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Top 10: Book tickets for the next Abu Dhabi Classics concert, visit the Traditional Handicrafts Festival in Al Ain, register for the Terry Fox Run
Abu Dhabi Classics presents two evenings of performances by Staatskapelle Dresden with Rudolf Buchbinder at Emirates Palace, featuring the complete cycle of five piano concertos by Beethoven which express the spirit of classical music in Vienna in the 19th century. The first night, the orchestra will perform piano concertos 1 and 5 and the next, concertos 2, 3 and 4.
December 5 and 6, doors open at 7pm; concert begins at 8pm, from Dh195, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi are giving UAE residents a special offer in celebration of National Day, so you can double the fun at both theme parks for just Dh275. Present your Emirates ID when you buy a bronze ticket to either park and get a complimentary ticket of the same value to the other one, giving you access to the rides, slides and attractions at both venues.
See The Trucial Scouts: Life and Times, an exhibition presented by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism that celebrates the brigades’ humanitarian work and active social role, a major part of the UAE’s history and heritage. See artefacts from the 1950s to the 1970s that are on loan from the Armed Forces Museum and Military History Centre, including weapons, uniforms and utensils.
Daily until April 28, 9am to 5pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays; 3pm to 5pm on Fridays, Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae
Register now to take part in the Terry Fox Run, a non-competitive event that celebrates the memory of one of Canada’s most revered athletes and raises money for cancer research in the UAE. The event is open to all ages and abilities and modes of participation. Walkers, runners, in-line skaters and wheelchair users can all take part. There is no registration fee; donations are welcome.
January 19, 7am for registration; 9am start, East Plaza, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.terryfox.org/international-runs/abudhabi
See Melody in Meditation featuring cubist works by Ria Sharma that reflect the artist’s belief that an individual’s identity lies in achieving higher consciousness. The acrylic and oil mixed-media artworks reflect a spiritual connection, with objects broken and reassembled in simplified, geometric forms.
Daily until December 31, 10am to 10pm, Z Gallery, first floor, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 323 0333, www.fourpointssheikhzayedroad.com
Get tickets now to take part in Reebok Les Mills Live Dubai. The event is headlined by BodyCombat and BodyAttack programme directors Rachael Newsham and Lisa Osborne, who are coming to the region for the first time. The event mixes sports-inspired music, lights and a party atmosphere to showcase the latest Les Mills releases including BodyPump, BodyStep, RPM and BodyAttack 100.
December 9, 8am to 7pm, from Dh299, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, tickets.virginmegastore.me
Visit Al Ain for the Traditional Handicrafts Festival presented by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism. Learn about the UAE’s artistic heritage through palm-leaf weaving, embroidery, pottery and spinning. You can also watch traditional performance arts such as the dance Al Ayyala and poetry Al Taghrooda. Plus enjoy falconry displays, craftsmen presentations, activities and workshops in drawing, painting and graphic arts. The souk also offers Emirati products such as clothing, perfumes, incense, aromatic spices and herbs, gold jewellery, henna, sweets and cuisine.
Daily until November 18, Souq Al Qattara, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae
Book tickets to see an interactive performance of Roald Dahl’s story about a young boy who wants to cure his grandmother’s nastiness, George’s Marvellous Medicine. The family-friendly show performed by the Birmingham Stage Company features an impressive set, hilarious rhymes and catchy songs.
Friday, 11am and 3pm, from Dh150, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.ductac.org
Ductac is offering after-school drop-in sessions for children ages 5-10 that provides an hour of craft-filled fun where they can learn creative skills, with weekly themes such as Under the seat and the Festive season. The class provides all the materials and resources to create something fun, in a friendly environment for youngsters.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2pm to 6pm, Dh80 per hour, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 371 4777, www.ductac.org
Grey Noise presents The Good Soil, a film essay by Michael John Whelan in which he investigates the relationship between the natural world and temporality. Whelan uses three perspectives to symbolise the past, present and future, to tell the story of places such as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and a 5,500-year-old yew tree in Wales, exploring their potential to influence or be consumed by future realities.
Daily until December 30, 11am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 379 0764, www.greynoise.org