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Top 10: View the UAE from above on the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata, learn about Emirati Traditional Games at an exhibition in Al Ain, register to make festive crafts at Ductac
Ras Al Khaimah
Experience the UAE’s highest peak with the Jebel Jais Via Ferrata, and enjoy mountain views while climbing and trekking up to 120 metres above sea level. There are three zip lines – 50 metres, 60 metres and 300 metres in length – as you cross more than 1 kilometre along the mountain route.
Wednesdays to Sundays, 9am and 1pm, from Dh400 per person, Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, www.jebeljais.ae
ZSC Kids Holiday Camp is back and lets children take full advantage of the cool winter weather. The programme offers a full day of activities, with free play from 8am and activities from 9am, including football, tennis, basketball, painting, bowling, an obstacle course and group games. The camp runs weekly and is also open on New Year’s Day.
December 17 to 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
Attend the opening of Verses of Peace, a group exhibition presented by the Islamic Art Forum and Abu Dhabi Art Hub that commemorates Martyrs’ Day. On the theme of “Peace”, see works by artists from around the world including Aksam Talla of Syria and Salvatore Savoca from Italy.
Opens today, 6.30pm, then runs daily until December 10, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to 11pm, Thursdays and Fridays, The Mall at World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi, search “Abu Dhabi Art Hub” on www.facebook.com
The Third Line presents Al Sawaber by Tarek Al Ghoussein. The title refers to a government housing complex in Kuwait which was slated for demolition. Al Ghoussein’s body of work documents the forgotten spaces specific to a historical moment in urban development and the vestiges of lives spent there.
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
Warehouse421 presents Community and Critique: SEAF Cohort 4, an exhibition marking the culmination of the year-long Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship programme (SEAF), featuring work by 15 artists. A fundamental pillar of the programme is critique – reflection, questioning and analysis – and the exhibition welcomes the public into the artists’ studio to engage in this process and see art from a different perspective.
Daily until January 14, 10am to 8pm Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays), Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.ae
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi presents Emirati Traditional Games. The exhibition showcases works of six artists based in the UAE, featuring interactive and 3-D artworks inspired by traditional games such as Al Teela, Habil Al Zaibal and Al Dusays. The exhibition examines their cultural importance and the need to preserve them for future generations. Pictured: Al Teela by Ayman Zedani
Daily until January 7, 9am to 8pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain, www.visitabudhabi.ae
Children ages 5-10 will enjoy making personalised Christmas cards and decorations tomorrow at Ductac. Create items that will be treasured by family and friends including bespoke greetings, a festive star to top the tree, a welcome sign for the home or a letter to Santa. The class runs again on December 12.
Tomorrow, 2pm to 6pm, Dh95 per hour, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
The legendary British musician Elton John returns to the UAE for his live debut in Dubai as part of his Wonderful Crazy Night Tour. Hits include Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, I’m Still Standing and Your Song.
December 8, gates open at 5pm, from Dh295, Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Register your children for the Courtyard Playhouse Winter Camp, where they can explore stories by award-winning children’s book authors Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl through games, mime, role-playing, arts and crafts, speech and basic stagecraft. They will develop communication skills, learn to work as a team, to think on the spot and will build confidence.
December 17 to 21, 10am to 1pm for the Dr Seuss Winter Camp, ages 4-8; 2pm to 5pm for the Roald Dahl Winter Camp, ages 9-12, from Dh1,100, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, 050 986 1761, email@example.com
Lawrie Shabibi presents My Place Is the Placeless by Iranian artist Shahpour Pouyan. His third solo exhibition in the gallery features 33 ceramic domes alongside works on paper that investigate notions of identity and nationality.
Daily until January 1, 10am-6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 346 9906, www.lawrieshabibi.com