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Top 10: Register for the first Cycle for Health UAE event, catch a talk at Al Ain National Museum, see the students of Yalla Laughs perform
Plan to take part in the first Cycle for Health UAE event on Saturday this week, which includes a leisurely 1.9-kilometre ride around the National Stadium and nearby roads at Zayed Sports City. Additionally, as part of its Love Your Heart campaign for World Health Day, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will conduct health screenings, exercise information sessions, learn-to-ride programme for children and adults as well as heart-healthy cooking demonstrations. There will be bicycles and helmets available for complimentary use, bouncy castles, a healthy food truck and more. The event will run on the last Saturday of every month.
Saturday, 9am to 1pm, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, cycleforhealthuae.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae
Yalla Laughs presents a show featuring students of the latest comedy class, including Mohammed Al Saeedi, Uday Saul, Yash Bhardwaj and Nizam Bantwal, as well as established performers Simeon Goodson, Jon Boulton and host Erik Thornquist.
Tonight, 8pm, free entry, Acropolis, Le Meridien, Abu Dhabi, www.yallalaughs.com
Alliance Francaise Dubai presents an exhibition of works by French oil painter Monique Leinert, who began to draw at the age of 12. She focuses on figures and portraits of women, specifically the idea of idealised motherhood, as well as women who appear to come from another era. Pictured: artwork by Monique Leinert.
Daily until October 20, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm on Thursdays and Saturdays (closed Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Legendary British musician Elton John returns with his band to the UAE with his first live show in Dubai as part of his Wonderful Crazy Night Tour. Hits include Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Crocodile Rock, I’m Still Standing and Your Song.
December 8, gates open at 5pm, from Dh295, Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
The Laughter Factory is back with shows in new venues across the country, including Al Ain and Ras Al Khalimah. See Britain’s Got Talent contestant Daliso Chaponda, who so impressed judge Amanda Holden, that she pressed her golden buzzer after his audition, sending into the semi-final. Along with him, see Englishman Paul Tonkinson, who brings a distinctive physicality, and impressions, to the stage and the Canadian Peter White, a former computer engineer who found that he preferred comedy.
Tonight, 8pm, Hilton Al Ain; tomorrow, 9pm, Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, Ras Al Khaimah; September 29, 7pm, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach; September 29, 9pm, Doubletree by Hilton Dubai Business Bay, from Dh140, 21+, www.thelaughterfactory.com
Take part in the Family Fun and Fitness Day at Beach Rotana on Saturday with complimentary classes at Level Up including indoor cycling, Zumba, tennis, taekwondo and more, such as children’s activities such as face-painting and a bouncy castle. Take advantage of the discount offers on memberships and personal training.
Saturday, 9am to 9pm, free entrance, Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/BeachRotanaAD
Attend a talk hosted by Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism as part of Al Ain National Museum’s Coffee Morning series. Archaeologist Dr Mark Beech will present the lecture Why Studying the Past is Important, taking the audience on a journey to Abu Dhabi 65 million years ago, when dinosaurs were already extinct and the land that is now the UAE was under the sea. Learn about how the landscape was formed, the discovery of fossilised animals and plants and the geological deposits found in the Al Dhafra Region.
Today, 10am, free, Al Ain Municipality Theatre, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae
Catch the final days of the exhibition My Blue World by Zaahirah Muthy, which focuses on the sacred feeling experienced when entering a mosque. The exhibition highlights the past, present and future while the artist tries to provoke in visitors the inner dialogue similar to what she experienced in a mosque.
Daily until September 30, 10am to 10pm, Z Gallery, first floor, Four Points Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 323 0333, www.fourpointssheikhzayedroad.com
Hayley’s Comet Theatre Company is hosting a masterclass on auditions for children and teenagers who want to perform on stage and screen. The one-off class led by actors Hayley Doyle and Glenn K Lloyd will work on scenes, monologues and even a trial audition, with feedback given like in a real audition.
October 7, 1.30pm to 4pm, Dh200 for registered Hayley’s Comet students; Dh250 for others, James and Alex Dance Studios, Dubai Media City, email@example.com
Register to attend tonight’s season-opening edition of Alserkal Lates and explore the newly launched exhibitions across the contemporary-art galleries that call the avenue their home. Take this opportunity to meet the creative people behind the venues. Guided tours will take place and depart from Nadi Al Quoz at 7pm and 8pm.
Tonight, 6pm to 9pm, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, reserve your spot on the guided tour at firstname.lastname@example.org