Top 10: Nowhere Birds perform as part of The Fridge Concert Series, attend free fitness training sessions in advance of TriYas, and more

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Catch The Fridge Concert Series tonight featuring Nowhere Birds (pictured) and a singer-songwriter showcase.
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Filipino Folk Duo

The Fridge Concert Series continues with a performance by Nowhere Birds, an indie-folk duo from the Philippines. Jules Suarez and Mitchiko Bagayna will launch their five-song EP, which includes the single River Running Fire. The evening starts with a singer-songwriter showcase of established and emerging artists and food truck Hot Boxx will cook up burgers, fries and hot dogs.

Tonight, 7.30pm, from Dh50, The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai,

Abu Dhabi

Free training

Gear up for the February 16 TriYas triathlon with free training sessions presented by Daman ActiveLife. Daily activities include cycling, running, vertical training, bike-to-run brick sessions and swimming, plus women-only sessions.

Sundays, 6pm to 10pm for StartYas, Yas Marina Circuit; Mondays, 5pm to 8pm for TrainZSC, Zayed Sports City; Tuesdays, 6pm to 10pm for TrainYas, Yas Marina Circuit; Wednesdays, 6pm to 9pm for GoYas, Yas Marina Circuit; Wednesdays, 6pm to 7pm and 7pm to 8pm for iSwimAD, NYUAD; Thursdays, 6am for TriBelles women-only cycling, Yas Links; Fridays, all day for long cycling, Al Wathba Cycle Track; Fridays, 5am for long running with Abu Dhabi Striders, Al Raha; Saturdays, 7am to 8am, open water swim, Al Bateen Beach, Abu Dhabi,

Tri Yas 2017 at Yas Marina Circuit, Friday 17th February
Take advantage of free training sessions offered by Daman ActiveLife in advance of TriYas on February 16.

Abu Dhabi

Ensemble dance

Book tickets for the dance performance #JeSuis by the Aakash Odedra Company. The ensemble work that explores the trauma and frustrations of living in conflict zones, in countries in which personal catastrophe is a daily reality.

February 7 to 9, doors open at 7.30pm; performance starts at 8pm, from Dh105, The Black Box, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi,


Light show

Visit Downtown Dubai, where Emaar continues its Light Up 2018 spectacle, which won a Guinness World Records title for the largest light and sound show on a single building. Staged on Burj Khalifa, the laser display launched on New Year’s Eve and will now run on Tuesdays to Saturdays until the end of March. A highlight of the show is the tribute to Sheikh Zayed, Founding President of the UAE, to coincide with 2018 as the Year of Zayed.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 10pm, free, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai,

Abu Dhabi

Korean film

Cinema Space and the Korean Cultural Centre present Seopyeonje (The Southerner's Songs), a 1993 Korean film with English subtitles directed by Im Kwon-taek. The film tells the story of Dong-Ho, a pansori (folk-blues) singer, who roams the countryside looking for the orphan girl, Song-hwa, he grew up with. The film also examines western influence on Korean culture.

Tonight, 7.30pm, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at


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Culinary festival

Taste of Dubai returns with three days of culinary experiences. Enjoy dishes from Dubai’s top restaurants, cooking challenges, celebrity chefs such as Jenny Morris and Reza Mahammad, workshops, kids’ activities, shopping and live entertainment. The headline band for Thursday night will be announced soon.

March 8 to 10, from Dh135 for an early-bird ticket for Thursday; from Dh55 early-bird for Friday and Saturday, Dubai Media City,


Relay race

Register a team of 10 runners to take part in the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, in which Dubai’s businesses will compete to be “fastest firm in the city”. Each entrant runs a one-mile (1.6-kilometre) route around the Gate Building at DIFC and hands the baton to a teammate. The team with the fastest time for 10 laps wins. There is also a Race Village. The relay is part of a global series of events taking place in financial districts around the world.

February 7, at 5.30pm, from Dh5,750 per team of 10 runners, including food and beverages, T-shirts and entry to an after-party, DIFC, Dubai,

Abu Dhabi

Shopping deals

Yas Mall has extended its sale until the end of the month, offering discounts and deals on products across a wide range of brands in fashion and accessories, sports, electronics, home furnishing and more.

Daily until Wednesday, 10am to 10pm, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi

Stand-up comedy

Head to Yas Links tonight for an evening of stand-up comedy featuring top local and regional comedians from Yalla Laughs, including Manju Naidu, Erik Thornquist, Rob McKenzie and Grace Chng. A buffet of English food is available from 6.30pm, for Dh99.

Tonight, 8pm, free entry, Yas Links, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, reservations at 02 810 7777,


Making lines

(Un)conscious: A Series of Small Serendipities is an exhibition by five artists of work featuring a simple visual element – the line – in repetitive gestures, forms, techniques and materials. Pictured: an untitled image by Ahmad Amin Nazar

Daily until March 3, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 323 5052,

See the exhibition (Un)conscious: A Series of Small Serendipities featuring works by artists including Ahmad Amin Nazar (pictured: a detail of an untitled image). Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
See the exhibition (Un)conscious: A Series of Small Serendipities featuring works by artists including Ahmad Amin Nazar (pictured: a detail of an untitled image). Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde