5 things to do today: visit the Arabian Fantasy Festival and register for The Desert Monologues acting course

Our daily round up of things to do. Visit the Arabian Fantasy Festival, indulge your sweet tooth at the Legemat Festival, register for The Desert Monologues acting course, plan to attend this weekend's Wafi Bazaar and enjoy October Crab Fest at Chimes.

Arabic calligraphy. Randi Sokoloff / The National
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Visit the Arabian Fantasy Festival, which features marvels of ancient and mythical Arabia – a land of sand, pearls and 1,001 Arabian nights. Experience traditional charm and activities plus pop-up shops throughout the souq, along with live statues in Arabian costumes. There will also be shows, a heritage area, speed painters, henna artists, a calligrapher, traditional food, an art installation, craft market and a children's play area. From 4pm to 11pm, Level 2, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Between The Bridges, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/qaryatalberi

Indulge your sweet tooth at the Legemat Festival at Seven Sands. The recently opened Emirati restaurant is celebrating the UAE's most beloved treat by offering up to six varieties of the sticky-sweet dumplings – saffron-orange, pistachio, Nutella, balaleet-cinnamon, nutmeg-honey and cardamom with honey-sugar. Dh30 for two flavours, The Beach, Dubai Marina, 04 551 6652, www.sevensandsrestaurant.com

Register for The Desert Monologues acting course, which will take participants through a variety of drama-based activities, including script-work, improvisation and characterisation, and culminates in monologue performances at The Courtyard Playhouse. Starting October 10 and 11, Saturdays from 3pm to 5pm or Sundays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, both classes run until November 20, from Dh1,800 for the basic package, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, Dubai, tiffany@courtyardplayhouse.com, 055 967 3927

Plan to attend this weekend's Wafi Bazaar, an indoor market where you can browse more than 50 stalls selling handicrafts, ceramics, jewellery, art, clothes and homewares. Saturday, 10am to 8pm, first floor, Wafi Mall, Dubai, 04 324 4555

Enjoy October Crab Fest at Chimes, with a tempting menu of six dishes including the Singapore Pepper Crab, Malaysian Butter Crab, Singapore Chilli Crab and Sri Lankan Crab Curry, all served with steamed rice or bread. Dh125, Chimes, Seven Sands Hotel Apartments, near Sharaf DG Metro Station, Al Barsha 1, Dubai, reservations at 04 323 4211, www.facebook.com/ChimesFarEasternrestaurantdubai