Your essential guide to what's happening in the Emirates
Top 10: Register for the Great Dubai Pulse Ride, register for free Arabic classes at Eton Institute, see When Monaliza Smiled at NYU Abu Dhabi
Register to take part in the 10th edition of the Great Dubai Pulse Ride. The community off-road event has routes for all abilities with 5km, 10km and 20km challenges and is open to families, novices and experienced riders. There will be prizes and family activities at the Sports Village, including bouncy castles, arts and crafts and a market zone.
Friday, from 7am, Sports Park, Dubai Sports City, Dubai, www.thecyclehub.com
Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi presents Hurban Vortex, an exhibition of works by French photographer Boris Wilensky, inspired by trips to Tokyo in 2009 and 2011 and built around three themes: Origins, Collapse and Post. The images reflect on human beings, cities, modernity and future. Pictured: an image from the Origins series
Daily until December 16, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 9am to 5pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Alliance Francaise Abu Dhabi, near Irish Embassy, Abu Dhabi, www.afabudhabi.org
Catch a screening of the film When Monaliza Smiled by Fadi Haddad as part of the CinemaNA series presented by Paris-Sorbonne University and NYU Abu Dhabi. The romantic comedy is about the love between Monaliza, who is Jordanian, and Hamdi, who is Egyptian, and is set in Amman among a stereotypical community of quirky characters.
Today, 7.30pm, free with registration, The Blue Hall, Building C3, Arts Center, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org
Sign up to take part in the Sun Salutations for Beginners pop-up class led by Sara. Surya Namaskar, or sun salutation, is a sequence of yoga asanas that helps connect movement to breathing while building strength, warmth and awareness throughout the entire body. Take an in-depth look at the postures and explore ways to incorporate more stability and flexibility.
Friday, 9am to 10.30am, Dh95 includes a juice from Nectar, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, email@example.com
See the exhibition Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965, which examines the New York art scene, from the abstract expressionism in the 1950s to the pop-art and minimalism of the 1960s. The establishment of artist-run galleries saw artists expanding downtown Manhattan towards the industrial areas, thus acquiring spaces that shaped the creation and exhibition of their art. See more than 200 works by more than 50 artists including installation and performance art.
Daily until January 13, noon to 8pm (closed Sundays), NYUAD Art Gallery, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artgallery.org
Abu Dhabi & Dubai
Register to take part in a free Arabic course at Eton Institute ahead of UAE National Day. The six-hour class will introduce beginners to reading and writing in Arabic and classes will take place in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Sunday and November 14 and 16, 5pm to 7pm, free, Eton Institute, twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, 02 449 9649; Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai, 04 438 6826, etoninstitute.com
Sign up for the Intro to Food Photography class at Gulf Photo Plus. Whether you are looking for Instagram-worthy pics or an aspiring professional photographer, learn how to style and shoot food images using inexpensive lighting and props, plus get a live editing demonstration.
Saturday, 10am to 5pm, from Dh1,295, Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.gulfphotoplus.com
Book your spot at the Munch Mondays cooking classes at Dunes Hotel Apartments, where you can meet and mingle with other gourmands. Running until November 27, the classes are led by sous chef Rajender Singh and take aspiring chefs step-by-step through the process of preparing a three-course meal in various cuisines, including Arabic, Continental and Chinese.
Mondays, 11am to 1pm, Dh100 includes workshop, welcome drink and three-course meal, Dunes Hotel Apartments, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 358 3333, firstname.lastname@example.org
Danu Theatre’s performances of The Al Hamlet Summit begin tomorrow. The ruthless new ruler of a fictional contemporary Middle Eastern country is the former king’s brother. He has married his brother’s widow and is creating a more westernised state in Kuwaiti playwright Sulayman Al Bassam’s take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play is performed in English and features a multinational cast.
Starts tomorrow, then runs daily until Saturday, 7.30pm, from Dh85, Kilachand Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
Visit the exhibition While We Wait, a meditative and immersive installation commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Designed by Palestinian architects and designers Elias and Yousef Anastas, the artwork is comprised of pieces of stone from various regions in Palestine that fit together to form a lattice-like structure that lets viewers see their surroundings from inside while listening to sound and video components. The artists will present a talk on November 16 at 6.30pm.
Daily until November 18, 10am to 7pm, Concrete, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.alserkalavenue.ae