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Top 10: The Festival at Masdar City features sustainability-themed activities, see independent films at Reel Palestine, and more
Attend The Festival at Masdar City as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The annual event offers family fun through educational activities about sustainability and recycling that take place at various zones such as The Greenhouse and The Arcade Alley. There will also be local exhibitors promoting organic products, workshops, music and food stalls.
Today and tomorrow, 10am to 10pm on Friday; 10am to 8pm on Saturday, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, www.masdar.ae
Cinema Space presents two screenings of a newly restored version of the 1959 classic film Ben-Hur tomorrow. Charlton Heston stars as Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy prince whose childhood friend, Messala (Stephen Boyd), returns to Jerusalem as a Roman commander. Differences in their beliefs cause tension, and after an accident, Messala imprisons Judah to make an example of him to his community.
Tomorrow, 2pm and 7pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Orange Wheels, the indoor entertainment park for kids at Al Wahda Mall, presents a variety of activities on top of its regular play zones and games. This weekend, enjoy the Healthy New Year, Great New You event featuring tasty treats and activities that promote healthy living, such as rock-climbing, yoga, and jumping into a foam pit. Families are invited to design a meal plan and take part in games and play together.
Tomorrow, 10am to 10pm, Orange Wheels, Ground Floor Extension, Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/orangewheelsuae
Visit Global Village and enjoy a family friendly shopping venue that features pavilions showcasing wares of countries from around the world. Enjoy international cuisine, roaming entertainment, rides, games, stage shows, concerts, cultural shows and more including the Parade of the World every Thursday at 7.30pm and fireworks every Thursday and Friday at 9pm.
Daily until April 7, 4pm to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 4pm to 1am on Thursdays and Fridays; Mondays are for ladies and families only, from Dh15 entry, Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai, www.globalvillage.ae
Abu Dhabi & Dubai
Visit a Ripe Market to stock up on produce, shop for gifts and enjoy the community spirit at any of its several venues. Find seasonal organic produce grown locally, as well as a variety of superfoods, juices, honey, eggs and essential pantry items. There are cooking stalls, vendors selling gift items such as jewellery and clothing, live music and entertainment, yoga, children’s activities and a lot more.
Today, 9am to 4pm, Gate 2, Zabeel Park, Dubai; tomorrow, noon to 9pm, Al Barsha Pond Park, Dubai; 3pm to 9pm, Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, www.ripeme.com
Book tickets to see British soul singer Emeli Sandé perform at Al Majaz Amphitheatre. Hit songs include Next to Me, My Kind of Love, Hurts, Daddy and Breathing Underwater.
February 16, from Dh105, Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Sharjah, www.ticketmaster.ae
Ductac hosts an open call for auditions today to sing and dance in an H2 Productions’ performance of Rapunzel – A Tangled Tale. Children in age groups 7 to 11 and 12 and older are invited to learn how to prepare for and understand an audition and participate in the forthcoming show, which will run in March and April. The production will star a mix of professional and amateur performers and will feature music, comedy and dancing.
Today, from 9am for ages 7 to 11, from 1.30pm for ages 12+, theatre foyer, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.ductac.org
Reel Palestine is an annual pop-up film series that shows the newest in independent and alternative Palestinian films, and it kicks off tonight with a screening of Wajib by Annemarie Jacir. See other films in various genres, including a series of shorts on Tuesday.
Daily until January 27, 7.30pm tonight, Sunday, Monday and Thursday; 7pm on Tuesday; 8pm on January 26, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai; 8pm on Saturday, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; 7.30pm on Tuesday, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi; 7.30pm on Wednesday, Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi; 8pm on January 27 at Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, free on a first-come first-served basis, www.reelpalestine.org
Films al fresco
Visit Dubai Marina Mall, where the outdoor film series returns tonight with Robots, the 2005 animated film about Rodney Copperbottom (voiced by Ewan McGregor), a young inventor, who travels to the big city to join the company that inspired him, only to be shocked by the evil vision of the new management. Tomorrow’s film is March of the Penguins, the 2005 documentary that visits Antarctica to follow penguins on their quest to find the perfect mate and start a family. Plus, catch the Rainforest Maze Game as part of the Dora’s Friendship Fiesta event at 3pm, 4.40pm, 6.10pm and 7.30pm.
Today and tomorrow, 5.30pm for outdoor films, free entry on a first-come first-served basis, promenade, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai, 04 436 1020, www.dubaimarinamall.com
Catch the opening of Hybrids, an exhibition of works by Rashid Al Khalifa, who focuses on geometry, surface and colour to create hybrids of painting and sculpture in which he experiments with three-dimensionality using aluminium and steel.
Opens tomorrow, 7pm to 9pm, then runs daily until March 10, 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