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Top 10: Join the Biggest Flippin' Loser fitness programme, hear poetry at Literaturhaus at Nadi, sign up for a workshop with Gulf Photo Plus
Flip Out Dubai presents the Biggest Flippin’ Loser, a 10-day fitness challenge involving a series of dynamic exercises focusing on cardio, strength, skill and core. An hour of trampoline exercise is said to burn up to 1,000 calories. Head trainer Hesham Kamel will lead participants, who will be eligible for various prizes. The package includes the 10-day programme, including personalised training, a nutrition plan tailored to each individual, a T-shirt, wristband and more.
Starts September 17, from Dh1,100, Flip Out Dubai, Al Quoz, Dubai, 600 567 568, www.flipout.ae
Women can enjoy an evening of ladies-only fitness at GoYas, presented by Daman ActiveLife, at Yas Marina Circuit, which is shortened to 3 kilometres and staffed by women to protect the privacy of participants. Walk, jog, run or bike around the track and take part in group fitness classes led by a certified female trainer.
Tonight, 7pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Jamaican-American pop star Sean Kingston (Beautiful Girls, Fire Burning) will headline the Caribbean Beach Festival at Yas Beach, which celebrates island culture through art, food and music. Jamaican singer Jah Cure will also perform reggae music and food trucks will serve authentic Caribbean dishes.
October 6, 4pm to 3am, from Dh120, 21+, Caribbean Beach Festival, Yas Beach, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.reggae-beachfest.com
Register your children for dance classes this term at Bodytree Studio. Classes for ages 2-17 include Twinkle Toes, Creative Movement, Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Jazz. The Horton Technique for ages 9-12 is a new style of modern dance created by Lester Horton that incorporates diverse elements to percussive music.
Starts September 17, various prices and timings, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ras Al Khaimah
Book tickets for Destination Dawn, a 12-hour beach festival on Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, headlined by R3hab, Dutch duo Bassjackers and Russian trio Swanky Tunes. Attendees are invited to bring tents and camp on the beach. There will also be food trucks, chill-out zones and more.
October 6, from 5pm, from Dh100 for early-bird tickets; then Dh150; then Dh200, age 18+, Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, www.platinumlist.net
Tickets for An Evening of Opera Highlights, performed by husband and wife singers, Yusif Eyvazov from Azerbaijan and Anna Netrebko from Russia, are now available at Dubai Opera. The concert will feature opera masterpieces by Verdi, Puccini, Giordano, Leoncavallo and others.
September 21, from 8pm, from Dh350, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Learn to use your camera better at the Photography Level 1 workshop by Gulf Photo Plus. Understand the rules of composition and framing, and master technical skills like ISO, shutter speed and aperture so you can start to get more from your camera. There are also Sony cameras available to borrow upon request.
Friday and Saturday, 10am to 3pm, Dh750, The Third Place, Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi, book at gulfphotoplus.com/workshops
Literaturhaus at Nadi presents a poetry reading with Zeina Hashem Beck. The Lebanese poet’s latest collection, Louder Than Hearts, won the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize and has been praised by poet Naomi Shihab Nye. Displacement is a central theme. The talk will be moderated by Anna Seaman and will end with a Q&A and a book signing.
Tonight, from 7pm, free, Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.alserkalaveue.ae
Buy tickets for The Gruffalo Show at Madinat Theatre as Tall Stories presents a musical adaptation of the children’s favourite picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The ‘most fearsome creature’ the Gruffalo takes to the stage with songs, laughter, physical theatre and a touch of scary fun, all to a catchy score of original music and lyrics.
November 10 to 11, from Dh135, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6546, madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com
Enjoy unlimited Cantonese dim sum with a special menu every Wednesday at Blue Jade at the Ritz-Carlton Dubai. Explore a variety of authentic flavours from across China created by chef Ta Van, including chicken siu mai, dumplings and steamed bao, plus traditional desserts.
Wednesdays, 6pm to 11pm, from Dh150, Blue Jade, the Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR Walk, Dubai, reservations at 04 318 6150, email@example.com