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Top 10: See a screening of Loving Vincent at Manarat Al Saadiyat, catch a performance of Amazing Dubai, and more
Cinema Akil presents a screening of the film Loving Vincent at Manarat Al Saadiyat. The animated feature film, which is painted in the style of the artist’s work, tells the story of the life and death of Vincent van Gogh (Robert Gulaczyk) and is based on research of the artist’s masterpieces, subjects and more than 800 personal letters. Animated biography, also starring Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Chris O’Dowd and Holly Earl.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Akil, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Register your team of 10 runners to take part in the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, which sees some of Dubai’s biggest businesses competing for the title of “fastest firm in the city”. Each participant will run a one-mile (1.6-kilometre) route around the Gate Building at DIFC before handing the baton to a teammate. The team who completes the fastest 10 laps will be crowned champions.
February 7, from 5.30pm, from Dh5,750 per team of 10 runners includes food and beverage, T-shirts and after-party access, DIFC, Dubai, www.squaremilerelay.com
Book tickets to see American pop group Fifth Harmony on their first visit to Abu Dhabi, following their headlining visit to Dubai’s RedFestDXB in 2016. The former The X Factor contestants recently released their self-titled third album. Hits include Work from Home, All in My Head, Brave Honest Beautiful, Down, Worth It and That’s My Girl.
March 16, 7.30pm, from Dh250, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
See Amazing Dubai, a musical performance that takes audiences on a journey from the city’s beginnings as a small fishing community in the 1800s to one of the world’s most modern metropolises. The multinational cast present a production that shares the story of the resilience and strength of the Emiratis and their leaders’ vision to triumph against all odds.
Shows noon and 2.30pm daily (except Fridays), from Dh140, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6546, madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com
Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight continues at Dubai World Trade Centre this week. Inspired by James Cameron’s 2009 high-grossing adventure fantasy film Avatar, the performance transports you to the planet of Pandora through a storytelling odyssey featuring cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft with a soaring score that captures the imagination. Set 3,000 years before the film, it centres on the blue Na’vi people’s belief in the interconnectedness of all living things.
Daily until Monday, from Dh295, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.tixbox.com
TrainYas is a weekly event, presented by Daman ActiveLife that lets you get fit or stay fit this winter with a walk, jog, run or bike around the 5.55 km Yas Marina Circuit. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes made available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Tuesdays, 6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Alliance Française Dubai presents the group art exhibition Sinyar, the Khaleeji word for the departure of caravans. It is a showcase of art by Emirati and French artists, featuring paintings, multimedia works, art tapestries and more inspired by the heritage of the Gulf, and pays tribute to the friendship between the UAE and France. Pictured: Jumeirah Mosque Dubai by Claude Guenard
Daily until Sunday, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm on Thursdays and Saturdays (closed Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Catch the final days of 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 Saturday, noon to 8pm (closed Sundays), NYUAD Art Gallery, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artgallery.org
Register now to take part in the Terry Fox Run, a non-competitive event that celebrates the memory of one of Canada’s most revered athletes and raises money for cancer research in the UAE. The event is open to all ages and abilities as well as modes of participation, including walkers, runners, in-line skaters and wheelchair users. There is no registration fee; donations are welcome.
January 19, 7am for registration; 9am start, East Plaza, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.terryfox.org/international-runs/abudhabi
Make plans to attend 24H Dubai and see endurance races featuring cars from all over the world including touring and GT cars from top brands. Plus, visit the grandstand village to see a classic car collection, enjoy sim-racing experiences, food trucks and a kids’ zone.
Thursday to Saturday, 12.45pm on Friday for the start ceremony and grid walk, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, www.dubaiautodrome.com