Your essential guide to what's happening in the Emirates
Top 10: See the exhibition Gateway: Line at Manarat Al Saadiyat, visit Global Village, buy tickets for Short+Sweet Festival, and more
Group exhibition Gateway: Line, curated for Abu Dhabi Art, continues at Manarat Al Saadiyat, with lines as the compositional element. Themes include politics and travel, with lines as a form of communication, to define national boundaries, human connection and the passage of time. Pictured: Lines by Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim
Daily until January 27, 9am to 8pm, Gallery 3, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabiart.ae
Tickets go on sale today at 3pm for the Short+Sweet Festival, a showcase of 10 ten-minute plays in a variety of genres featuring local actors, writers and directors. Judges vote on various categories including best actor, writer and best overall play, while the audience votes for its favourite play, with the winner receiving the People’s Choice Award.
January 19 to 20, 8pm daily, plus a 3pm wild-card performance on January 20, from Dh100, The Arts Centre, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org
Register to take part in the Gulf Multi Sport beginners’ running programme and get tips on techniques and training from a qualified coach. Each session is limited to 15 runners to allow for specialised coaching and one-on-one interaction.
Starts Tuesday, 6pm to 7pm on Tuesdays and Sundays, from Dh600 for six weeks, Aloft Hotel, beside Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the final day of Emirati Traditional Games, presented by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. The exhibition showcases six artists based in the UAE, through interactive and 3-D artworks inspired by traditional games such as Al Teela, Habil Al Zaibal and Al Dusays. The show highlights their cultural importance, simplicity and the need to preserve them in the UAE for future generations to enjoy.
Today, 9am to 8pm, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae
Alliance Française Dubai presents Les Goûters Philo, a series for children that focuses on philosophical topics such as happiness, life and feelings. Led by animator Monique Thiard, the classes in French let children express themselves, learn to think independently and to listen to and respect others.
Wednesdays, from January 10 for ages 8-10, January 17 for ages 6-8, 3pm to 4.30pm, Dh30 includes a snack, La Médiathèque, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, register at 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org
Book tickets to attend the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, now in its 13th year, which features top golfers from around the world over four days of competition. This year’s entrants include Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar and Rory McIlroy. The golfers will compete as part of the European Tour.
January 18 to 21, from 7.20am, from Dh50 for daily general admission; from Dh150 for all four days, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, abudhabichampionship.com
Catch the final week of the exhibition Raya and Sakina by Egyptian photographer Habby Khalil at The Empty Quarter. Inspired by the rich cultural history of Alexandria in the first-half of the 20th century, the city was the glory of the Mediterranean but also home to Egypt’s most infamous serial killers, Raya and Sakina. The artist explores the story in black and white images, symbolising the conflict and interdependence between different beliefs.
Daily until Thursday, 10am to 7pm, The Empty Quarter, Building 2, DIFC Gate Village, Dubai, 04 323 1210, www.theemptyquarter.com
Book tickets to attend RedFestDXB, with a two-day line-up of international performers starting with The Chainsmokers (Closer, Roses), Russ (Losin Control), Kelli-Leigh (For Love, Missing You) and Anthony Touma on Thursday, and Kesha (TiK ToK, Timber), Marshmello (Summer, Alone), Bebe Rexha (Meant to Be) and Craig David on Friday.
February 8 to 9, from 6pm on February 8; from 4pm on February 9, from Dh395, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.redfestdxb.com
Dubai Shopping Festival continues with sales at malls and shopping centres across the emirate. There is also a programme of entertainment and events that includes children’s activities, films, street performances, fashion shows and more that aims to highlight the history and culture of Dubai.
Daily until January 28, various malls across Dubai, www.visitdubai.com
Visit Global Village to enjoy a family-friendly shopping venue featuring pavilions of wares from countries around the world. Enjoy international cuisine, roaming entertainment, rides, games, stage shows, concerts, cultural presentations and more, including the Parade of the World every Thursday at 7.30pm and fireworks every Thursday and Friday at 9pm.
Daily until April 7, 4pm to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 4pm to 1am on Thursdays and Fridays; Mondays are for women and families only, from Dh15 entry, Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai, www.globalvillage.ae