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Top 10: See the abstract impressionist art exhibition Limitless at Showcase Gallery, take part in fitness classes at Manarat Al Saadiyat, and more
Showcase Gallery presents the exhibition Limitless featuring abstract impressionist paintings by Areej Rajab, who offers insights into how the subtleties of her surroundings inspire her. Unbound by genre and style, Rajab uses art to inspire and her works are characterised by dynamic brush strokes and the discovery of patterns in a chaotic world. Pictured: detail from Untitled I by Areej Rajab
Daily until February 5, 10am-6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 379 0940, www.showcaseuae.com
Cinema Space presents a screening of the 2012 film Gangs of Wasseypur: Part 2 directed by Anurag Kashyap. Wasseypur, in East India, has been transformed by money from illegal profiteering and government corruption. Everyone wants to align themselves with the most powerful man in Wasseypur, Faizal Khan. But Khan’s sole aim is to annihilate Ramadhir Singh, his long-time rival. The film is in Hindi with English subtitles.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Book early bird tickets for the fifth annual Bob Marley Festival, featuring a performance by the late singer’s son, Ky-Mani (pictured), to celebrate what would have been Marley’s 73rd birthday. Special guests include Jamaican reggae artist Busy Signal. There will be food trucks, Bob Marley memorabilia, an art display, an artisan market and more. Hit songs include Three Little Birds, Redemption Song and No Woman No Cry.
February 9, from 4pm, from Dh125, Yas Beach, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.net
Visit Manarat Al Saadiyat and take part in a variety of fun fitness sessions every Monday, starting with yoga by Bodytree Studio at 8.30am, then challenge yourself to a total-body workout with MProve Fitness, or a hula-hoop session with Flowground that aims to bring a love of hoop-flow to the community.
Mondays, 8.30am to 9.30am for yoga with Bodytree Studio, from Dh70; 4pm to 6pm for fitness with MProve Fitness, free for the first 2-4 weeks; 7.30pm to 9pm for hula-hooping with Flowground, from Dh80 per session, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae
The Fridge Concert Series kicks off tonight with performances by award-winning Dubai rockers Point of View (Third Eye, Unreal, Revolutionize the Revolutionary) and Chronicles of Khan (Flash Funk, Jokers Ball), whom lead singer Faraz Khan describes as a multinational musicians’ collective.
Tonight, 7pm, from Dh50, The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Reel Palestine is a pop-up film series that shows the latest in independent Palestinian films, and tonight it features a screening of You Reap What You Sow by Alaa Ashkar. See other films in various genres, including a series of shorts tomorrow. Screenings also take place in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free on a first-come first-served basis, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.reelpalestine.org
Rise at Dubai Creek Harbour now runs activities throughout the week, where families can enjoy a mix of activities including arts and crafts, a children’s playground, interactive displays, fitness classes, food trucks, a retail market and views of the Downtown Dubai skyline. Plus, catch a screening of the Second World War film Dunkirk starting at 7.15pm.
Daily, from 5pm, free activities, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai, risedubaicreekharbour.com
Alliance Française Abu Dhabi presents the opening of the exhibition Dans Ses Yeux (In Their Eyes), which features black and white photographs by Dominique Baudis. The late politician and photojournalist spent time in the Middle East in the 1970s and captured images of the lives and hopes of people living in countries of conflict. Pictured: An image by Dominique Baudis
Opens today, 7pm, then runs daily until February 27, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 9am to 5pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, 02 612 2900, www.afabudhabi.org
TrainZSC is a vertical training event where you can run the 884 steps of the National Stadium at Zayed Sports City. The workout includes a warm-up and a cool-down, plus a fitness challenge at each quadrant focusing on arms and core. Take part in the new express fitness classes led by trainers from The Room. This week’s 20-minute class focuses on BoxFit and is split into groups for beginner and intermediate participants.
Mondays, 5pm to 8pm, express fitness classes begin at 5.10pm and run every 30 minutes, free with registration, ages 12+, National Stadium, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at trainzsc.com
Leila Heller Gallery presents A Song, A Story and The Empty Vessel, an exhibition by Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty that features two bodies of work. A Song, A Story expresses the need to tell the stories we carry within us. The Empty Vessel is a film that examines the gestures in the rituals of death. Pictured: Structure 1 from A Song, A Story
Opens January 21, then runs daily until March 12, 10am-7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Leila Heller Gallery, I-87, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.leilahellergallery.com