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Top 10: Sign up for the Liwa Cycling Challenge, register to take part in stand-up or improv classes with Dubomedy, and more
Register for the Liwa Cycling Challenge, a community event organised by Abu Dhabi Sports Council. It features routes of varying lengths, including 44, 84 and 104 kilometres, as well as two new junior categories – 8km and 16km – for ages 6-12. The circuit takes riders on closed roads through the challenging yet scenic terrain over Moreeb Dune and the surrounding area of the Empty Quarter.
Friday, 8am, Dh50, Moreeb Dune, Liwa, register by tomorrow at www.premieronline.com
Cinema Space presents the 2012 Indian film Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1, directed by Anurag Kashyap, which highlights the power struggles and politics of the coal mafia families of Dhanbad, Jharkhand. Set in the early 1940s to mid-1990s, Shahid Khan (Jaideep Ahlawat) is banished from his city of Wasseypur for robbing British coal trains. He starts work as a labourer in one of the mines but precipitates a battle that is passed down through the generations. The film is based on real-life events among the gangs of North India.
Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Make plans to attend the concerts of the Umsiyat series at Umm Al Emarat Park. Presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the series starts tonight with Iraqi Maqaam legend Farida Mohammad Ali. Tomorrow, Javed Ali will sing Bollywood songs, and on Wednesday, Tunisian oud player and singer Lotfi Bouchnak will perform Tunisian and Sufi songs.
Daily until Wednesday, 8pm, from Dh30, Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Sign up to take part in the Balance Series presented by The Room and Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Enjoy a range of fitness and wellness activities including Spinning classes, cardio strengthening, yoga, Pilates, meditation, sports massage, body composition analysis, workshops, children’s activities and a buffet.
January 27, noon to 8pm, Yas Links, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 444 4945, register at www.theroom.ae/the-balance-series/
Book tickets to see 1990’s UK pop group Steps, who will perform for one night only at Dubai Opera. Members Claire, Faye, H, Lee and Lisa present their best-loved hits as well as songs from their new album, Tears on the Dancefloor, which also marks the group’s 20th anniversary. Hits include Tragedy, Deeper Shade of Blue and 5, 6, 7, 8.
April 27, 8pm, from Dh275, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Join the Dubai-based charity group Gulf for Good at a vertical training session this weekend and climb the 67 floors to the top of the Almas Towers in JLT. Stair-climbing is a great way to train for the charity’s hiking and mountain challenges, which take place through the year to benefit children’s charities.
Friday, 8am to 9am, free with registration, Almas Tower, JLT, Dubai, register by midnight on Wednesday at 02 368 0222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up for comedy school with Dubomedy and take part in six-week stand-up and improv courses for all levels, including a class for Arabic performers. Learn a new skill, improve your storytelling abilities and find your creativity in a fun, supportive environment. The term ends with a final performance on March 3. Early-bird pricing ends on Thursday.
Starts January 27, various timings on Saturdays, from Dh1,200 until Thursday; then from Dh1,500, Dubomedy, JLT, Dubai, email@example.com
Take part in TrainZSC and run the 884 steps of the National Stadium at Zayed Sports City. The weekly vertical training sessions by Daman ActiveLife start with a warm-up, end with a cool-down and include a fitness challenge at each quadrant, focusing on arms and core. There are also free BMI screenings.
Mondays, 5pm to 8pm, free with registration, ages 12+, National Stadium, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at trainzsc.com
See street photography from across the Middle East and North Africa, in The Arab Street at Gulf Photo Plus. The images, from photographers across the region, feature moments in time that document shared human experience and everyday life, also subverting stereotypes.
Daily until January 27, 10am to 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 10am to 6pm Saturdays (closed Fridays), Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 380 8545, www.gulfphotoplus.com
The Third Line presents Al Sawaber by Tarek Al Ghoussein, named after a government housing complex in Kuwait slated for demolition. The artist’s work documents forgotten spaces specific to a historical moment in urban development and the people who lived there. Pictured: Al Sawaber 3665
Daily until January 20, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 1367, www.thethirdline.com