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What to do this week: Friday’s don’t-miss-it guide

The best events, places and experiences to check out around the country

Staff report
23 Feb 2017 | 12:24 pm
  • Sharjah Ladies Run

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Sharjah’s sights, sounds and sports

Who runs through Sharjah? Girls! At the Sharjah Ladies Run on Feb 24, women aged 12 and above can participate in the 5km and 10km races. The race starts from Skyline University at Sharjah University City and lasts from 6pm-9pm. The 5km run has a participation fee of Dh100, and Dh160 for the 10km run, inclusive of a certificate and goody bag. Sign up online at slc.ae.

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Find Nemo – and plenty of other species of fish – at the Sharjah Aquarium Carnival. Until February 26 from 5.30pm-10pm daily, there’ll be aquatic-themed entertainment, theatrical performances, visual displays and workshops where you can learn about the UAE’s marine life and methods of conservation. Life-size models of sharks and seahorses, and bubble machines and aquatic sounds will recreate the mystery of the deep blue in the Sharjah Aquarium at Al Khan. Entrance fee of Dh15 for children aged two-12 years and Dh25 for adults and children 13 years and above.

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Finally, Syrian singer Assala and Egyptian star Angham perform at Al Majaz Amphitheatre on Feb 24 at 9pm, with tickets from Dh150 at ticketmaster.ae.

Action-packed

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Flip Out Dubai is hosting its first Flip The Lights Surge Party on March 2. Teens aged 12-16 can dance the night away at the trampoline park where DJ Jen will play R&B and hip-hop hits. The party will also see trained athletes teach parkour jumps, 3D wall running and other tricks. NKD Pizza will be on site for those hungry from all the leaping and jumping, and hourly competitions will include tickets to Justin Bieber’s Dubai concert. Entry is Dh180; flipout.ae.

The annual Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy International Show Jumping Cup’s fourth edition takes place on Feb 24 and 25 at Abu Dhabi Golf and Equestrian Club. The free-entry event will have over 120 participants competing in six categories of showjumping and equestrian sports for men, women and children. On Feb 24 at 3.30pm there will be an obstacle course for women riders with the chance to win Dh50,000. Spectators should stop by the Equestrian Village, an interactive village full of activities that show how equestrian sports are rooted in Emirati culture. Visit fbma.ae/events.

Dubai International Boat Show sets sail on February 28 at Dubai International Marine Club at Mina Seyahi. It’s OK if you’re not shopping for yachts – visitors can enjoy performances and music at The Beach entertainment area and the food stalls. Diving enthusiasts should check out the trade show’s displays of equipment and you can also enjoy tester sessions of watersports such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing. If the open ocean calls out, try out the daily sailing experiences hosted by Eden Yachting. Tickets on the door, Dh60; boatshowdubai.com.

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The racing action leading up to the Dubai World Cup on March 25 continues with the ongoing races at Meydan – there’s a race happening on Feb 25, from 2.30pm-7.30pm. Tickets from Dh50 at platinumlist.ae.

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Hold up on that safari holiday. You can now get up close and personal with wildlife and animals at The Dubai Mall with VRZOO, a virtual reality experience that launched this week. Visitors will get the option to explore two different experiences – the first is a live-action footage and 360-degree views of countries including Uganda, South Africa, the Maldives, Egypt, Australia and Tanzania’s Mafia Island, in which you can encounter species on the brink of extinction. The second option, a CGI experience, allows you to view underwater habitats. Dh30 for the 360-degree and Dh50 for the CGI.

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Prefer to enjoy the excitement of global events from your couch or bed? Wake up early to tune into the Oscars on Monday morning. It’s broadcast live from 5.30am on OSN, and is a great excuse to have popcorn before the sun rises, we say.

Laugh riot

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Need a good laugh? On March 2 and 3, The Junction at Alserkal Avenue is hosting Indian stand-up comedian Amit Tandon in a show featuring the best of Amit’s stand-up from the last 6 years. Opening for Tandon is Dubai’s own Pawan Manghnani. Shows at 8pm, tickets Dh150 at tixbox.com; call 04 338 8525.

Baby’s day out

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You already know that your baby has the chubbiest cheeks and the sparkliest eyes, but if you want to check out the competition, head over to the Annual Healthy Baby Contest & Exhibition at Thumbay Hospital, in Al Qusais today from 2-9pm. The event promotes healthy lifestyles through contests, activities, and talks with paediatricians. There will be prizes in five age categories for children between three months to five years, and also in the categories of curly hair, sparkling eyes, ‘sunshine smile’, and chubby cheeks. Registration is Dh50 per child. To register, visit thumbayhospital.com/baby2017

Giving is good

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Support Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities at its annual fair on Feb 24, 8am-9pm in Al Barsha 1. Expect rides, stalls, shows, a football tournament and the Al Noor Run. Want a good excuse to shop? Do it, and still give back with the Buy One, Give One initiative. For every item you buy within the campaign, Virgin Megastore will donate a similar one to Emirates Red Crescent to give to refugees. March 1-27, at Mall of the Emirates and The Dubai Mall.

Performances and art

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Those interested in a cross-cultural theatre experience should check out the Emirati-French Cultural Programme’s Trance-Forms: I Am My Language theatre production. Through dances, music, poems, life stories and recitals, the production captures the evolution of the UAE at Manarat Al Saadiyat, from Feb 25 until 28, at 8pm. Tickets from Dh100 at 800tickets.com (student tickets cost Dh50). Dig out those legwarmers as you follow the struggles, fears and triumphs of students at New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts in Fame the Musical at Madinat Theatre, until March 4. Tickets from Dh200. Watch live painting performances by Canadian artist Giselle Denis from March 1-17 at venues across the Raffles Dubai, including Raffles Salon, Solo Italian Restaurant and Bar, and the Raffles Garden during Friday brunch. Call 04 324 8888.

Night market

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Ripe has a night market at Al Barsha Pond Park on Feb 25 from 3-9pm. Local food businesses will have stalls and when you’re not eating, enjoy a slice of entertainment through performances by local artists, live movie screenings and fitness activities.

COLORS CricQuiz

Auditions for the COLORS CricQuiz, a show which tests the knowledge of the cricket enthusiasts, are taking place on February 25 between 11am and 1pm at Horizon International School, Dubai. UAE residents above the age of 18 can register themselves in teams of two. No registration fee is required to participate. Winning team will get an all-expense paid trip to the Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London. CricQuiz, which is in its fourth year, will telecast on Colors TV. To register email cricquiz2017@gmail.com or call on 04 453 9883. 

Staff report

Staff report