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Top 10: Have birthday cake at The Galleria, catch three films as part of the Nowplaying series from Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue
The celebrations continue for the fourth birthday of The Galleria, with roaming performers, arts and crafts, balloon twisters and more throughout the day, plus a special balloon drop and cake-cutting tonight at 7.30pm.
Today, 7.30pm, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thegalleria.ae
See Vantage Point Sharjah 5, the fifth iteration of the annual initiative of the Sharjah Art Foundation to support photography within the GCC by fostering the development of local and regional photographers. This edition features images with the theme Architecture and Urban Landscape and showcases works by artists who responded to an open call. Pictured: A photograph by Kyriazis Apostolos
Daily until October 5, Gallery 1 & 2, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah, www.sharjahart.org
Get tickets now for the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with post-race concerts featuring pop singer Pink and DJ Calvin Harris, among other stars yet to be announced. New this year is the GP Parks Pass, which gives unlimited access to the Yas Island parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. For every three-day adult grandstand ticket, one child under 12 years will get free Friday entry to that grandstand, along with free access to the Yas Island parks.
November 24 to 26, from Dh1,120 for a three-day Abu Dhabi Hill package, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800 927, www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Take part in a series of weekly workshops at Al Ain Palace Museum that explore the history and heritage of traditional Emirati handicrafts, including Telli embroidery, which uses gold, silver and brightly coloured strings; Khoos palm-leaf weaving for decorations and household items, as well as Sadu weaving, which is used to create shelters and tents.
Runs until October 31, 9am to noon, Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, free, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae
Make a healthy start to your week with a walk, jog, run or bike around the 5.55 km Yas Marina Circuit at StartYas, a community health initiative, presented by Daman ActiveLife. Families and friends can enjoy the cooler evening weather and stay fit or get fit this summer. You can rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes made 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
Get tickets to see Shadmehr Aghili perform at a live concert in Farsi at Ductac. Currently based in Los Angeles, the Iranian pop singer, musician, composer, producer and arranger is considered a legend in his home country.
September 7, 9pm, from Dh400, 3+, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
Register your children, ages 8 to 14, for thejamjar Young Artist Programme, a six-week module that encourages kids to explore new perspectives using various materials and techniques to give a deeper understanding of art history and contemporary art practice. The autumn theme focuses on the idea of place and uses charcoal, watercolours and printmaking to let artists share their interpretations of a specific space.
Starts September 13 and 16, 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Wednesdays; 10am to noon on Saturdays, from Dh1,600 includes all materials, thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.thejamjardubai.com
Visit BurJuman, where children ages 3 to 12 can enjoy complimentary activities, including sand-play, rock-climbing, arts and crafts and even bubble blasts every 20 minutes to entertain the youngest members of the family. As part of Dubai Summer Surprises, shoppers can take part in a weekly draw with a spend of Dh200 or more at any store in BurJuman, for the chance to win a car.
Daily until Saturday, 4pm to 10pm, BurJuman, Dubai, www.burjuman.com
Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue present three films tonight as part of the Nowplaying series. The Sudanese short Nyerkuk tells the story of a 12-year-old boy forced to flee his village, who is taken under the wing of a criminal. Mawlana tells the story of a TV preacher whose credibility is questioned due to his relationship with politicians. Saudi Shorts is the premiere of three shorts and features films about the forced shut-down of a theatre; the relationship between a family’s Filipina maid; and their young daughter and, a plane crash set in the 1970s.
Daily until Tuesday, 7pm for Nyerkuk; 7.30pm for Nawlana; 10.30pm for Saudi Shorts, Dh35 entry, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com
Celebrate Eid Al Adha at The Address Hotels and Resorts. Stay a minimum of two nights and enjoy a Dh100 dining credit and complimentary tickets to attractions including KidZania, Reel Cinemas and Dubai Parks and Resorts, and entrance to IMG Worlds of Adventure exclusively with a four-night stay at select locations.
Offer valid until September 30, various locations in Dubai, book at 04 423 8888, firstname.lastname@example.org