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

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



Maratha Arabians 107-8 (10 ovs)

Lyth 21, Lynn 20, McClenaghan 20 no

Qalandars 60-4 (10 ovs)

Malan 32 no, McClenaghan 2-9

Maratha Arabians win by 47 runs


Director: Elie El Samaan

Starring: Nour Al Ghandour, Mahmoud Boushahri

Rating: 3/5

Getting there

The flights

Emirates and Etihad fly to Johannesburg or Cape Town daily. Flights cost from about Dh3,325, with a flying time of 8hours and 15 minutes. From there, fly South African Airlines or Air Namibia to Namibia’s Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport, for about Dh850. Flying time is 2 hours.

The stay

Wilderness Little Kulala offers stays from £460 (Dh2,135) per person, per night. It is one of seven Wilderness Safari lodges in Namibia; www.wilderness-safaris.com.

Skeleton Coast Safaris’ four-day adventure involves joining a very small group in a private plane, flying to some of the remotest areas in the world, with each night spent at a different camp. It costs from US$8,335.30 (Dh30,611); www.skeletoncoastsafaris.com

The specs: 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Price, base / as tested Dh99,000 / Dh132,000

Engine 3.6L V6

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Power 275hp @ 6,000rpm

Torque 350Nm @ 3,700rpm

Fuel economy combined 12.2L / 100km


Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

The Roundup

Director: Lee Sang-yong
Stars: Ma Dong-seok, Sukku Son, Choi Gwi-hwa
Rating: 4/5

The specs

Engine: Single front-axle electric motor
Power: 218hp
Torque: 330Nm
Transmission: Single-speed automatic
Max touring range: 402km (claimed)
Price: From Dh215,000 (estimate)
On sale: September

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

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