10 things to do today: enjoy a bike, walk or jog at GoYas, make plans to attend Al Dana Weekend, and more

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Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for April 12, 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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Abu Dhabi

Film screening

Register to attend a screening at Warehouse421 of the Algerian short film L'Échappée and the 2016 UAE documentary Lights of Rome (pictured), as part of the Wednesdays at the Warehouse series in collaboration with Cinema Akil. The short is a journey through the streets of Algiers in a taxi driven by a man who dreams of living in Italy, but is attached to the city he lives in. The other tells the story of the UAE national football team when it qualified to take part in the 1990 Fifa World Cup Finals in Rome.

April 19, from 7.30pm, free with registration, Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi. www.warehouse421.ae



Catch a performance of Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark performed by Dubai Drama Group. Five actors portray all 24 characters using minimal props and costumes to tell the story of the prince who seeks to avenge his father's death.

Opens tonight, then runs daily until Saturday, 8pm daily plus 3pm on Friday, Dh100 for adults; Dh50 for students, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.tixbox.com

Abu Dhabi

Family fun

Make plans to attend Al Dana Weekend, which features activities and events for families to enjoy, including street performances, live mural painting, a pop-up market, an art exhibition by local talent, competitions, food trucks and sporting activities such as yoga, climbing walls and trampolines. Children will enjoy a dedicated zone with farm and beach play areas.

Thursday until Saturday, 5pm to 11pm, free entry, Al Dana, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, 02 667 0246, www.aldanaweekend.com

Abu Dhabi

Dining experience

Book your spot at Bord Eau to experience a menu based on the last dinner served on the Titanic, which took place 105 years ago this Friday. The 10-course event will be presented in Bord Eau’s dining room, which has been transformed into the Titanic’s first-class cabin. It will feature Edwardian-era haute cuisine by executive chef Mansour Memarian and live jazz music. Guests are encouraged to dress elegantly.

Friday and Saturday, from 6.30pm, from Dh496, Bord Eau, Shangri-La hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, reservations at 02 509 8555, restaurantreservations.slad@shangri-la.com

Abu Dhabi

Fitness event

Enjoy a bike, walk or jog at GoYas, the ladies-only fitness event held on Wednesdays at Yas Marina Circuit. Enjoy the cooler weather with laps around the track, which has been shortened to 3km for privacy. There are also crossfit classes from 7pm to 8pm. Bikes are available to borrow or rent.

Tonight, 6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com

Abu Dhabi

Charity walk

Register to take part in a 5K walk in support of mental health awareness. Darkness Into Light is a worldwide event in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation, which is dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research. The walk will begin in the dark in the early morning and continue as the sun rises, in a symbol of hope by a supportive community for those struggling with mental illness.

May 6, 4.30am, Dh96, meets at The St Regis Abu Dhabi Nation Riviera Beach Club, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/darknessintolightabudhabi



Register to attend the talk, New World Order and Its Possible Repercussions in the Gulf, by Slimane Zeghidour, the editor of the French network TV5 Monde. He will also present his most-recent book, which focuses on his childhood in Algeria. The event, hosted tonight by Alliance Française Dubai and tomorrow by Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, will be in French.

Tonight, 8pm, free with registration, Plantation, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, www.afdubai.org; tomorrow, 7pm, free with registration, terrace, Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, near Irish Embassy, Abu Dhabi, www.afabudhabi.org


Comedy show

Catch the final two shows this month from The Laughter Factory. They will feature top stand-up comedians, including British comedy writer and radio presenter Stephen Grant (pictured), Kenya-born Imran Yusuf and Canadian comedian and songwriter Phil Nichol.

Tonight, 8pm, McGettigan's, JLT, Dubai; tomorrow, 9pm, Grand Millennium, Tecom, Dubai, 21+, Dh140, www.platinumlist.net


Fitness event

Register to take part in a healthy ladies’ night event at L’Atelier Aquafitness, where you can try 30-minute aquabiking classes as well as 20-minute sessions in the Iyashi Dome – a traditional Japanese treatment that helps the body to get rid of toxins. Plus, enjoy complimentary pampering treatments and healthy drinks and bites.

April 19, 6pm to 10pm, free with registration, L’Atelier Aquafitness, Dubai, register at 04 338 8323, info@latelieraquafitness.com


Art exhibition

Catch the opening of The Body Keeps Score. Hadeyeh Badri presents works that explore the intimate and personal experience of losing her beloved aunt, Shahnaz, and reflect the struggle of grappling with loss, illness and ritual practice. Pictured: Foreign Bodies – Banana Leaves, Blood-Red Thread

Opens today, 6pm, then runs daily until May 11, 10am to 10pm, Saturday to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba Health Center, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org