5 things to do: Learn to cook Indian curries for a cause

Plus, begin the day with hatha yoga on The Beach, indulge in Biryani festival, attend a conference on The Globalisaton of Terror and sign up for PhotoFriday 2015.

Fresh and spicy chicken korma. iStockphoto.com
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Learn how to make Indian dishes including chicken korma (pictured), cauliflower in coconut sauce, masoor daal and Bombay aloo – and then eat the results – in a cookery demonstration at a villa in Khalifa City, with all proceeds going to the Ewa'a Shelters for Women & Children. February 25, class starts at 8pm, price is Dh50. Contact Farha Leadbetter to register or for more information, leadbetterfarha@yahoo.co.uk

Begin the day with a yoga session at The Beach. Hatha yoga can help increase your flexibility, build strength and endurance, and relieve stress. February 25 from 7 to 8am, free, South Lawn, The Beach, opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, register at marketing@thebeach.ae

Indulge at the Big Biryani Festival by the Indian restaurant Zafran and enjoy dishes such as lamb biryani and the vegetarian-friendly subz noormahal biryani. From Dh52 for main courses, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai, 04 399 7357; Mirdif City Centre, Dubai, 04 284 0987

Attend the conference on The Globalisation of Terror and the Future of the World Order. Lord Carlile of Berriew, a member of the British House of Lords, will explore the evolution of terrorism over the past 15 years and lessons for the future. February 25 from 7pm, free, ECSSR, Muroor Road between 15th and 19th streets, Abu ­Dhabi, 02 404 4421 register at confdept@ecssr.com

Sign up for the courses at PhotoFriday 2015. Top photographers kick off GPP 2015 with 16 90-minute seminars, talks and panels covering a wide range of topics. On March 6, from 9.30am, from Dh55 per class, Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 380 8545, www.gulfphotoplus.com