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Top 10: Try group classes at the new fitness studio at Fairmont The Palm, see cubist paintings in the exhibition Melody in Meditation at Z Gallery
Visit the new fitness and wellness studio at Fairmont The Palm, which features a schedule of new classes that cater to a variety of interests and fitness levels, as well as children. Classes include Cardio Muay Thai (pictured), indoor cycling, meditation, yoga, Aquaspin water-cycling, and Prana, which is a high-intensity functional 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Make plans to attend the Yas Marina Boat Festival, a nautical-themed event featuring a showcase of pre-owned vessels marine supplies and more. The festival includes a wake-kicker show daily at 4pm and 6pm with top regional wakeboarders showing their skills over a specially constructed jump, plus music from Saif and Sound from 5pm. There will be food trucks and the restaurants of Yas Marina will be open.
Friday and Saturday, 2pm to 9pm, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarina.ae
Get tickets now to attend the Rooftop Rhythms Rhyme-O-Ween poetry slam and open mic. The spooky spoken-word event will feature some of the country’s top established and emerging talent and performing artists. There will be a slam poetry and costume competition with Dh600 in prizes. Performers are invited to register on the Rooftop Rhythms Group Page on Facebook.
October 27, 8pm, The Marketplace, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org
Register now to take part in this weekend’s iSwimNYUAD. The campus’s Olympic-sized pool is open for two one-hour sessions on Saturdays as part of the Daman ActiveLife programme of events to encourage fitness among the community. The casual environment aims to offer both training and swimming improvement.
Saturdays, 9am to 10am; 10am to 11am, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.webscorer.com
Make plans to attend a performance of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, as presented by the Dubai Drama Group. The story is about 26-year-old Rita (Venetia Tiarks-Clark), a hairdresser who seeks to reinvent herself by enrolling in a correspondence course in literature. Her tutor is a middle-aged poet-turned-professor, Frank (Bryan MacKenzie), and despite their different backgrounds and stages in life, they learn about themselves and each other as they forge a tentative relationship.
Thursday to Saturday, and October 24 and October 26 to 28, 8pm daily, plus 4pm on Fridays, donations welcome at the door, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, reserve seats at courtyardplayhouse.com/events
Get tickets to attend the PaRUS International Music Fest, which showcases Russian popular music and culture with a line-up of performers over three days. The event is kicked off with a red-carpet ceremony and headliner A’Studio. The second day features a gala concert with stars of Russian Radio and Radio Chanson with more than 100 musicians and dancers performing on stage. The event wraps up with a concert by Svetlana Loboda and guest performers.
November 2 to 4, from Dh210, Events Arena, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Register your children, ages 3 to 13, for the Gulf Star half-term multi-activity camp and take advantage of the early-bird discount if you book before October 26. The classes take place at various venues around Dubai and will feature sports, team games, arts and crafts, martial arts, performing arts and more.
October 29 to November 2, 9am to 2.30pm, from Dh650 for the early-bird offer until October 26; then Dh800, Jebel Ali School; Dovecote Green Primary School; Foremarke School, Dubai, email@example.com
See the exhibition Melody in Meditation featuring cubist works by Ria Sharma that reflect the artist’s belief that an individual’s identity lies in achieving higher consciousness. The acrylic and oil mixed-media artworks reflect a holy connection, with objects shown broken and reassembled in simplified, geometric forms. Pictured: A detail of The Search Within
Daily until December 31, 10am to 10pm, Z Gallery, first floor, Four Points Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 323 0333, www.fourpointssheikhzayedroad.com
See the exhibition Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965, which examines the New York art scene, from the abstract expressionism in the 1950s to the pop-art and minimalism of the 1960s. See more than 200 works by more than 50 artists including installation and performance art.
Daily until January 13, noon to 8pm (closed Sundays), NYUAD Art Gallery, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artgallery.org
Three members of the trombone section of the Netherlands’ Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra accompanied by pianist Jeroen Bal will perform as part of the Abu Dhabi Classics series. The programme When Art Meets Music includes works by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms as well as works from the 17th-century to the modern era, such as Louis Couperin’s Three Dance Pieces, Franz Liszt’s Ave Maria and Nicola Ferro’s A Friend for a Friend.
November 9, 8pm, from Dh100, Bin Hamoodah Fort, Al Ain, www.ticketmaster.ae