Your essential guide to what's happening in the Emirates
Top 10: Sign up for Muay Thai Kickboxing with MMA professional Rafat Shawe, try obstacles and circuits at Aventura
Register to take part in Muay Thai Kickboxing classes for adults, led by professional MMA fighter and international karate gold-medallist Rafat Shawe. The sport is a healthy form of exercise and delivers self-defence techniques. It is known as “the art of eight limbs” as it uses eight points of contact: hands, feet, elbows and knees, and offers a total-body workout.
Starts October 14, 7pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, from Dh90 per class; packages available, Bodylines Gym, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 323 0111, www.facebook.com/RafatShaweTrainer
Mohannad Orabi presents Ripples, a series of vibrant, colourful paintings that counter images of the death and destruction in Syria. Not surprisingly, the artist has been deeply affected by the war in his country and his work evokes memories of before the conflict when nature and daily life appeared to be at peace. Pictured: An untitled work by Mohannad Orabi
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
See Comic Craze, an exhibition of comic-strip artworks created by artists in the UAE. The Emirates have a flourishing community of graphic artists and these works showcase examples of various techniques and materials – from fabricated portraits to animated films. Among the artists is Khalid bin Hamad, whose series Empire mixes action and sci-fi with an Emirati twist, using Japanese comic style to reflect on Emirati identity.
Daily until October 19, 5pm to 9pm, Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae
Three of the four post-race concert performers have now been announced for the 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Calvin Harris (This Is What You Came For, Feel So Close) will perform on Thursday, November 23, Mumford and Sons (I Will Wait, Little Lion Man) on Saturday, November 25, and Pink (So What, Get the Party Started) will perform on Sunday, November 26. Race-day tickets are needed for entry to each concert and guests can upgrade to Golden Circle tickets from Dh195 per concert to Dh945 for four.
November 23 to 26, various priced packages and grandstands available, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800 927, www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Women can enjoy an evening of ladies-only fitness at GoYas, presented by Daman ActiveLife, at Yas Marina Circuit, which is shortened to 3 kilometres and staffed solely by women to protect participants’ privacy. Walk, jog, run or bike around the Formula 1 track and also take part in group fitness classes led by a certified female fitness trainer.
Tonight, 7pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Bodytree Studio presents a series of workshops and masterclasses with Pilates instructor Courtney Miller, who has studied both classical and contemporary methods. Join Pilates Mat, Athletic Conditioning Reformer, Pilates Mat Fusion Flow or the Reformer Bootcamp. Two-day workshops also run for advanced levels and professionals.
October 26 to 28 and November 2 to 4, various timings, from Dh90 to Dh1,475, discounts available for early-birds and when booking multiple classes, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Ain & Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Classics seventh season starts with a concert in Al Ain by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra from Switzerland, performing Grieg, Wagner and Beethoven. A concert in Abu Dhabi the next night will feature Rossini, Rachmaninoff and Brahms. American pianist Nicholas Angelich will also perform.
October 12 to 13, 7pm on October 12, from Dh100, Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain; 7pm on October 13, from Dh195, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabimusic.ae
Take part in a new fitness initiative presented by Mall of the Emirates, MOE Active, which runs complimentary morning classes through the week at various levels, curated by Flywheel Dubai indoor cycling and led by qualified staff. Classes include FlyWheel, FlyBarre, Mall Walkers and Mall Circuits.
Sundays to Thursdays, 8.30am, meet at Ski Dubai foyer, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, register at www.malloftheemirates.com/moe-active
American progressive-metal band Dream Theater arrive in Dubai on their Images, Words and Beyond tour. Renowned for their technical proficiency, hits include The Enemy Inside and Pull Me Under.
Friday, gates open at 6.30pm, from Dh295, The Dome, Dubai Sports City, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Aventura Nature Adventure Park has reopened after the summer with circuits and obstacles for the whole family to enjoy. Have a go at zip-lining, rope-climbing or the 25-metre Tarzan Jump. There are also special attractions for children such as the Rangers circuit.
Open daily 9.30am to 6pm daily, Aventura, Mushrif Park, Dubai, www.aventuraparks.com