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Top 10: Visit the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, take part in a fitness challenge at Voyoga, catch the opening of Dubai International Motor Show
Visit the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, which features 600 exhibits, including items from the museum’s permanent collection and loaned artworks. See a self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh, masterpieces by Gauguin and da Vinci, as well as works by UAE artist Hassan Sharif and Sudanese painter Ibrahim El Salahi. A children’s museum has family-focused exhibition and workshops for ages 6 to 12, as well as a family tour called My First Visit to Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Open daily, 10am to 8pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, Dh60; Dh30 for ages 13 to 22, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.louvreabudhabi.ae
Book tickets to attend A Night at the Symphony, the season-opening concert by the NSO Symphony Orchestra at Emirates Palace. The programme includes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major by Daria Nechaevan, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5. Award-winning maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta (pictured) of Italy’s Symphony Toscana Classical will be the guest conductor.
Friday, 7.30pm, from Dh100, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Register now to take part in the kimchi masterclass as part of the Korea Festival 2017. Kimchi master Kim Soon-ja will demonstrate how to prepare the signature Korean dish – pickled cabbage and seasoned vegetables – in a traditional manner.
Tomorrow, 4pm, Korean Cultural Center, twofour54 campus; Friday, 4pm, National Theatre, Abu Dhabi, register at uae.korean-culture.org
Buy tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s science-fiction film Avatar. The performance transports you to the world of Pandora in a stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft with a soaring score that captures the imagination. The experience is an ode to the film’s Na’vi people’s coexistence with nature and their belief in the interconnectedness of all living things.
January 4 to 17, from Dh295, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.tixbox.com
Book tickets now to attend Creamfields Abu Dhabi, the electronic dance music festival featuring headliners Canadian DJ deadmau5 (Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff, Right This Second) with techno and old-school influences, and Swedish DJ duo Axwell & Ingrosso (More Than You Know, Sun Is Shining) with their high-energy set. Emerging and established local and regional artists will also be featured as part of the show.
December 8, from 7pm, from Dh250, 18+, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae
Take part in the 30-Day Weight Watch Challenge that kicks off tomorrow at Voyoga community yoga studio. Get your weight and measurements checked, as well as photographs taken of you “before”, and get a diet plan and a schedule of yoga classes you will have access to throughout the challenge. Take part in at least 25 classes and one of the two workshops to be eligible to win prizes.
Starts tomorrow, Dh1,200, Voyoga, Barsha Heights, Dubai, 04 553 8630, www.voyoga.ae
Catch the opening of the Dubai International Motor Show, an action-packed event for everyone from serious car buyers to petrol heads, kids and families. See vehicle launches, supercars on the Boulevard of Dreams, a Race Room with simulators, a classic car auction, car drifting, outdoor adventures, competitions and more. Plus, enjoy food, jazz performances and activities such as Legoland Dubai Driving School for children ages 6 to 13.
Daily until Saturday, 6pm to 10pm today; 11am to 10pm tomorrow; 11am to 11pm on Thursday and Friday; 11am to 10pm Saturday, from Dh50 for a single day pass when purchased online, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.dubaimotorshow.com
The Third Line presents the exhibition Al Sawaber by Tarek Al Ghoussein. The title refers to a government housing complex in Kuwait slated for demolition, and Al Ghoussein’s body of work documents forgotten spaces specific to a historical moment in urban development and the vestiges of lives once lived inside it. Pictured: Al Sawaber 3525
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
Head to Yas Island for TrainYas for the last session before the Grand Prix preparations. Enjoy a walk, jog, run or bike around the 5.55km Yas Marina Circuit during the cooler evening temperatures. Bikes and helmets are available for rent and borrow from Fun Ride Sports. Fitness sessions will return on December 10 with StartYas.
Tonight, 6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 800 927, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Register your children, ages 8 to 12, for free yoga at the Mind Body Soul, a happiness centre, where every Wednesday this month they can take part in a programme led by Angelique Michel that will encourage them to open their hearts, acknowledge feelings, release fear, develop tolerance, embrace others’ qualities, practice selflessness and broaden their self-awareness.
Wednesdays, 4.15pm, free, Mind Body Soul, Unit 1409, Metropolis Tower, Business Bay, Dubai, register at 054 441 8272, email@example.com