10 things to do today: Attend a free gig by Jessie J at Mall of the Emirates, head to Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for January 20, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

Abu Dhabi

Theatre festival

Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi is a festival of 10-minute plays encompassing various genres, which will be staged over two nights by UAE-based actors, directors and playwrights who are members of the capital’s theatre scene. Pictured: Adopt or What

Today and tomorrow, 8pm, free with registration, NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.nyuad-artscenter.org


Film festival

Attend the Reel Palestine film screenings, which take place in Dubai and Sharjah, and feature a selection of the latest in Palestinian documentaries, dramas, short films and comedies. Today see the 2016 drama Dégradé, directed by Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser, about a busy beauty salon on the Gaza Strip where women become trapped when gunfire breaks out on the street.

Today, 7pm, free on a first-come, first-served basis, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.reelpalestine.org

Abu Dhabi

Cultural festival

Catch the final days of the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival. Learn more about local culture at this event that celebrates the legacy of the Founding President of the UAE, including entertainment such as regional and international traditional dances, camel and horse rides, arts and crafts and a playground for children, plus films, handicraft demonstrations, henna, a souq and traditional food options.

Daily until Sunday, 4pm to 10pm, free entry, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, zayedfestival.com


Music festival

Attend the Wasla Arabic Alternative Music Festival and celebrate the region’s rich culture by enjoying performances by some of the leading alternative Arab music artists, including soul and funk band Abri and the Funk Radius from the UAE, jazz fusion Salhi from Tunisia, folk musicians Souad Massi from Algeria, hard rockers Jadal from Jordan, alt-rockers Mashrou’ Leila from Lebanon, and electronic bands Emel Mathlouthi from Tunisia and Neobyrd (pictured) from Egypt. Plus, hear up-and-coming UAE-based artists at The Sound Gaarden stage.

Today, noon to 2am, from Dh295, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.virginmegastore.me



Attend a free performance by British singer-songwriter Jessie J at Mall of the Emirates as part of the Dubai Shopping Festival. She is scheduled to perform her hit songs, including Price Tag, Bang Bang and Who You Are.

Today, 6pm, fashiontainment runway, Central Galleria, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, www.malloftheemirates.com

Abu Dhabi


As part of the Abu Dhabi Classics series, French violinist Renaud Capuçon (pictured) and pianist David Fray team up to present Bach and Beethoven sonatas. The duo are known for their originality and artistry in interpretations, with Fray’s Love of Bach and Capuçon’s love of chamber music reflected in their works.

Tonight, 8pm, from Dh80, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabiclassics.ae


Art event

Plan to visit Soul Art Center, the dance and art studio, for an open day celebrating its first year in Dubai. Enjoy a variety of activities and classes, including kids’ Zumba, kids’ breakdancing, a happiness workshop, beginners salsa, family art, spiritual-art expression for adults and a creative healing workshop.

Tomorrow, 11am to 9pm, free, Soul Art Center, The Residences 1 Tower 1, Downtown Dubai, 04 551 7440, www.soulartcenter.com


Poetry slam

Attend the first poetry slam of the year at thejamjar, with featured artist Sara Al Souqi, a Palestinian-Canadian spoken-word artist and teacher whose works focus on her life experiences and humanitarian issues. Dubai Poetry Slam is a live, spoken-word performance competition where the audience is the judge. Participants can perform poems, stories, lyrics and monologues.

Tonight, 7pm to 10pm, Dh20, thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.facebook.com/DubaiPoetrySlam


Shopping festival

Visit Wafi Mall and enjoy a variety of events planned for Dubai Shopping Festival with the theme Alice's Adventures at Wafi, including a performance today at 5pm by the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra, who will perform renowned classical pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and more. Plus, enjoy daily stage shows, roaming acts and parades with characters dressed in Alice in Wonderland-themed costumes from 4pm to 9pm, and take part in the car raffle draw and roll-and-win prize contest.

Open 10am to midnight, Wafi, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, www.wafi.com


Outdoor market

Ripe Market at Zabeel Park has extended its timings this month. The collaboration of the Dubai Shopping Festival and Ripe showcases an alternative look at the city’s shopping options. Find fresh local produce at the Ripe Organic stall and find new products and activities from a variety of local artisans, designers, jewellers, entertainers and musicians.

Today, 9am to 5pm, Gate 2, Zabeel Park, Dubai, 04 315 7000, www.ripeme.com


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Engine: 4-litre V8 twin-turbo
Power: 630hp
Torque: 850Nm
Transmission: 8-speed Tiptronic automatic
Price: From Dh599,000
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The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat


Company: Mascotte Health

Started: 2023

Based: Miami, US

Founder: Bora Hamamcioglu

Sector: Online veterinary service provider

Investment stage: $1.2 million raised in seed funding

'Dark Waters'

Directed by: Todd Haynes

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, William Jackson Harper 

Rating: ****

Match info

Liverpool 4
Salah (19'), Mane (45+2', 53'), Sturridge (87')

West Ham United 0

The specs

Engine: 1.5-litre 4-cylinder
Transmission: CVT
Power: 119bhp
Torque: 145Nm
Price: Dh,89,900 ($24,230)
On sale: now


UAE Division 1

Abu Dhabi Harlequins 12-24 Abu Dhabi Saracens


Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates


Name: Haltia.ai
Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends

Best Academy: Ajax and Benfica

Best Agent: Jorge Mendes

Best Club : Liverpool   

 Best Coach: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)  

 Best Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker

 Best Men’s Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

 Best Partnership of the Year Award by SportBusiness: Manchester City and SAP

 Best Referee: Stephanie Frappart

Best Revelation Player: Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid and Portugal)

Best Sporting Director: Andrea Berta (Atletico Madrid)

Best Women's Player:  Lucy Bronze

Best Young Arab Player: Achraf Hakimi

 Kooora – Best Arab Club: Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia)

 Kooora – Best Arab Player: Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al-Nassr FC, Saudi Arabia)

 Player Career Award: Miralem Pjanic and Ryan Giggs


Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Chadd Sayers, Mitchell Starc.

The specs

Engine: 3.0 twin-turbo inline six-cylinder
Transmission: eight-speed
Power: 503hp
Torque: 600Nm
Price: from Dh450,000
On sale: now

The specs: 2019 Subaru Forester

Price, base: Dh105,900 (Premium); Dh115,900 (Sport)

Engine: 2.5-litre four-cylinder

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission

Power: 182hp @ 5,800rpm

Torque: 239Nm @ 4,400rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 8.1L / 100km (estimated)



Azouz Anwar (EGY) beat Marcelo Pontes (BRA)

TKO round 2

Catchweight 90kg

Moustafa Rashid Nada (KSA) beat Imad Al Howayeck (LEB)

Split points decision


Gimbat Ismailov (RUS) beat Mohammed Al Khatib (JOR)

TKO round 1

Flyweight (women)

Lucie Bertaud (FRA) beat Kelig Pinson (BEL)

Unanimous points decision


Alexandru Chitoran (ROU) beat Regelo Enumerables Jr (PHI)

TKO round 1

Catchweight 100kg

Marc Vleiger (NED) beat Mohamed Ali (EGY)

Rear neck choke round 1


James Bishop (NZ) beat Mark Valerio (PHI)

TKO round 2


Abdelghani Saber (EGY) beat Gerson Carvalho (BRA)

TKO round 1


Bakhtiyar Abbasov (AZE) beat Igor Litoshik (BLR)

Unanimous points decision


Fabio Mello (BRA) beat Mark Alcoba (PHI)

Unanimous points decision


Ahmed Labban (LEB) v Magomedsultan Magomedsultanov (RUS)

TKO round 1


Trent Girdham (AUS) beat Jayson Margallo (PHI)

TKO round 3


Usman Nurmagomedov (RUS) beat Roman Golovinov (UKR)

TKO round 1


Tarek Suleiman (SYR) beat Steve Kennedy (AUS)

Submission round 2


Dan Moret (USA) v Anton Kuivanen (FIN)

TKO round 2

The specs

Engine: 5.0-litre V8

Power: 480hp at 7,250rpm

Torque: 566Nm at 4,600rpm

Transmission: 10-speed auto

Fuel consumption: L/100km

Price: Dh306,495

On sale: now

Dengue fever symptoms
  • High fever
  • Intense pain behind your eyes
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen glands
  • Rash

If symptoms occur, they usually last for two-seven days

Coal Black Mornings

Brett Anderson

Little Brown Book Group 


Upul Tharanga (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella
Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana
Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Seekuge Prasanna
Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera
Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay

The burning issue

The internal combustion engine is facing a watershed moment – major manufacturer Volvo is to stop producing petroleum-powered vehicles by 2021 and countries in Europe, including the UK, have vowed to ban their sale before 2040. The National takes a look at the story of one of the most successful technologies of the last 100 years and how it has impacted life in the UAE.

Part three: an affection for classic cars lives on

Read part two: how climate change drove the race for an alternative 

Read part one: how cars came to the UAE


Artist: Taylor Swift

Label: Republic Records

Rating: 4/5

Nepotism is the name of the game

Salman Khan’s father, Salim Khan, is one of Bollywood’s most legendary screenwriters. Through his partnership with co-writer Javed Akhtar, Salim is credited with having paved the path for the Indian film industry’s blockbuster format in the 1970s. Something his son now rules the roost of. More importantly, the Salim-Javed duo also created the persona of the “angry young man” for Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the 1970s, reflecting the angst of the average Indian. In choosing to be the ordinary man’s “hero” as opposed to a thespian in new Bollywood, Salman Khan remains tightly linked to his father’s oeuvre. Thanks dad. 


Company name: Dresos

Started: September 2020

Founders: Vladimir Radojevic and Aleksandar Jankovic

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Fashion

Funding: $285,000; $500,000 currently being raised

Investors: Crowdfunding, family, friends and self-funding


July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

Dengue fever symptoms

High fever (40°C/104°F)
Severe headache
Pain behind the eyes
Muscle and joint pains
Swollen glands

Pad Man

Dir: R Balki

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte

Three-and-a-half stars

Company Profile

Company name: Namara
Started: June 2022
Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices