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Top 10: See Security starring Antonio Banderas, Seriously Funny stand-up launches at Brunswick Sports Club
Security stars Antonio Banderas as Eddie, a former Marine who has taken a minimum-wage job as a mall security guard as he tries to get back on his feet. On his first night on the job, Jamie (Katherine de la Rocha), a young girl in distress, is desperately in need of his help after a gang trying to prevent her from acting as a trial witness, ambushes the police motorcade in which she is travelling. Action, also starring Ben Kingsley, Chad Lindberg, Liam McIntyre and Gabriella Wright.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE (PG-15)
Head to Yas Island for TrainYas to enjoy a walk, jog, run or bike around the 5.55km Yas Marina Circuit during the cooler evening temperatures. Bikes and helmets are available for rent from Fun Ride Sports and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides 400 bikes available to borrow.
Tonight, 6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800 927, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Get tickets now to see a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with a live orchestra performing the soundtrack, as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The film will be shown in high definition on a 12-metre screen as Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès perform John Williams’ score.
September 21 to 23, from Dh150, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Get early-bird tickets now for Taste of Abu Dhabi, which returns to du Arena for three days of cuisine from the capital’s top restaurants, cookery demonstrations, appearances by celebrity chefs including Jenny Morris and Reza Mahammad, workshops, live entertainment and more. Thursday night sees a performance by Tony Hadley of 1980s super-band 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 Dh90 for an early-bird standard ticket on Thursday, including entrance to Tony Hadley concert; from Dh49.50 for early-bird standard ticket for Friday or Saturday, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.tasteabudhabi.com
Ras Al Khaimah
Saddle up early in the morning or in the late afternoon at Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre to discover the desert landscape of Ras Al Khaimah. Enjoy an organised horse trek through 500 hectares of nature, where you may spot sand gazelles, Arabian oryx, desert foxes and wildcats.
Daily, 5.30am to 9.30am and 4pm to 8pm, Al Wadi Equestrian Adventure Centre, Ras Al Khaimah, 07 206 7777, www.alwadiequestrian.com
Children can enjoy the remaining days of their holidays at the Emaar Entertainment Summer Camp, where they can make friends and learn new skills with a series of activities taking place at Dubai Aquarium, Dubai Ice Rink, KidZania, Reel Cinemas and the Burj Khalifa, including ice-skating, visiting a heritage village, learning about marine conservation, filmmaking, film watching and team-building games.
Runs until August 31, 8.30am to 3pm, Sundays to Thursdays, Dh750 per week, including activities, snack, lunch and certificate, meeting point at KidZania entrance, Dubai Mall, Dubai, www.emaarsummercamp.com
Catch two films as part of the Nowplaying series by Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue. Only Men Go to the Grave by Emirati filmmaker Abdulla Al Kaabi tells the story of a mother who at the end of the Iraq-Iran war plans to tell her estranged daughters a secret, but dies in the process. Her daughters must piece together clues from funeral visitors. Directed by Ciro Guerra and inspired by a true story, Embrace of the Serpent is about Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman who builds a friendship with two scientists over the course of 40 years as they travel through the Amazon seeking a sacred plant.
Tonight, 7.30pm for Only Men Go to the Grave; 9.30pm for Embrace of the Serpent, Dh35 each, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com
In Plane Maker, Amba Sayal-Bennett presents drawings, sculptures and one projection as a series of invitations for the viewer to create relationships with the works that are constantly changing.
Daily until September 5, 11.30am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 340 6016, www.carbon12dubai.com
Head to Brunswick Sports Club for the launch of Seriously Funny, a weekly stand-up comedy series hosted by Jessica Pratt (pictured) and including a line-up of top international comedians including Simeon Goodson, Salman Qureshi and Omar Kazim.
Tonight, from 7pm, Brunswick Sports Club, Sheraton Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 056 404 0685, www.brunswicksc.com
UAE residents can book a staycation at any Jumierah hotel in Dubai to take advantage of unlimited free access to nearly 30 rides and attractions at the Wild Wadi Waterpark during their stay. Cool down with rides on the popular, near-vertical drop of the Jumeirah Sceirah, plus the Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj.
Offer valid until August 31, from Dh500 for Jumeirah’s city hotels and from Dh1,000 for beachside hotels Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com