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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
15 Mar 2017 | 12:10 pm
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Family day out

All through March, along with LED installations, glowing coals from barbecue grills will also be lighting up Dubai Garden Glow, thanks to the free barbecue facilities the theme park is offering guests. You will need to carry nothing with you – chicken meat and other necessary barbecuing materials can be purchased at the park. While you’re busy grilling, kids can enjoy the park’s thrilling animatronic dinosaurs, a dino lab, museum, zoo as well as live acts and musical entertainment celebrating nature and the environment. The park is open from 4pm-12am Saturdays to Wednesdays, and 4pm-1am on Thursdays, Fridays and public holidays. Entry to Garden Glow is through gate 6 of Zabeel Park, and is Dh60 per person. Children below three years can enter for free. Visit dubaigardenglow.com.

Why watch one award-winning musical when you can watch them all at once? Beyond the Barricade, a sell-out touring concert featuring principal performers from the hit musical Les Misérables, is on at the Madinat Theatre until March 18. The stage shows take you on a whirlwind tour of some iconic musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and The Lion King through songs, complete orchestrations and music from the original musicals. Shows on March 17 at 6pm and 9pm and on March 18 at 8pm. Tickets from Dh200 at madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com.

Every Saturday you can drag little ones away from their cartoon shows on TV and introduce them to their favourite characters in real life at Mattel Play Town, City Walk. The themed indoor edu-play centre will be serving healthy breakfast (eggs, chicken sausages, pancakes) that kids can tuck into with Barney and friends, Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder, Pingu and Mike the Knight, followed by face painting and other live entertainment. Dh120 for kids, Dh129 for parents. Every Saturday from 8.45am-10am.

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The Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort will keep kids out of trouble during spring break with a children’s camp from March 22 to April 1. Children aged four to 14 can learn swimming, watersports and arts and crafts, join fitness classes and set out on guided boat excursions. The camp runs daily from 9am-2pm and the daily rate of Dh180 includes lunch. A five-day programme costs Dh800 per child and the full 11-day camp costs Dh1,400 per child. Call 02 697 0272.

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The circus is in town, well the Monte Carlo Circus at Sharjah to be precise. Catch them in action at Al Qasba before they fold up their tent for the season on March 18. You’ll witness breathtaking magic tricks such as Blade Box, Quick Change – where an acrobat changes from one elaborate costume to another in seconds – and the Globe of Death, where a team of trained motorcyclists ride inside a mesh sphere ball. The circus staples – clowns – will also be performing comedy shows. Two performances are held daily at 6.30pm and 9.30pm. Tickets are from Dh75 at alqasba.ae.

Cool causes

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It’s high-time we reconsidered our long showers and dripping taps. According to the World Economic Forum, the global water crisis is the number one risk to society and it’s predicted that the world’s clean, freshwater reserves will deplete by 2050. It’s a scary picture, but there’s plenty you can do to stop it from materialising into reality. For starters visit Circle it back: World Water Day. The free event hosted by NGO Surge For Water at Sustainable City on March 17, will have a screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s award-winning film Before the Flood, a guided walk through Sustainable City, fun activities and games to learn about the journey of water and how to preserve this natural resource, and the chance to win a home water-purifying system. Visit surgeforwater.org.

Women are being celebrated on March 17 at Abu Dhabi’s Umm Al Emarat Park at an event for women and kids only. Etihad Aviation Group is organising its fifth Walk for a Cause event in support of women empowerment projects in the emirate and a global education project in Indonesia. Participation fee of Dh20 per woman includes an event fan and a pedometer. To register email SportsCommittee@etihad.ae.

Booking Now

Get your fedoras, whips, and adventurous spirits at the ready, because Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert is coming to the Dubai Opera on April 19 and 21. While you watch the original 1981 Oscar-winning film starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones on the big screen mouthing iconic lines like ‘Why did it have to be snakes?’, John Williams’ legendary score for the film will be performed live by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra. Doors open at 7.30pm, and the show starts at 8pm on both days. Get your tickets early to relive Indiana Jones’s treasure hunt from the best seats! Tickets at Dubaiopera.com from Dh150.

Staff report

Staff report