10 things to do today: head to the annual Art Souq exhibition, register for the Summer Stand-Up Workshop by Dubomedy, and more

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Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for June 14, 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

Kids’ fun

Make plans to take the family to visit The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi and see the live show Sindbad and The Sea Monster. Plus, take part in activities such as lamp-making and puppet shows, and enjoy the colourful decorations and an entertaining ambiance. Sindbad will roam throughout the mall and take part in meet and greet sessions and will take pictures with fans. The Ramadan programme features storytelling about the holy month and Arabian worlds.

Starts tomorrow, then runs daily until June 24, 8pm to 11pm, The Mall at World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/WTCAD


Charity iftar

Register to attend a charity iftar in support of the Every Dirham Counts initiative as part of the For Your Sake Somalia campaign presented by the Emirates Red Crescent. Guest speakers will raise awareness about the drought situation in Somalia and how public donations will help the Emirates Red Crescent provide relief.

Sunday, 6pm, Dh200, Radisson Blu, Dubai Creek, Dubai, register at projectpurpose.ae/events/everydirhamcounts

Abu Dhabi


Get tickets now to see a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone along with a live symphony orchestra performing the entire soundtrack, as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The film will be shown in high-definition on a 12-metre screen as John Williams' score is performed by Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès.

September 21 to 23, from Dh150, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. www.ticketmaster.ae

Abu Dhabi

Art market

The annual Art Souq exhibition features affordable artwork in a variety of styles including realism, impressionism, digital images and geometric compositions. The Art Souq arts and crafts market runs on Thursday and Friday nights throughout Ramadan and features handmade gifts from Tajikistan. Pictured: Red by Natalie Guena

Daily until July 27, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Bateen Area, Street 4, Villa 4/2, Abu Dhabi, 02 667 1229, www.etihadmodernart.com

Abu Dhabi

Fitness venue

Take advantage of a variety of fitness options this summer at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. The state-of-the-art facilities include a 3,500-square-metre gym, squash and tennis courts, a 25-metre lap pool, outdoor pools, group classes for HIIT, Zumba and yoga, plus personal training, swimming and tennis lessons, water sports and access to a private beach.

From 8.30am to 11am and 6pm to 8pm for group classes; Dh65 per group class for members; Dh85 per group class for non-members, packages available at various prices for swimming, tennis, watersports, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 498 8777, athleticclub.saadiyat@stregis.com



Get tickets now to attend the family-friendly concert Xavier and Aisha's Amazing Choral Adventure, featuring the choir of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge. The performance features popular music and tells the tale of Xavier, Aladdin's little brother, and his quest for true love as he seeks to defeat the evil conductor, learn to sing and marry Aisha, the girl of his dreams.

July 6 and 7, 11am and 2pm daily, Dh50, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com



Head to Alserkal Avenue for Nadi Nights with Good Vibes Market for an iftar with top vendors. This week, enjoy Lebanese soul-food sandwiches from Kaak Al Manara, and natural, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free vegan sweets from Encas Sweet Escapes.

From sunset throughout Ramadan, Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.alserkalavenue.ae


Comedy class

Register to take part in the Summer Stand-Up Workshop presented by Dubomedy and beat the heat with laughter. The two-week session is open to all levels and is led by professional comedians who will help students craft their observations and stories into jokes, improve stage presence, timing and delivery. A final show will be performed on July 29.

Starts July 15, 3pm to 5pm on Saturdays; 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesdays, from Dh900 for new students; Dh600 for returning students, Dubomedy, JLT, Dubai, registar at lol@dubomedy.com


Art exhibition

Leila Heller Gallery presents Surface Issues, a group exhibition curated by Maximillian William featuring new works by contemporary artists who articulate the power that art has in simultaneously informing and misleading us, while concealing a deeper understanding just beneath the surface. Pictured: Untitled I by Magda Skupinska

Daily until August 15, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Leila Heller Gallery, I-87, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 056 831 3520, www.leilahellergallery.com


Kids’ camp

Ductac presents a series of summer camps this year, including Lines and Shades, where children ages 8 to 12 can learn a variety of drawing techniques and explore interesting subjects. Classes include drawing 3-D shapes, still life, perspective and drawing features of the face.

July 3 to July 26, 3pm to 4pm, Mondays and Wednesdays, Dh120 per day, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org