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Top 10: See the record-setting Light Up 2018 show at Burj Khalifa, children will enjoy Kite Day at Orange Wheels in Al Wahda Mall, and more
Visit Downtown Dubai, where Emaar will showcase its Light Up 2018 spectacle, which won the Guinness World Records title for the largest light and sound show on a single building. Staged on Burj Khalifa, the laser display kicked off on New Year’s Eve and will now run Tuesdays to Saturdays until the end of March. A highlight of the show is the tribute to Sheikh Zayed, Founding President of the UAE, to coincide with the start of the Year of Zayed.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 10pm, free, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.mydubainewyear.com
Register to take part in the Yas Family Fit Day, and join in the free classes, attend talks and try some healthy foods. Try yoga, Zumba, BodyAttack, BodyPump, and children’s activities including gymnastics and Kids’ Zumba. There will be visits from fitness ambassadors, an obstacle course, an outdoor gym, nutritionist advice, arts and crafts, face painting and more.
January 26 and 27, 9am to 5pm, Gateway Park South, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.fitfest.ae
Book tickets for The Golden Saxophone as part of the World Classical Music Series. Saxophonist Theodore Kerkezos and pianist Elena Christodoulou join to present an entertaining programme of classical music, including works by Debussy, Ravel, Maurice, Gershwin and Theodorakis.
February 3, doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 8pm, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Orange Wheels indoor entertainment centre at Al Wahda Mall presents a special Kite Day, where children can make their own kites that will dance and fly in the wind, as well as the tricks of staying airborne. Plus, kids can have fun in the venue’s various play zones.
Today, 10am to 10pm, Orange Wheels, Ground Floor Extension, Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/orangewheelsuae
Register to take part in the Discover Your Light – A Wellbeing Event open day at The LightHouse Arabia, which features a full day of interactive workshops, informal discussions and activities that aim to enhance well-being and mindfulness. There will be free check-ups, personal development stands, healthy snacks and a kids’ zone.
January 27, 10am to 3pm, from Dh105 for ages 12+; free for ages 4-11, Center for Wellbeing, The LightHouse, 821 Al Wasl Road, Al Safa 2, Dubai, 04 380 2088, www.lighthousearabia.com/events
Catch a screening of the Indian comedy film Newton as part of the Diff365@Vox series. Directed by Amit V Masurkar, it offers a take on political satire through the story of Newton (Rajkummar Rao), a government clerk sent on election duty to the jungles of Chhattisgarh, where he faces apathetic security and the visit from a foreign minister in his attempt to conduct a fair voting process.
Daily until January 24, 4pm; 6.45pm, from Dh45, Cinema 9, Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, uae.voxcinemas.com
Department of Tourism and Culture – Abu Dhabi presents the exhibition 10 Years of Emirates Photography Competition. The winning works from the past ten years will be showcased, with the exhibition divided into two sections: Spotlight, which features works by 10 of the best Emirati and international photographers in areas such as nature, wildlife, portraits, sports, colour and travel, and Through Time, a selection of shortlisted photographs from the previous years.
Daily until March 31, 9am to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5800, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae
XVA Gallery presents Interlud, an exhibition by husband and wife artists Gazmend Kalemi and Miriam Humer. This collection represents the moment when their practise changed and new types of works were produced, in particular Kalemi’s abstract watercolours on paper and Humer’s use of recycled and new materials in geometric patterns.
Opens today, 6pm, then runs daily until March 4, 10am to 6pm daily, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com
Children ages 3 to 18 can still join the current City Football Schools term, where boys and girls can learn football skills and techniques as well as the importance of good fitness. Sessions are organised based on ability level, allowing each player to be challenged to their full potential.
Runs until March 1, various prices and timings, Zayed Sports City; Emirates Palace; NYU Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, 056 420 5685, www.uae.cityfootballschool.com
Abu Dhabi & Dubai
The Laughter Factory kicks off the new year in a grand way with nine shows as part of the Dysfunctional Family Tour. Enjoy comedy by Carmen Lynch from New York, English comedian Luke Toulson with his laid-back style and dark humour from Scot Mark Nelson.
Tonight, 9pm, Movenpick JBR, Dubai; Tomorrow, 7pm (early show), Senara, The Palm Island, Dubai; 9pm (late show), Movenpick JBR, Dubai; Monday, 8pm, Jekyll & Hyde, Currency House, DIFC, Dubai; Wednesday, 8pm, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi; January 18, 7pm (early show), ON42, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City; 9pm (late show), Grand Millennium Barsha, Dubai; January 19, 7pm (early show), Jumeirah Golf Estate, Dubai; 9pm (late show), DoubleTree by Hilton Business Bay, Dubai, Dh140, ages 21+, www.platinumlist.net