Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Your definitive list of things to do in Dubai

Here's what is happening in Dubai and the Northern Emirates: there are theatre and film screenings, classes and talks — many of them free

The 150-metre-high Dubai Frame offers views of old and new Dubai and includes a museum on the ground floor, giving visitors a journey through time with audio and special effects. Open daily, 9am to 9pm, from Dh205, Gate 4, Zabeel Park, Dubai, www.thedubaiframe.com Chris Whiteoak / The National
The 150-metre-high Dubai Frame offers views of old and new Dubai and includes a museum on the ground floor, giving visitors a journey through time with audio and special effects. Open daily, 9am to 9pm, from Dh205, Gate 4, Zabeel Park, Dubai, www.thedubaiframe.com Chris Whiteoak / The National

Want to know what's happening in the city? Here are the best things to do in Dubai, from one-off events, concerts and art exhibitions to family-friendly places to visit.

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Tenors of Rock

Wednesday, December 19 to Friday, December 21

Courtesy Caesars Palace
Courtesy Caesars Palace

Caesars Bluewaters Dubai presents its first live show, Tenors of Rock, a male singing group showing off their vocal range in a high-profile rock experience that pushes boundaries. The singers use their innovative sound to put a twist on anthems such as Sweet Child O’ Mine and God Gave Rock N’ Roll to You.

7pm, from Dh280, The Rotunda at Caesars Palace, Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

Robin Hood Winter Pantomime

Friday, December 21

Improvised Kids’ Storytime at The Courtyard Playhouse presents Robin Hood Winter Pantomime, an interactive and fun take on the classic tale that goes wherever the audience decides to take it. Children aged 4 to 11 can help Robin Hood rescue his parents from the Sheriff of Nottingham in an entertaining experience for them and their parents.

11.30am and 3pm, from Dh75 for a temporary membership, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, courtyardplayhouse.com

Winter Wonderland at Wafi

Until Monday, December 24

Visit Wafi this holiday season and enjoy a Winter Wonderland featuring animated displays with new highlights including polar bears, carousels and more. Visit Santa in his grotto from Dh60 and receive a soft toy, a framed photograph with Santa, a raffle coupon to win a prize from Lufthansa airlines and more. Children can also enjoy an arts and crafts area and a snow park while waiting to meet Santa. There will also be a light-and-sound show daily at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm. The Arte Makers Market will be on hand with festive stalls from December 16-22.

9am to 10.30pm from December 7 to December 15; 8.30am to 10.30pm from December 16 to December 24, Wafi, Dubai, www.facebook.com/wafimall

Christmas Cracker

Until Monday, December 24

Book tickets for Christmas Cracker on the Queen Elizabeth 2, and take a journey through a child’s dreams, featuring singing and dancing reindeer, snowmen, penguins, Jack Frost and Klaus the grumpy elf. Enjoy favourite festive songs such as All I Want for Christmas Is You, Jingle Bells, Let It Snow and I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.

7pm, from Dh100, Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid, Dubai, 04 526 8888, www.qe2.com

Snow Park at Downtown Dubai

Until Tuesday, December 25

Snow Park at Downtown Dubai features real falling snow, where guests can enjoy activities including tubing, curling, snowball fighting, and the chance to be enclosed in a giant snow globe. Activities are offered on a pay-to-play basis and there are family-friendly games and seasonal shopping stalls with fun for everyone.

5pm to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 5pm to 11pm Thursdays to Saturdays, Snow Park, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai, www.facebook.com/DowntownDubai

Magical Festive Market at Dubai Festival City Mall

Until Tuesday, December 25

Dubai Festival City Mall host a festive market featuring hourly snowfall, the festive Imagine show after sunset, holiday carolling, food, carnival rides, activities for children and more. Plus, there will be a meet-and-greet with Santa, 3pm to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays and 4pm to 11pm Thursdays to Saturdays.

10am to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai, www.facebook.com/dubaifestivalcitymall

TEPfactor festive fun

Until Tuesday, December 25; Wednesday, December 26

Courtesy TEPfactor
Courtesy TEPfactor

Visit TEPfactor adventure experience during the holidays and enjoy the team-building games, as well as the festive spirit, as the venue undergoes a decor makeover. Try your luck at winning one of the seasonally themed prizes as teams that complete all 21 challenges can choose a gift under the tree. Then on Boxing Day, ten teams picked at random will receive a 50 per cent discount on their visit.

10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh80 per person from Sundays to Wednesdays; from Dh100 per person from Thursdays to Saturdays, TEPfactor, Bahar Plaza, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 04 398 8438, www.tepfactor.ae

Konstantin Scherbakov

Wednesday, December 26

Courtesy Dubai Concert Committee
Courtesy Dubai Concert Committee

Book tickets to see Konstantin Scherbakov as part of the World Classical Music Series presented by Dubai Concert Committee to mark the New Year. The Russian-Swiss pianist will perform a full evening piano recital featuring a programme of Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin in a relaxing atmosphere of tranquillity and peace.

Doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 8pm, from Dh210, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

Star Wars The Exhibit

Until Sunday, December 30

Courtesy The Dubai Mall
Courtesy The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall presents Star Wars The Exhibit, featuring more than 40 life-sized figures of Darth Vader, Boba Fett, K-2SO, death troopers and stormtroopers. Each figure was hand-assembled by the crafters at the California-based company Sideshow, and the exhibition is the biggest and most significant display of Sideshow figures in the world.

10am to midnight, Grand Atrium, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 800 38224 6255, www.thedubaimall.com

Al Seef Creek Festival

Until Monday, December 31

Courtesy Al Seef 
Courtesy Al Seef

Visit the Al Seef Creek Festival and enjoy a carnival atmosphere along the Dubai Creek, including a waterfront market, live music, funfair rides and games, popcorn and candy floss. Vendors sell locally made products such as handicrafts, decor, souvenirs and jewellery. Street musicians and magicians entertain visitors, and children aged 3 to 12 can play on inflatables and in the soft-play area. Thursdays feature movie nights at 7.30pm, Fridays are music night from 4pm with live performances by Arab and western musicians.

10am to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10 am to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays, with activities daily from 4pm, Al Seef, Dubai Creek, Dubai, www.alseef.ae

New Year’s Eve at Wonderland at The Ritz

Monday, December 31

Book tickets for the New Year’s Eve bash at Wonderland at The Ritz and enjoy a night filled with the glitz and glamour of the city and chic vibes in a lush, outdoor hotspot. There will be music by DJ Salvatore Peppino, and culinary delights including prawn coquette, crispy calamari and duck gyoza, as well as botanical-inspired beverages.

8pm to 3am, from Dh300, Podium Level, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Dubai, 04 372 2323, difcrestaurants@ritzcarlton.com

New Year’s Eve Black and White Party at Dubai Opera

Monday, December 31

This New Year’s Eve, Dubai Opera hosts the Black and White Party – a night of music, dancing and beverages inside the auditorium featuring live performances by Chinua Hawk, DJ Said Mrad and DJ C. As the clock hits midnight, guests will enjoy ringing in the new year with LED shows, laser displays and fountain shows at the foot of the Burj Khalifa. Dress to impress in black and white with a touch of gold.

7pm to 2am, from Dh700, ages 16+, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

Snow Wonderland at KidZania

Until Saturday, January 5

Courtesy KidZania
Courtesy KidZania

KidZania transforms into a winter wonderland with the special Winter Games organised for snow lovers. There will be special activities such as Pin the Snow Man, Snow Hunt, a fashion show, a radio show and a snow fight in the main plaza.

10am to midnight, from Dh250 for the premium ticket, which includes all games and the snow field; from Dh180 for the economy ticket with an extra Dh35 ticket to participate in the winter games, KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, 04 448 5222, www.kidzania.ae

Become Elf at Legoland Dubai

Until Monday, January 7

Courtesy Legoland Dubai
Courtesy Legoland Dubai

Visit Legoland Dubai this festive season, where families with children aged 2 to 12 can take part in the Christmas Bricktacular. Little ones are invited to “become elf” at Santa’s workshop, and upon completing several Bricktacular activities, successful elves will receive a stamp of approval from Lego Santa and a goodie bag with a limited-edition Lego brick. There’s also a dance show, snowfall on Factory Street, a nine-metre-tall Christmas tree made using 364,481 Duplo bricks, and more.

10am to 6pm, from Dh175, Legoland Dubai, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai, www.legoland.ae

XLine Dubai Marina night rides

Tuesdays from December 18 to January 8

Experience the thrill of a night ride on the zip line at XLine Dubai Marina. The limited-edition run takes participants on an 80-kph, 170-metre-high ride over Dubai Marina to sunset views or the sparkling skyline, and makes a great gift for the daredevil in the family. A souvenir video for each rider is included.

6pm to 10pm, from Dh650 for one person; from Dh1,200 for two people includes customised edited video and photos, XDubai, Dubai Marina, www.platinumlist.net

Arijit Singh

Friday, January 11

Book tickets to see Bollywood singer Arijit Singh perform at Dubai World Trade Centre. His mellifluous, soulful melodies in a variety of genres include Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2, Channa Mereya from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Agar Tum Saath Ho from Tamasha, Hamari AdhurI Kahani.

From 6pm, from Dh150, arena, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

The Laughter Factory

Thursday, January 10 to Saturday, January 12; Thursday, January 17 to Friday, January 18

Courtesy The Laughter Factory
Courtesy The Laughter Factory

Start 2019 off with some fun at the New Year’s Dissolution Tour by The Laughter Factory, featuring top international comedians such as Canadian storyteller Tom Stade, Scottish observational up-and-comer Larry Dean (pictured), and British former journalist JoJo Smith, whose set is known to be outrageous.

9pm on January 10, Movenpick JBR, Dubai; 9pm on January 11, Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai; 8pm on January 12, On42, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City; 8pm on January 17, Tryp by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights, Dubai; 7pm (early show) on January 18, Jumeirah Islands Club, Dubai; 9pm (late show) on January 18, Al Furjan Club House, Pavilion Dubai, Dubai, from Dh160, www.thelaughterfactory.com

George Ezra

Tuesday, January 22

Courtesy Live Nation
Courtesy Live Nation

English singer-songwriter George Ezra will perform at Dubai World Trade Centre. The upbeat, soulful musician is best-known for his hits Budapest, Blame It On Me, Listen to the Man and the recent single Shotgun.

From 9pm, from Dh295, Zabeel Hall 3, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.ticketmaster.ae

RedFest DXB

Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15

Book tickets now for RedFest, the two-day event that features hit music-makers, including performers and DJs. Thursday night sees G-Eazy, DJ Snake and Jess Glynne take to the stage. Friday night catch Camila Cabello, Macklemore, Jax Jones, Lea Makhoul and DJ Dany Neville in action. There will also be street food vendors and interactive installations.

From 4pm, from Dh395, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.800tickets.com

Dubai Jazz Festival 2019

Wednesday, February 20 to Friday, February 22

The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2019 features international performers in a variety of genres. The event kicks off on Wednesday with a performance by Snow Patrol (Chasing Cars, Run), then on Thursday, British jazz-funk band Jamiroquai (Virtual Insanity, Cosmic Girl) take the stage. On Friday the series wraps with a performance by Alicia Keys (No One, Fallin’, Girl on Fire).

From 6pm, from Dh350, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net


Bareburger festive roasted turkey burger

December, ongoing

Courtesy Bareburger 
Courtesy Bareburger

Bareburger is spreading Christmas cheer with the limited-edition festive Christmas Dinner in a Bun. It is filled with stuffed roasted turkey, Portobello mushroom, beef bacon, caramelised onion, pickles and mustard. With a side and a drink, the organic meal comes to Dh58.

From Dh58, Bareburger locations across the UAE, www.bareburger.com/uae

Freakshakes at Perry & Blackwelder’s

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Perry & Blackwelder's
Courtesy Perry & Blackwelder's

Perry & Blackwelder’s smokehouse has launched a new menu with Americana-inspired dishes including a 700-gram beef patty burger, a metre-long Gutter Dog, loaded potato skins, Louisiana-style shrimp po’boy, smoked brisket, rib-eye and more. A line-up of Freakshakes also makes its way to the new menu, including The Super Freaky Freakshake, a 1.5-litre thick chocolate shake topped with toasted marshmallows, ice cream cones, brownies, donuts, wafers and more chocolate; The Unicorn (pictured), a fruity strawberry shake with cotton candy; and The Bee’s Knees, vanilla with honeycomb syrup, waffles, macaroon, popcorn and fudge.

Noon to 2am, Saturdays to Wednesdays; noon to 3am on Thursdays and Fridays, Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 432 3232, restaurants@jumeirah.com

Mughal-E-Azam royal dining experience

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Bollywood Parks Dubai
Courtesy Bollywood Parks Dubai

Mughal-E-Azam restaurant at Bollywood Parks Dubai has relaunched with a new menu that takes guests on a culinary journey through India, including mouth-watering tikkas from the North, coastal-inspired delicacies from the South, and decadent Biryanis from the Deccan region. The restaurant is inspired by the 1960s blockbuster of the same name and recreates the classic ambience of the decade with authentic dishes.

Open 1pm to 9pm, Mondays to Saturdays (closed Sundays), Mughal-E-Azam, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, www.bollywoodparksdubai.com


Wellness in the Dunes

Daily, ongoing

Al Maha Desert Resort offers its Wellness in the Dunes day package at Timeless Spa. The signature treatments take place in a Bedouin-inspired wellness tent in the ambiance of the desert landscape. It includes organic essential oils and age-old wellness traditions to relax your body and mind. Select any signature treatment, along with guided meditation and breathing techniques.

From Dh877, Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, 04 832 9900, www.al-maha.com


Watercolour Workshop at Cartoon Art Gallery

Sunday, December 16

Register to take part in a watercolour workshop at Cartoon Art Gallery led by master artist Amit Kapoor. Learn tips on drawing and sketching, fundamentals of composition, landscape basics, cityscape basics, Impressionism, aerial viewpoints and more.

10am to 5pm, from Dh500 per day, Cartoon Art Gallery, 8th Street, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cartoonartgallery.org

City Football Schools winter holiday camps

Sunday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 18; Monday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 19

Courtesy City Football Schools 
Courtesy City Football Schools

Boys and girls aged 6 to 14 can take part in the City Football Schools free winter holiday camps, where they can learn what it is like to be part of the Manchester City FC programme, train with highly qualified City Football School coaches and improve their skills in a fun atmosphere.

8.30am to 2.30pm, Sunday and Tuesday at Brighton College, Dubai; Monday and Wednesday at Hartland International School, Dubai, 056 538 9501, cfs.dubai@cityfootball.com, uae.cityfootballschools.com

Blow Drying Basics at Be Bar

Wednesday, December 19

Be Bar blow-dry bar continues its series of workshops led by the company’s founder and creative director Andrea Lindeyer, who was trained by Hollywood hairdresser Jose Eber. On November 21, learn the fundamentals of blow-drying your own hair, including helpful tips and tricks in sectioning, tools and products and techniques for salon-quality results at home. Participants should come with damp hair and Be Bar will provide all the tools and products needed.

6pm to 7pm on December 12; 10am to 11am on December 19, from Dh100, Be Bar, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, 04 321 2348, beintouch@mybebar.com

Floral wreath-making workshops with Florette

December, ongoing

Take part in a floral wreath masterclass with Florette and learn to craft your own creation, in traditional or modern style, a wreath or garland, using high-quality fresh flowers. Classes are led by expert florists and are limited to eight participants, so booking is required.

5.30pm to 7.30pm, from Dh330 per wreath, Shop 6 Miracle Residence, near Dubai Miracle Gardens, Arjan, Dubai, www.florette.ae

Drop In and Draw at Tashkeel

Thursday, January 10

Courtesy Tashkeel
Courtesy Tashkeel

Take part in the Winter Workshops presented by Tashkeel, including Drop In and Draw, an ongoing monthly session for artists, designers and creatives who want to share their sketchbook pages with each other in a supportive community that sees drawing as a thinking process. Come prepared to doodle, and bring items that hold personal meaning to you, such as ticket stubs, stickers, leaves, photos and patterns.

From 6pm to 8pm, from Dh70, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, www.tashkeel.org

All About Paper Printing

Wednesday, January 16; Thursday, January 17; Saturday, January 19

Courtesy Tashkeel
Courtesy Tashkeel

Tashkeel Winter Workshops features All About Paper Printing, led by master printmaker Vera Cannone. It's a three-day course offering an overview of the styles and effects that can be reproduced with screenprint. Learn about techniques such as mono-printing and cut-and-print as you become familiarised with handling screens and pulling prints. Build your own style through a two-colour artwork, which will be checked, reviewed and made print-ready.

From 6pm to 10pm on January 16 and 17; 11am to 7pm on January 19, from Dh1,580, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, www.tashkeel.org

Advanced Palestinian Embroidery

Saturday, January 26

Tashkeel Winter Workshops includes a class on Advanced Palestinian Embroidery, which is the follow-up to the introductory class. Participants can use their new skill by cross-stitching a motif on a tote bag. The class is also ideal for anyone who already knows how to cross-stitch on Aida fabric and would like to learn how to apply various motifs onto garments.

From 10am to noon, from Dh180, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, www.tashkeel.org

Art History with Philippine Motais de Narbonne

Wednesday, February 6

Alliance Francaise Dubai hosts a series of art-history lectures by Philippine Motais de Narbonne, an art lecturer and expert in 19th-century paintings and drawings. This month, hear an introduction to European Orientalists, which will shed light on the exhibition 1900 Orient at La Galerie. The lecture will be presented in English.

8pm, from Dh35 for Alliance Francaise members; from Dh45 for non-members, Alliance Francaise Dubai Theatre, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

Golfing Coffee Morning for Ladies

Wednesdays, ongoing

Plan to take part in the golfing coffee mornings for ladies at Arabian Ranches Golf Club, which is designed for all levels from beginners to advanced. The club’s qualified PGA qualified coach will work with each participant to improve their game in an encouraging and friendly atmosphere.

11am to noon on Wednesdays, from Dh130, Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai, golfacademy@www.arabianranchesgolfdubai.com

Frying Pan Adventures offers membership programme

Valid until September 2019

Dubai offers dishes from dozens of countries. Courtesy Frying Pan Adventures 
Courtesy Frying Pan Adventures

Frying Pan Adventures food tourism company has launched their Sufra programme, which offers discounts on a nine-month menu of limited-edition food and culture experiences. Enjoy speciality feasts, culinary adventures such as cooking classes, Emirati storytelling, honey harvest, oyster shucking, iftar, curry tour and more. Visit Instagram @fryingpanadventures by September 30 for the chance to win four-month Sufra memberships.

From Dh990 per person, Frying Pan Adventures, Dubai, 056 471 8244, www.fryingpanadventures.com/sufra

Hatha Yoga at Copthorne Hotel Dubai

Tuesdays, ongoing

Courtesy Copthorne Hotel Dubai 
Courtesy Copthorne Hotel Dubai

Take part in a rejuvenating one-hour hatha yoga session led by instructor Julie Mistry at Copthorne Hotel Dubai. The practice is designed to integrate and balance the breath, body and mind to bring about positive changes in the way participants feel physically, mentally and emotionally.

6.30pm to 7.30pm, from Dh55, Copthorne Hotel, Dubai, 04 295 0500, sales.cdxb@millenniumhotels.com

Autumn term adult dance classes at James & Alex Dance Studios

Daily, ongoing

Switch up your fitness routine with adult dance classes at James & Alex Dance Studios. The autumn term kicks off with full-body workout classes including salsa, bachata, kizomba, hip-hop, street dance, reggaeton, Afro reggaeton, ballet, pointe, contemporary and fitness classes including hatha yoga, aerial yoga and Zumba. Classes are led by professional teachers in an energetic environment.

Various timings, from Dh70 per one-hour class; from Dh100 for a 90-minute class, packages available, James & Alex Dance Studios, Dubai Media City, jamesandalex.com

Bollywood, Zumba and Contemporary dance at The Pad

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy The Pad Pilates and Dance 
Courtesy The Pad Pilates and Dance

Take part in a dance workout at The Pad that feels more like fun. Zumba, contemporary and Bollywood classes offer cardio sessions that will leave you feeling energised. They start with a 10-minute warm-up, followed by a 40-minute routine, then a 10-minute cool-down and stretch. There are Pilates and Dance Aerobics classes combined for cardio and toning, as well as two-hour weekend workshops that let you learn choreography to full songs.

From Dh999 per month for access to the dance and Pilates classes, The Pad Pilates, The Greens, Onyx Tower 1, Dubai, 04 294 1745, shaazia@thepadfitness.com


The Burj Club

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy The Burj Club
Courtesy The Burj Club

The Burj Club hosts fun and rigorous group workout sessions in a variety of disciplines designed to motivate and inspire you to go further. Try classes in Super SUP Fitness, doing a mix of Pilates and yoga while balancing on a paddle board; outdoor yoga with views of Downtown Dubai; HIIT for high-intensity sessions for all abilities that target and strengthen your core; Rhythm Ride cycling class for cardiovascular exercise up hills and with challenging drills; and Body Pump, the workout that challenges all major muscle groups with squats, presses, lifts and curls.

Various timings, from Dh95 per session; free for The Burj Club members, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/the-burj-club


Alliance Francaise Christmas Camp

Until Thursday, December 20

Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai 
Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai 

French-speaking children aged 5 to 9 and non-native speakers with an advanced level of French language ability are invited to attend the Alliance Francaise Dubai Christmas camp, which features arts and crafts, songs, dances, games and more. Morning snack and lunch at Cafe Odeon are included.

9am to 3pm, from Dh200 per day; from Dh850 per week, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, register at mediatheque@afdubai.org

Storytelling Theatre Winter Camp

Until Thursday, December 20

Children aged 4 to 7 can take part in the Storytelling Theatre Winter Camp at The Courtyard Playhouse and explore five picture books: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, Winnie and Wilbur in the Winter by Valerie Thomas, Camels Don’t Ski by Francesca Simon, The Snowman and the Snow Dog by Raymond Briggs and How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss. Each day there will be games, mime, role play, arts and crafts and more.

9am to noon, from Dh1,155, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, 050 781 2269, juliana@courtyardplayhouse.com

Junior Improvisors’ Theatre Winter Camp

Until Thursday, December 20

Children aged 8 to 11 can take part in the Junior Improvisors’ Theatre Winter Camp at The Courtyard Playhouse and explore the world of improvisation in a fast-paced week of theatre. Learn about different styles of improv-and-learn performance skills through drama games, scene work, improv exercises and more. Children will be able to unleash their creativity, express themselves and become better listeners and storytellers.

9am to noon, from Dh1,155, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, 050 781 2269, juliana@courtyardplayhouse.com

Writing Workshop for French Speaking Teenagers

Until Thursday, December 20

French-speaking teenagers are invited to join a writing workshop presented by Alliance Francaise Dubai. Young writers aged 11 to 13 can show their writing skills and write their own story, which will be printed as a book. They will also read their tale to an audience at the end of the five-day workshop. The registration fee includes lunch at Cafe Odeon.

10am to 3pm, from Dh1,200 per week, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, register at mediatheque@afdubai.org

Gulf Star Kids Winter Camp

Until Thursday, December 20; Sunday, December 30 to Thursday, January 3

Courtesy Gulf Star 
Courtesy Gulf Star

Gulf Star presents multi-activity summer camp for children aged 4 to 13 that features themed games, football, dodgeball, martial arts, gymnastics, performing arts, arts and crafts, team challenges, adventure games, rounders and more to keep kids entertained and engaged throughout the winter break. Each week will feature special activities based on a different theme.

9am to 2.30pm, Sundays to Thursdays, with options for early drop-off from 8am and late pick-up from 4pm, from Dh840 per week, with discounts and packages available, Jebel Ali School; Foremarke School, Dubai, 050 580 2419, info@gulfstarsports.com

An Elf’s Tale Musical Theatre Camp

Until Thursday, December 20

Courtesy Hayley's Comet Theatre Company
Courtesy Hayley's Comet Theatre Company

Hayley’s Comet Theatre School presents An Elf’s Tale, a winter musical theatre camp for children aged 6 to 15 that features singing, dancing, acting and teamwork. Kids will create a story and characters, learn dance routines and songs and perform on stage for family and friends on the last day of camp. Learn how to become a performer under the guidance of drama professionals.

9am to 3pm, from Dh1,050, MTAC, Hartland Auditorium, Hartland International School, Dubai, mtacdubai.com

Tashkeel Winter Camp

Until Thursday, December 20

Courtesy Tashkeel
Courtesy Tashkeel

Tashkeel presents its annual Winter Camp with challenging and creative workshops for children ages 8 to 16, including watercolour landscape, abstract art, graffiti tags and murals, multimedia sculpture and screenprinting. Children will learn new skills each day as they experiment with a range of disciplines that explore the facilities at Tashkeel.

10am to 1pm, from Dh250 per workshop; from Dh1,260 for the week, Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, www.tashkeel.org

Kartdrome Winter Camp

Sunday, December 16 to Thursday, December 20; Sunday, December 30 to Thursday, January 3

Dubai Autodrome and Gulf Star offers children aged 7 to 15 an adrenaline-filled spring break of go-karting, laser tag, race simulators, billiards tournaments, video games, team games and competitions at the Kartdrome Winter Camp.

9am to 1pm, with early drop-off available from 8am, from Dh995 per week, Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, 050 429 4860, info@gulfstarsports.com

British Orchard Nursery winter camp

Until Thursday, January 3

British Orchard Nursery hosts a winter camp at all of its locations for children aged 1 to 4, where they will learn the language of poetry trough drama, games and play. The camp is based on popular rhyming stories by author Julia Donaldson and features activities that help children explore the beauty of rhyming word as they learn to use them creatively. Each week, the children will be introduced to strange, funny creatures and wild animals while they learn new words and place them in a rhythmic manner.

9am to 2pm for half day; 7am to 6pm for full day, from Dh650 per week, all branches of British Orchard Nursery in the UAE, 800 773 724665, www.britishorchardnursery.com


Laguna Waterpark resident season pass

Pass valid until Thursday, January 31

Courtesy Laguna Waterpark 
Courtesy Laguna Waterpark

Laguna Waterpark offers UAE residents an exclusive three-month season pass that offers unlimited entry, discounts on food and beverages as well as retail, and a 20 per cent discount at other Meraas attractions such as The Green Planet, Hub Zero, Mattel Play! Town and SplashPad. The waterpark has slides, a WaveOz 180 FlowRider, a lazy river, kids’ zone, an infinity pool, swim-up juice bar and more.

From Dh199, offer valid until January 31, open daily 10am to 8pm, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 10am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Dubai, 800 637227, www.lagunawaterpark.com

Garden Souq at Dubai Garden Centre

Saturdays until March 30

Courtesy Dubai Garden Centre
Courtesy Dubai Garden Centre

Visit the weekly Garden Souq at Dubai Garden Centre and enjoy an outdoor market with fresh produce, organic and artisanal products, gluten-free and vegan foods, handicrafts, clothes, live music, food stalls and more.

10am to 2.30pm, Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 590 4333, garden-centre@desertgroup.ae


Weekends until Saturday, April 6

Courtesy Dubai Retail 
Courtesy Dubai Retail

Visit Jumeirah Beach Residence and enjoy the second season of the #WOWJBR festivities, a 20-week programme of entertainment, art, music and family activities. Each month features a new theme including Carnival in November, Festive in December, Mind and Soul in January, Chinese New Year in February and Arts in March. There will be cultural displays and presentations, live musical performances, themed food options, a children’s zone, outdoor film screenings, a 10-day music festival and more.

6pm to 10pm on Thursdays; 4pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, free, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, www.facebook.com/thewalkatjbr

Global Village

Until Saturday, April 6

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 30, 2018. A new Curcus experience was added to the Carnaval area in Global Village. Global Village opened it's gates today to the public for its 23rd season. (Photo by Reem Mohammed/The National) Reporter: PATRICK RYAN Section: NA
Reem Mohammed / The National

The 23rd season of Global Village, the annual multicultural shopping and entertainment festival, features new additions including a larger Emirates pavilion; eight new bridges that replicate famous architecture; a floating market; a fiery musical fountain; an interactive children’s theatre; more than 100 video games in the Carnaval funfair; and a 50-metre screen on the Wheel of the World Ferris wheel showing live images of Dubai. Plus, all the street performances, concerts, international cuisine and world-class shopping that Global Village is known for.

4pm to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays (Mondays for women and families only); 4pm to 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays, from Dh15; free for children younger than 3, Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, E311, Dubai, 04 362 4114, www.globalvillage.ae

The Market reopens at The Beach

Until Tuesday, April 30

Courtesy The Beach 
Courtesy The Beach

Waterfront destination The Beach hosts the outdoor attraction, The Market, which offers an artisanal shopping experience in a picturesque, al fresco setting. There are 42 stalls featuring a range of items, including traditional arts and crafts, jewellery, scarves, handbags, designer abayas, graphic T-shirts, Arabic sweets, aromatic oils, perfumes, handmade soaps and collectibles from around the world.

10am to midnight, free entry, The Beach, JBR, Dubai, www.thebeach.ae

Dubai Miracle Garden

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Dubai Miracle Garden 
Courtesy Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden returns for a seventh season with new floral masterpieces including a reimagined Disney Avenue, floral castle, floating beds and more. There is an amphitheatre with live music, dance and Zumba sessions; an interactive kids’ play zone with a trampoline; two lakes in the form of a tree with seven-metre-high fountains; life-size elephant sculpture fountains; 12-metre 3D sculptures of animal characters and a flower display in 3D mapping.

9am to 9pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 9am to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays, from Dh50, Al Barsha South 3, Dubailand, Dubai, 04 422 8902, www.dubaimiraclegarden.com

3-D Blacklight Minigolf

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy 3-D Blacklight Minigolf 
Courtesy 3-D Blacklight Minigolf

Visit the 3D Blacklight Minigolf, which features a brightly coloured glow-in-the-dark, 18-hole course. The venue is hand painted by top 3D artists, transporting players of all ages to different worlds. The indoor location is fun for families, sports fans and friends.

2pm to 11.30pm, from Dh90, all ages, 3-D Blacklight Minigolf, Plaza Level, Bahar 1, JBR, Dubai, 04 565 7621, glowingrooms.ae

Countdown Challenge

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Countdown Challenge 
Courtesy Countdown Challenge

Countdown Challenge is an escape room for puzzle lovers, where teams of two to 10 people have a time limit of one hour to escape. Each room presents its own intriguing storyline, challenging players’ wit, creativity and patience.

3pm to midnight, from Dh110, all ages, but children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult, Plaza Level, Bahar 1, JBR, Dubai, 04 427 4027, www.countdowndxb.com

Dubai Parks and Resorts annual pass

Daily, ongoing

Purchase an annual pass to Dubai Parks and Resorts and enjoy one year of unlimited access to all four parks, deals in retail stores, discounts at cafes and restaurants, plus free parking and discounts at Lapita Hotel. There is also 10 per cent off single-day tickets, a bonus for friends and family who visit. Experience more than 100 rides and attractions at Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park Dubai.

From Dh345 for one park; from Dh475 for two parks; from Dh595 for all four parks, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai, www.dubaiparksandresorts.com


Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Fabyland 
Courtesy Fabyland

Visit Fabyland family entertainment park for an array of attractions and amusements for children ages 3 and older. The venue features 15 major rides, a MyTown area for kids to play and learn and more than 100 game machines, as well as a giant trampoline.

Noon to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays; noon to 1am on Thursdays; 1pm to 1am on Fridays, from Dh125, Fabyland, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, fabyland.ae/uae

Dig It

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Dig It
Courtesy Dig It

Children ages 3 to 10 can enjoy an educational and interactive experience at Dig It, a play environment based on a working building site where they work together to dig, move, build and create. Kids can climb aboard a digger, operate remote-controlled cars, take driving lessons and enjoy workshops and sand play.

10am to 10pm, from Dh100 for the Drop & Play ticket, which includes two hours of play with trained staff, The Springs Souk, Dubai, digitdubai.com

TEPfactor adventure experience

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy TEPfactor
Courtesy TEPfactor

Visit JBR to experience the new TEPfactor, an adventure experience that takes place in a cave, where teams of two to six people take on 21 challenges that put their physical, mental, teamwork and co-operation skills to the test. Racing against the clock, the groups take part in puzzles, balancing acts, tests of patience, heroic feats and team challenges to progress to the next task. Up to 15 teams can participate at a time, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable, activewear and trainers. There are also group sessions available for corporate organisations.

10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays, from Dh80 per hour; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh100 per hour, ages 8+, TEPfactor, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 04 398 8438, www.tepfactor.ae

Dubai Bowling Center

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Dubai Bowling Center 
Courtesy Dubai Bowling Center

Dubai Bowling Center offers a fun atmosphere with 16 professional-series lanes, black-and-white movies on projectors above the lanes, an arcade with classic old-school games, and The Zone area with e-gaming options. There is also trampoline playground, a private party hall and toddler play area. The in-house restaurant Yamu offers quirky burgers and freak shakes inspired by gaming culture.

10am to midnight, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 1am, Thursdays to Saturdays, Dubai Bowling Center, Al Quoz, 28th Street and Al Meydan Road, Dubai, 04 339 1010, bowlingdubai.com

La Perle

Tuesdays to Saturdays, ongoing

La Perle by Dragone is an interactive theatre experience that features a cast of 65 international artists. Courtesy La Perle by Dragone
Courtesy La Perle by Dragone

Get tickets to see La Perle, a live theatrical performance influenced by Dubai’s rich culture and history and produced by renowned creative director Franco Dragone. The permanent resident show is a fusion of artistic performances, imagery and technology featuring aquatic and aerial feats as well as special effects.

Tuesdays to Saturdays, shows at 7pm and 9.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays; 4pm and 7pm on Saturdays, from Dh252 for the summer offer, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, 800 517373, www.laperle.com

Wild Wadi Waterpark residents offer

Offer valid until Saturday, December 15

Enjoy free entry to Wild Wadi Waterpark when you stay at a Jumeirah hotel in Dubai. Courtesy Jumeirah
Courtesy Jumeirah

Wild Wadi Waterpark is offering UAE residents a special discount on tickets this National Day, and it comes with a luxury National Day towel and meal. Enjoy all the excitement of a wide selection from more than 30 rides and attractions, including 13 that are interconnected for a seamless experience. Highlights include the lazy river, wave pool; an aquatic roller-coaster ride, and the famous Jumeirah Sceirah slide that propels brave visitors from a height of 32 metres at 80 kilometres per hour.

Open 10am to 6pm, from Dh141 for general admission for 1.1 metres and taller; from Dh69 for below 1.1m, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com

Wild Wadi Waterpark Residents Offer

Offer valid throughout the winter

Wild Wadi
Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi Waterpark is offering UAE residents a special discount on tickets this winter. Enjoy all the excitement of a wide selection from more than 30 rides and attractions, including 13 that are interconnected for a seamless experience. Highlights include the lazy river, wave pool; an aquatic roller-coaster ride, and the famous Jumeirah Sceirah slide.

Open 10am to 6pm, from Dh149 for general admission for 1.1 metres and taller; from Dh69 for below 1.1m, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com

KidZania annual pass

Daily, ongoing

KidZania has launched an annual pass, giving unlimited access to the mini-city, where children can explore and role-play various professions in a fun learning environment. Plus, the passes come with a KidZania “Pazzport”, fast-track tickets, invitations to special events, discounts on skating sessions at Dubai Ice Rink and more including the chance to try the new virtual reality fire-awareness activity.

Valid for 12 months from purchase date, from Dh550 for a silver pass; from Dh950 for a gold pass, KidZania, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, www.kidzania.ae

Mum Mum Culinary School at KidZania

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy KidZania 
Courtesy KidZania

Little ones can take part in the Mum Mum culinary school as part of the child-friendly experiences at KidZania. Children can practice cooking skills and learn about choosing and preparing food, as well as serving healthy meals to help them make positive lifestyle choices.

10am to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 11pm, Thursdays to Saturdays, KidZania, The Dubai Mall, 04 448 5222, www.kidzania.ae

Ripe Market

Saturdays, ongoing

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 vendors selling gift items such as jewellery and clothing, live music and entertainment, fitness classes, yoga, children’s activities, workshops and more.

9am to 5pm, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.ripeme.com


Rain Room

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation  
Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation

Visit the Rain Room at Sharjah Art Foundation, an immersive installation by Random International that lets you walk through a downpour of rain without getting wet. Combining art, technology and nature, the exhibition is 2,500 litres of self-cleaning, recycled water, which is controlled through a system of cameras and sensors that signal nozzles on the ceiling to stop within a two-metre radius, when it senses someone walking.

9am to 9pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4pm to 11pm on Fridays, from Dh25, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, 06 561 0095, rainroom@sharjahart.org


Tridom at Manar Mall

Daily, ongoing

Courtesy Tridom 
Courtesy Tridom

Visit the newly opened indoor adventure park Tridom at Manar Mall, which features a 40-metre drop tower called Sky Tower Ride, as well as a ferris wheel, a Super Spin that twirls mid-air, bumper cars, Air Racer and a large indoor play area. Enjoy video games, novelty games, kiddie rides, a Play Zone area and more.

10am to 11apm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays, from Dh120, Manar Mall, Ras Al Khaimah, 800 874366, tridom.ae

Jebel Jais Shuttle

Daily, ongoing

Cooler conditions can be found in the mountains. Courtesy Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority
Courtesy Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Visit the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais, with daily shuttle service from hotels in Ras Al Khaimah City Centre and the Al Hamra and Al Marjan Island areas. With average temperatures 10 degrees cooler in the mountains, summer is a great time to enjoy Jebel Jais and all it has to offer, including the Jebel Jais Flight, the world’s longest zipline at 2.83 kilometres; a viewing deck park with observation points, a rooftop lounge and food trucks.

Various timings from 6.30am to 4.30pm, from Dh20 one way, Ras Al Khaimah, www.jebeljais.ae/shuttlebus


Zhuang Hong Yi

Until Monday, December 17

17-IX-014 by Zhuang Hong Yi Courtesy Opera Gallery 
17-IX-014 by Zhuang Hong Yi Courtesy Opera Gallery

Opera Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Chinese contemporary artist Zhuang Hong Yi who combines materials to achieve colourful, 3D images that draw inspiration from roses, irises and tulip petals. Zhuang is also inspired by Chinese folk art and he references western movements such as Impressionism in his works.

10am to 10pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 2pm to 9pm (Fridays); 11am to 9pm (Saturdays) at Opera Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0909, www.operagallery.com

Beyond Reality

Until Thursday, December 20

The Mexican Embassy presents Beyond Reality, an exhibition of 12 3D pieces by Irene Zundel. The sculptures are made from acrylic, lacquered wood, canvas and one is a digital piece with video mapping. The exhibition demonstrates the artist’s interest in revealing the thin line between the real and the unreal, as well as her fascination with abstraction and geometry.

10am to 7pm, Saturday to Thursday, Art Hub Gallery, Dubai Design District, Dubai, www.adah.ae

Visual Dialogues: Fragments, Notes and Lines

Until Thursday, December 20

An image by Fereydoun Ave as part of the exhibition Visual Dialogues: Fragments, Notes and Lines. Courtesy Total Arts
An image by Fereydoun Ave as part of the exhibition Visual Dialogues: Fragments, Notes and Lines. Courtesy Total Arts

Total Arts presents the exhibition Visual Dialogues: Fragments, Notes and Lines, which features drawings, paintings and sculptures by Fereydoun Ave, Shaqayeq Arabi and Ali Razavipour, juxtaposing different artistic generations and aesthetics. See graffiti-like drawings, mixed-media works inspired by illuminated manuscripts and an installation that investigates the fragmented nature of memory.

10am to 6pm Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Total Arts, The Courtyard, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, 04 347 5050, www.facebook.com/totalartsuae

Tribute to Zayed, the Nation’s Pride

Until Sunday, December 30

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Portrait by Valia Abu Alfadel. Courtesy R Gallery 
A detail of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Portrait by Valia Abu Alfadel. Courtesy R Gallery

To celebrate the Year of Zayed, which commemorates 100 years since the birth of Sheikh Zayed, Founding President of the UAE, 20 artists from around the world pay tribute to the Founding Father in images that showcase his impact and legacy and promote the values he displayed throughout his life.

9am to 9pm, R Gallery, The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery By Sofitel, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.theretreatpalmdubai.com

My Fat Lady

Until Monday, December 31

Mamma Pineapple by Ghida Younes. Courtesy Fann A Porter 
Mamma Pineapple by Ghida Younes. Courtesy Fann A Porter

The Workshop and Fann A Porter present My Fat Lady, an exhibition by Lebanese artist Ghida Younes that celebrates women of all shapes and sizes through 56 water colours that reveal an uplifting journey towards body positivity.

10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), Fann A Porter, The Workshop, Villa 45, Street 23B, Al Wasl Road, opposite Boxpark, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, 04 341 2595, www.theworkshopdubai.com

Hungry for Home

Until Tuesday, January 8

An image from Hungry for Home by Samah Shihadi. Courtesy Tabari Artspace 
Mnakesh and Labneh by Samah Shihadi. Courtesy Tabari Artspace

Tabari Artspace hosts the exhibition Hungry for Home, featuring works by Palestinian artist Samah Shihadi. See 18 hyperrealist pencil and charcoal drawings – which look like photographs – that use traditional Palestinian food as a platform from which to explore deep-rooted cultural codes and memories. The images communicate the collective experience of lost identity, displacement and the artist’s aspiration to return home.

10am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), Tabari Artspace, The Gate Village Building 3, Level 2, DIFC, Dubai, 04 323 0820, www.tabariartspace.com

Time of Zayed

Until Saturday, January 12

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan by Jack Burlot. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai 
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan by Jack Burlot. Courtesy Zayed National Museum

Alliance Francaise Dubai presents the photographic exhibition Time of Zayed, held in honour of the Year of Zayed and Emirati-French Cultural Dialogue. The exhibition feautres portraits of Sheikh Zayed, Founding Father of the UAE, shot by French photojournalist Jack Burlot in 1974. Images of the UAE capital by Burlot will also be on display, including oil fields, camel races and more.

9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm, Thursdays and Saturdays (closed on Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

Voices of Design

Until Tuesday, January 15

Artwork by Ivan Parati as part of the exhibition Voices of Design. Courtesy Tashkeel 
Artwork by Ivan Parati as part of the exhibition Voices of Design. Courtesy Tashkeel

Tashkeel and Van Cleef & Arpels present Voices of Design, which features 12 works by 11 UAE artists. The pieces explore the nature of design practice through form, function, material and process in the ways they reflect the environment, society and heritage of the UAE and beyond.

10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, www.tashkeel.org

1900 Orient

Wednesday, January 16 to Wednesday, February 27

Sunset by the Nile by Hermann Corrodi. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai
Sunset by the Nile by Hermann Corrodi. Courtesy Alliance Francaise Dubai

La Galerie presents 1900 Orient, an exhibition of Orientalist paintings from the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. See works by French, German, Austrian and Italian artists offering depictions of portraits, still life and market and travel scenes from the Maghreb to the Levant and across the Arabian Peninsula. Pictured: Sunset by the Nile by Hermann Corrodi

9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 9am to 5pm, Thursdays and Saturdays (closed on Fridays), La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

Wings of Mexico

Until Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wings of Mexico by Jorge Marin. Courtesy Mexican Embassy
Wings of Mexico by Jorge Marin. Courtesy Mexican Embassy

The outdoor sculpture Wings of Mexico, created by Mexican artist Jorge Marin, arrives in Dubai after travelling to Kuwait, Egypt, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Abu Dhabi. Created in 2010, the artwork has become a symbol of the hopes and dreams of Mexico’s citizens, and also promotes the country’s creative spirit.

Open all day, Emaar Sales Centre, Downtown Dubai, www.jorgemarin.com.mx


Frozen Memory

Until Saturday, January 19

Amal Kenawy, Non-Stop Conversation, 2007. Installation and Performance. Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation
Amal Kenawy, Non-Stop Conversation, 2007. Installation and Performance. Courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Art Foundation presents the exhibition Frozen Memory, a retrospective exhibition of the varied practice of Egyptian artist Amal Kenawy (1974-2012), who explored feminist issues in Egypt, as well as topics of death and regeneration. The exhibition showcases a range of her works including animation, painting, drawing, sketches, journals, video works, installations, performance documentation and more.

9am to 9pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4pm to 11pm on Fridays, from Dh25, Sharjah Art Foundation, Bait Al Serkal, Arts Square, Sharjah, 06 568 5050, www.sharjahart.org

Sharjapan: The Poetics of Space

Until Tuesday, January 15

Asami Kiyokawa, Moments musicaux ,D780 (op.94), 2016. Book, embroidery thread, 303×460. Courtesy of the artist and Sharjah Art Foundation 
Asami Kiyokawa, Moments musicaux. Courtesy of the artist and Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Art Foundation presents Sharjapan: The Poetics of Space, an exhibition curated by Yuko Hasegawa. The show highlights book design in Japan through innovative exhibition methods, bringing together typography, page design and photographs combining text and images. A programme of talks and workshops will accompany the exhibition.

9am to 9pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4pm to 11pm on Fridays, from Dh25, Sharjah Arts Foundation, Al Hamriyah Studios, Sharjah, 06 544 4113, www.sharjahart.org