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Top 10: El Foukr R’Assembly perform at The Fridge Fringe, the Mexican Embassy presents a week of cultural events, Gulf Photo Plus offers a wedding and portrait class
The Fridge Fringe is concert series that features regional acts visiting Dubai. Tonight, see a performance by El Foukr R’Assembly, a six-piece trans-Saharan groove band that was formed on the roads across Algeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso, before settling in Ivory Coast. The music is a genre blending Algerian rai, Saharan sufi, Ghanian high-life and Burkinabe mandingue. The performance is an early showcase of their second EP, Accra Affair, which will be released in early 2018.
Tonight, 7.30pm to 10pm, from Dh80, The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Learning from Gulf Cities is a group project that is the culmination of a collaboration between Harvey Molotch, Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi. The exhibition challenges depictions of cities in the GCC as insular, insubstantial or flamboyant imitators, portraying them as both originating and reflecting what is happening in the wider urban world. Pictured: Dubai, 2015, View from Al Satwa by Michele Nastasi
Daily until December 6, 3pm to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Project Space, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 628 8000, www.nyuad-artgallery.org
Buy tickets now for the FIFA Club World Cup, in which continental club champions, including hosts Al Jazira, Auckland City, CF Pachuca, Wydad Athletic Club and defending champions Real Madrid, play for the tournament title.
December 6 to 16, 7pm on December 6 in Al Ain; 3pm on December 9 in Abu Dhabi; 4pm on December 12 in Al Ain; 7pm on December 13 in Abu Dhabi; 4pm on December 16 in Abu Dhabi, from Dh100, Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi; Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, www.ticketmaster.ae
Ring in the new year with a performance by Katy Perry at du Arena. The American singer brings her glittering stage show to the capital for the first time. Hits include Swish Swish, Firework, Hot N Cold and Roar.
December 31, 6pm to 2am, from Dh350, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Book tickets now for the Dubai Rugby 7s, which is one of the most popular dates on the Dubai sporting calendar, where the world’s top men’s and women’s rugby teams battle in competition as fans in fancy dress celebrate and cheer in the stands. There will be musical entertainment in The Rugby Village including the Boxtones on Friday, and The Distillers on Saturday, as well as five eating zones including food trucks and kiosks.
November 30 to December 2, free on Thursday; from Dh300 in advance for Friday and Saturday; from Dh400 at the door, Sevens Stadium, Dubai, dubairugby7s.com
In the Making, an exhibition curated for the Design Museum by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, captures more than 20 objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage. Items include tennis balls (pictured), banknotes, coins, the oud and a cricket bat, celebrating the beauty of the production process and the unexpected quality about them in those moments 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
Celebrate Mexican Promotion Week in the UAE presented by the Mexican Embassy. The events take place at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and include Flavours of Mexico dinners and weekend brunches by chef Alejandro Cuatepotzo at Nahaam restaurant, as well as exhibitions at the observation deck that feature paintings of landscapes and still life, photography and jewellery.
Daily from 7pm for dinner until Thursday; 12.30pm to 4pm for brunch on Friday and Saturday, Nahaam, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/jumeirah.at.etihad.towers
See a performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by the Northern Ballet. A curious little girl finds her way to a house with plenty of surprises, and that’s even before she discovers who the owners are. Enjoy live ballet, music and theatre in a child-friendly, 40-minute show.
Friday and Saturday, 11am, 3pm and 4.30pm on Friday; 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, from Dh125, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com
Nadim Karam presents the exhibition Compressed Thoughts, in which he experiments with the idea of giving far-reaching thoughts ia palpable form. The artist uses recycled steel rods extracted from residential buildings in the suburbs of Beirut.
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
Register to attend a wedding and portrait photography class at Gulf Photo Plus led by photographer Jason Lanier. In the free, one-hour seminar, learn shooting techniques for indoor and outdoor locations, using natural and artificial light and the process of creating stunning images.
Saturday, 5.30pm, free with registration, Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, www.gulfphotoplus.com