts how to contribute to reducing environmental impact, including Milli Midwood, creator of the Design & Conquer blog; South African environmental artist Mariska Nell; Baharash Bagherian, who has founded an architecture firm specialised in designing sustainable destinations; nutrition expert and Flow manager Molly Huggins (pictured); and Yasmine Badri, who will speak about the Nourafchan Foundation’s sustainability initiatives.

6pm to 7pm, free, Flow, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, 04 319 8767, www.facebook.com/flowdubai

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Golfing Coffee Morning for Ladies

Wednesdays, ongoing

Plan to take part in the golfing coffee mornings for ladies at Arabian Ranches Golf Club, which is designed for all levels from beginners to advanced. The club’s qualified PGA qualified coach will work with each participant to improve their game in an encouraging and friendly atmosphere.

11am to noon on Wednesdays, from Dh130, Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai, golfacademy@www.arabianranchesgolfdubai.com

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FITNESS

Motion Cycling free class

Until Thursday, February 28

Courtesy Motion Cycling
Courtesy Motion Cycling

When you bring a guest to Motion Cycling throughout February, he or she will get their first class free. If you have a new or current class package, your guest can ride with you for free all month long. High-intensity classes take place in a dark candlelit room and are designed to inspire and motivate with a full-body workout that is said can burn up to 1,000 calories per session.

Motion Cycling, The Oberoi Hotel, 18th Floor, Business Bay, Dubai, www.motion-cycling.ae

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RealRyder indoor cycling class at Surge Body Fitness

Ongoing

Courtesy Surge Body Fitness
Courtesy Surge Body Fitness

Surge Body Fitness offers indoor cycling classes with the RealRyder tilt bikes, which move from side to side, simulating an outdoor bike ride. The full-body workout tones your upper body, tightens abs and shapes your legs. Classes are available from 7am, and there is a 50 per cent discount on all packages purchased before the end of January.

From Dh2,000 for a three-month package; from Dh6,000 for one year, with free spin shoes, Surge Body Fitness, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City, www.besurge.com

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Speedo Swim Squads at The Burj Club

Ongoing

Courtesy The Burj Club
Courtesy The Burj Club

The Burj Club hosts Speedo Swim Squads academy and club, with classes for all ages and abilities led by highly qualified teachers and coaches and using state-of-the-art equipment, including a semi-Olympic-sized indoor pool. Classes include Baby Swim for babies aged 3 months to 3 years; Learn to Swim from 3 years to adult; Competition Training; Tri-Programmes; and Masters and Adult Fitness Programmes.

From Dh90 per session, various prices per programme, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, 04 888 3900, www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/the-burj-club

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The Burj Club

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy The Burj Club
Courtesy The Burj Club

The Burj Club hosts fun and rigorous group workout sessions in a variety of disciplines designed to motivate and inspire you to go further. Try classes in Super SUP Fitness, doing a mix of Pilates and yoga while balancing on a paddle board; outdoor yoga with views of Downtown Dubai; HIIT for high-intensity sessions for all abilities that target and strengthen your core; Rhythm Ride cycling class for cardiovascular exercise up hills and with challenging drills; and Body Pump, the workout that challenges all major muscle groups with squats, presses, lifts and curls.

Various timings, from Dh95 per session; free for The Burj Club members, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/the-burj-club

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KIDS' CAMPS

Kartdrome Half Term Camp

Until Thursday, February 21

Dubai Autodrome and Gulf Star offers children aged 7 to 15 an adrenalin-filled half-term break of go-karting, laser tag, race simulators, billiards tournaments, video games, team games and competitions at the Kartdrome Half Term Camp.

9am to 1pm, with early drop-off available from 8am, from Dh995 per week, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, 050 429 4860, info@gulfstarsports.com

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Gulf Star Half Term Camps 2018

Until Thursday, February 21

Register your children, aged three to 13, for the Gulf Star Half Term Camps, where they can keep busy during the school break by enjoying sports, team games and challenges, arts and crafts, adventure games, martial arts, performing arts and themed activities.

9am to 2.30pm, from Dh840, Foremarke School and Jebel Ali School, Dubai, 050 429 4860, info@gulfstarsports.com

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FAMILY EVENTS / PLACES TO VISIT

Garden Souq at Dubai Garden Centre

Saturdays until March 30

Courtesy Dubai Garden Centre
Courtesy Dubai Garden Centre

Visit the weekly Garden Souq at Dubai Garden Centre and enjoy an outdoor market with fresh produce, organic and artisanal products, gluten-free and vegan foods, handicrafts, clothes, live music, food stalls and more.

10am to 2.30pm, Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 590 4333, garden-centre@desertgroup.ae

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KidZ Detective at KidZania

Until Sunday, March 31

Courtesy KidZania
Courtesy KidZania

KidZ Detective at KidZania lets kids learn and practice the skills needed to become a super sleuth in a fun and educational way. There are four zones where kids can find clues, navigate a maze, collect fingerprints and analyse evidence to crack the case and save the day. Along the way, they will pick up skills including attention to detail, patience and problem solving.

From Dh35 with economy ticket purchase of Dh180; free with premium ticket purchase of Dh250, KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 800 38224 6255, www.kidzania.ae

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Wavehouse at Atlantis The Palm

Ongoing

The bowling alley at the preview of new entertainment complex, Warehouse at Atlantis The Palm Dubai. Leslie Pableo / The National
Leslie Pableo / The National

Wavehouse is a new venue that combines live music, gaming, bowling, food and drinks and it all overlooks a state-of-the-art wave machine, the Wave Rider, which offers body-boarding and knee-boarding. Families can enjoy the rustic beach bar-style terrace that features a variety of seating areas, while other guests head inside to the adults-only bar, where there's a more industrial vibe. There is ten-pin bowling, a soft-play area for kids, plus arcade zone for all ages, complete with Xbox consoles, virtual reality experiences and the world's largest Pac-Man. Wavehouse Bar has live bands and DJs and Wavehouse Restaurant has healthy choices as well as comfort food with signature dishes such as deep-fried Babybels and rainbow sliders.

Noon to 1am, Wavehouse, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, reservations@atlantisthepalm.com

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#WOWJBR January events

Thursdays to Saturdays, ongoing

Courtesy Dubai Retail 
Courtesy Dubai Retail

Each weekend in January features a different theme as part of the #WOWJBR series of events. The Arts Festival from January 10-12 includes caricaturists, speed painters, dancing paintings and roaming graffiti characters. The Sports Festival from January 17-19 and January 24-26 includes free fitness and yoga classes, live acoustic performances, tightrope artists, electric-capoeira dancers and LED jump-rope performers. The Nature Festival from January 31 to February 2 lets visitors immerse themselves in a world of hula-hoop dancing, stilt-walkers, roaming themed characters, live entertainment and an LED puppet show.

6pm to 10pm on Thursdays; 4pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, free, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, www.facebook.com/thewalkatjbr

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Global Village

Until Saturday, April 6

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 30, 2018. A new Curcus experience was added to the Carnaval area in Global Village. Global Village opened it's gates today to the public for its 23rd season. (Photo by Reem Mohammed/The National) Reporter: PATRICK RYAN Section: NA
Reem Mohammed / The National

The 23rd season of Global Village, the annual multicultural shopping and entertainment festival, features new additions including a larger Emirates pavilion; eight new bridges that replicate famous architecture; a floating market; a fiery musical fountain; an interactive children’s theatre; more than 100 video games in the Carnaval funfair; and a 50-metre screen on the Wheel of the World Ferris wheel showing live images of Dubai. Plus, all the street performances, concerts, international cuisine and world-class shopping that Global Village is known for.

4pm to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays (Mondays for women and families only); 4pm to 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays, from Dh15; free for children younger than 3, Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, E311, Dubai, 04 362 4114, www.globalvillage.ae

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Festival Bay at Dubai Festival City Mall

Until Tuesday, April 30

Courtesy Dubai Festival City Mall
Courtesy Dubai Festival City Mall

Festival Bay at Dubai Festival City Mall has been transformed into Pirates of the Bay children’s fun park, a fun-filled park experience with games and activities for children. Families are invited to experience pirate-themed play areas, an inflatable slide, sand play, a bungee trampoline, a waterpark, arts and crafts, pizza-making, carnival games, popcorn, candy floss and more.

From 3pm to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 3pm to 11pm on Thursdays; from 10am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai, www.dubaifestivalcitymall.com

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The Market at The Beach

Until Tuesday, April 30

Courtesy The Beach 
Courtesy The Beach

Waterfront destination The Beach hosts the outdoor attraction, The Market, which offers an artisanal shopping experience in a picturesque, al fresco setting. There are 42 stalls featuring a range of items, including traditional arts and crafts, jewellery, scarves, handbags, designer abayas, graphic T-shirts, Arabic sweets, aromatic oils, perfumes, handmade soaps and collectibles from around the world.

10am to midnight, free entry, The Beach, JBR, Dubai, www.thebeach.ae

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VR Park Super 7 Pass

Ongoing

Courtesy VR Park 
Courtesy VR Park

VR Park, the virtual and augmented reality theme park, offers the new Super 7 pass, which lets visitors pick any seven of the top 10 games, rides and journeys to experience. This includes Dubai Drone, Dune Bash and VR Maze, among others. The pass costs Dh180, which is a discount of 26 per cent on the original price of Dh245.

10am to 11pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 1am, Thursday to Saturday, VR Park, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.vrparkdubai.com

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Dubai Garden Glow

Daily, ongoing

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES- Dubai Garden Glow opens to the public with diffrent lights on display. Leslie Pableo for The National
Leslie Pableo for The National

Visit Dubai Garden Glow and enjoy a recreational park featuring creative light installations, live musical shows and performances and an educational zone for children. There is also a food pavilion offering delicacies from around the world. In addition to the colourful light exhibitions, visit the Dinosaur Park with animatronic elements and the Ice Park featuring icy sculptures.

4pm to 11pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4pm to midnight on Fridays, from Dh65, Gates 6 and 7, Zabeel Park, Dubai, www.dubaigardenglow.com

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Air Maniax indoor adventure park

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Air Maniax  
Courtesy Air Maniax

Visit Air Maniax, a new indoor adventure park with activities for all ages, spread across five main zones: an inflatable arena, an interactive obstacle course, a gravity-based zip line, an arcade-style laser tag and dedicated toddler zones. There is a restaurant serving coffee, soft drinks and hot and cold food.

10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from Dh80, Air Maniax, 16 Street 1, opposite Dynatrade, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.airmaniax.com

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Dubai Miracle Garden

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Dubai Miracle Garden 
Courtesy Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden returns for a seventh season with new floral masterpieces including a reimagined Disney Avenue, floral castle, floating beds and more. There is an amphitheatre with live music, dance and Zumba sessions; an interactive kids’ play zone with a trampoline; two lakes in the form of a tree with seven-metre-high fountains; life-size elephant sculpture fountains; 12-metre 3D sculptures of animal characters and a flower display in 3D mapping.

9am to 9pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 9am to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays, from Dh50, Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand, Dubai, 04 422 8902, www.dubaimiraclegarden.com

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3-D Blacklight Minigolf

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy 3-D Blacklight Minigolf 
Courtesy 3-D Blacklight Minigolf

Visit the 3D Blacklight Minigolf, which features a brightly coloured glow-in-the-dark, 18-hole course. The venue is hand painted by top 3D artists, transporting players of all ages to different worlds. The indoor location is fun for families, sports fans and friends.

2pm to 11.30pm, from Dh90, all ages, 3-D Blacklight Minigolf, Plaza Level, Bahar 1, JBR, Dubai, 04 565 7621, glowingrooms.ae

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Countdown Challenge

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Countdown Challenge 
Courtesy Countdown Challenge

Countdown Challenge is an escape room for puzzle lovers, where teams of two to 10 people have a time limit of one hour to escape. Each room presents its own intriguing storyline, challenging players’ wit, creativity and patience.

3pm to midnight, from Dh110, all ages, but children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult, Plaza Level, Bahar 1, JBR, Dubai, 04 427 4027, www.countdowndxb.com

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Pizza-making workshop at 800 Degrees Pizzeria

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy 800 Degrees Pizzeria
Courtesy 800 Degrees Pizzeria

800 Degrees Pizzeria lets children become junior master chefs as they get creative, work in teams and learn the joy of cooking and baking. Kids will learn how to make Neapolitan pizzas from scratch including kneading the dough and topping the pies with fresh ingredients such as tomato sauce, mozzarella, chicken, mushrooms, green peppers and fresh basil leaves. They will get a chef cap and apron to wear and will receive a junior pizzaiolo certificate, their pizza and a scoop of gelato.

From Dh69, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, City Centre Me’asiem; Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 800 3347337, www.800degreesme.com

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Dubai Parks and Resorts annual pass

Daily, ongoing

Purchase an annual pass to Dubai Parks and Resorts and enjoy one year of unlimited access to all four parks, deals in retail stores, discounts at cafes and restaurants, plus free parking and discounts at Lapita Hotel. There is also 10 per cent off single-day tickets, a bonus for friends and family who visit. Experience more than 100 rides and attractions at Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park Dubai.

From Dh345 for one park; from Dh475 for two parks; from Dh595 for all four parks, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai, www.dubaiparksandresorts.com

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Dig It

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Dig It
Courtesy Dig It

Children ages 3 to 10 can enjoy an educational and interactive experience at Dig It, a play environment based on a working building site where they work together to dig, move, build and create. Kids can climb aboard a digger, operate remote-controlled cars, take driving lessons and enjoy workshops and sand play.

10am to 10pm, from Dh100 for the Drop & Play ticket, which includes two hours of play with trained staff, The Springs Souk, Dubai, digitdubai.com

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TEPfactor adventure experience

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy TEPfactor
Courtesy TEPfactor

Visit JBR to experience the new TEPfactor, an adventure experience that takes place in a cave, where teams of two to six people take on 21 challenges that put their physical, mental, teamwork and co-operation skills to the test. Racing against the clock, the groups take part in puzzles, balancing acts, tests of patience, heroic feats and team challenges to progress to the next task. Up to 15 teams can participate at a time, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, activewear and trainers. There are also group sessions available for corporate organisations.

10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays, from Dh80 per hour; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh100 per hour, ages 8+, TEPfactor, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 04 398 8438, www.tepfactor.ae

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Dubai Bowling Center

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Dubai Bowling Center 
Courtesy Dubai Bowling Center

Dubai Bowling Center offers a fun atmosphere with 16 professional-series lanes, black-and-white movies on projectors above the lanes, an arcade with classic old-school games, and The Zone area with e-gaming options. There is also trampoline playground, a private party hall and toddler play area. The in-house restaurant Yamu offers quirky burgers and freak shakes inspired by gaming culture.

10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, Dubai Bowling Center, Al Quoz, 28th Street and Al Meydan Road, Dubai, 04 339 1010, bowlingdubai.com

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La Perle

Tuesdays to Saturdays, ongoing

La Perle by Dragone is an interactive theatre experience that features a cast of 65 international artists. Courtesy La Perle by Dragone
Courtesy La Perle by Dragone

Get tickets to see La Perle, a live theatrical performance influenced by Dubai’s rich culture and history and produced by renowned creative director Franco Dragone. The permanent resident show is a fusion of artistic performances, imagery and technology featuring aquatic and aerial feats as well as special effects.

Tuesdays to Saturdays, shows at 7pm and 9.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays; 4pm and 7pm on Saturdays, from Dh252 for the summer offer, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, 800 517373, www.laperle.com

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Wild Wadi Waterpark Residents Offer

Offer valid throughout the winter

Wild Wadi
Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi Waterpark is offering UAE residents a special discount on tickets this winter. Enjoy all the excitement of a wide selection from more than 30 rides and attractions, including 13 that are interconnected for a seamless experience. Highlights include the lazy river, wave pool; an aquatic roller-coaster ride, and the famous Jumeirah Sceirah slide.

Open 10am to 6pm, from Dh149 for general admission for 1.1 metres and taller; from Dh69 for below 1.1m, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com

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KidZania annual pass

Daily, ongoing

KidZania has launched an annual pass, giving unlimited access to the mini-city, where children can explore and role-play various professions in a fun learning environment. Plus, the passes come with a KidZania “Pazzport”, fast-track tickets, invitations to special events, discounts on skating sessions at Dubai Ice Rink and more including the chance to try the new virtual reality fire-awareness activity.

Valid for 12 months from purchase date, from Dh550 for a silver pass; from Dh950 for a gold pass, KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, www.kidzania.ae

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Ripe Market

Saturdays, ongoing

Visit a Ripe Market to stock up on produce, shop for gifts and enjoy the community spirit at any of its several venues. Find seasonal organic produce grown locally, as well as a variety of superfoods, juices, honey, eggs and essential pantry items. There are vendors selling gift items such as jewellery and clothing, live music and entertainment, fitness classes, yoga, children’s activities, workshops and more.

9am to 5pm, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.ripeme.com

SHARJAH

Rain Room

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation  
Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation

Visit the Rain Room at Sharjah Art Foundation, an immersive installation by Random International that lets you walk through a downpour of rain without getting wet. Combining art, technology and nature, the exhibition is 2,500 litres of self-cleaning, recycled water, which is controlled through a system of cameras and sensors that signal nozzles on the ceiling to stop within a two-metre radius, when it senses someone walking.

9am to 9pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4pm to 11pm on Fridays, from Dh25, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, 06 561 0095, rainroom@sharjahart.org

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ART EXHIBITIONS

1900 Orient

Until Wednesday, February 27

Sunset by the Nile by Hermann Corrodi. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai
Sunset by the Nile by Hermann Corrodi. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

La Galerie presents 1900 Orient, an exhibition of Orientalist paintings from the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. See works by French, German, Austrian and Italian artists offering depictions of portraits, still life and market and travel scenes from the Maghreb to the Levant and across the Arabian Peninsula. Pictured: Sunset by the Nile by Hermann Corrodi

9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm, Thursdays and Saturdays (closed on Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

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Fabric of Memory

Until Sunday, March 3

Memory #3 by Mohammed Joha as part of the exhibition Fabric of Memory. Courtesy Tabari Artspace
A detail of Memory #3 by Mohammed Joha as part of the exhibition Fabric of Memory. Courtesy Tabari Artspace

Tabari Artspace presents Fabric of Memory, an exhibition of works by Palestinian artist Mohammed Joha and curated by Hazem Harb, also of Palestine. The selected paintings, collages and installation works tackle the themes of displacement, cultural malaise, dystopia and identity, focusing on the limiting conditions enforced upon those that were displaced.

10am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), Tabari Artspace, The Gate Village Building 3, Level 2, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0820, www.tabariartspace.com

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Poetics of Change

Until Sunday, March 3

A Rabbit's Dream by Nele Ouwens as part of Poetics of Change. Courtesy Fann A Porter
A Rabbit's Dream by Nele Ouwens as part of Poetics of Change. Courtesy Fann A Porter

Fann A Porter presents a collective exhibition, Poetics of Change, by the Berlin-based BBA Gallery as part of a cultural exchange exhibition programme. The gallery has gathered a dynamic group of artists whose works all draw on change as they explore themes of transition and transformation in a thought-provoking show that features painting, hand-printed silkscreen, photography, video art and sculpture.

10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), Fann A Porter, The Workshop, Villa 45, Street 23B, Al Wasl Road, opposite Boxpark, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, 04 341 2595, www.theworkshopdubai.com

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Empathetic Dream Construction

Until Tuesday, March 5

XVA Gallery presents Empathetic Dream Construction, a group exhibition featuring works by British artist Al Braithwaite, whose work of hearts is evocative of the world’s current turmoil; American artist Halona Hilbertz, whose sculptures of found objects are about human empathy, and German artist Jakob Roepke, who creates drawings and collages that question the relationship between man and nature.

10am to 6pm, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com

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Disciplined Insurgence

Until Tuesday, March 5

Quad Love by Wissam Shawkat. Courtesy Tashkeel 
Quad Love by Wissam Shawkat. Courtesy Tashkeel

Tashkeel presents Disciplined Insurgence, an exhibition of works by Wissam Shawkat, who reflects on his career while also presenting a selection of current works. The calligrapher highlights several series of his well-known script, which he began creating in 2004, as well as experiments with the ancient Thuluth script, believed to have originated in 10th-century Baghdad.

10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org

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Tafawut

Until Thursday, March 14

Ard 1 (Landscape 1) by Jessica Watson-Thorp. Courtesy Showcase Gallery
Ard 1 (Landscape 1) by Jessica Watson-Thorp. Courtesy Showcase Gallery

In the exhibition Tawafut at Showcase Gallery, and as part of the Year of Tolerance, mixed-media artist Jessica Watson-Thorp presents her explorations into the mysticism of Islam. The exhibition aims to reveal the role that religious tolerance plays in Islamic faith through pieces that are researched and personal. Five other artists also contribute works of various artistic disciplines, including calligraphy and screen printing.

10am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 379 0940, www.showcaseuae.com

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International Women Photographers Association exhibition

Wednesday, March 6 to Saturday, March 30

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai 
Maracatu Rural Feminino by Andrea Goldschmidt. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

See photographs by the 11 finalists of the 2019 International Women Photographers Association competition under the theme of fraternity as well as a free category. More than 600 amateur and professional female photographers from 82 countries submitted images for the award, which aims to redress gender imbalance in photography and promote women’s voices in the industry. The inaugural exhibition will be held in Dubai and will then travel to cities in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Opens 7.30pm on March 6, then runs until March 30, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm, Thursdays and Saturdays (closed on Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

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Strange Fruit

Monday, March 18 to Wednesday, May 1

From The Tree Within series by Tagreed Darghouth as part of Strange Fruit. Courtesy Tabari Artspace
A detail of an image from The Tree Within series by Tagreed Darghouth as part of Strange Fruit. Courtesy Tabari Artspace

Strange Fruit is an exhibition by Lebanese artist Tagreed Darghouth, who is concerned with socio-political issues prevalent in Lebanon and beyond, such as cosmetic surgery, domestic workers, death, war, identity and displacement. She produces paintings that are uncomfortable, confronting and challenging, but also technically brilliant.

10am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), Tabari Artspace, The Gate Village Building 3, Level 2, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0820, www.tabariartspace.com

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Wings of Mexico

Until Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wings of Mexico by Jorge Marin. Courtesy Mexican Embassy
Wings of Mexico by Jorge Marin. Courtesy Mexican Embassy

The outdoor sculpture Wings of Mexico, created by Mexican artist Jorge Marin, arrives in Dubai after travelling to Kuwait, Egypt, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Abu Dhabi. Created in 2010, the artwork has become a symbol of the hopes and dreams of Mexico’s citizens, and also promotes the country’s creative spirit.

Open all day, Emaar Sales Centre, Downtown Dubai, www.jorgemarin.com.mx

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Visual Dialogues: The Book of Kings

Saturday, March 16 to Thursday, May 30

The Book of Kings is the latest exhibition in the Total Arts series Visual Dialogues, which features juxtaposed works by contemporary artists Shirin Neshat and Fereydoun Ave that focus on the Book of Kings, the epic poems of the 10th century. See images in a variety of genres, including mixed media, sketches and collage.

10am to 6pm Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Total Arts, The Courtyard, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, 04 347 5050, www.facebook.com/totalartsuae

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Updated: February 19, 2019 03:32 PM

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