10 things to do today: visit the F1 fanzone, catch the final day of Abu Dhabi Art

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Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for November 19, 2016, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

Abu Dhabi

Family festivities

Book your spot for a magical afternoon with Santa at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort. Families can take part in the Gingerbread Factory, where kids can decorate their own gingerbread house, plus enjoy a petting zoo, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus, complete with a gift for each young guest. There will be a tree-lighting ceremony at 6pm along with cheerful Christmas carols.

December 7, 4pm to 6pm, from Dh139 for children; from Dh109 for adults, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, book at 02 677 3333, irene.vilches@sheraton.com

Abu Dhabi

Classics concert

Get tickets now for Stephan Moccio & Orchestra. As part of the Abu Dhabi Classics series, the Grammy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominated composer, known for his songs written for The Weeknd (Earned It) and Celine Dion (A New Day Has Come) as well as Miley Cyrus’s hit Wrecking Ball, will lead a string orchestra and two soloists to showcase his blend of classical and pop music.

December 14, 8pm, from Dh100, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabiclassics.ae

Abu Dhabi

Art festival

Catch the final day of Abu Dhabi Art, which features The View, a blend of theatre, visual art and performance by Miet Warlop; the talk Remembering Hassan Sharif: The Sandcastle as part of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Talking Art Series; a talk about public art and social change; as well as workshops, tours and exhibitions, plus various relateds events taking place at other venues.

Today, from 2pm, various venues in Abu Dhabi including Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Cultural District, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabiartfair.ae

Abu Dhabi

Motor sports festival

Visit the F1 Fanzone as part of the Yasalam events on the Corniche in the run-up to the 2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Take part in a variety of fun, family-friendly, adrenaline-pumping racing events, including simulators and contests, plus car exhibitions, a kids’ driving school and merchandise.

Open 4pm to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays; 5pm to 11pm, free, Sundays to Wednesdays, West Plaza, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.yasalam.ae


New movie

Catch a screening of the animated adventure Raven the Little Rascal – The Big Race, in which Raven accidentally destroys the supplies the woodland animals need to survive the winter. Hoping to win money to restock the supplies, he enters a car race against a world champion driver. Along the way Raven learns something about teamwork.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE, including Vox Cinemas, Novo Cinemas, Star Cinemas, Cinemacity, Cine Royal and Reel Cinemas. (G)

Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah

Health festival

Attend the Live Healthy Carnival, which aims to encourage healthy living through good lifestyle habits, and features games, face-painting, competitions, fashion and magic shows geared towards helping children understand. Visitors will be encouraged to look at a wholesome, healthy lifestyle through contributions from all family members, as they address issues and find solutions together.

Today, 3.30pm to 8pm, free, RAK Diabetes Centre, Jumeirah, Dubai; RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah, register at www.diabetesrak.com


Theatrical performance

See the play Unfaithfully Yours, starring Indian television stars Mona Singh and Rohit Roy about Akash and Preet and their 26-year-long relationship that is the perfect love story, with one major glitch. The play will be performed in English.

Today, 5pm and 8pm, from Dh150, ages 21+, Ductac, Centrepoint Theatre, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org


Art exhibition

See the exhibition by Frank Stella featuring six large-scale, high-relief artworks by the American artist who is known for his pioneering minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. Pictured: La Scienza della Fiacca.

Daily until January 4, 10am-7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Leila Heller Gallery, I-87, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 056 831 3520, www.leilahellergallery.com


Lifestyle Festival

Visit SoleDXB, the regional footwear, fashion and lifestyle fair, featuring activities and events such as a basketball tournament, live music including the German singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelly (pictured) at 5.30pm, and talks including Yassine Saidi, global head of Puma Select and Lifestyle Footwear, who will speak at 4pm with Trapstar founders Mike, Lee and Will about the collaboration with Puma.

Today, noon to midnight, free before 3pm with registration; Dh100 after 3pm, Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai, www.soledxb.com



Get tickets to attend The Recipe for Happiness – Storytelling Performance, an event organised by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Paola Balbi (pictured) and Martina Pisciali, artists and storytellers from the Raccontamiunastoria Storytelling Company in Italy will search for happiness across five continents.

Friday, 7.30pm to 9pm, Dh100, Emirates Literature Foundation, House 290, Al Shindagha Area, Bur Dubai, www.elfdubai.org