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Top 10: Visit the Ripe Markets in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, catch Korean Film Days at The Yard, take part in Cycle for Health UAE at Zayed Sports City
Abu Dhabi & Dubai
Visit a Ripe Market to stock up on produce, shop for gifts and enjoy the community spirit at any of its several venues. Find seasonal organic produce grown locally as well as a variety of superfoods, juices, honey, eggs and essential pantry items. There are cooking stalls, vendors selling gift items such as jewellery and clothing, live music and entertainment, yoga, children’s activities and more.
Today, 9am to 4pm, Gate 2, Zabeel Park, Dubai; tomorrow, noon to 9pm, Al Barsha Pond Park, Dubai; tomorrow, 3pm to 9pm, Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, www.ripeme.com
Cinema Space presents two films on Saturday. The Journey Home is a family-friendly 2014 film by Roger Spottiswoode about Luke (Dakota Goyo), a boy in northern Canada who discovers an abandoned baby polar bear in his family’s yard and risks everything to reunite it with its mother. Yentl is the 1983 film directed by and starring Barbra Streisand and adapted from a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, about a young Polish woman (Streisand) who disguises herself as a young man so she can continue to study the Talmud after her father dies.
Tomorrow, 4pm for The Journey Home; 7pm for Yentl, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Take part in Cycle for Health UAE tomorrow, which includes a leisurely 1.9-km ride around the National Stadium and nearby roads at Zayed Sports City. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will conduct health screenings, exercise information sessions, learn-to-ride programme for children and adults as well as heart-healthy cooking demonstrations. There will be bicycles and helmets available for complimentary use, bouncy castles, a healthy food truck and more. The event runs on the last Saturday of every month.
Saturday, 8am to 1pm, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, cycleforhealthuae.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae
The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi presents an art weekend full of family fun as part of its Fridays at the Mall series of events. Enjoy seeing a live statue act, speed painting and take part in a puppetry workshop. The series concludes next weekend with National Day events.
Today, 5pm to 10pm, free, The Mall at World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/WTCAD
Korean Film Days continues with screenings tonight at The Yard. See Veteran, a 2015 comedy directed by Ryoo Seung-wan about a detective investigating a high-profile case made more difficult with an arrogant young millionaire pulling strings behind the scenes. A Taxi Driver is a 2017 action film about Man-seob (Song Kang-ho), a widowed Seoul taxi driver raising his young daughter alone, who is hired by a German reporter (Thomas Kretschmann) to drive him to Gwangju, a fare that should pay for a few months’ rent. But when they arrive, they encounter large-scale demonstrations and the situation grows more dangerous with each passing minute.
Today, 6.30pm for Veteran; 9pm for A Taxi Driver, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, register at www.koreanfilmdays.splashthat.com
Visit Al Muneera Beach Plaza to enjoy the activities of the Fifa Club World Cup UAE Mobile Roadshow, which tests skills such as football dribbling, passing, heading and throwing as well as skills such as precision, reflex, accuracy and speed. Performances are ranked against others in the community via an app. Meet the official mascot, Dhabi, in this lead-up to tournament, which begins on December 6.
Saturday to Wednesday, noon to 8pm on weekdays; 10am to 10pm on weekends, Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Abu Dhabi, www.fifa.com/uae2017
Attend the Annual Family Fun Day at Royal Veterinary Centre in Al Ain and enjoy a variety of activities that have been arranged for pet owners and those who love pets. Bring your dog to try the new agility course, meet the veterinary team, shop vendors’ stalls with crafts and more, enjoy competitions and giveaways as well as kids’ activities including a bouncy castle and arts and crafts.
Today, 10am to 4pm, Royal Veterinary Centre, Al Ain, 03 768 0686, www.facebook.com/RoyalVetAlAin
Enjoy a teddy-bear themed tea party at T-Lounge by Dilmah. T-Time for Teddies features arts and crafts for children up to age 13. Kids who arrive with a teddy bear will receive a free scoop of ice cream, and adults accompanied by a child up to age 13 will get a special discount on menu items.
Tomorrow, 11.30am to 6.30pm, from Dh19 for the kids’ combo meal, T-Lounge by Dilmah, Egypt Court, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai, 04 273 1196, www.dilmaht-lounge.com/dubai
Attend a talk by Fadi Zaghmout as part of the Literaturhaus at Nadi series and hear about his new Arabic sci-fi book Heaven on Earth. Set in Jordan in the 2090s, ageing is reversible thanks to advancements in science, but in a world where eternal youth is reality, complications arise.
Tomorrow, 4 to 5pm, free with registration, Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Dubai Marina Mall and enjoy this week’s movies as part of the outdoor film screening series. Today see Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, about young Greg who is disappointed when his summer plans are derailed by a family trip. But when he realises he can use the trip to meet a celebrity, he hatches a plan to make it happen. Tomorrow see Ponyo, an animated film about a goldfish princess who meets a young boy named Sosuke. As their friendship grows, Ponyo becomes more humanlike.
Today and tomorrow, 5.30pm, free entry on a first-come first-served basis, promenade, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai, 04 436 1020, www.dubaimarinamall.com