Five things to do today: check out the Thai Food Festival at Sofra bld and preview The Young Collectors Auction

Our daily round-up of things to do. Check out the Thai Food Festival at Sofra bld; preview The Young Collectors Auction; attend the talk The Importance of Early Childhood Development Programs; learn to make coffee at Vogue Cafe; and get a free check-up for World Heart Day.

Sofra bld. Courtesy Shangri-La
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EXPERIENCE authentic cuisine at the Thai Food Festival at Sofra bld, with the guest chef Wanpiti Intrachai. Expect traditional decor and nightly dance performances. Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, 02 509 8555,

PREVIEW the The Young Collectors Auction. Work from acclaimed and emerging Middle Eastern artists, including The Quarter's Gate by Asaad Arabi (pictured), will be available tomorrow at 7pm. From 10am to 6pm for the daily preview, Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, 04 323 6242,

ATTEND the talk The Importance of Early Childhood Development Programs, by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. The aim is to present information on the best childcare and early education decisions. From 7pm to 8.30pm, free, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at

REGISTER to take part in a class on the techniques required to make the best coffee, as prepared at Vogue Cafe. Plus, learn how to create the masterful designs seen on top of the cafe’s coffees. October 8, Level Shoe District, The Dubai Mall, book at

GET a free medical check-up in celebration of World Heart Day, including a screening for blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, an ask-the-expert session with a cardiologist and a poster-making competition for children between the ages of 10 and 17. From 9am to 3.30pm, Canadian Specialist Hospital, Abu Hail Road, Dubai, 04 707 2222