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Top 10: See the exhibition Emirati Traditional Games in Al Ain, get fit at TrainYas, find great deals at Dubai Shopping Festival, and more
Emirati Traditional Games is a new exhibition presented by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi showcasing the works of six artists based in the UAE. The group exhibition features interactive and 3-D artworks inspired by traditional games – including Al Teela, Habil Al Zaibal and Al Dusays – reflecting their cultural importance and the need to preserve them for future generations. Pictured: An image of the balance-skill game Al Karabi by Michael Rice
Daily until January 7, 9am to 8pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae
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 track. 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, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Cinema Akil presents a screening of The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, as part of a new series that will run twice monthly with the aim of bringing arthouse cinema to Saadiyat Cultural District. The 2013 Japanese documentary directed by Mami Sunada offers a rare look into Studio Ghibli, which creates animated films, as the directors rush to complete the films The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess of Kaguya.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free on a first-come first-served basis, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaakil-thekingdomofdreamsandmadness.splashthat.com
ZSC Academy Sports Camp offers three sport-specific camps for children ages 7 to 18. Classes in football, ice-skating and tennis are designed to generate rapid skills advancement and are led by high-quality instruction and targeted fitness to keep children engaged and improving.
January 2 to 4, 9am to 2pm, various prices per camp, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, 02 403 4228, zscacademy.ae/events
The 10th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship returns to the capital this week and features Milos Raonic, Roberto Bautista Agut, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Pablo Carreno Busta and Dominic Thiem. Plus, enjoy the Tennis Village, autograph sessions, food trucks, interactive games, entertainment and player coaching clinics. Thursday is Kids Day, featuring a Q&A with Dominic Thiem and Pat Cash, plus a variety of games and activities.
Thursday to Saturday, from noon daily, from Dh100, International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
BurJuman has transformed into a winter wonderland the whole family will enjoy, complete with festive decor, activities, and even snowfall, which is scheduled to take place every 20 minutes. The winter village is open daily from 3pm to 10pm, where there is an arts and crafts zone, a snow-fight zone, and an 8.4 metre vertical display featuring 1,000 teddy bears that will be given away to lucky shoppers and visitors.
Daily until January 6, mall open 10am to 10pm; activities from 3pm to 10pm, BurJuman, Dubai, www.facebook.com/BurJuman
The Third Line presents the exhibition Al Sawaber by Tarek Al Ghoussein. The title refers to a government housing complex in Kuwait slated for demolition, and Al Ghoussein’s body of work documents forgotten spaces specific to a historical moment in urban development and the people who lived there.
Daily until January 20, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 1367, www.thethirdline.com
Dubai Shopping Festival opens today with sales at malls and shopping centres across the Emirate. On top of great deals, enjoy a programme of entertainment and events that exhibit the culture and style of Dubai, including films, children’s activities, street performances, fashion shows, fireworks and much more.
Opens today, then runs daily until January 28, malls across Dubai, www.visitdubai.com
Register your children, ages 6 to 12, for the Ductac Winter Camp, where they can expect to be immersed in winter-themed arts and crafts such as pottery and 3-D art, as well as seasonal magic tricks.
Runs until January 7, 9am to 1pm, from Dh250 per day; Dh1,000 per week, early drop-off and late pick-up are available, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
Get tickets to attend a performance of Stick Man, based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler featuring puppetry and songs. Families will enjoy the misadventures of Stick Man, who goes out for a morning jog, only to discover that a dog wants to play fetch with him, then a swan builds a nest with him and he is set on fire.
January 17 to 20, 4.30pm on January 17; 2pm and 4.30pm on January 18; 10.30am, 2pm and 4.30pm on January 19 and 20, from Dh145, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, www.madinattheatre.com