Top 10: See an exhibition of winning photographs at Manarat Al Saadiyat, catch a screening of 'Good Time' as part of the Diff365@Vox film series, and more

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See the exhibition 10 Years of Emirates Photography Competition, featuring works by artists including Cristina Garzone (pictured: a detail of Prince of Light). TCA Abu Dhabi
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Winning works

The exhibition 10 Years of Emirates Photography Competition features the top entries from the past 10 years, divided into two sections: Spotlight features works by 10 of the best Emirati and international photographers and Through Time is a selection of photographs shortlisted in previous years. A programme of events including workshops, masterclasses and projects will run alongside the exhibition. Pictured: Prince of Light by Cristina Garzone

Daily until March 31, 9am to 8pm, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 657 5800,

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Festival Kick-off

Abu Dhabi Festival runs throughout March with a programme of events spanning musical performances, film, dance and visual arts, and the festival kicks off in February with a performance by renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti with the UK's Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, performing on instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy an evening featuring Beethoven's Symphony No 4 and Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 61.

February 19, doors open at 7pm, concert starts at 8pm, from Dh175, ages 6+, auditorium, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi,

Violinist Nicola Benedetti kicks off the Abu Dhabi Festival with a performance on February 19 with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Abu Dhabi Festival
Violinist Nicola Benedetti kicks off the Abu Dhabi Festival with a performance on February 19 with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Abu Dhabi Festival


Family day out

Visit Global Village and enjoy a family friendly shopping venue that features pavilions showcasing wares of countries from around the world. Enjoy international cuisine, roaming entertainment, rides, games, stage shows, concerts, cultural shows and more including the Parade of the World every Thursday at 7.30pm and fireworks every Thursday and Friday at 9pm.

Daily until April 7, 4pm to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 4pm to 1am on Thursdays and Fridays; Mondays are for ladies and families only, from Dh15 entry, Global Village, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai,

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Try a new sport

Manarat Al Saadiyat has three fitness and wellness events running today as part of its public events series. Try a hula-hoop session with Flowground, breakdancing with Slam Jam to hip-hop music, and a relaxing yoga session led by Bodytree Studio.

Today, 12.30pm to 1.30pm and 5pm to 6pm for hula-hooping, from Dh80; 5pm to 7pm for breakdancing; 6pm to 7pm for yoga, from Dh70, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi,


An Emirati story

See Amazing Dubai, a musical performance that takes audiences on a journey from the city's beginnings as a small fishing community in the 1800s to one of the world's most modern metropolises. The multinational cast present an upbeat script and production that gives audiences a deeper understanding of the resilience and strength of the Emiratis and their leaders' vision to triumph against all odds.

Shows noon and 2.30pm daily (except Fridays), from Dh140, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6546,


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British soul

Book tickets to see British soul singer Emeli Sandé perform at Al Majaz Amphitheatre. Hit songs include My Kind of Love and Breathing Underwater.

February 16, from Dh105, Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Sharjah,


A brother’s love

Catch a screening of the film Good Time starring Robert Pattinson as part of the Diff365@Vox series. Connie Nikas (Pattinson) involves his mentally disabled brother Nick (Ben Safdie) in a bank robbery and when it goes awry, Nick ends up in jail on Rikers Island, and Connie must find a way to get him out. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Barkhad Abdi.

Daily until February 7, 4.20pm; 6.40pm; 9pm, from Dh45, Cinema 9, Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai,


Mask art

Carbon 12 presents We Love Them All by German artist Michael Sailstorfer, who continues his mask series with mottled and marbled ceramic works that nod to Oceanic and African art. His work draws on both primitive and futuristic themes. Pictured: MC8

Daily until March 4, 11.30am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 340 6016,

The exhibition We Love Them All features works by Michael Sailstorfer (pictured: a detail of MC8). Courtesy Carbon 12. Copyright the artist

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Evening jog

TrainYas is a weekly event, presented by Daman ActiveLife that lets you get fit or stay fit this winter with a walk, jog, run or bike around the 5.55 km Yas Marina Circuit. 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


Front row

Dubai Jazz Festival returns with headliners Duran Duran (Rio, Ordinary World) and the Renegade Brass Band playing the first night, John Legend (All of Me, You & I) and China Moses on the second night, and Ricky Martin (La Vida Loca, Vente Pa' Ca) and Poncho Sanchez on the final night. The event features top international musicians in jazz, blues and pop genres.

February 21 to 23, from 6pm, from Dh300, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai,

Book tickets for the Dubai Jazz Festival, which features headliners Duran Duran (pictured) on its opening night, February 21.
Book tickets for the Dubai Jazz Festival, which features headliners Duran Duran (pictured) on its opening night, February 21.