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Top 10: City Walk has festive entertainment and a winter market, Dar Al Zain Festival continues in Al Ain, and more
Visit City Walk to experience a winter wonderland with themed decorations and enjoy festive entertainment, including magic shows, acrobatics and ballet performances. The winter market offers shoppers something special for gift giving and the kids’ activity corner keeps little ones entertained with gingerbread-man decorating, festive-card decorating and more.
Daily until Monday, from noon to 10pm Sundays to Thursdays; from 10am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, City Walk, Al Safa and Mustaqbal Street, Dubai, www.citywalk.ae
See Hajj: Memories of a Journey, which documents the challenging routes pilgrims have travelled to take part in Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam. See rare photographs of Sheikh Zayed, Founding President of the UAE, who made his journey in 1979, as well as an interview where he discusses the purpose of Hajj. Pictured: Qibla indicator from the 1800s
Daily until March 19, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, Abu Dhabi, 02 419 1919, www.szgmc.ae
Attend the Dal Al Zain Festival, which features an outdoor village with live entertainment, children’s shows, craft stalls, a retail zone, a glowing garden maze and culinary selections from kiosks and food trucks. This weekend, Balqees Fathi will perform on Friday and Majid Al Mohandis on Saturday.
Daily until Saturday, 4pm to midnight today and tomorrow; 2pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday, from Dh15 for children; from Dh30 for adults, Al Ain, www.platinumlist.net
In the Making, an exhibition curated for the Design Museum by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, shows more than 20 objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished in the spotlight. Items include tennis balls, banknotes, coins, diamonds and a cricket bat. The exhibition celebrates the beauty of the production processes of everyday objects, before they assume their final, recognisable form.
Daily until February 11, 10am to 8pm, Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays), Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.ae
Sign up to take part in a mandala active meditation class, which is led by reiki and sound therapist Lina Jarad at Bodytree Studio. The energetic meditation session has four stages, beginning with a focus on centring by creating a circle of energy, then ends with relaxation in the fourth stage. The class involves running and swaying and is recommended for physically healthy adults.
Tomorrow, 7pm to 8pm, Dh50, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, email@example.com
See Amazing Dubai, a musical performance that takes audiences on a journey from the city’s beginnings as a small fishing community in the 1800s to one of the world’s most modern metropolises. The multinational cast present an upbeat script and production that will run twice a day, year-round, sharing the story of the resilience and strength of the Emiratis and their leaders’ vision to triumph against all odds.
Shows at noon and 2.30pm daily, plus 7.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from Dh60, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6546, madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com
Splash ‘N’ Party presents a winter camp for children that runs weekly, and features activities including archery, etiquette classes, aquatic Zumba, science lab, little chef, table tennis, basketball, football, boxing, and much more. Plus, kids will have access to the waterpark’s splash slides and splash pads. Meals are also available.
Runs until January 4, 9am to 2.30pm, from Dh499 per week; Splash ‘N’ Party, Al Safa 2, Street 8A, Villa 1, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 388 3008, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadim Karam presents the exhibition Compressed Thoughts, which uses recycled steel rods extracted from residential buildings in the suburbs of Beirut as representations of the creative mind: extreme condensations of energy within a restrained space.
Daily until January 6, 10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to 6pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, 12 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 6242, www.ayyamgallery.com
Get tickets to see American comedian Chris Rock in his Total Blackout Tour. Rock is a former cast member of Saturday Night Live, who has gone on to achieve stardom through stand-up shows as well as films, including Grown Ups, Madagascar, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Death at a Funeral, The Longest Yard, Bee Movie and the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.
January 5 and 6, 6pm, from Dh395, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.ticketmaster.ae
Visit Qasr Al Muwaiji, which features a permanent exhibition dedicated to Sheikh Zayed, Founding President of the UAE. The venue also has an ongoing, year-round programme of activities and performing arts events, including Magic Tar, tonight at 7pm, featuring oud player Shahriyar and the Bait Al Oud Quartet, that takes listeners on a musical journey through the Middle East and Asia Minor.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 7pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays; 3pm to 7pm on Fridays; 9am to 7pm on Saturdays, Qasr Al Muwaiji, Al Ain, www.abudhabimusic.ae