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Top 10: Attend the talk Modernising the Traditional at Alserkal Avenue, visit the Family Fun Festival at The Walk at Al Seef, register for Walk 2017
Attend the talk Modernising the Traditional as part of the exhibition While We Wait at Concrete. Designers Elias and Yousef Anastas (pictured) along with fashion designer Faissal El Malak and typographer Lara Assouad will discuss ways they borrow, reference and adapt tradition in their practice.
Today, 6.30pm, Concrete, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, reserve your spot at email@example.com
N2N Gallery presents Art Shaped By the Heart, featuring works by Crimean painter Ramazan Useinov, who takes his inspiration from the results of making a decision based on emotion rather than reason. With his heart giving shape to his art, Useinov’s works are based on intense and restrained feelings that reveal the inner world. Pictured: Coffee Still Life
Opens tonight, 7pm to 9pm, then runs daily until January 8, 10am to 10pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 2pm to 10pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), N2N Gallery, Al Ain Tower, Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi, www.n2nartgallery.com
Enjoy a musical weekend event at The Mall at World Trade Center as part of its ongoing fun-filled weekend series leading up to National Day. See Arabs Got Talent singer Eman Al Shmety from 7pm to 9pm, plus multicultural music performances, a comic-jazz band and kitchen percussion.
Tomorrow, 5pm to 10pm, free entry, The Mall at World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi
Rooftop Rhythms presents a night of poetry and open mic featuring the UAE’s established and emerging spoken word and performing artists. The open mic night is on a first-come, first-served basis on the Rooftop Rhythms Facebook group page.
Tomorrow, 8pm, The Marketplace, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org
The three-day Family Fun Festival opens The Walk at Al Seef, a European-style shopping promenade that launches with top restaurants, shops and health and fitness centres. The open-air shopping mall will transform into a winter market with pop-up retail stalls, music and activities for the whole family, including games for children at the pool, and demo classes from the resident health clubs and fitness centres, including Sweat UAE.
Daily until Saturday, 6pm to 11pm today; 3pm to 11pm tomorrow and Saturday, free entry, The Walk at Al Seef, Abu Dhabi, 02 448 8886, www.alseefvillagemall.ae
Attend Masterpieces of The Ballet Russes, which features performances of both Sergei Diaghilev’s Chopiniana and The Firebird. Chopiniana is a dreamy romantic ballet choreographed to music by Chopin. The Firebird, based on a variety of Russian fairy tales, features music by Stravinsky and tells a story of freedom and immortality.
Daily until Saturday, 8pm, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Register to take part in tomorrow’s Walk 2017 organised by Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in honour of World Diabetes Day, which was on November 14. More than 20,000 people are expected to take part in the 11th edition of the event, which includes a walk around Yas Marina Circuit as well as family activities including a DJ, face-painting, food and beverages, sporting events and more.
Tomorrow, gates open at 2pm, race begins at 5pm, Dh10; free for children younger than 16, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register today at www.hopasports.com
Learn about coffee roasting at the Karam Coffee Experience as part of Dubai Design Week. Enjoy a traditional welcome drink and learn about the coffee journey from professional baristas, who will also give a demonstration of large-scale roasting production. Take part in a coffee tasting session and a quiz for the chance at prizes.
Saturday, 11am to 1pm, free, Karam Food Industries, Street 4, Al Quoz 3, Dubai, www.dubaidesignweek.ae
Find an easy way to squeeze 30 minutes of fitness into your day. City Centre Me’aisem has a pop-up gym with daily fitness classes available as part of Dubai Fitness Challenge. Visit before or after you run morning errands at the mall; it’s in the parking area.
Daily until Saturday, 7am to 10am, pop-up gym is in the parking area, City Centre Me’aisem, Dubai, www.citycentremeaisem.com
Get tickets to see Magic Phil and the Enchanted Forest at Ductac, starring the UAE-based children’s entertainer Philip Nelson, who has written, directed and produced this pantomime adapted from the legend of Robin Hood. The story takes place in NottingTurkeyHam Forest, where Magic Phil uses his magic to keep the forest a happy place even while the wicked sheriff tries to lock him up in jail. Expect a show full of songs, magic and special effects that the whole family will enjoy.
Daily until Saturday, 5pm today; 10.30am, 1.30pm, 5pm tomorrow; 10.30am; 5pm on Saturday, from Dh160, ages 3+, Kilachand Studio, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org