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Top 10: See two exhibitions at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, try group fitness classes at Fairmont The Palm, and more
See two exhibitions running at Louvre Abu Dhabi. From One Louvre to Another tells the story of the origins of the Musée du Louvre, from the collections of Louis XIV at Versailles to the museum’s opening following the French Revolution. See 150 masterpieces including paintings, sculptures, furniture and ceramics. Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire features four contemporary works of art created by UAE-based artists in collaboration with French manufacturers.
Daily until March 25 for Co-Lab: Contemporary Art and Savoir-faire; daily until April 7 for From One Louvre to Another, 10am to 8pm daily (closed Mondays), Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.louvreabudhabi.ae
ZSC Kids Holiday Camp is back and lets children take advantage of the cool winter weather. The programme offers a full day of activities, beginning with free play from 8am and activities beginning at 9am including football, tennis, basketball, painting, bowling, obstacle course and group games. The camp runs weekly and is open on New Year’s Day.
Runs until January 11, 8am to 5.30pm, Dh1,000 per child per week; Dh3.400 for all four weeks, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, 02 403 4222, www.zsc.ae
Take part in TrainZSC and run the 884 steps of the National Stadium at Zayed Sports City. The weekly vertical training sessions are presented by Daman ActiveLife and are a great workout that include warm-ups, cool-downs and a fitness challenge at each quadrant focusing on arms and core. There will also be a bouncy castle for the little ones to enjoy.
Mondays, 5pm to 8pm, free with registration, ages 12+, National Stadium, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at trainzsc.com
Register your children, ages 4 to 12, for the Hiltonia Winter Kids’ Camp, which features activities such as fitness games, cooking classes, magic shows, arts and crafts, face-painting and water sports to keep the kids engaged and entertained during the winter break.
Runs until Thursday, 9am to 3pm, from Dh200 per day, Hiltonia Beach Club, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 02 692 4324
Book tickets for the Cairo Sound Festival, a family-friendly event that caters to many musical tastes and will feature popular Arabic musicians from across decades, including The Voice judge Mohamed Hamaki, singer Aida El Ayoubi and trending Egyptian singer-songwriter Abu. DJ Khaled Hussein with oud player Mostafa Ghazal and percussionist Bakkar will perform a mix of modern house music, retro mixes and Arabic melodies.
January 26, from 2pm, from Dh195, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.platinumlist.net
Book tickets for Cirque du Soleil Toruk: The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. The performance transports you to the world of Pandora in a stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft with a soaring score that captures the imagination. The live immersive experience is an ode to the Na’vi people’s co-existence with nature and their belief in the interconnectedness of all living things.
Starts Thursday, then runs until January 17, from Dh295, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.tixbox.com
Catch the exhibition Compressed Thoughts by Nadim Karam, who uses recycled steel rods extracted from residential buildings in the suburbs of Beirut as representations of the creative mind: extreme condensations of energy within a restrained space. Pictured: a detail of Compressed Thoughts
Daily until Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon- 6pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, 12 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 6242, www.ayyamgallery.com
Children in age groups 9 to 11, 12 to 14 and 15 to 18 can register to take part in improv classes that will teach them to be more expressive and better listeners, and give them skills that suit in every aspect of life. Classes are led by full-time performers and run through March.
Starts January 16, 5pm to 7pm on Tuesdays for ages 12-15, from Dh1,455; January 17, 5pm to 7pm on Wednesdays for ages 15-18, from Dh1,455; January 19, 3pm to 4.30pm on Fridays for ages 9-11, from Dh1,155, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.courtyardplayhouse.com
Try the group exercise classes at the fitness and wellness studio at Fairmont The Palm that cater to a variety of fitness levels. Classes include Cardio Muay Thai, meditation, yoga and Prama, which is a high-intensity circuit-training system that is said to burn up to 1,000 calories in a 45-minute session.
Open daily, various timings for group classes, from Dh75 per class; Dh85 for Cardio Muay Thai, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 457 3330, email@example.com
Children can take part in the final days of the Gulf Star Winter Camp multi-activity camps which feature arts and crafts, games and a wide range of sports, and the Kartdrome Camp, which has a variety of adrenaline-fuelled activities including go-karting, laser tag, simulators, billiards, video games, team games and competitions.
Tomorrow until Thursday, 9am to 2.30pm for the Gulf Star Winter Camp, from Dh800, Foremarke School; Jebel Ali School; Clarion School, Dubai; 9am to 1pm for the Kartdrome Camp, with early drop-off from 8am, Dh650, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, 050 429 4860, firstname.lastname@example.org