Ajman Wedding Fair
If you’re walking down the aisle soon, stop by the Ajman Palace Hotel Wedding Fair 2017 on January 11, 12 and 13. The three-day fair will feature leading vendors, designers (including Mona Al Mansouri’s designs, pictured) and wedding planners. There are also live cooking demonstrations and bridal fashion shows. From 4-10pm at The Ajman Palace Hotel; call 06 701 8839.
Andrea Bocelli in Dubai
Legendary Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is performing on January 7 at a gala dinner at the Billionaire Mansion club in Taj Dubai. The Time To Say Goodbye singer will also play the piano during the intimate 40-minute performance. From 8pm, the black-tie event includes drinks and dinner, packages from Dh5,000 per couple. Call 04 510 3100.
Fitness and community
Families residing in Mirdif have reason to rejoice with the addition of the new Shorooq Community Centre. The centre features retail outlets, dining venues such as Kababji Grill, Circle Cafe, and fitness options like New Techno Fitness centre alongside play areas for children. If you’re looking to pick up healthy habits in the new year and get outdoors, the community centre’s gated football fields, tennis court, swimming pool and jogging track are a great starting point.
Let that new year resolution to stay fit hold water with L’Atelier Aquafitness’ month-long new year challenge starting January 15. Attend a minimum of three shape classes per week in the ladies-only aqua-biking fitness studio on Al Wasl Road. Participants in the 2016 challenge lost 13cm-29cm all over their bodies. Classes from Dh155; one-, three- and six-month memberships from Dh695. Call 04 338 8323.
Check out the market held every Saturday from 10am-4pm at the Dubai Garden Centre on Shaikh Zayed Road. Tables featuring silver and copper jewellery, rustic home decorations and recycled items are set up in the green landscape of shrubs and trees. A saxophonist will soothe shoppers, children visit the petting zoo with goats, ducks, chickens, and a pony, and there’s fresh fruit and veg juices from Joga.
Scouting for fun family days out in Sharjah? Souq Al Jubail in Sharjah’s central market is organising Family Fridays all through January to mark the Souq’s first anniversary. There will be food kiosks, children’s cinema screenings and arts and crafts. From 7am-11am, it’s a great excuse for a morning waterfront walk by the Corniche.
The fourth Sharjah World Music Festival kicks off on January 6 with performances by Egyptian singer and actress Sherine Abdel Wahhab and the UAE’s Hussain Al Jassmi at 8pm at the Al Majaz amphitheatre. The festival continues at Flag Island Amphitheatre until January 14 with events such as Um Kalthoum Night, by Egyptian actress Reham Abdel Hakim.
From January 9-11 Masrah Al Qasbah Theatre will host musical acts such as French band Chico and The Gypsies and the Jewel of Flamenco concert, featuring Spanish pianist David Durant and singer Marina Heredia from Granada. Tickets from Dh250 at ticketmaster.ae
Stars of stage and screen
The Urban Outdoor Cinema series starts on January 7 at Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai. Until January 16 enjoy classics, rom-coms and cult musicals al fresco. The line-up features Annie Hall (January 7), Jerry Maguire (January 8), Casablanca (January 9), Grease (January 14) and Gone with the Wind (January 15). A screening of Four Weddings and a Funeral wraps up the fun on January 16. Dh75 per person.
Fans of theatre can enjoy UK’s National Theatre plays with The Courtyard Playhouse’s National Theatre Live screenings. On January 12, 13 and 14 at 8pm, the Al Quoz venue is broadcasting performances of absurdist playwright Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, featuring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart from the West End’s Wyndham Theatre. From 8pm. Free entry.
Most Likely to Succeed
Clarion School Dubai is hosting a free screening of ‘Most Likely to Succeed’- a Sundance selected and critically acclaimed documentary on January 11. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley the inspiring film explores the potential of students and teachers with a change in education systems and schools. The film features inputs from important figures in the sector of education such as Sir Ken Robinson and Salman Khan - founder of online Khan Academy. From 6pm- 8.30pm. Limited seats only, to RSVP register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clarion-commons-most-likely-to-succeed-tickets-30803657569#tickets