Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for February 11, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Ellen Fortini rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.
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Cinema Space will present two films today at Manarat Al Saadiyat. First, catch a screening of The Thief of Baghdad, the 1940 film inspired by The Arabian Nights, about Prince Ahmad (John Justin) who is cast out of Baghdad and joins forces with thief Abu (Sabu) to win back his palace and the heart of a beautiful princess. Then see the 2014 South Korean film The Front Line, about a battle during the Korean War when an investigation into a military unit leads to two old rivals locked in a battle of wills.
Today, 4pm for The Thief of Baghdad; 7.30pm for The Front Line, free with registration, auditiorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com
Register for a baby signing workshop at Bodytree Studio and learn simple signs and gestures to help pre-verbal children communicate before they can talk. Signs are said to reduce tantrums and parenting stress, instil confidence in children, increase bonding and stimulate learning and vocabulary.
March 11, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Dh120 per couple, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4888, firstname.lastname@example.org
In The Space Between Us, an astronaut who is stationed on Mars gives birth to a child, Gardner (Asa Butterfield), who grows up only knowing the few people in his colony. At age 16, he travels to Earth and meets Tulsa (Britt Robertson), a girl he has met online. Curious about the home planet he has never known, he begins to discover all the wonders of Earth just as scientists find that his body is not compatible to life in a new atmosphere. Adventure, also starring Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, BD Wong and Janet Montgomery.
Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (PG-15)
See works by two Ukrainian artists, Petro Bevza and Oleksiy Lytvynenko, in Rebirth, which seeks to expose the presence of miracles in everyday life through the symbols of flower buds and water. Lytvynenko's Buds collection erases the boundaries between the micro and macro worlds. Fountains by Petro Bevza features the source of all life on the planet, water, specifically the heritage of the fountains of ancient Rome. Pictured: Fountain by Petro Bevza
Daily until March 1, 10am-10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), N2N Gallery, first floor, Nation Towers Galleria, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 055 283 2642, www.n2nartgallery.com
Visit The BEEhive, where children ages 1 to 12 can enjoy a variety of interactive hives featuring science, music, arts and crafts activities that allow them to explore, learn and acquire new skills through play. Children can enjoy hourly or daily play, holiday camps, workshops and even birthday parties.
Open 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 10am to 10pm, Thursdays to Saturdays, Dh45 per hour; Dh95 for a one-day pass, The BEEhive, ground floor, Blue Bay Tower, Business Bay, Dubai, 04 431 0347, www.facebook.com/thebeehiveuae
Visit the #TruckersDXB event at Emirates Golf Club and enjoy an outdoor dining experience featuring some of the top food trucks in the UAE including Calle Tacos, Copperwood, Toasted, The Shebi, Sir Loin & Sons, Yumtings and Gobai. Truckers Market features local vendors selling crafts and jewellery, and there will be activities tailored for children. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mats, blankets and chairs.
Today, 5pm to 11pm, free entry, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, 02 677 3333, www.facebook.com/truckersdxb
The finals of the Dubai Marina Dragon Boat Festival is today and celebrates a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition commemorating the first month of Chinese New Year. Teams of 20 rowers and a helm row the colourful, dragon-adorned boats down Dubai Marina in a test of endurance and sportsmanship. Best views are at Dubai Marina Mall, balconies of the Pier 7 restaurants and Al Gharbi Street bridge.
Today, 8am to 5pm, free, Dubai Marina Mall Promenade, Dubai Marina, 04 436 2030, www.dubaimarinamall.com
Plan to attend the Dubai Terry Fox Run on its newly scheduled date, next Saturday. The 5km event that celebrates one of Canada’s most revered athletes and raises money for cancer research in the UAE. The run is open to all ages, abilities and mode of participation, including walkers, runners, roller-bladers and wheelchair users. No minimum entrance fee, donations are welcome.
February 18, 8am registration, 8.45am warm-up, 9am start, Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, www.facebook.com/dubaiterryfoxrun
Register to attend a talk as part of the Art101 series at Alserkal Avenue. Laila Binbrek (pictured) will discuss the UAE's participation in the Vienna Biennale with the exhibition Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, curated by Hammad Nasar, as well as the significance of the Biennale and the UAE's reputation as a rapidly developing cultural centre.
Tomorrow, 6.30pm, Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, reservations at email@example.com
Reserve your spot at an informational evening presented by the charity organisation Gulf 4 Good. Hear inspiring stories from past challengers and learn how you can take part in the next event, the Great Asian Cycling Challenge which takes place in March through Vietnam and Cambodia, and will support the Lotus Kids Club, a grassroots project that cares for vulnerable children by providing basic needs, education and healthcare.
Wednesday, 7pm, Raw Coffee, Al Quoz, Dubai, register at firstname.lastname@example.org