Recipe for success

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Are you an amateur chef, a food enthusiast or you just want to expand your culinary skills? Then dust off those aprons and sign-up for a cooking class.  Wax Pan-Asian restaurant at Hyatt Place Jumeirah is hosting a cooking class with chef Dewa on January 24. Experience a hands-on learning session including three Wax special recipes hailing from a selection of famous Far Eastern street-style favourite dishes. Participants also get to chow down on a delicious meal after the class. From 4pm-6pm. Dh60 per person inclusive of the meal, call 050 546 1605.

Another cooking class is taking place at Wagamama, Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah. This ladies-exclusive cooking class ran by the executive chef of Wagamama Abu Dhabi will bring you up to speed on various Japanese-inspired cooking practices, elements of Japanese nourishment and mindful eating. You will also have the chance to recreate the signature Wagamama sauce and learn the skills to master a dish from the restaurant’s menu. Classes are on-going and run from 7pm- 8pm, every Tuesday. Dh89 per person, including a main course and a soft drink. Call 02 679 7466.

Hatha yoga

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Do you want to stick to those New Year’s fitness resolutions? Bay Avenue is running free 60-minute outdoor Hatha yoga sessions every Friday until the end of January. The sessions will kick off at 8.15am with Anand Shekhar, a GFX yoga instructor, on the lawn next to the Skate Park in Business Bay. You can also take a trip to the Farmers Market hosted at the venue for some healthy breakfast and organic local produce available from 8am to 1pm. Suitable for all age groups, attendees are advised to bring their own mat.

Around the world in many bites

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Take a gastronomic tour and explore unique flavours from around the world as the World Trade Center Abu Dhabi extends its Street Food Festival until the end of January. Visitors can discover different food outlets offering bite-sized servings of their delicious dishes including tandoor Indian kebabs, Filipino barbeque bites, American pancakes and vegan delights, all for budget-friendly prices. The food festival also hosts farmers’ stands offering fresh produce from local farms. The street food fest runs from 5pm to 10pm every day until January 31.

Ice Ice Baby

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Enter into a winter wonderland with The Springs Souk as they host a variety of festive winter activities, kiosks and themed installations until tomorrow. Enjoy incredible kids’ attractions such as festive ball pits and other fun-filled outdoor games. Have a day out with family and friends. The festival runs between 10am and 10pm daily. Free entry to event.

Leggo with Lego

The Dubai Festival City (DFC) Mall is hosting the Middle East’s largest Lego Fest along with the first-of-its-kind Lego themed Imagine light and laser show until March 14. Enjoy a family-friendly experience with activities featured in seven different Lego zones, each celebrating a different popular Lego brand. Witness real life structures recreated right down to their minutest details, including a Burj Khalifa lego model! Entry: Dh30 per person.  The Lego-themed Imagine show is on every hour from 6pm at the Festival Bay and is free of cost.

Save the drama

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An endearing new play is on at The Junction. Tigers Be Still is a coming-of-age drama about the inevitable highs and lows of life everyone experiences. Written by Kim Rosenstock, who has also co-written Fly by Night and the TV show New Girl, this award-winning play is a rollercoaster of emotions –it explores the characters facing a fierce foe, a mother’s death, a father’s abandonment and more. Tigers Be Still is showing at The Junction, Alserkal Avenue today and tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets available from Dh75, to book call 04 3388 525 or visit bookmyshow.com.

Look wow while saying your vows

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Make your walk down the aisle stress-free with DIVAlicious’ Luxury prêt & Wedding Shopping exhibition on January 24 and 25 at the Godolphin Ballroom, Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel. The award-winning pop-up is bringing over 90 different exhibitors from around the world to Dubai, so you’re saved the hassle of travelling to Mumbai or Milan for traditional and western wedding ensembles from top designers, trendy accessories and jewellery including such jewellery brands as Tyaani by Karan Johar. Entry is free, from 11am-7pm on both days. Visit divalicious.com.

Entertainment fiesta

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Sharjah is hosting the Middle East’s first ever Fringe festival, a global art and entertainment event that focuses on experimental art forms. The buzzing energy of the Fringe Fest will be spread across four venues in Sharjah: Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Qasba, Al Noor Island and the Flag Island, with over 600 performances and 50 artists from all over the world. Some of the interactive shows and engaging performances to look out for are Ey Pacha, an Argentinian musician; Billy Kid, an illusionist from Canada; The Bubble Show by a UK-based bubbleologist Maxwell Graham, and The I Hate Children Children’s Show, a magic and comedy show by Paul Nathan. The festival runs until February 1. Acts range from free outdoor street performances to ticketed shows at fixed venues. Tickets range from Dh35-Dh50 at Sharjahfringe.com.

Starry night

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Thanks to DSF’s silver jubilee celebrations, January 24 is a date you want to mark on your calendars, as some of the biggest international artists will be performing in Dubai.  Egyptian star Amr Diab will be taking over the stage at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on January 24 to perform his number one hits such as Nour El Ain and Ana 3ayesh. Tickets from Dh295 available at 800tickets.com.

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Another star who will regale his UAE fans the same night is Robbie Williams. For the first time since 2015, the British popstar and ex-member of the boyband Take That, will be performing at The Pointe at 9pm. The concert will end with a spectacular display of fireworks at 10.30pm. Tickets from Dh295 at ticketmaster.ae. 

For the collective

The Collective, a one-day curated exhibition, Spring Summer Fashion Edition, is being held on January 25 at the Waldorf Astoria, DIFC. The event will feature Indian and Pakistani womenswear brands, such as Cherie D, 431-88 By Shweta Kapur and Misha Lakhani alongside menswear label Project Bandi. Luxury cashmere connoisseurs Janavi India and fine jewellers Rakyan’s and House of Rose will also be present at the show. From 10am-8pm. Call 050 3401335 or email TheCollectivedubai2020@gmail.com.