Top 10: Take part in activities at Yas Family Fitness Festival, visit the Quoz Arts Fest for cultural activities, and more

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Make plans to take part in the Yas Family Fitness Festival today and tomorrow.
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Abu Dhabi

Family fitness 

Take part in the Yas Family Fitness Festival and join in free classes, attend talks and try some healthy foods. Try yoga, Zumba, BodyAttack, BodyPump and children’s activities including gymnastics and Kids’ Zumba. There will be visits from fitness ambassadors, a strongman challenge, MMA ring sessions, an obstacle course, climbing wall, cooking challenges, an outdoor gym, nutritionist advice, arts and crafts, face painting and more.

Today and tomorrow, 9am to 5pm, Gateway Park South, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 

Abu Dhabi


Book tickets for Angélique Kidjo's Remain in Light outdoor concert at NYU Abu Dhabi. The Grammy-winning artist makes her UAE debut with a re-imagination of the Talking Heads' 1980 album Remain in Light with African guitars, layered backing vocals and the American band Antibalas Horns. Songs include Crosseyed and Painless, Once In a Lifetime and Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On).

February 3, 7pm, from Dh105, The East Plaza, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi,

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Abu Dhabi

Fitness event

Take part in tomorrow’s Cycle for Health UAE, which includes a 1.9-kilometre ride around the National Stadium and nearby roads at Zayed Sports City. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will conduct health screenings, exercise information sessions, learn-to-ride programme for children and adults as well as heart-healthy cooking demonstrations. There will be complimentary bicycles and helmets available, bouncy castles, a healthy food truck and more. The event runs on the last Saturday of every month.

Tomorrow, 8am to 1pm, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi & Dubai

Family fun

Salt food truck brings its Enjoy the Great Outdoors campaign to two locations this weekend. Visit Salt at Umm Al Emarat Park and take part in arts and crafts with Orange Wheels, plus face-painting, games, prizes and more. The Salt Airstream at Kite Beach will host Kharsha, the Emirati-Japanese cultural group for a 1,000 cranes of peace origami activity.

Today, 4pm to 5pm at Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi; 5pm to 9pm at Kite Beach, Dubai,


Art festival

Quoz Arts Fest is a celebration of arts and culture featuring activities that focus on performance and movement in all forms. Families can enjoy performances, art exhibitions, workshops, tours, film screenings, food options and culinary concepts, live music and more. The festival is a pedestrian-only event. Pets are welcome and shuttles are available from the metro stop at Noor Bank station.

Today and tomorrow, 10am to 10pm, Alserkal Avenue and The Courtyard, Al Quoz, Dubai,


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Outdoor films

Dubai Marina Mall presents two outdoor family-friendly movies this weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screens today so follow the crime-fighting heroes as they investigate a crime wave led by kingpin Shredder. Tomorrow see Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, which tells the story of Greg's plan to meet a YouTube star when his summer plans are changed due to a family road trip.

Today and tomorrow, 5.30pm, free on a first-come-first-served basis, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai,


Organic market

Dubai Festival City presents The Organic Souk at Marsa Plaza Creek, where visitors can find local fresh produce available directly from the farmers, plus entertainment and activities for the whole family. There will also be food trucks and a mini petting zoo of ducks, chickens and rabbits.

Tomorrow, 8am to 2pm, Marsa Plaza Creek, Dubai Festival City, Dubai,

Abu Dhabi

Film screenings

Cinema Space presents two films on Saturday. Hordur: Between the Worlds is a German film, with English subtitles, about Aylin, a German-Turkish teenager who develops a relationship with a wild Icelandic horse in this story of self-discovery. One-Eyed Jacks is a 1961 film directed by and starring Marlon Brando as Rio, a band robber who has gone on the run only to discover that his former partner, who betrayed him, is now the mayor of Monterey, California, leading Rio to consider revenge.

Tomorrow, 4pm for Hordur: Between the Worlds; 7pm for One-Eyed Jacks, free with registration, Cinema Space, auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at

Catch a screening of One-Eyed Jacks, directed by and starring Marlon Brando at Cinema Space.

Abu Dhabi

Cultural event

The Malaysian Ladies Association of Abu Dhabi presents Pasar Malam, a night market featuring authentic Malaysian cuisine prepared by members. Try foods such as Penang-style laksa, nasi lemak, chicken rice, satay and Malaysian-style desserts. Food is packed for takeaway and a dining-in area will also be available.

Today, 4pm to 9pm, prices from Dh10 to Dh30, Marina Square, behind Tamouh Tower, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi,


Family fun

Aventura nature adventure and zip-lining park celebrates its first anniversary tomorrow with a variety of shows including slackline and highline shows, aerial and ground acrobats and kharsha drums. Kids will enjoy face-painting, balloon sculptures and fun competitions.

Tomorrow, 2.30pm to 7pm, free shows, Aventura, Mushrif Park, Dubai, 

Plan to attend the first anniversary celebrations for Aventura in Dubai.