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Top 10: See the light show The Return of the Pharaohs, see a screening of Scialla! (Easy!), and more
Visit Wafi Mall and enjoy the sound and light show of the tale The Return of the Pharaohs. State-of-the-art special effects blend history, anecdotes and music every evening in an outdoor attraction. The synchronised music and images celebrate culture, spirit and diversity, with images projected across the Pyramids building in the central courtyard.
Daily, 8pm and 9.30pm, free, Wafi Mall, Dubai, www.wafi.com
Cinema Space presents a screening of Scialla! (Easy!). The 2011 Italian film directed by Francesco Bruni tells the story of 15-year-old Luca, who grew up without a father and is in search of guidance, and Bruno, a childless professor who gave up teaching and has never given direction to anyone. When Bruno discovers that Luca is his son, the two are suddenly forced to live together and understand one another.
Monday, 7pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Buy tickets to attend Creamfields Abu Dhabi, the electronic dance music festival featuring: headliners Canadian DJ deadmau5 (Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff), who plays techno with old-school influences; and, Swedish DJ duo Axwell and Ingrosso (More than You Know, Sun is Shining) with their high-energy set. Established and emerging local and regional artists will also be featured as part of the show.
December 8, from 7pm, from Dh250, 18+, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
See the exhibition Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965, which examines the New York art scene, from the abstract expressionism of the 1950s to the pop-art and minimalism of the 1960s. The establishment of artist-run galleries expanded the art scene in Downtown Manhattan towards the industrial areas, with artists acquiring spaces that shaped the creation and exhibition of their works. Inventing Downtown has 200 works by more than 50 ground-breaking artists.
Daily until January 13, noon to 8pm (closed Sundays), NYUAD Art Gallery, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artgallery.org
Run the 884 steps of the National Stadium at Zayed Sports City at TrainZSC presented by Daman ActiveLife. The weekly vertical training sessions are a great workout that starts with a warm-up, ends with a cool-down and includes an optional fitness challenge at different stages, focusing on arms and core. Apart from stair-climbing you can also run or walk on the flat areas around the football pitch. There is a bouncy castle for children to enjoy and free BMI screenings.
Mondays, 6pm to 9pm, free with registration, ages 12+, National Stadium, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at www.trainzsc.com
Chef is a remake of the 2014 American film of the same name and stars Saif Ali Khan as Roshan Kalra, a chef at a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in New York, who is eager to present innovative dishes to his customers. When his life start to fall apart, he travels back to India to meet his wife Radha (Padmapriya), and young son. Rethinking his life, Roshan opens a food truck so he and his son can travel India and share his gastronomic creations. Hindi film directed by Raja Krishna Menon, with English and Arabic subtitles, also starring Dhanish Karthik, Sobhita Dhulipala, Dinesh Prabhakar and Ram Gopal Bajaj.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE (PG-13)
The Fridge Concert Series continues with a performance by As Per Casper, a Dubai-based singer-songwriter who gave up a successful career in finance to pursue a passion for music. The show features Jawaher, an all-female instrumental band based in Dubai. The concert is a collaboration that aims to bridge western and Oriental genres in a symphonic pop celebration.
Tonight, doors open at 7.30pm, concert starts at 8pm, from Dh50, The Fridge, Warehouse 5, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.thefridgedubai.com
Dubai-based artist Roshanak Aminelahi presents Gordafarid, a new series of mixed-media paintings inspired by ancient mythology and featuring monumental portraits of Persian warriors alongside objects representing specific stories. The figures speak to the artist’s Iranian heritage and the culture in which she was raised, as well as the diversity of Dubai.
Daily until October 26, 10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to 6pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, 12 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 6242, www.ayyamgallery.com
Get tickets for the Remix 92 concert at the Irish Village, featuring nine dancefloor chart-topping performers: 5ve (Everybody Get Up); Boyzlife (No Matter What); Snap! (Rhythm Is a Dancer); Dr Alban (It’s My Life); Robin S (Show Me Love); Rozalla (Everybody’s Free); Sonique (It Feels So Good); N-Trance (Set You Free); C+C Music Factory (Gonna Make You Sweat); plus Nineties sets from DJs Tim Cheddar and Jon Besant.
October 20, doors open at 1pm, first act from 3.30pm, from Dh195 for early-bird, 21+, Irish Village, Al Garhoud, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Book tickets to see La Perle, a live theatrical performance influenced by Dubai’s rich culture and history and produced by creative director Franco Dragone. The resident show fuses aquatic and aerial feats, imagery and technology.
Shows at 7pm and 9.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays; 4pm and 7pm on Saturdays, from Dh400, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, 800 517373, www.laperle.com