Your essential guide to what's happening in the Emirates
Top 10: Catch a screening of Paths of Glory at Cinema Space, enjoy family activity packages at Emaar Entertainment venues in Dubai, and more
Cinema Space presents a newly restored version of the 1957 Stanley Kubrick film Paths of Glory, which stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the leader of French soldiers in the First World War who stands up for his troops when they are unable to carry out a mission and are accused of cowardice. The war drama also stars Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou and George Macready.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Get tickets to attend a performance of Stick Man, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler featuring puppetry and songs. Families will enjoy the misadventures of Stick Man, who goes out for a morning jog, only to discover that a dog wants to play fetch with him, then a swan builds a nest with him and he even is set on fire.
Starts Wednesday, then runs daily until Saturday, 4.30pm on Wednesday; 2pm and 4.30pm on Thursday; 10.30am, 2pm and 4.30pm on Friday and Saturday, from Dh145, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, www.madinattheatre.com
Book tickets for the Short+Sweet Festival, a showcase of 10 ten-minute plays in a variety of genres that feature locally based actors, writers and directors. Judges will vote on various categories including best actors, best writer and best overall play, while the audience will vote for its favourite play and the winner will receive the People’s Choice award.
Friday and Saturday, 8pm daily plus a 3pm wild-card performance on Saturday, from Dh100, The Arts Center, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org
Catch the opening of The Colours of Life, an exhibition of works at Etihad Modern Art Gallery by award-winning Emirati master artist Abdul Qader Al Rais, which includes oils and watercolours inspired by the architecture and landscapes of the UAE. The works include Arabic letters and symbols to add the illusion of depth.
Opens tonight, 7pm, then runs daily until February 22, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Villa 15, Al Huwelat Street, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 02 621 0145, www.etihadmodernart.com
Register your children, ages 6 to 8, for the French-language series Les Goûters Philo at Alliance Française Dubai. The programme is led by Monique Thiard and focuses on philosophical topics such as happiness, life and feelings. Children are encouraged to express themselves, learn to think for themselves and respect and listen to others.
Wednesday, 3pm to 4.30pm, Dh30 includes a snack, La Mediatheque, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, registration essential at 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Take advantage of an offer from Emaar Entertainment during Dubai Shopping Festival that gives you access to top venues including Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Reel Cinemas, Dubai Ice Rink and KidZania Dubai. Enjoy movies, public skating, visiting marine life and more at discount prices of up to 40 per cent off.
Daily until January 27, from Dh135 for the Friends pass; Dh230 for the Family pass, Dubai, passes can be purchased at each venue or at www.dubaifunpass.com
Gulf Star Performing Arts Academy presents dance classes at two new venues. Mini Movers and Groovers is a class for parents and toddlers that introduces music and natural movement, while ballet classes focus on strength training, balance and flexibility. The classes include free soft-play time.
Mondays, 10am to 10.45am for mini movers and groovers, Le Petit Palais, Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Dubai; 4.15 to 5pm for ballet ages 3 to 5, Cloud 7, Level Kids, City Walk, Dubai; Wednesdays, 4.45pm to 5.30pm for ballet ages 4 to 6, Le Petit Palais, Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, from Dh70 per class, Dubai, 050 604 8075, firstname.lastname@example.org
TrainZSC is a vertical training event where you can run the 884 steps of the National Stadium at Zayed Sports City in a great workout that starts with a warm-up, ends with a cool-down and includes a fitness challenge at each quadrant focusing on arms and core. Plus, take part in the new, weekly express fitness classes. This week’s 20-minute class, led by trainers from The Room, focuses on functional core exercises and is split into groups for beginner and intermediate participants. There will also be a bouncy castle for the little ones to enjoy, and free BMI screenings.
Mondays, 5pm to 8pm, express fitness classes begin at 5.10pm and run every 30 minutes, free with registration, ages 12+, National Stadium, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at trainzsc.com
Catch the final week of the exhibition Art Corner at Cartoon Art Gallery, where Paw Trails presents more than 30 paintings of various media and styles from UAE-based artists who focus on wildlife conservation with the aim of motivating people to live in harmony with nature.
Daily until Friday, noon to 8pm, Cartoon Art Gallery, Street 4B, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cartoonartgallery.org
Visit Manarat Al Saadiyat and take part in a fitness session with MProve Fitness and challenge yourself in the weekly event, or a hula-hoop session with Flowground that aims to bring a love of hoop-flow to the UAE’s adventure-seeking community.
Mondays, 4pm to 6pm for fitness with MProve Fitness, free for the first 2 to 4 weeks; 7.30pm to 9pm for hula-hooping with Flowground, from Dh80 per session, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae