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Top 10: Visit the Kids' Art Corner at Dalma Mall, see Maysoon Zayid at Ajman University, Rooftop Rhythms brings lip sync to Abu Dhabi
Visit the Kids’ Art Corner at Dalma Mall this weekend, where children can enjoy fun and educational activities that boost their creativity, imagination, fine motor skills, concentration and enhance logical thinking and confidence. Activities include sand art, noodle art, foam art, puzzles, glitter tattoos, Styrofoam wall decoration, noodle photo frames, mask-decorating, candle-dipping and more.
Today, 6pm to 10pm, Dalma Mall, Mussaffah, Abu Dhabi, www.dalmamall.ae
Catch Neon Nights at Yas Waterworld as the park stays open late on Fridays all this month with added fun from special park lighting and DJs to a hydrojet show and beach entertainment. Plus enjoy all the rides, slides and attractions of the water park with friends and family.
Tonight, open until 10pm, from Dh250, Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com
Rooftop Rhythms presents Lip Sync War Abu Dhabi, a competition modelled after the popular TV show hosted by LL Cool J, in which guests are invited to the mic to perform a song of their choice without actually singing a word. The crowd will choose the winner and DJ Allad will spin the tunes.
Tonight, 8pm, Dh30 entrance fee, 21+, Up and Below, Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/rooftoprhythmsAD
Catch a show by Palestinian-American stand-up comedian Maysoon Zayid at Ajman University. The co-founder of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival is a disability advocate who shares wit about her family, global culture and her life with cerebral palsy.
Tonight, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm, reception at 8.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Hall, Ajman University, Ajman, www.ajman.ac.ae/maysoon
Mohannad Orabi presents Ripples, a series of vibrant, colourful paintings that seek to provide a counter image to the death and destruction in Syria, and provide a creative outlet for the artist, who is deeply affected by the ongoing war in his native country. Sparrows appear at the feet of children who are at peace in the world, invoking memories of Syria before the war. Pictured: An untitled image by Mohannad Orabi
Daily until October 26, 10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to 6pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, 12 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 6242, www.ayyamgallery.com
Brauhaus at Beach Rotana will be hosting their annual Oktoberfest on the terrace, featuring authentic Bavarian games, traditional food prepared by the German chef Pedro and music from the visiting band Imster Spatzen Trio, who will perform standard festive hits as well as sing-along favourites that will have you swaying and clapping all night long.
October 4 to 13, from 6pm, Brauhaus, Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, reservations at 02 697 9011, email@example.com
Dubai Marina Mall has launched its splash zone, Better Wetter, with free daily activities for adults and children. Enjoy water-pistol fights, beach-ball racing, tag and target shooting with giant super soakers. Activities for little ones, ages 4 to 12, are open until 5pm daily. There are separate male and female changing rooms available.
Daily until Saturday, noon to 9pm, free, Promenade Terrace, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai, 04 436 1020, www.dubaimarinamall.com
Literaturhaus at Nadi presents On the First Arabic Novella from the 11th Century: The Doctor’s Dinner Party by Ibn Butlan, a talk with Philip Kennedy that will showcase the work, its significance, challenges of translating it into English and why it still appeals to a contemporary audience.
Tomorrow, 4pm, free, Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.alserkalavenue.ae
Reserve your spot to take part in the Alserkal Avenue Saturday Tour tomorrow. The public is invited to join a one-hour guided tour of the creative businesses and contemporary art spaces in Alserkal Avenue, with the chance to meet the people behind the concepts and view current exhibitions, including a number that opened this past week.
Tomorrow, 5.15pm, meeting point at Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org
Behind the Portrait is a community exhibition of meaningful portraits accompanied by a short story revealing the narrative behind the image. There were submissions from more than 500 photographers, and 37 artists were chosen to present works that encourage the viewer to gaze deeper into the life of the subject and the moment in which it was captured. Pictured: Urban Burqa by Fabian Muir
Daily until October 7, 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