10 things to do today: Watch Badrinath Ki Dulhania, attend Celebrating the Seasons in Al Ain and more

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Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for March 10, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Aarti Jhurani rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.

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New film

Badrinath Ki Dulhania is the story of Badrinath Bansal (Varun Dhawan) and Vaidehi Trivedi (Alia Bhatt), who both come from small towns, but have opposite views on everything. They recognise the good qualities in each other, but constantly clash on ideologies. Romantic comedy, also starring Shweta Prasad, Gauhar Khan and Girish Karnad.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE (18)


Al Ain

Cultural event

Take part in the Celebrating the Seasons event, as part of the Visit Al Ain programme, and enjoy activities designed to let you experience the different seasons of the oasis and what it means to have been an oasis farmer. The programme supports the Unesco theme Protecting Our Heritage and Fostering Creativity, and provides a platform for visitors to encounter the Abu Dhabi emirate’s past and present.

Daily until March 14, 8am to 5pm, Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain, 03 712 8523, www.visitalain.ae


Abu Dhabi

Food event

Visit the #TruckersDXB event at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort to enjoy an outdoor-dining experience featuring some of the top food trucks in the UAE. Cuisines will include Arabic, Asian and Caribbean, with foods such as Nutella desserts, Jamaican chicken, fusion noodles and more. There will be Latin and reggae tunes spun by a DJ, as well as aspiring singers and musicians as part of the monthly Open Mic concert, plus a play area for children.

Today, 4pm to 11pm, free entry, resort and beach area, Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 02 677 3333, www.sheratonabudhabihotel.com


Abu Dhabi

Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 5 to 12, for the ZSC Kids Holiday Camp. The longest camp in the capital, it features a variety of activities including ice skating, bowling, movie breaks, fun games and arts and crafts to keep the little ones busy during spring break.

March 26 to 30 and April 2 to 6, 8am to 5.30pm, Dh1,000 (10 per cent discount for additional siblings), to register email kidscamp@zsc.ae or call 02 403 4222, www.zsc.ae



Art exhibition

See Once Upon a Time: Hadiqat Al Umma by Iraqi artist Kwaish Alfraji, which features a panoramic multimedia video installation reviving the artist's childhood in Baghdad, specifically a park that was a sanctuary from the city and its heat. The park remains a vivid memory in the artist's mind and is brought to life through drawings and animation across nine projectors. Pictured: Artwork by Kwaish Alfraji

Daily until May 6, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 4 to 10pm, Fridays, Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Al Taawun Road, Sharjah, 06 556 6555, www.maraya.ae



Kids’ fun

Sign up your children ages 4 to 16 for Wafi Superstars, where they can show their talents in singing, dancing and performing arts. Auditions take place in front of a live audience and panel of judges, and the best from each audition will be chosen to perform at the final on March 17, with prizes for the winners in each category.

March 10 and 11, 3pm to 8pm, Wafi, Oud Metha Road, Dubai, 04 324 4555, apply at www.wafi.com



Ballet screening

Catch a screening of a live performance of The Sleeping Beauty by The Bolshoi Ballet, performed in Moscow in honour of the 90th birthday of ballet's master Yuri Grigorovich. With music adapted by Tchaikovsky and the original Charles Perrault fairy tale, the classic follows Princess Aurora, who is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her 16th birthday, only to be awoken by her true love after 100 years.

March 10 and 11, 3.30pm, Dh35, Novo Cinemas, Ibn Battuta Mall and Festival City Mall, Dubai,



Red carpet event

Attend the red carpet gala final of the Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival. The climax will see stars from the 12 best 10-minute plays of the festival on the red carpet battling it out for festival awards including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Overall Production.

Tonight, 7pm, tickets from Dh100 at madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com, Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, www.shortandsweet.org




Get tickets to see the musical Mary Poppins. It tells the story of the favourite nanny, based on the P L Travers books and the Disney film, as she arrives on Cherry Tree Lane and brings a world of magic, travel and imagination to the Banks children. The score includes Jolly Holiday, Step in Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

May 1 to 25, 7.45pm daily, plus 3pm on May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 24 and 25 (no shows on May 7, 14 and 21), Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com



Children’s event

Register your children, ages 4 to 11, for My Kid’s a Superhero, an improvised children’s story time at Courtyard Playhouse. The interactive event lets children choose the fate of their own superheroes, who all have special abilities and are powered by children’s favourite animals, as they save the world from the villains.

Every Friday in March, noon and 1pm, donations welcome, Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, 050 986 1761, kylie@courtyardplayhouse.com