Five things to do today: Enjoy the Festival of Lights in Abu Dhabi

Plus, watch a screening of the 1964 classic The Pink Panther, book your spot to enjoy New Year’s Eve at Watatsumi Restaurant, or catch the Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Festival of Lights at Al Maryah Island. Courtesy Galleria Abu Dhabi
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an enchanting shopping and dining experience at the Festival of Lights at The Galleria in Abu Dhabi with a carousel, roaming entertainers and a festive music programme, plus the entire district will be lit up. The carousel is open from 6pm to 10pm plus four performances per hour during that time, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi,


The Majlis Collection, which features images by international artists as well as pieces by the Emirati artist Abdulqader Al Rais, who combines calligraphy, light elements, bright colours and a polished style to celebrate the culture and natural heri­tage of the UAE. From 10am to 10pm, Avenue at Etihad Towers, Corniche West Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 613 3327,


the 1960s classic The Pink Panther starring David Niven and Peter Sellers at Cinémathèque of Bastakiya at XVA Gallery. There will be a brief introduction and a short discussion following the film. At 7pm, free entry, XVA Art Hotel, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai,

, 04 353 5383


your spot to enjoy New Year's Eve at Watatsumi Restaurant, featuring traditional Japanese cuisine with a contemporary twist. The number eight is considered a lucky number in Japan so the Akemashte Omedeto – New Year's Eve menu – consists of eight courses, including appetisers, soups, main courses, desserts and more. From 7pm, Dh599 for adults and Dh299 for children, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai, 04 399 3373

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the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, which begins today. Six of the top 10 players in tennis, including Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, will be playing in the capital. Today until Saturday, Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, tickets at

or 800 35274, more information at

Compiled by Ellen Fortini

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