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Top 10: Catch a screening of Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, register for the New Year Total Body Rollout at Bodytree Studio, and more
Catch a screening of the film Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars as part of the Diff365@Vox Cinemas series. Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, this personal look into the life of the Grammy Award-winning musician gives a behind-the-scenes account of his evolution as an artist as well as his struggles and tragedies in life. The film is told through Clapton’s own words and music, as well as by friends, family and collaborators.
Daily until January 10, 4pm and 6.45pm, from Dh45, Cinema 9, Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, uae.voxcinemas.com
Visit OliOli, an innovative playground venue for children that focuses on hands-on activities to nurture curiosity, imagination and exploration. A play museum named after the Hawaiian word for joy, OliOli has eight galleries with more than 40 interactive things to do, such as climbing through a colourful net structure, building airplanes and rockets, learning about whirlpools, creating a fort and designing a car.
Open daily, 9am to 7pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 9am to 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, from Dh120 for children; Dh40 for adults, OliOli, 4th Street, behind Oasis Centre, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.olioli.ae
Start off the year with a walk, run or bike ride around Yas Marina Circuit as part of the women-only fitness event GoYas, presented by Daman ActiveLife. The circuit is shortened to 3 kilometres and the event is staffed by women to protect the privacy of participants. Bicycles are available for rent or to borrow.
Wednesdays, 7pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
See The Trucial Scouts: Life and Times, an exhibition presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi that celebrates the brigades’ humanitarian work and active social role, which played a major part in the UAE’s history and heritage. See artefacts dating from the ’50s to the ’70s, on loan from the Armed Forces Museum and Military History Centre, including the Scouts’ uniforms, weapons 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 to take part in the New Year Total Body Rollout With Emilie at Bodytree Studio and learn how to use therapy balls to relieve tension, mobilise stiff joints, soothe sore muscles, improve posture and generate circulation. No yoga experience is necessary to get the most from this self-care session.
January 12, 10am to noon, Dh240 including a juice from Nectar, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, firstname.lastname@example.org
N2N Gallery presents Art Shaped By the Heart, featuring works by Crimean painter Ramazan Useinov. The title of the exhibition emphasises the heart as the source of all emotions and what makes humans capable of feelings. The artist found inspiration for his works from the idea of making decisions based on feelings rather than reason.
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
British Orchard Nursery offers a holiday camp for children ages 1-5, where they can meet new story characters each week that spark their imagination and also learn creative concepts and skills such as language and listening, all in a fun environment.
Runs until January 18, 9am to 2pm or 7.30am to 5.30pm, fees vary per branch, located at British Orchard Nursery branches across the UAE, 800 773 724665, www.britishorchardnursery.com
We Love Art presents an eight-week painting course that will teach the finer points of brushwork, colour and composition. The programme will end with an exhibition night where students can showcase their portfolio of work. Level One students start with the basics and a focus on their artistic style, through painting techniques and principles. Level Two students can further explore their creativity to become more confident as artists.
Starts February 3, 10.30am on Saturdays for Level One; noon on Saturdays for Level Two, from Dh2,750, Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.weloveart.ae
Alliance Française Abu Dhabi presents the final days of its Winter Camp at Le Royal Méridien, featuring games, sports, cooking workshops and more. Children ages 4-12 will improve their French language skills through a variety of activities that keep them entertained and busy through the winter break.
Today and tomorrow, 9am to 2pm, from Dh126 per day, Alliance Française, Le Royal Méridien, Abu Dhabi, 02 612 2900, email@example.com
Lawrie Shabibi presents My Place is the Placeless by Shahpour Pouyan, featuring 33 ceramic domes that investigate notions of identity and nationality. The artist researched the most significant monumental domes of the 33 countries of his genetic ancestry and reproduced them to construct his identity through architecture.
Daily until January 15, 10am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 346 9906, www.lawrieshabibi.com