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Top 10: Catch the final shows of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, visit the New Year's Eve Countdown Village at the Breakwater in Abu Dhabi, and more
Catch the final days of H2 Productions’ musical of the classic fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Featuring professional actors from the UK and a UAE-based youth chorus, the show combines comedy, music, dance and colourful costumes in the traditional English pantomime style.
Today and tomorrow, 11am and 3pm today; 2pm tomorrow, from Dh100, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
Athletes of all ages and abilities can sign up for TriYas by Daman ActiveLife. The event features a variety of courses, including new, shorter races aimed at first-timers, younger athletes and short-distance participants. Experienced competitors can opt for the Olympic or Sprint categories. Children ages 9-16 can take part in KidsTri.
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 Sunday, at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Catch the final day of Al Dhafra Festival, which features the annual camel beauty pageant and other Emirati heritage-related contests. This celebration of Bedouin culture also includes camel racing, a camel milking contest, a sheep show and a dates competition. The festival programme also promotes local traditions in falconry and poetry. Families can enjoy art workshops, an art exhibition, a classic car show, children’s village and a traditional souq.
Today, 10am to 10pm, free entrance, Madinat Zayed, Al Gharbia (Western Region), Abu Dhabi, www.aldhafrafestival.ae
New Year’s Eve
Visit the New Year’s Eve Countdown Village at the Breakwater to say farewell to 2017. Daily attractions include a retail zone, family entertainment, fitness, DJs, more than 50 food and beverage outlets, plus live music. On Sunday, Hussain Al Jassmi performs at 8pm and Tamer Hosny at 10pm, as well as a 10-minute fireworks show followed by comedy from Ali Al Sayed. Visit the New Year Wishing Wall, where visitors can write their dreams and wishes for 2018 on special cards. People are invited to share their thoughts on Instagram and social media, at #ADconfettiwish.
Daily until Sunday, from 4pm to midnight daily until Saturday; from 4pm to 2am on Sunday, from Dh40 per day, Abu Dhabi Breakwater, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.net
Find great deals of up to 90 per cent off in the final days of the Yas Mall five-day super sale before VAT is introduced across the UAE on Monday. Special offers run in all retail segments including jewellery, electronics, luxury accessories and homeware. Spend Dh300 at any outlet to be enterted for a draw to win Dh50,000 each day.
Daily until Sunday, 10am to midnight, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmall.ae
Register to attend the first Wellness Breakfast Club event at Bodytree, featuring a nutritious breakfast by Nectar and a talk with nutrition consultant Suzan Terzian and family medical consultant Dr Nas Al Jafari, titled Nutrition, Gut Health and Beyond. Meet others interested in wellness and gain a new approach to weight loss.
January 11, 11am to 12.30pm, from Dh240; Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan to visit Dubai Marina Mall tomorrow and every Friday this winter to enjoy a free mixed yoga class led by Lululemon experts. Clear your mind and enjoy some gentle stretching on the beach before heading into your weekend. Mats are available for use.
Fridays, 8.30am, free, Dubai Marina Mall promenade, Dubai, 04 436 1020, www.dubaimarinamall.com
Love and Peace by Emirati artist Jamal Habroush Al Suwaidi features sculptures that reflect the artist’s style and feelings about the local environment, through a combination of symbols of the sea and the desert with calligraphy. Pictured: Trip of Love – Red.
Today and tomorrow, 10am to 9pm today; 2 to 9pm tomorrow, ProArt Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, www.proartuae.com
Flip Out Dubai introduces its winter camp for children, featuring trampolining, parkour and 3-D wall-running. Other activities include bubble-soccer, archery tag, dodgeball, volleyball, football and basketball. Children ages 5 to teenagers will enjoy an energising experience in a fully supervised environment that encourages them to make friends, develop their fitness and learn tricks and stunts.
Runs until January 4, 9.30am to 2pm, Sundays to Thursdays (except Monday), from Dh140 per four-hour session, packages available, snacks included, Flip Out, Al Quoz, Dubai, 600 567 568, www.flipout.ae
Register your children ages 10-14 for the eight-week after-school Junior Cooking Classes programme at The Chef’s Palette in Fairmont The Palm. Led by Michelin-trained chef Romain Van Durmen, aspiring chefs can enjoy an interactive gastronomic journey and learn how to make all-time favourites and healthy treats, such as sushi, pasta and desserts.
January 22 to March 14, 4pm to 6pm, Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, from Dh1,200, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 457 3457, email@example.com