5 things to do: Catch the Dubai finals of Hard Rock Rising 2016 and have fun at Yalla Laughs

Our daily round-up of things to do. Catch the Dubai finals of Hard Rock Rising 2016 music contest; have fun at the Yalla Laughs comedy show at Original Fusion; attend the talk The Ancient Land of the UAE as part of the Multaqa Zayed National Museum programme; shop to your heart out at Marina Souq; and check out Abu Dhabi Fashion Days.

Dubai-based rock band Dayuhan will compete to represent the emirate in the regional stage of the Hard Rock Rising 2016 contest. Courtesy Hard Rock Cafe Dubai
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Catch the Dubai finals of Hard Rock Rising 2016 as local bands When the Night Comes compete live against Dayuhan to see who will represent the emirate in the regional stage of the contest. Today, more than 425 bands will appear on stage at 107 Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel locations around the world as part of a one-day music showcase. Dubai has been chosen, along with Glasgow and Orlando, to have the event live-streamed on Hard Rock International's social media, giving local bands a global audience. At 8pm, Hard Rock Cafe Dubai, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai, 04 232 8900, www.hardrock.com/Dubai

Have fun with the Yalla Laughs gang at their comedy show at Original Fusion, a new venue. The event features top performers from the region, including Manju Naidu, Luke Hacker, Dave Marosi, Jon Boulton and MC Erik Thornquist. At 8pm, free entry, Original Fusion, The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, www.yallalaughs.com

Attend The Ancient Land of the UAE, a talk that is part of the Multaqa Zayed National Museum programme. Archaeological experts will discuss animal fossils discovered in the UAE and research collected from the excavations. From 6.30pm to 8pm, free, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 657 5800, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae

Visit Marina Souq and shop for clothing, children's apparel, jewellery, accessories, shoes and goods from more than 30 vendors. Grab a bite at the Baker & Spice Pop-Up restaurant. It's all in an air-conditioned marquee overlooking the sea. From 9am to 8pm, fishing harbour, Umm Suqeim 1, Dubai, 050 585 7543, www.facebook.com/marinasouq

Check out Abu Dhabi Fashion Days to see collections by young and emerging local and regional designers. From 4.30pm to 10.30pm, tickets cost Dh20 for 12-year-olds and above, The Domes, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabifashiondays.com