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Top 10: Visit the Abu Dhabi Science Festival, see two Italian films at Cinema Space, register for a doll-making workshop at Dubai Design Week
Abu Dhabi & Al Ain
Visit the Abu Dhabi Science Festival, which features a programme of events that aims to spark the imagination of the nation’s youth in science and technology. Hands-on and interactive workshops for various age groups include puzzles, micro-coding, energy, healthy hearts and the science of sound. You can also see live demonstrations and enjoy a performance by the Ministry of Science team.
Daily until Saturday, 4pm to 9pm, Monday to Wednesday; 4pm to 10pm on Thursday; 2pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi; 4pm to 8pm, Monday to Thursday; 2pm to 8pm, Friday and Saturday, Al Ain Zoo, Al Ain, Dh5 for adults; Dh10 for children ages 5 to 15; free for children younger than 5, www.abudhabisciencefestival.ae
Register to take part in the My Hero: A Doll Making Workshop as part of Dubai Design Week. The class is for children ages 6 to 16, who will need to be accompanied by an adult. Each child will be asked to draw their hero. They will then learn creative thinking and basic sewing skills in the process of bringing their drawings to life as a doll.
Friday, 3pm to 5pm, Dh200, Urban Studio, Office 107B, Building 7, Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai, www.dubaidesignweek.ae
Cinema Space presents screenings of two Italian films. Mafioso is a 1962 dark comedy about an auto-factory foreman who takes his wife and daughters to rural Sicily, where he discovers some harsh truths about his ancestors and himself. Caesar Must Die is a 2013 documentary about the inmates at a high-security Roman prison who perform a play annually. Both films are in Italian with English subtitles.
Tonight, 7pm for Mafioso; 9pm for Caesar Must Die, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
See the opening of the exhibition Learning from Gulf Cities, a group project that is the culmination of a collaboration between Harvey Molotch, Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi. The exhibition challenges depictions of cities in the GCC as insular, insubstantial or flamboyant imitators, portraying them as both originating and reflecting what is happening in the wider urban world.
Opens today, then runs daily until December 6, 3pm to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Project Space, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 628 8000, www.nyuad-artgallery.org
Get tickets for The Centenary of La Cumparsita – The Anthem of the Tangos. On the 100th anniversary of the most iconic tango, La Cumparsita, enjoy a concert that will bring alive the eternal energy that makes it one of the most recognisable tango tunes of all time, while exploring the diversity of the instrument – the bandoneon.
November 23, 8pm, The Black Box, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.nyuad-artscenter.org
Run the 884 steps of the National Stadium at Zayed Sports City at TrainZSC presented by Daman ActiveLife. The weekly vertical training sessions are a great workout that starts with a warm-up, ends with a cool-down and includes an optional fitness challenge at each quadrant focusing on arms and core. There will also be a bouncy castle for the little ones to enjoy, and free BMI screenings.
Mondays, 6pm to 9pm, free with registration, ages 12+, National Stadium, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at trainzsc.com
Buy tickets for H2 Productions’s musical performance of the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, performed by UK-based professional actors and a juvenile chorus made up of UAE-based singers for a festive event combining comedy, music, dance and colourful costumes.
December 20 to 29, tickets cost from Dh100, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org
Book tickets to see Take That as they return to Dubai on their Wonderland tour. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen will perform some of the British pop group’s hit songs (Back for Good, Rule the World) as well as new material from their latest album, Wonderland.
November 30, gates open at 5pm, from Dh350, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net
Register for the annual Beat Diabetes Walk, an initiative that encourages people to monitor blood glucose levels through regular screening and inspire healthy eating and staying active. There will be a variety of activities including Zumba and yoga sessions, a dedicated sports zone for children with football, basketball and inflatable slides, plus live entertainment and music.
November 24, 8am, Dh20 for adults; Dh10 for ages 8 to 14; free for children younger than 8, Dubai Creek Park, Dubai, www.beatdiabetes.me
XVA Gallery presents Highlighted Memory, an exhibition of works in a variety of media by Azad Nanakeli. The Iraqi artist uses a variety of artistic media including painting, photography, video, installation and narrative in a frame where he can freely develop narrative connections between experiences, past and present, memory and identity. Pictured: An untitled image by Azad Nanakeli
Daily until January 9, 10am to 6pm daily, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383, www.xvagallery.com