Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Top 10: see new film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, register for a DJ workshop and more

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Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan star in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. AP
Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan star in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. AP


New movie

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a sci-fi film directed by Luc Besson based on the comic book series. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives who embark on a mission to the city of Alpha, where species from all over the universe meet to share knowledge and cultures. A dark force at Alpha threatens the peace and Valerian and Laureline must save Alpha and the universe. Action, also starring Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Clive Owen and Rihanna.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE (PG-13)

Abu Dhabi


Register to take part in a DJ workshop led by DJ Neo of Studio9 Productions as part of the Warehouse421 Summer Camp. Learn the basics of DJing, including the creation of mix tapes, assembling a live set, combining vinyl records with digital music and hip-hop-style scratching. Plus, learn the main sub-genres of electronic dance music.

Wednesday, 8pm to 10pm, ages 16+, Dh50, Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.ae

Ras Al Khaimah

Museum tour

The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah offers visitors the opportunity to experience the emirate’s archaeological, historical and ethnographical objects, many of which were donated by the ruling Al Qasimi family and RAK residents. The former fort was designed to fend off the British during the Arabian Gulf Campaign of 1809-1819 and re-opened in 1987.

Open 8am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 3pm to 6pm on Fridays; Dh5 entry per person; Dh15 for a family of two adults and two children, National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah, 07 233 9900, www.rakheritage.rak.ae

Abu Dhabi

Kids’ camp

Register your children for the French Summer Camp presented by Alliance Française Abu Dhabi. Children can make new friends through fun activities, adventures and surprises that will help to improve their knowledge of French language and culture.

Runs until September 7, 9am to 2pm, from Dh120 per day including a snack, Le Royal Méridien, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 612 2900, see info@afabudhabi.org

Abu Dhabi

Sports venue

Visit the Al Wathba cycling track, where you can ride distances from 8 kilometres to 30km. The track is fully lit so you can bike late at night in cooler temperatures, and the venue includes facilities such as showers and changing rooms, an Adnoc convenience store and a bike shop, which opens

at 6am.

Open all day and night, Al Wathba cycling track, off the E22, towards the Camel Race Track, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, search for “Al Wathba Cycling Track” on www.facebook.com


Art exhibition

The third instalment of Perspective: Art Exhibition shows works by eight artists from Germany, Canada and South Korea, featuring a melting pot of cultures and genres.

Daily until September 12, Le Patio, St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.stregisdubai.com



Get tickets now for Fiesta de los Muertos, a Halloween-themed live music festival at the Autism Rocks Arena in Dubai. Gorillaz will headline the event. The British virtual band consists of four animated fictitious members, with hits including Feel Good Inc, Dare and Clint Eastwood. Also performing are American pop star Nick Jonas (Jealous, Chains), Lebanese-Canadian R&B singer Massari (Done Da Da, Be Easy) and Mexican band The Mariachis, singing pop and rock standards, Mexican musician style.

October 27, from Dh350, Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai, www.117live.com


Sports venue

Stay fit this summer at the UAE’s largest indoor summer sports venue, Dubai Sports World. Take part in sports, tournaments, academies and activities for fitness enthusiasts and beginners alike. Activities include football, badminton, cricket, indoor cycling, track running, table tennis, volleyball, fitness classes, basketball, tennis, rugby and a state-of-the-art Technogym.

Until September 2, free entry, Dubai Sports World, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.dubaisportsworld.ae


Art exhibition

See Made in Tashkeel, a showcase of works by 34 UAE-based member artists who demonstrate their creativity through various media and techniques resulting from experimentations, workshops and residencies at Tashkeel.

Daily until August 30, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org


Summer Surprises

Take advantage of the 72-Hour Sale as part of Dubai Summer Surprises. The limited-time offer from participating retailers is only available from Monday to Wednesday each week, when shoppers can take advantage of even-bigger reductions on price tags on already-discounted goods, such as homeware and furniture.

Until August 12, at various malls across Dubai, www.visitdubai.com