Top 10: Hear a talk about the journey to Makkah, attend the first show in the Music in the Studio series at Dubai Opera, and more

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Memories of a Journey Talks Programme to Explore History, Culture, and Traditions of the Hajj Journey. TCA Abu Dhabi
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Cultural talk

Attend a talk on Hajj: Memories of a Journey programme at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Learn about the major historic routes to Mecca, which millions of pilgrims followed in caravans for centuries, often with great hardship, on journeys lasting several months.

Today, 10.30am to noon, free with registration, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, North Side Hall, Abu Dhabi, register at

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Parks offer

Get the Two-Park Annual Pass for Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World and enjoy unlimited access to both venues for a full year, for Dh730, the equivalent of just Dh2 per day. As well as the rides, slides and attractions of the waterpark and the rollercoasters, simulators and shows at the Ferrari-themed amusement park, enjoy a discount on food and beverages, official merchandise and a free ticket for a guest birthday, as well as other benefits.

Offer valid until February 28, from Dh730 per person for a 12-month Bronze pass, Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,;

Take advantage of the annual Two-Park-Pass from Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

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Book tickets to see American pop group Fifth Harmony on their first visit to Abu Dhabi. The group previously performed at RedFestDXB, Dubai, in 2016 and have released a 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,


Travel talk

Attend an informational talk by Gulf for Good tonight to learn about their 2018 adventure challenges in Bhutan and at the Glacial Lakes of Everest. Find out how to join, get fitness and fundraising tips and also learn how Gulf for Good helps children’s charities around the world.

Tonight, 7.30pm, Adventure HQ, Times Square, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 368 0222,



Get tickets to see Ballet Under the Stars by Covent Garden Dance Company at Desert Palm Dubai. Mara Galeazzi of The Royal Ballet and Gregory Dean of the Royal Danish Ballet lead a cast of dancers from around the world who will perform 12 short works. The dinner theatre features a gourmet meal and performances between courses.

February 15 to 16, from 7pm, from Dh750, Desert Palm Hotel and Resort, Hatta Road, Dubai,

Book tickets for the Ballet Under the Stars event starring Mara Galeazzi (pictured) at Desert Palm Dubai.


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Fitness event

Women can enjoy ladies-only fitness at GoYas, presented by Daman ActiveLife, at Yas Marina Circuit, which is shortened to 3 kilometres and staffed by women to protect participants’ privacy. Walk, jog, run or cycle around the track. Bicycles are available for rent or to borrow.

Wednesdays, 7pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at

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Open Mic

Manarat Al Saadiyat hosts Music Jams tonight, an open mic platform that lets established and amateur bands book a slot and perform for the public. Listen to the weekly jam session and get to know the musical talent within the community.

Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, garden or atrium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register for a slot at 02 657 5937,


Meditation class

Sign up to take part in a three-week mindfulness meditation course with Real Pilates. Discover how to achieve your New Year’s resolutions, through talks and exercises on self-awareness, and also learn the long-term benefits of mindful meditation. The classes are designed to decrease stress and free our minds from anxiety to improving our well-being.

Starts tomorrow, 11am for three consecutive Thursdays, from Dh300 for three classes, Real Pilates, One JLT, Al Sarayat Street, JLT, Dubai, 04 458 5399,

Book your spot at a three-week mindful meditation course at Real Pilates.


Live music

Get tickets to attend tonight’s performance by flautist Katherine Bryan and pianist Scott Mitchell at Dubai Opera, as part of the Music in the Studio series, and enjoy a programme by Massenet, Debussy, Dvorák and Poulenc, as well as Bryan’s transcription of the Paganini Variations. The series continues on a monthly basis until June.

Tonight, from Dh150; season packages available from Dh450, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai,


Mummy event

Make plans to attend the new Mum’s the Word, a “Mummy Morning” event at Riva Beach Club on Thursdays. Grab a coffee and a free pastry and enjoy a morning of sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of parenting, with free pool access.

Thursdays, 8.30am to noon, free beach access and pastry with any coffee purchased, Riva Beach Club, between buildings 7 & 8 of The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai,