Your essential guide to what's happening in the Emirates
Top 10: Games Con opens at Adnec, see the film Lights of Rome at Al Qasba Theatre, register for the snow hike at Ski Dubai
Visit Games Con at Adnec and experience a festival dedicated to all things gaming, including an eSports tournament, appearances by international YouTube stars such as Ali-A and Zerkaa, voice artists, regional game teams, interactive experiences, workshops, a cosplay contest, plus the chance to play unreleased games such as Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dynasty Warriors 9, available in the region for the first time.
Daily until Saturday, 2pm to 10pm today; noon to 10pm tomorrow; noon to 9pm on Saturday, from Dh75 per one-day standard ticket in advance; Dh100 on the door, Adnec, Abu Dhabi, www.me-gamescon.com
See Comic Craze, an exhibition of comic-strip artworks created by members of the UAE’s flourishing community of graphic artists. Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the exhibition showcases examples of various techniques and materials deployed from fabricated portraits to animated films.
Opens today and runs daily until December 23, 9am to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/ManaratAlSaadiyat
Tale of Rabbit is a children’s musical and a modern adaptation of a classic Korean fable passed down for generations for 300 years. The performance – part of the Korea Festival 2017 – tells the story of the sea king, who sends a turtle in search of a rabbit that will cure the king’s illness. The family-friendly performance is ideal for ages 5-16.
Today and tomorrow, 10am today; 5pm tomorrow, free with registration, Abu Dhabi Theatre, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, register at www.koreafestivaluae.com
Sharjah Art Museum presents Lasting Impressions: Thuraya Al Baqsami, the eighth in a series that pays tribute to the region’s most influential artists. Al Baqsami is an award-winning Kuwaiti artist whose paintings, posters, drawings and illustrations date back to the 1960s. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through her life in Cairo, Moscow and Dakar.
Daily until December 16, from 8am to 8pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4pm to 8pm on Fridays, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, www.sharjahmuseums.ae
Register to attend a screening of the 2016 film Lights of Rome, which tells the story of the 1990 UAE football team that competed in the Fifa World Cup in Italy. The average age of the players was 19, the same age as their young country. The film stars the players and trainers of the time and catches up with them 26 years later. The event is part of the National Pavilion UAE public programme, part of the Venice Biennale, and the film’s director, Ali Khaled will participate in a post-screening talk.
Saturday, 8pm, Al Qasba Theatre, Sharjah, register at www.facebook.com/NationalPavilionUAE
Register your children ages 6-12 for the Ductac Winter Camp, where they enjoy winter-themed arts and crafts such as pottery and 3-D art, as well as seasonal magic tricks.
December 17 to January 7, 9am to 1pm, from Dh250 per day; Dh1,000 per week, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
Dubai Concert Committee presents Wunderkinder as part of the World Classical Music Series. Featuring young musicians, violinist Sara Domjanic from Liechtenstein and pianist Nuron Mukumi from Uzbekistan, the concert programme includes masterpieces by Brahms, Liszt, Strauss, Beethoven and Ravel. A three-course dinner menu is available before and after the event for Dh220.
Tomorrow, 8pm, from Dh250, Royal Ballroom, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Catch the final day of Silk Road at Tabari Artspace. Egyptian contemporary artist Mohamed Abla presents a selection of abstract works that synthesise calligraphy, collage and traditional Middle Eastern techniques in an exploration of folktales from North Africa, the Levant, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
Today, 10am to 8pm, Tabari Artspace, The Gate Village, Building 3, Level 2, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0820, www.artspace-dubai.com
Register to take part in a snow hike with the charity organisation Gulf for Good. Get a workout for your legs and lungs in the chilly environment of Ski Dubai, which is a great way to train for trekking and high-altitude challenges, such as the ones presented by Gulf for Good to raise money for children’s charities. Bring your hiking boots, poles and other winter gear.
December 1, 8am to 9am, free with registration, 16+, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, register by November 30 at 11am, at 04 368 0222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan to attend the festive market day at Yadawei Ceramic Studio and Gallery, where potters will be selling handmade sculptures and pottery in time for the holiday season, at prices from Dh40 to Dh200. Visitors can also try wheel-throwing and sculpture, and enjoy music, food and beverages available. Pets are also welcome.
Saturday, 11am to 5pm, free entrance, Yadawei, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.yadawei.net