My funny Valentine

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Live, laugh, love doesn’t have to be that cheesy quote ubiquitous as wall decors – today, live it up with some laughs with (or without) your love at The Laughter Factory’s Do Yourself a Favor and Laugh More! Tour. Tez Ilyas, the popular British comedian known for his outrageously hilarious debut special TEZ Talks; Karen Bayley, the first female winner of the prestigious Comedy Store King Gong award, and Chris Betts, opener for Tom Green, and Rob Schneider, a regular at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, will take to the stage at Dukes Dubai, The Palm. Show starts at 9pm; tickets from Dh160 per person at thelaughterfactory.com.

Musical mélange

Kick back and enjoy music for a cause at the Coca Cola Arena on February 20, as the fundraising night for Arab Hope Makers – the region’s largest initiative to honour philanthropic efforts – makes its third appearance. The fundraiser will support building the new Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center in Egypt, and joining the cause will be multi-Grammy award-winning artist RedOne, Emirati singer Balqees and Arab music icon Nawal El Kuwaitia. Tickets from Dh50 at dubai.platinumlist.net.

Amjad Shakir
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The Fridge Concert Series at Alserkal Avenue ends on a high with a closing night performance by Sudanese singer-songwriter Amjad Shakir, who will perform his spellbinding originals in both English and Arabic. He will be supported by an incredible cast of musicians on the February 17, at The Fridge. Tickets from Dh40 per person at dubai.platinumlist.net.

Want to watch the performance for free? All you have to do is download the Surkus app and sign up!

Lebanese star Elissa will croon her way into your hearts at Global Village with an exclusive concert today. For simply the entrance price of Dh15, catch the singer perform her greatest hits, from Ajmal Ihsas to Saharna Ya Lail. Tickets cost Dh15 per person and can be bought at the entrance to Global Village.

Rise, shine and yoga

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Yogis of Dubai, listen up! Grab your mats and stretch it out at the fourth edition of XYoga Dubai Festival, a celebration of yoga, health and fitness on the February 21 and 22, at Kite Beach. With a day-long selection of activities, workshops and classes featuring the finest international and yoga instructors, this one-stop-shop also includes health-centric food stalls and yoga equipment stores. Register now for the free events at xyogadubai.com.

Have a pawsome weekend

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Get your tickets ready for the 2020 edition of popular community event Yas Pet Festival as the free-to-attend festival brings together pet owners, pet lovers and pets for a day of fun and celebrations in Abu Dhabi today! The event, designed to spread awareness on animal welfare and proper treatment of pets, features a vendor stall area, kids zone, interviews with pet owners and fancy dress competitions with owners and pets. There’s also a pet cooling stations, to ensure that your four-legged friend stays safe and healthy. Visit duarena.ae.

Walk the talk

Walk for a change at the eleventh Dubai Cares Walk for Education, a 45-minute stride today at Dubai Creek Park, to raise awareness around the importance of education and providing safe access to schools around the world. The event will also include post-walk entertainment and activities. You can register at 800tickets.com, or at the venue, for a donation fee of Dh35 per person.

Rack up some steps at the Health & Fitness Fun Festival Walk around UAE, a community walk to be held at Al Hudayriat Island, Abu Dhabi, on February 17. The event, which is open to all ages, is part of a month-long initiative that will offer free health awareness and fitness classes, sports tournaments, races and workshops. More info at healthfitness.ae.

Dino Dig at Oli Oli

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If you’re still wondering how to keep the kids occupied for two days, we’ve got some roaring good news – Oli Oli, the children’s play museum at Al Quoz has a Dino Dig running February 14-20. The  temporary installation that recreates a palaeontological exacavation site lets your tots (aged four to 11) dig away to unearth glow-in-the-dark replicas of dinosaur bones and fossils. Sounds like a much better plan than your dino-loving kid getting square-eyed watching endless re-runs of the The Flintsones and Barney, right?

For older children, who can tell a T-Rex from a Triceratops, the installation is a gateway into deepening their fascination with these prehistoric creatures, and learn all about the Jurassic Era. The Dino Dig installation is part of the children’s museum’s weeklong Dino Takeover initiative that’s introducing kids to dinosaurs through and educative Dino trail, shadow play, craft sessions making dino masks and more. Entry costs Dh42 for adults and Dh126 for kids above two years of age. Book now at oliolidino.platinumlist.net.