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Top 10: Register for Travel Through Our Traditions in Al Ain, attend concerts as part of the Sharjah World Music Festival, and more
Register now to take part in tomorrow’s Travel Through Our Traditions tour event and explore Emirati traditions of camel rearing and breeding. Learn about the uses of the animals, including meat, milk, transportation, clothing from skins, and tent- and rug-making from wool. The programme is presented by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and aims to preserve customs for future generations.
Tomorrow, 3pm to 6.30pm, free with registration, Al Ain National Museum, Al Ain, register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Catch two screenings today as part of the Cinema Space series. Watch a restored version of the Stephen Spielberg film Raiders of the Lost Ark, which stars Harrison Ford as Dr Indiana Jones, who is tasked with finding the Ark of the Covenant. Then see 35 Rhums, a 2008 French film by Claire Denis about a widower, Lionel, who has raised his daughter Josephine, who is now of college-age, prompting him to realise that it may now be time they both found their independence. The film has English subtitles.
Today, 4pm for Raiders of the Lost Ark; 7pm for 35 Rhums, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Two exhibitions display art treasures at Louvre Abu Dhabi. From One Louvre to Another tells the story of the origins of the Musée du Louvre, from the collections of Louis XIV at Versailles to the museum’s opening following the French Revolution, with 150 masterpieces on display. Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire features contemporary four works of art created by UAE-based artists, in collaboration with French manufacturers.
Daily until March 25 for Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire; daily until April 7 for From One Louvre to Another, 10am to 8pm daily (closed Mondays), Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.louvreabudhabi.ae
Head to Dubai Marina Mall this morning and every Friday this winter to take advantage of free yoga classes led by Lululemon experts. Clear your mind and enjoy some gentle stretching on the beach before heading into your weekend activities. The classes are mixed, open to men and women, and yoga mats are provided.
Fridays, 8.30am, free, Dubai Marina Mall promenade, Dubai, 04 436 1020, www.dubaimarinamall.com
Dubai Shopping Festival features discounts across all retail sectors, as well as family events and entertainment. Visit the Market Outside the Box at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, until January 20, where vendors are selling locally-made products, accessories and gifts, alongside entertainment and food trucks. Tonight, enjoy fireworks and entertainment at 8.30pm at Al Seef, 9pm at La Mer and 9.30pm at The Beach.
Daily until January 28, various malls and shopping centres, Dubai, www.visitdubai.com
The Sharjah World Music Festival opens tomorrow at Flag Island Amphitheatre with Andalusian Night featuring flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo. Performances continue on Sunday, Thursday and next Friday, showcasing sounds from around the world. Abdallah Al Rowaished and Balqees perform next Friday at Al Majaz Amphitheatre.
Tomorrow and Sunday and then Thursday and January 19, 9pm, from Dh60, Flag Island Amphitheatre; from Dh100, Al Majaz Amphitheatre on January 19, Sharjah, www.ticketmaster.ae
Book tickets now to see the Harlem Globetrotters, the popular basketball team that travels the world showing off tricks and skills. The players will take on the Washington Generals, their perennial rivals, in a hilarious, high-energy, family-friendly event.
March 30 to 31, 7pm on March 30; 4pm on March 31, from Dh75, du Forum, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Register to join the women-only inspirational painting workshop at thejamjar. This holistic approach to life and painting empowers and inspires participants to find their style, creativity and learn transformational lessons along the way.
Tomorrow, 11am to 1pm, from Dh200, ages 14+, thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.thejamjardubai.com
The exhibition Melody in Meditation has been extended. See cubist works by Ria Sharma in acrylic and oil mixed-media that reflect her belief that an individual’s identity lies in achieving higher consciousness. The artworks show objects broken and reassembled in simplified, geometric forms. Pictured: a detail of The Search Within
Daily until Wednesday, 10am to 10pm, Z Gallery, first floor, Four Points Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 323 0333, www.fourpointssheikhzayedroad.com
Register to take part in the CycleBar Sweat-A-Thon, led by trainer Brett Richard Fitness, to raise money for stray animal rescue organisation Sniff. Ride alone or get a team of up to four riders together and get friends and family to sponsor you per kilometre. The event is open to all fitness levels. There are prizes for top riders plus post-workout snacks.
January 27, doors open at 4pm; class from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Dh50 registration fee for up to four riders for the same sponsor, Dh10 minimum fee per kilometre, CycleBar Dubai, email@example.com