Top 10: Book tickets to see comedian Jason Manford in Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi, TrainYas is on at Yas Marina Circuit, and more

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Jason Manford went down a storm with audiences in the Emirates on his last tour. Courtesy The Laughter Factory
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Ras Al Khaimah & Abu Dhabi

Get tickets to see British comedian Jason Manford as he continues his Muddle Class tour through the UAE. The close-quarters gig explores Manford’s life growing up working class, then unexpectedly discovering that part of him had become middle class.

Thursday, 8.30pm, Dh250, DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa, Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah; Friday, 8.30pm, Dh250, Ballroom, Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi

Charity run

Register now to take part in the Terry Fox Run, a non-competitive event that celebrates the memory of one of Canada’s most revered athletes and raises money for cancer research in the UAE. The event is open to all ages and abilities as well as modes of participation, including walkers, runners, in-line skaters and wheelchair users. There is no registration fee; donations are welcome.

January 19, 7am for registration; 9am start, East Plaza, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi


Book tickets to see American pop group Fifth Harmony on their first visit to the Abu Dhabi, following their headlining visit to Dubai's RedFestDXB last year. The former X Factor contestants recently released their self-titled third album. Hits include Work from Home, Worth It and That's My Girl.

March 16, 7.30pm, from Dh250, du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi

Fitness venue

TrainYas presented by Daman ActiveLife is a weekly event that lets you get fit or stay fit this winter with a walk, jog, run or bike around the 5.55 km track. Rent bikes and helmets from Fun Ride Sports or take advantage of the 400 bikes made available to borrow from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

Tuesdays, 6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at

Abu Dhabi


Hajj: Memories of a Journey continues at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre. Learn about the routes pilgrims travelled across continents to take part in Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam. Plus, see rare photographs of Sheikh Zayed, Founding President of the UAE, who made his personal journey in 1979 (pictured). A programme of events accompanies the exhibition, including a series of workshops for adults and children.

Daily until March 19, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, Abu Dhabi, 02 419 1919,

The exhibition Hajj: Memories of a Journey and its programme of events continues at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre. TCA Abu Dhabi


Comedy show

American comedian Chris Rock brings his Total Blackout Tour to Dubai this weekend. Get tickets now to see the former cast member of Saturday Night Live who is known for his stand-up shows as well as films including Grown Ups, Madagascar, The Longest Yard, Top Five, Death at a Funeral and the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.

Friday and Saturday, 6pm, from Dh395, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai,


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Art classes

Register your children (in age groups of 7 to 10 and 11 to 18) for the spring term of the Young Artist Programme at thejamjar. In this session, they will focus on the theme of society, learning techniques such as poster-making, screen-printing, illustration, stencil-art and photography.

January 17 to February 24, 10am to noon and 12.30 to 2.30 on Saturdays; 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Wednesdays, from Dh1,600 includes all required materials, thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 7303,



Catch the final week of Kais Salman's exhibition Cities, in which he draws upon folk tales, epic stories and myths to create alternate realities through which to examine the roles his characters play within architectural and social spaces. Pictured: an untitled image by Kais Salman

Daily until Saturday, 10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays; noon to 6pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Ayyam Gallery, 12 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 6242,

Catch the final days of Cities by Kais Salman at Ayyam Gallery.



See the exhibition Highlighted Memory by Iraqi multimedia artist Azad Nanakeli, who is showing paintings, photography, video and installation in which he explores the connections between experiences, past and present, memory and identity. Pictured: an untitled image by Azad Nanakeli

Daily until January 9, 10am to 6pm daily, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, 04 353 5383,

Highlighted Memory by Iraqi artist Azad Nanakeli continues at XVA Gallery (pictured: a detail of an untitled image). XVA Gallery


Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 6 to 12, for the Ductac Winter Camp, where they can expect to be immersed in winter-themed arts and crafts such as pottery and 3-D art, as well as seasonal magic tricks.

Runs until Sunday, 9am to 1pm, from Dh250 per day; Dh1,000 per week, early drop-off and late pick-up are available, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777,