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Top 10: Book tickets for the Top Secret Long Table, enjoy A Classical Winter Wonderland with Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra, see comedian Danny Bhoy at Dubai Opera
Get tickets now to attend the Top Secret Long Table, a dining experience that is part of Abu Dhabi Food Festival. One thousand guests will get the chance to visit a location that isn’t open to the public but will host an event featuring a curated menu of various cuisines, live performances and views of Abu Dhabi. Guests will receive confirmation of the location just hours before the event starts.
December 21, 7pm to midnight, Dh495 includes dining and valet parking, undisclosed location in Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.net
Abu Dhabi Festival has a wide programme of events scheduled for February and March, and early-bird discount pricing until the end of the month provides a great option for giving tickets as gifts this holiday season. Find something for everyone among the performances, talks, workshops and exhibitions that will take place throughout March. Pictured: Don Quixote by Compañía Nacional de Danza
Offer valid until December 31, various prices, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.800tickets.com/abudhabifestival
Cinema Space presents The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, a restored 1943 film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, about war, love, ageing and obsolescence. The film stars Roger Livesey as English military general Clive Candy, Anton Walbrook as a German friend and Deborah Kerr as three inspiring women.
Monday, 7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
See Comic Craze, an exhibition of comic-strip artworks created by members of the UAE’s flourishing community of graphic artists and organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. The works show examples of various art techniques and materials, from fabricated portraits to animated films. Visitors can also see a video room, books, figurines and an interactive wall.
Daily until December 23, 9am to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.visitabudhabi.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 as well as modes of participation, including walkers, runners, in-line skaters and wheelchair users. There is no registration fee but donations are welcome.
January 19, 7am for registration; 9am start, East Plaza, Abu Dhabi Corniche, bu Dhabi, www.terryfox.org/international-runs/abudhabi
Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra presents A Classical Winter Wonderland, featuring timeless seasonal singalongs and beloved tunes to evoke festive excitement, including Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Christmas Canon and more. The event also features a special guest choir from Dubai Performing Arts.
Monday, 7pm, from Dh75, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.ductac.org
Award-winning Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy will perform tonight in Dubai for the first time, for one night only. His brand of storytelling and sharp wit has led him to be described as “the stand-up equivalent of Bill Bryson”.
Monday, 8pm, from Dh150, ages 14+, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
CycleBar Dubai indoor cycling studio offers friends and family of members their first ride free throughout December. Take advantage of a 20 per cent discount on drop-in rides and packages until the end of the month. For a workout-themed holiday party, CycleBar Dubai offers a private ride in the state-of-the-art CycleTheatre for up to 55 riders, along with bikes, music and an instructor.
Offer valid throughout December, regular prices from Dh120 for drop-in class, CycleBar Dubai, City Walk, Dubai, 04 395 5523, citywalk.cyclebar.ae
Register to take part in one-hour-long workshops by Mirzam Chocolate Makers. Children will enjoy the Choco-Adventure kids’ workshop, where they can learn the history of cocoa, take part in a tasting challenge and design a wrapper of their dream flavour. Adults can enjoy the Bean to Bar workshop, which teaches tasting techniques using the five senses and also how to identify additives.
Saturday, 1pm and 3pm for children; 5pm and 7pm for adults, Mirzam Chocolate Makers, Building 3, Dubai Design District, Dubai, 04 333 5888, mirzam.com
Register your children for the second term of the International Cricket Council Academy’s Warriors Programme for ages 6-18, and the Cricket Cubs Programme for ages 3-6. The 15-week term includes a blend of coaching, physical preparation and game play under the guidance of Level 3 and Level 4-qualified coaching staff. Players will receive a training kit, workbook, regular feedback and more.
Term starts January 9, early-bird registration until December 24, ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City, Dubai, www.iccacademy.net