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Top 10: Find New Year's Eve events and register for fitness challenges in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and more
New Year's Eve
Make plans to visit the promenade on Al Maryah Island to usher in the New Year with a music-and-fireworks spectacular. Enjoy live performances by Kadim Al Saher (Zidini Ashqan), who will also lead the midnight countdown to the fireworks, and Balqees (DeeJay, Ya Hawa and Deggo Khbaity). Large floating screens will ensure everyone has a view of the performers. There will also be food trucks for outdoor dining.
Tonight, from 7pm; concerts start at 10pm; fireworks from midnight, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/AlMaryahIsland
Catch the final day of the exhibition Faces-Places, which features artworks by Indian artist Ria Sharma and Pakistani artist Raja Najam Ul Hassan. Through Sharma’s cubism faces and Hassan’s expressionism landscapes, the two artists share a dialogue of acceptance, peace and harmony. Pictured: Yellow Field by Raja Najam Ul Hassan
Today, 10am to 6.30pm, Studio Seven, Oxford Tower, Business Bay, Dubai, www.facebook.com/studiosevenfirm
End the year at StartYas by enjoying a walk, jog, run or ride around the 5.55-kilometre Yas Marina Circuit, a community health initiative by Daman ActiveLife. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Sundays, 6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Register now to start your New Year with a fitness challenge at Bodytree Studio. The Shred bootcamp, which is open to both women and men, includes heavier weights and circuit conditioning. This intense class combines stability, power, mobility, endurance and flexibility. You can also challenge yourself, your spouse or a friend to complete this dynamic workout and finish with a healthy juice from Nectar.
Friday, 9.30am to 10.45am, from Dh135 per person; Dh225 per couple, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Firework, California Gurls, Hot N Cold and Roar.
Tonight, 6pm to 2am, from Dh350, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Head to Yas Island for a great view of the six-minute fireworks finale at du Forum Winter Carnival. The event features fun activities for all ages, including a food market, snow park, rides, traditional funfair games, prizes, crafts and performances, which will be open until 12.30am.
Today, 2pm to 12.30am; fireworks at midnight, free entry and fireworks viewing, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasisland.ae
Register to take part in the CycleBar Sweat-A-Thon led by Brett Richard Fitness, and raise money for the animal-rescue organisation Sniff, which helps strays and abandoned creatures. Ride alone or get a team of up to four riders together, and have friends and family sponsor each kilometre you ride. The ride is open to all fitness levels, and every single kilometre counts. There will be prizes for top riders and post-workout snacks and goodies.
January 27, doors open at 4pm; class from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Dh50 registration fee for up to four riders for the same sponsor, Dh10 minimum fee per kilometre, CycleBar Dubai, email@example.com
Bay Square, Business Bay is set to ring in the New Year with a festive ambience. Special activities include a winter market, jazz band and craft workshops to make dreamcatchers and paper fireworks. Entertainment includes stilt walkers and mime acts, plus a screening of the film New Year’s Eve.
Today, noon to 1.30am, Bay Square at Business Bay, Dubai, www.facebook.com/BaySquareDubai
New Year’s Eve
Downtown Dubai presents a new style of New Year’s Eve celebrations with Light Up 2018, which will use building facades as the backdrop for a spectacular light show. The event will be a Guinness World Record attempt and organisers have also hinted at additional surprises.
Tonight, from 6pm with fireworks at midnight, Downtown Dubai, www.facebook.com/DowntownDubai
Alliance Française Dubai presents the group art exhibition Sinyar, the Khaleeji word for the departure of caravans. The exhibition, by Emirati and French artists, features paintings, multimedia works and art tapestries, all inspired by the heritage of the Gulf and the friendship between the UAE and France. Pictured: Khor Dubai by Claude Guenard
Daily until January 14, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm on Thursdays and Saturdays (closed Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org