Top 10: Visit Al Ain to see large-scale artworks as part of the Abu Dhabi Art series, meet members of the New York City Football Club in Abu Dhabi, and more

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See large-scale sculpture and installation artworks in Al Ain as part of the Abu Dhabi Art series Beyond: Artist Commissions. Contemporary artists Manal Al Dowayan presents You Are From Me and I Am From You, a study of the unseen in which the artist attempts to examine a parallel world, and Nasser Al Salem whose installation Yuheb (pictured) is located at Al Jahili Fort and explores the notion or war and inner conflict stemming from profound love. A third artwork in the series by Magdi Mostaf is a sound-and-light installation located at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi.

Daily until January 27, Al Ain Oasis and Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain,


Kids’ fun

Fun City offers the 100 Days of Play Membership, which gives children ages 1 to 12 unlimited access to all Fun City, Fun Ville and Fun Works outlets for Dh99. Younger children will enjoy the supervised areas that feature dress up, motor-play areas and craft zones. Older children, between the ages of ages 5 to 12, can burn off energy in the play zones with safe places to slide, run, climb and jump, with ball pits, ladders and blocks.

Available daily, Dh99 and valid for 100 days, at Fun City, Fun Ville and Fun Works venues across the UAE,


Fitness event

Registration is open for the 26th annual Wadi Bih Run in Dibba, Oman. More than 2,100 runners are expected to compete in five race categories through trails of the Hajjar Mountains, including 30km, 50km, 72km and relay team races, with challenging ascents and stunning views.

February 2 and 3, Dibba, Oman, register by January 18 at

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Wellness series

Join The Complete Reset, a six-week programme of fitness, weight loss and body wellness led by nutritionist Suzan Terzian at Bodytree Studio. The programme is a small group of women who will become a network of support through group nutrition and movement classes.

January 17 to February 28, from Dh1,950, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448,


Family fun

Rise at Dubai Creek Harbour now runs during the week, so families can enjoy a mix of activities such as arts and crafts, film screenings, fitness classes, food trucks and a retail market as well as views of the Downtown Dubai skyline. Today, take part in a photography workshop at 5pm and tomorrow try Pilates at 5pm.

Daily from 5pm, free activities, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai,


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As part of the Abu Dhabi Classics series, Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, a Chopin competition gold medallist who is passionate about the composer’s works, will perform two recitals in the emirate, featuring a programme of Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi and then selections from Schumann, Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort.

February 7 and 8, doors open at 7pm; concert starts at 8pm on February 7, The Arts Center, NYU Abu Dhabi; doors open at 7pm; concert starts at 8pm on February 8, Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi, from Dh105,


Football festival

Register to attend the free football festival to celebrate the launch of the Dubai City Football Club. The organisation plans to turn professional in the next 12 months, and offers a new approach to football, player identification and development. Players ages 6 to 18 are invited to this event to play alongside elite players and improve their skills with top coaches.

Friday, 9am to 10.30am for U8, U10 and U12 players as well as girls; 11am to 12.30pm for U14, U16 and U18, free, Kings Al Barsha School, Dubai, register at 052 135 5383,

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Football event

Meet members of the New York City Football Club tonight at Blu Sky Lounge & Grill. Costa Rican players Rodney Wallace and Ronald Matarrita, Americans Sean Johnson, Ben Sweat and Jonathan Lewis, and English U21 player Jack Harrison will be on hand and will take part in a Q&A session. Attending fans are invited to enter a competition to win a round-trip flight to New York to watch a NYCFC match.

Tonight, 8pm to 9.30pm, Blu Sky Lounge & Grill, Southern Sun Hotel, Abu Dhabi,



Visit Grey Noise gallery to see Fahd Burki's exhibition Momentary Structures and Five Intervals. Twelve small paintings on paper make up Momentary Structures, in which the artist explores the idea of impermanence through a sense of movement and transience. Five Intervals is a series of chalky tones on canvas that suggest silence, reminiscent of stone tablets, that can be interpreted as an untroubled moment. Pictured: Momentary Structure VI

Daily until February 10, 11am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 379 0764,



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

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