Hiking, zip lining, camping in Hatta

The third season of Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub, one of the UAE’s popular eco-friendly adventure destinations, is on and runs all the way through until April 2021. Take a break from the city and head off to Hatta for some much-needed R&R, not to mention excitement. Take part in activities such as glamping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, zip-lining, wall climbing, paragliding and also delve into the heritage of Hatta. Hatta hiking trails currently span more than 30km and are spread across five new routes. The trails are divided into different grades of routes to accommodate every level and experience of hiker.

Back by popular demand this year are four new exciting activities: a 10m-tall Climbing Wall with five separate lanes; zip line with dual lines to race 350m across the wadi; slingshot propelling thrill-seekers to heights of 50m at speed, guaranteeing a boost of adrenaline rush; and paragliding to provide visitors with the opportunity to witness the natural beauty of Hatta from a bird’s eye view.

Back by popular demand this year is the 10m-tall Climbing Wall with five separate lanes
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Hatta Hiking Trails, a 32.6km ability-graded set of hiking routes, are available both for free and as guided tours and will remain open all year giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Hatta mountains up close. The trails, which start from the Hatta Wadi Hub, comprise four colour-coded routes of various difficulty levels, for absolute beginners through to experienced hikers and off-road runners. The routes are Green, Blue, Red and Black, going from easiest to hardest. Together, the Hatta Hiking Trails form the longest sign-posted hiking routes in the UAE.

Visitors can enjoy camping under the stars at the main activity centre, Hatta Wadi Hub
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Complementing the variety of adventure experiences, Hatta Heritage Village, one of the oldest existing Emirati villages in Dubai, has been rebuilt and enhanced to offer a unique local community feel, taking visitors back hundreds of years to interact with authentic Emirati culture. The site includes a Majlis, where locals and visitors come together to share and learn the history of Hatta; boutique shops selling local arts and crafts and Hatta-made honey; a heritage store and a local restaurant called Al Hajarain.

Hatta Resorts is home to the first glamping trailers and eco-friendly mountain lodges in the UAE, with its two distinctive accommodations, Hatta Sedr Trailers and Hatta Damani Lodges, designed to provide a picture-perfect escape. Visitors can also enjoy the option of camping under the stars at the main activity centre, Hatta Wadi Hub, where they can choose to bring their own tents or caravans. Fee for camping experiences start from Dh129. For details, check visithatta.com.

Head to the Global Village

Can’t travel? Go to Global Village. The iconic attraction marks the silver jubilee edition this year, and fittingly this time it’s bigger and better with stellar performances and awesome new rides. Apart from the fact that there are going to be three new pavilions – Russia, Cambodia and Vietnam – what makes Global Village more enticing is that each country’s pavilion offers a plethora of outlets, ranging from art and craft, to food and unique souvenirs.

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Tickets priced at Dh15. Entry will be free for children under three, people of determination and seniors aged 65 and above. The park operates from 2pm to 11pm every Saturday, 4pm to midnight (with last entry at 11.30pm) Sunday to Wednesday, and 4pm to 1am (with last entry at 12.30am) Thursday and Friday. For more information visit www.globalvillage.ae/en/.

The Arch for adventure lovers

Lace up your sneakers and prepare to enjoy the outdoors. Dubai Festival City Mall has prepared the ideal activity – The Arch, a giant state-of-the-art multipurpose iconic venue featuring an Adventure Park with various activities to set hearts pumping. Four activities will be available on The Arch – a climbing wall, zip line, bag jump and quick flight.

Participants will sail through the air on a 230m zip line while taking in views from the iconic location. A massive leap of faith from a 13m platform awaits those who love an adrenaline rush.

The Arch will be opening as part of DTCM’s Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC), an annual celebration of all things fitness and wellness. This year’s event runs until November 28.

The Arch opens on November 6. Dubai Festival City Mall will also be hosting four fitness activity zones in the fitness village – football, basketball, pump track and a workout stage. For more information visit dubaifestivalcitymall.com.

An out-of-the-world experience at OliOli

Want to feel like an astronaut seeing the moon up close? Now you can. Dubai’s experiential play museum OliOli has ‘brought’ the moon to Dubai to mark the centre’s third anniversary.

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Fusing imagery from detailed Nasa pictures of the lunar surface, moonlight and surround sound composition created by Bafta and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones, the Museum of the Moon will offer kids and adults quite literally an out-of-this-world, fully immersive experience. OliOli Dubai is located in Al Quoz, next to Oasis Centre.

The experience offers moon tours where lunar landing sites and interesting information about the moon will be shared with visitors. A VR Moon Buggy Experience, Rocket Racers, an interactive game where multiple participants race their rockets to the moon, and a phases of the Moon session where participants join in on a craft activity to help explain the phases of the moon are also available. Participants get to decorate and take home the craft.

Tickets start from Dh126 for a child (one adult goes in free with the kid). Visit OliOli.ae for details.

Sharjah Film Platform: Intellectualise and prioritise your films

The year’s edition of Sharjah Film Platform (SFP) presents a robust line-up of film screenings online and in cinemas, including award-winning and never-before-seen films. SFP also features public talks on contemporary topics on film, and awards for the best documentary, experimental and narrative films.

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Screenings will take place at the Foundation’s contemporary open-air Mirage City Cinema, the recently renovated iconic Flying Saucer and Cinemacity Imax at Zero 6 Mall in Sharjah, from Nov 14-21. Online screenings will be hosted on the Foundation’s dedicated virtual festival platform, which will also present the extensive talks and workshops programme. This year, the Foundation is broadening Sharjah Film Platform programming with the launch of the Industry Hub, a new initiative that aims to support film production and distribution in the Menasa region.

SFP3 film screenings can be enjoyed from home on the festival’s online platform. Free to attend talks and workshops can also be accessed through the same virtual platform; however, advance registration is required. Online festival tickets are Dh10 per film screening. The online all-access festival pass is Dh50 for unlimited film screenings throughout the festival period. Tickets can be booked online and at the venues. Visit film.sharjahart.org.

Aventura: nature-led playground for the family

Remember the days when the most important thing was building a tree house or running around with your friends outdoors? As we inhabit an increasingly virtual world – exacerbated by the seismic shift in day-to-day life this year – the desire and craving for nature-based experiences to feel connected to our surroundings is on the rise.

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Aventura, a nature-led playground for the entire family, offers an opportunity to escape the ordinary – all set within a safe, socially distanced environment. This season, Aventura introduces new pay-as-you-go Bucket List activities, circuit experiences as well as the mid-term Life Skills Program – with nature taking centre stage.

Led by experienced coaches the new Life Skills programme allows young wannabe explorers to learn, grow and play in the surrounds of a rugged natural desert forest. Starting from Dh699 per week, the programme offers fun and engaging activities for children who want to experience outdoor activities that include physical education, strategic thinking and teamwork. As part of the programme the Aventura Rangers will get the chance to test their climbing, zip-lining and orienteering skills, while learning how to use a compass, build a shelter or preserve water. Details at aventuraparks.com.

Dubai Safari

Dubai Safari Park has opened its doors recently and offers an irresistible chance to get up close and personal with a wide variety of wildlife, birds and animals included. The park is divided into five zones, each offering unique attractions. While kids below three and people of determination enter free, the tickets for adults is Dh50 and Dh20 for older children. The park is open from 9am to 5pm every day.

Choice picks at the Ripe Market and Farmers Market ME

Get ready for some serious organic goodness. The Ripe Market and Farmers Market ME have joined forces to host a number of farmers each week to bring a new and exciting season of local and organic goodness. Expect a full season of fresh produce every week. Fruits and veggies are not the only things you can pick up from the market.

There are also freshly baked bread, preserves and vegan treats, fresh juices and even meat, offering tasty treats for everyone. Guests can take their taste buds on a journey of local produce paradise. On until May 1, The Ripe Market at the Academy Park, Umm Suqeim Road will be up and running every Friday, 9am – 7pm and every Saturday, 10am – 7pm. For more information visit ripeme.com.

Bear Grylls Explorers Camp: Get ready to bear it

Explore your limits. The world’s first Bear Grylls Explorers Camp comes to Ras Al Khaimah, along with Bear Grylls Survival Academy’s first camp accommodation, and it’s set on Jebel Jais. Filled with rigorous training sessions, participants will be taught how to survive out in the wild and away from civilisation. Run by Bear’s team of trained instructors and experts in their field, programmes have been designed by Bear Grylls and developed by the local team based on Bear’s survival experiences, his methods and techniques.

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There’s a variety of choices – 24-hour survival experience, a half- day course and a 45-minute session, all offering you the chance to push yourself farther than you’ve ever thought you could. Tickets starting from Dh450 per person (half-day experience).

Visit beargryllscamp.ae for details.

Jazz it up and The Best of Queen show

Come Thursday November 5, jazz enthusiasts will be able to enjoy an extra show at 8pm for Ronnie Scott’s Giants of Jazz. This concert, with music, film and images, is a musical journey through the last 100 years of jazz. It starts with Louis Armstrong and ends with the golden age of swing with Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington, jazz vocalists Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, and the jazz star soloists Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson and Chet Baker, to name a few.

Tickets start at Dh175.

On Friday, November 13, at 8pm, for the first time on stage together, Guy Manoukian and Ara Malikian will captivate fans in concert at Dubai Opera. An internationally acclaimed musician, composer and pianist, Manoukian will return by popular demand for the third year running. A key musical player, both locally and internationally, for the past 20 years, Manoukian’s fusion of oriental melodies with modern arrangements has taken him across the world and has made him one of the most sought-after artists today. Tickets start at Dh195.

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On Friday, November 20, at 8pm, The Bohemians will take the Dubai Opera stage to pay homage to the world’s most theatrical and dramatic rock band, Queen. The Best of Queen show features a selection of the most loved and iconic classics from across Queen’s entire back catalogue, creating a live stage show which really catches the essence of this most incredible British band.

Frontman and pianist Rob Comber’s outrageous stage antics and personality make him perfect to play an uncannily realistic ‘Freddie’ with just the right look and stage persona.

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Rob is joined on stage by an enormously talented band, including Christopher Gregory, who brings all the electric guitar virtuosity required to play a very convincing Brian May. Their attention to detail is truly impressive and this show promises to be a fearsome production which will take the Queen legacy to a new place. Ticket prices start from Dh145.

For further information, visit dubaiopera.com.

Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon

Gear up for the upcoming Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon 2021; registration is now officially open. Runners and athletes from across the UAE and further afield are invited to secure a spot at the event scheduled to take place on Friday, February 19, on Al Marjan Island. The 2021 World Athletics Gold Label race will be the landmark 15th edition of the event. All necessary precautions and strict safety measures are being taken to ensure a safe and healthy time during this event. For more information, visit therakhalfmarathon.com/registration.

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