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Top 10: See a photography competition exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat, see the moon up close at Dubai Mall, attend the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi presents the exhibition 10 Years of Emirates Photography Competition. Winning works from the past 10 years will be showcased, with the exhibition divided into two sections: Spotlight, which features pieces by 10 of the best Emirati and international photographers in areas such as nature, wildlife, portraits, sports, colour and travel, and Through Time, a selection of shortlisted photographs from previous years. A programme of events to run alongside includes workshops, masterclasses and projects. Pictured: Cultural Reflections 2012 by Kacper Kowalski
Daily until March 31, 9am to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5800, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae
Visit the Dubai Mall and see Museum of the Moon by UK artist Luke Jerram. The installation is 7 metres in diameter, with each centimetre representing 5 kilometres of the actual moon. Using Nasa imagery, this replica of the moon’s surface is internally illuminated, letting visitors become captivated by the moon from a new perspective, closer than ever before.
Opens today, open all day, free, Souk Atrium, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 800 38224 6255, www.thedubaimall.com
The group exhibition Lion Woman Man Water Sand has been extended. See works by American artists in many genres including graffiti art, photography, sculpture, portraits, abstracts and more.
Daily until January 5, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Al Bateen Area, Street 4, Villa 4/2, Abu Dhabi, 02 621 0145, www.etihadmodernart.com
Plan to attend Weekends at the Oasis in Al Ain as part of the Al Ain Cultural Calendar presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. The curated programme of activities includes workshops for adults and children, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, a communal market featuring traditional and modern hand-made products and produce, plus horse riding, food-truck dining, movies and TV show screenings.
Fridays and Saturdays until the end of March, 2pm to midnight, free entrance, Western Plaza, Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae
Register to attend film screenings from Cinema Space today. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope is the original 1977 film by George Lucas that kicked off one of the most popular sci-fi franchises ever. This newly restored version introduces us to a galaxy far, far away, with a rebel spaceship, a holographic message in a droid and an orphan on a desert planet. Like Crazy is a 2016 Italian-French film directed by Paolo Virzi about Beatrice and Donatella, patients at a secure psychiatric clinic whose friendship deepens when they break free to find happiness in the world of sane people.
Today, 4pm for Star Wars; 7pm for Like Crazy, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Marina Mall has a full programme of activities for all the family in celebration of the 46th National Day, including Generosity of UAE, a gallery of artwork that channels the legacy of Sheikh Zayed, Founding President of the UAE, who instilled a strong humanitarian heritage. On Saturday there will also be traditional Ayala dancers, face-painting, Arabian hospitality, a light show and more to enjoy.
Daily until Saturday, 10am to 10pm on weekdays; 10am to midnight on weekends, free, Marina Mall, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi, 800 6623, www.marinamall.ae
Attend the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s, which is one of the most popular dates on the Dubai sporting calendar. The world’s top men’s and women’s rugby teams battle on the pitch as fans in fancy dress celebrate and cheer in the stands. There will also be entertainment in the Rugby Village including music from The Boxtones tomorrow and The Distillers on Saturday, as well as five food and drinks zones with food trucks and kiosks.
Daily until Saturday, free today; from Dh300 in advance for tomorrow and Saturday; from Dh400 on the door, Sevens Stadium, Dubai, dubairugby7s.com
Register your children ages 7 to 15 for the Kartdrome Camp from Gulf Star. For an extra bit of excitement this winter break, kids can enjoy a variety of adrenaline-fuelled activities including go-karting, laser tag, simulators, team games and competitions.
December 17 to 21, December 26 to 28, January 2 to 4, 9am to 1pm, with drop-off from 8am, early-bird prices until December 7 from Dh995 for a full week; Dh650 for a three-day week, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, 050 429 4860, firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate National Day at Splash ‘n’ Party, the children’s waterpark that features splash slides, splash pads and more. The festivities include entertainment from stilt walkers, jugglers, dancers, LED light shows and a mermaid show.
Daily until Sunday, 9am to 9pm, from Dh46 per child with one adult free, Splash ‘n’ Party, Villa 1, Street 8A, Al Safa 2, Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 388 3008, www.splashnparty.ae
Plan to visit Dubai Marina Mall tomorrow 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 before heading into your plans for the weekend. The classes are mixed and mats will be provided.
Fridays, 8.30am, free, Dubai Marina Mall promenade, Dubai, 04 436 1020, www.dubaimarinamall.com