Top 10: Visit Al Ain for the My Heritage, My Responsibility series, enjoy food trucks at Truckers Carnival in Abu Dhabi, catch two film screenings at the opening of Sole DXB

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Visit the weekend event My Heritage, My Responsibility, which kicks off Thursday in Al Ain. TCA Abu Dhabi
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Al Ain


The series My Heritage, My Responsibility returns to Al Ain Palace Museum as part of the cultural activities presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. See traditional performances typical to the various regions of the UAE, including the desert, mountains, sea and oases. There will be a market featuring popular dishes, and workshops for children of various age groups, including recording audiobooks, traditional drumming and creating folk-art paintings.

Thursday and Friday, 5pm to 10pm, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain, 03 751 7755,

Abu Dhabi


Verses of Peace is a group exhibition presented by The Islamic Art Forum and Abu Dhabi Art Hub that honours Martyrs Day. With the theme of peace, see works created by artists from around the world including Aktham Talla of Syria and Salvatore Savoca from Italy. Pictured: Martyrs' Souls by Aktham Talla

Daily until Sunday, 10am to 11pm, Thursday and Friday; 10am to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday, The Mall at World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, search “Abu Dhabi Art Hub” on

Aktham Talla- Martyrs Souls
See the exhibition Verses of Peace, featuring works by artists including Aksam Talla (pictured, a detail of Martyrs' Souls). Courtesy Abu Dhabi Art Hub

Abu Dhabi

Food Festival

Visit the opening of Truckers Carnival as part of the Abu Dhabi Food Festival. A blend of food-truck festival and fun fair, the event features 10 trucks, which change on a weekly basis, and 10 popular skill games from travelling fairs of the 1960s. Plus, the giant inflatable installation Luminarium, a maze of light and colours, will complete its Middle East tour here.

Opens Thursday, then runs daily until December 23, 4pm to 10pm on weekdays; 2pm to midnight on weekends, free entry, Dh20 to visit the Luminarium, outside Marina Mall, opposite the Marina Eye, Abu Dhabi,

Abu Dhabi


Attend the Festival of Falconry, which welcomes falconers from more than 80 countries presenting exhibitions, workshops and entertainment. Visit a Bedouin tent where you can see falcons and salukis, hear poetry and enjoy traditional food. Children will enjoy the games and interactive workshops.

Friday and Saturday, 9am to 9pm, free entry, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi,



Catch the final days of The Memory of Hope, an exhibition of works by Ethiopian photographer Aida Muluneh, who transforms the women in her compositions with painted faces to draw attention to the personas we adopt in order to hide our true intentions. Through the exhibition, Muluneh aims to emphasise the decadence that is rooted in those who profit from the disadvantaged.

Daily until Saturday, 10am to 7pm Thursday; 10am to 6pm Saturday (closed tomorrow), Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 380 8545,


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Abu Dhabi & Ajman

Comedy nights

End the week at Rooftop Comedy at Up & Below from Yalla Laughs, featuring top local comedians, including Salman Qureshi, Akshay Ahuja, Amit Asundani and MC Erik Thornquist. Tomorrow night, catch Yalla Laughs at the Radisson Blu in Ajman at 8pm, with headliner Simeon Goodson, Jon Boulton, Osman Rohail and more.

Thursday, 8pm, free entry, 21+, Up & Below, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi,


Home decor

Learn how to turn a house into a home with tips and tricks for home decor and Vastu, the science of architecture, including the placement of furniture and use of natural light, from celebrity consultant Rasesh Shah and Vastu and Feng Shui expert Padmaja Yadav at the Indian Property Show.

Daily until Saturday, 7pm to 8pm Thursday and 4pm to 5pm on Saturday for Rasesh Shah; 5pm to 6pm Friday for Padmaja Yadav, Indian Property Show, Halls 7 and 8, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai,



Catch the opening of the exhibition Love and Peace by Emirati artist Jamal Habroush Al Suwaidi, which features sculptures that reflect the artist's own style and feelings about the local environment, by combining symbols of the sea and desert with calligraphy. Pictured: Love - Blue

Opens Thursday, 7.30pm, then runs daily until December 29, 10am to 9pm, Saturdays to Thursdays; 2-9pm on Fridays, Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Shopping Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai,

The exhibition Love and Peace by Emirati artist Jamal Habroush Al Suwaidi opens Thursday at Pro Art Gallery (pictured: a detail of Love - Blue). Pro Art Gallery
The exhibition Love and Peace by Emirati artist Jamal Habroush Al Suwaidi opens Thursday at Pro Art Gallery (pictured: a detail of Love - Blue). Pro Art Gallery


Street festival

Visit the urban culture festival Sole DXB for the latest footwear fashion, talks, art, food, performances and more. Cinema Akil presents free film screenings today from 6.30pm, with the documentaries My Mic Sounds Nice – The Truth About Women in Hip-Hop and My Word Is Bond. Tomorrow and Saturday, hear talks by Pusha T and Peter Bittenbender, enjoy performances and more.

Daily until Saturday, from 6.30pm Thursday for free film screenings; noon to 10pm on Friday and Saturday, from Dh125, Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai,



The Ripple Effect dance company presents Yuva – The Spirit of the Night, which captures the spirit of youth in a showcase of global dance styles performed to Indian-influenced music. The dancers of various nationalities tell stories of joy, sadness and celebration.

Tomorrow, 6.30pm and 8.30pm, from Dh100, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777,

Get tickets to see Yuva - The Spirit of the Night performed by The Ripple Effect dance company. The Ripple Effect
Get tickets to see Yuva - The Spirit of the Night performed by The Ripple Effect dance company. The Ripple Effect