We have your plans fro the week ahead sorted!
1. Abu Dhabi’s Got Talent
Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi, is going to be a fountain of talent from January 14-20 during the MBC’s Got Talent Live show. Contestants who were winners and finalists on British, Ukrainian, American and French editions of the Got Talent TV show will perform at the event. The exciting line-up includes Japanese artist Kenichi Ebina who won the 8th season of America’s Got Talent in 2013, eight-year-old magician and runner-up of 2017 edition of Britain’s Got Talent, Issy Simpson and Ukraine’s Got Talent’s Gennady Tkachenko-Papizh who imitates the sound of birds and Tatiana Kundik, a circus acrobat. The live shows happen twice a day at 4.30pm and 7.30pm and run for 45 minutes; standing room at the show is free and seated tickets start from Dh10.
2. K-Pop Power
K-Pop (South Korean pop music for the uninitiated) has come a long way since Gagnam Style flooded the airwaves in 2012 – such is the popularity of Korean boy bands that The Dubai Fountain is going to add Korean pop song Power by the boy band EXO to its list of songs on 16 January. Even better: Members of the band will be present to watch the musical fountain dance to their hit, and fans can meet and greet the nine-member crew the same day.
3. Market Place
DSF’s Market Outside the Box (MOTB) is back at the Burj Park for its fifth edition. The market will feature stalls made of upcycled shipping containers that will host around 120 up and coming regional designers and home-grown brands until January 20. You can browse for fashion, jewellery, and home décor from designers like Deborah Henning, Emirati fashion label House of Fatan and furniture store The Bowery Company. Health and nutrition make an appearance at the market this with meal plan companies such as MySixPak and Tania’s Teahouse setting up stalls. Curbing expenditures as a New Year resolution? The market will have fun activities such as Pilate classes, an outdoor cinema and performances by hip-hop dancers and magicians that will keep you and your wallet entertained. From 4pm-10pm on weekdays and from 10am-10pm on weekends.
4. Top Theatrics
Alice in Wonderland, a ballet rendition of the classic fairy tale will be performed at Ductac on January 19. Young ballerinas and male dancers of the 130 Ballet Centre will make a point with their pointes – all proceeds from the shows will be donated to Breast Friends, under Al Jalila Foundation’s cancer research arm. The choreography will combine classical ballet with tap and modern dance transport viewers to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. Shows twice a day at 3pm and 6pm; tickets from Dh125 at ductac.org.
The 10-minute play competition Short+Sweet is happening at the The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on January 19 and 20. The theatre festival is a platform for local actors, writers, and directors to showcase their experimental work. You can catch performances of the competition’s top 10 plays on Friday and Saturday with an additional wildcard performance at 3pm on Saturday. Tickets from Dh105 at nyuad-artscenter.org.
6. Hump Day
How well do you know the ship of the desert? Get up to speed with camels, the country’s slow but trusted mode of travel before SUVs and supercars became a staple in the UAE. The Travel Through Our Traditions tours by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture will cover the historical tradition of camel convoys, local rearing and breeding practices and how they’ve contributed to Emirati culture and heritage as a source for leather, milk and meat, and trade. Starting at the Al Ain National Museum, the tour takes you to a number of camel farms in the city from 9am-3pm. If you can’t make it on January 13, the tour happens again on February 17. The journey is free to all; pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Cinema Inside Out
Cinema Space is the stuff cinephiles’ dreams are made of – the independent cinema initiative conducts regular free screenings of restored classics and contemporary world cinema at Manarat Al Saadiyat Auditorium in Abu Dhabi. On January 12, catch a screening of the restored version of Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark at 4pm. That means, when Indy’s signature whip cracks onto the screen you can see its every plait in high-definition without the grainy interference of time.
French film 35 Rhums plays at 7pm on January 12 – the family drama revolves around the beautiful father-daughter relationship of train driver Lionel and his only daughter. Visit cinemaspace-abudhabi.splashthat.com to book your free seats.
More screen time, but in the outdoors, is available at Golden Mile Galleria’s month-long series of free family movie nights. Starting January 19, you can enjoy children’s films like Zootopia, Kung Fu Panda 3, Finding Dory and Despicable Me 3. From 5.30pm-7.30pm; goldenmilegalleria.com.
8. Liwa Cycling Race
Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter will be chock full with cyclists January 12 when the Liwa Cycling Race starts at 8am. The race has 104km, 84km and 40km courses that all start from the Moreeb Dune and will take participants through picturesque parts of the desert. Registration costs Dh58 per person at premieronline.com.
9. Palm Run
The inaugural Palm Run kicks off on January 19 at the Board Walk Palm Jumeirah. The community fun run organised by RaceME and Fitness First has three different categories to suit all fitness levels and ages – pick from 3km, 5km or 10km. For kids in the four to 10 years old age group there’s a 1km course. Race packs can be collected from Palm Monorail car park from January 16-18. Registration fees for children under 10 years is Dh75, Dh135 for kids aged 10-19 years and Dh170 for adults (20 plus). Visit uae.fitnessfirstme.com to register.
10. Children’s art courses
Sharjah Arts Foundation is conducting children’s courses and workshops on January 13 in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Hassan Sharif: I Am The Single Work Artist. Kids can pick up the basics of the artist’s method such as sculpting with toys where they will learn how to use bits and pieces of recycled toys to create a larger sculpture. They will also be taught the basics of Rope Art that involves getting creative and knotting or dying ropes and incorporating them into their artwork. Workshops are free but registration is a must; call 06 568 5050. From 10am-3pm at the Collections Building in the Arts Square.
11. Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival
For some more art, head to the Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival. The 20th edition of the festival is on until January 23 and runs at six venues in the city – 31 exhibitions will be showcased at Sharjah Art Museum and 10 others will be on display at Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Awqaf Department, Al Qasba, Maraya Art Centre, and the Calligraphy Square - Calligraphy Centre, Calligraphers Studios, and Calligraphy Museum. The festival has a total of 270 activities that are a mix of exhibitions, installations and workshops that explore Islamic art forms such as calligraphy, Islamic architecture and floral ornamentation and their impact on human culture and the global art scene.