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Top 10: Aventura hosts an action-packed winter camp, register to take part in the Students' Karting Cup in Al Ain, and more
Aventura presents an action-packed winter camp to keep children ages 7-17 entertained throughout the school break. The activities are centred on themes of survival, adventure and an appreciation of nature, by combining fun, fitness and education in a wholesome environment. Children can also take part in group games and team-building activities such as tree-surfing, zip-lining and rope-crossing.
Runs until Thursday, then December 31 to January 5, 9am to 2pm, from Dh1,650 per week; Dh330 per day includes breakfast and lunch, Aventura, Mushrif Park, Dubai, 052 178 7616, firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn the discipline and fundamentals of motorsports at the third edition of the Students’ Karting Cup at Al Ain Raceway. Three age categories of aspiring racers will compete over two days, promoting karting as a sport among the next generation and teaching responsible driving skills. The finals of the event are scheduled for February 16.
January 26 for ages 12-15; January 27 for ages 16-19 and ages 20-23, from 10am to 7pm, from Dh250 for the series, Al Ain Raceway, Al Ain, www.skcae.com
Get tickets to the 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, featuring top players from around the world including Rafael Nadal, Milos Raonic, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Pablo Carreno Busta and Dominic Thiem. Enjoy the Tennis Village, autograph sessions, food trucks, interactive games, entertainment and player-coaching clinics. December 28 is Kids Day, which features an autograph session with Rafael Nadal, a Q&A with Dominic Thiem and Pat Cash, as well as games and activities.
December 28 to 30, from noon daily, from Dh100, International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Book tickets for H2 Productions’ musical fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The show will be performed by actors from the UK and a youth chorus consisting of UAE-based singers. The festive event will combine comedy, music, dance and colourful costumes in the English pantomime tradition.
From Wednesday until December 29, from Dh100, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
Ring in the new year with Katy Perry at du Arena. The American singer brings her glittering stage show to the capital for the first time. Hits include Firework, Hot N Cold, California Gurls and Roar.
December 31, 6pm to 2am, from Dh350, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Lion Woman Man Water Sand is a group exhibition featuring works by eight exciting American artists. The works span several genres, ranging from portraits to graffiti art, photography, sculpture, abstract art and more.
Daily until January 4, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen Area, Street 4, Villa 4/2, Abu Dhabi, 02 621 0145, www.etihadmodernart.com
Sign up to take part in TriYas by Daman ActiveLife, which is open to athletes of all ages and abilities. The event features a variety of courses, including new, shorter races aimed at first-timers, younger athletes and short-distance participants. Experienced competitors can take part in the Olympic or Sprint categories. There is also a children’s race, KidsTri, for ages 9-16.
February 16, Yas Marina and Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, early-bird registration with discounts on standard rates is open for UAE residents until December 31 at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Love and Peace by Emirati artist Jamal Habroush Al Suwaidi features sculptures that reflect the artist’s feelings about the local environment, change and prosperity, through a creative combination of symbols of the sea and the desert with calligraphy.
Daily until December 29, 10am to 9pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 2 to 9pm on Fridays, Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Shopping Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, www.proartuae.com
Book tickets for Cirque du Soleil Toruk: The First Flight, inspired by filmmaker James Cameron’s box-office extravaganza Avatar (2009). The performance transports you to the world of Pandora in a stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft, with a soaring score. The live immersive experience is an ode to the Na’vi people’s coexistence with nature and their belief in the interconnectedness of all living things.
January 4 to 17, from Dh295, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.tixbox.com
British Orchard Nursery offers a holiday camp for children ages 1-5, where they can meet new story characters each week who will spark their imagination, and also learn creative concepts. Once Upon a Winter features polar bears, furry animals and a snowman in a series of stories that help children to acquire concepts and skills such as language and listening, in a fun environment.
Runs until January 18, 9am to 2pm for 7.30am to 5.30pm, fees vary per branch, located at British Orchard Nursery branches across the country, 800 773 724665, www.britishorchardnursery.com