Your essential guide to what's happening in the Emirates
Top 10: See the acrobatic show The Flying Pearl at Mall of the Emirates, see a police dog demonstration in Al Ain, and more
Visit Mall of the Emirates to watch The Flying Pearl, an aerial performance that is part of the Dubai Shopping Festival entertainment. Inspired by the mall’s campaign #thatMOEfeeling, the show combines aerial acrobatic artistry and roller-skating with performers suspended from a giant helium balloon and singers performing hits from musicians such as Whitney Houston and Céline Dion.
Today, 4.30pm; 6pm; 7.30pm; 9pm, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.facebook.com/MallOfTheEmirates
Sign up to take part in TriYas by Daman ActiveLife, a triathlon open to athletes of all ages and abilities. The event features a choice of courses including new, shorter routes for first-timers, younger athletes and short-distance participants. More experienced competitors can take part in the Olympic and Sprint categories. The KidsTri race is open to ages 9-16.
February 16, Yas Marina and Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, early-bird registration with discounts on standard rates is open for UAE residents until January 23, at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Angélique Kidjo will present her Remain in Light outdoor concert at NYU Abu Dhabi. The Grammy-winning artist makes her UAE debut with a reimagination of Talking Heads’ 1980 album Remain in Light, with African guitars, layered backing vocals and the American band Antibalas Horns. Songs include Crosseyed and Painless, Once In a Lifetime and Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On). Tickets will go on sale on January 24 at 3pm.
February 3, 7pm, from Dh100, The East Plaza, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org
We Love Art presents an eight-week painting course that will teach the finer points of brushwork, colour and composition. The programme will end with an exhibition night where students can showcase their portfolio of work. Level One students start with basics and focus on artistic style through painting techniques and principles. Level Two students can further explore their creativity and become more confident as artists.
Starts February 3, 10.30am on Saturdays for Level One; noon on Saturdays for Level Two, from Dh2,750, Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.weloveart.ae
Register to attend today’s panel discussion Journeys in Photography as part of the 10 Years of Emirates Photography Competition exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat. Professional photographers Mohammed Arfan Asif and Abbas Kapadia will discuss the concept of a journey in both a photographer’s quest towards recognition and the beauty of travel photography.
Today, 6pm to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain hosts police dog shows every Wednesday, featuring sniffer dogs who show off their abilities and duties such as protection, hunting and the detection of drugs and explosives. The shows are organised by the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police to highlight the importance of the police and also the role of dogs in Emirati history.
Wednesdays, 5pm to 6pm, Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae
Make plans to attend a family breakfast event with Music Monkeys at Berri’s Cafe. Children will enjoy the breakfast bar and a dedicated play area before taking part in a Music Monkeys session featuring singing, dancing, bubbles, parachutes and more. Enjoy the breakfast offerings and meeting other parents.
Tomorrow, 8.30am to 10.30pm, from Dh120 for one adult and one child, Dh50 per additional child ages 2 and older, Berri’s Cafe, Al Muneera Plaza, Abu Dhabi, reservations at email@example.com
Alliance Française Dubai presents In-Between the Skyline of Kuwait City, an exhibition of works by Kuwaiti photographer Farah Salem, that includes photographs and a video installation. The images were shot over five years, during which time Salem explored the multicultural backstreets of Kuwait City. The artist shares the lesser-known stories of her city through images, books, video and sound, called a “dynamic meditative experience”.
Opens today, then daily until February 10, 9am to 8pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Book tickets for Evita at Dubai Opera. The Bill Kenwright production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice show tells the story of Argentina’s first lady, Eva Perón, who was seen as her country’s spiritual leader after her work for women and the poor. The show, which debuted in 1976, includes songs Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and On This Night of a Thousand Stars.
Opens Monday, then runs until February 3, 8pm daily; plus 2.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, from Dh250, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Book a spot for your children to take part in a kids’ hair styling event at Pastels Salon in Jumeirah, where stylists will use the latest products to help inspire with hair braiding and styling for boys and girls. There will be a gift for each child who attends, as well as product discounts and refreshments.
February 3, 11am to 5pm, free, Pastels Salon Jumeirah, Dubai, book at 04 388 3534, www.pastels-salon.com