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Top 10: Register for underwater Yoga in the Tunnel, try vertical training at TrainZSC, see The Wonders at Cinema Space
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo presents Yoga in the Tunnel. This weekend’s theme is Ride the Wave, a vinyasa class focused on balance principles; and next weekend has the theme Calming Waters, with breathing practices and gentle stretches to release both mental and physical tension. Register to take part in these one-hour classes that feature an audience of aquatic species.
Saturday and September 30, 8am, Dh120, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, 04 456 4499, booking.thedubaiaquarium.com
Catch a screening of The Wonders at Cinema Space. The 2014 Italian film by Alice Rohrwacher tells the story of Gelsomina, the heir to her family’s beekeeping farm who is idolised by her younger sisters. One summer, a German boy arrives in town as part of a youth rehabilitation programme, and the community takes part in a TV competition, all leading to the disruption of the family’s simple life and nothing is the same again.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, registration at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Victoria & Abdul stars Judi Dench as Queen Victoria, who strikes up a friendship with Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk who arrives in London from India to take part in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. As their friendship deepens, they develop a loyalty that her inner circle tries to destroy, but that also helps her to see humanity through new eyes. Biography, also starring Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Eddie Izzard and Fenella Woolgar.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE (PG-13)
Multidisciplinary artist Ramin Haerizadeh presents To Be Or Not To Be, That Is the Question. And Though, It Troubles the Digestion. The works feature collected materials that the artist collages and re-photographs, presenting messages and questioning media manipulation, political propaganda and contemporary art. Pictured: Nurse, a character from the movie Aakkaandi.
Daily until November 3, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 5052, www.ivde.net
Get early-bird tickets now for Taste of Abu Dhabi, which returns to du Arena for three days of international cuisine from the capital’s top restaurants. There will also be cookery demonstrations, appearances by celebrity chefs including Jenny Morris and Reza Mahammad, workshops and live entertainment. Thursday night features a performance by Tony Hadley, formerly of Spandau Ballet (True, Gold, Only When You Leave).
November 9 to 11, 4pm to 11pm on November 9; noon to 11pm on November 10 and 11, from Dh140 for a standard ticket on Thursday, including entrance to the Tony Hadley concert; from Dh140 for an early-bird standard ticket for Friday or Saturday, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.tasteabudhabi.com
Sign up for the free, six-week K-Pop Academy presented by the Korean Cultural Centre. Experience cultural aspects of Korea with professional teachers, as well as vocal training and the famous synchronised K-Pop dance. The final week is a practice session combining these skills. Three class schedules are available.
September 23 to November 3, 6.30pm to 8pm on Sundays and Tuesdays; 6.30pm to 8pm on Mondays and Wednesdays; 2pm to 5pm on Saturdays, free, ages 14+, Korean Cultural Center, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, register by September 16 at uae.korean-culture.org
Run the 884 steps of the National Stadium at Zayed Sports City, at TrainZSC presented by Daman ActiveLife. The weekly vertical training sessions are a great workout that starts with a warm-up, ends with a cool-down and includes an optional fitness challenge at each quadrant focusing on arms and core. There will also be a bouncy castle for children to enjoy and free BMI screenings.
Mondays, 6pm to 9pm, free with registration, ages 12+, National Stadium, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at trainzsc.com
Buy tickets to attend a performance by flamenco dancer Eva Yerbabuena at Dubai Opera. Accompanied by five dancers and an ensemble of musicians, she will perform her celebrated Carne y Hueso show. The Spanish dancer, known for speed, power and dramatic footwork, mixes flamenco with her own style.
October 5, 8pm, from Dh200, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
The Nowplaying series by Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue presents two films. A Dragon Arrives! is about the connection between a shipwreck in the desert in 1965, the assassination of the Iranian prime minister, and evidence found in a box 50 years later. Prevenge, a comedy thriller, stars Alice Lowe, who also wrote and directed the film, as a pregnant woman whose unborn child spurs her on to murder.
Tonight, 7pm for A Dragon Arrives!; 9.30pm for Prevenge, Dh35, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com
Register to take part in the annual Pink Is Punk Swim:Run by Ignite Fitness and Wellness, to raise money for breast cancer awareness for the Al Jalila Foundation. Four race categories offer distances suitable for all abilities, including open, sprint, junior and a fun run. Participants are encouraged to bring props and dress up as superheroes or in fancy dress for the fun run, with a prize for the best-dressed.
October 6, from 6am, from Dh150 for adults; from Dh70 for juniors, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort and Spa, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, register at www.premieronline.com