Sharjah Light Festival
Immerse yourself in a whole new world as the Sharjah Light Festival returns to the emirate for its tenth anniversary. The magical event will feature installations and lightshows at all architectural landmarks in Sharjah, such as Al Hisn Fort, Al Noor Mosque and the like. And the best part? It can be viewed for free! The festival runs until February 15, and you can find the show location and timings at sharjahlightfestival.ae.
Cinema under the stars
Out in Ajman, as the temperature decreases, reasons to step out increase. Watch animated classics like Hotel Transylvania and Stuart Little with your family at the free-for-all outdoor cinema experience at Al Hamra Movie Nights. The films will be screened for free, but bring your own blankets, chairs and bag of popcorn, to keep cosy during the screening. The program runs every Saturday until February 22, at the Bayti pool in Al Hamra Village, from 6-9pm. Check out @AlHamraOfficial on Facebook for more information on the films being screened.
Federer, Djokovic at Dubai Tennis
Watch out for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as tennis giants make their way to Dubai for a riveting showdown. Running from February 17 to 29 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, the tournament will feature tennis heavyweights such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Ashleigh Barty and Belinda Bencic, as they compete for the prestigious trophy. Tickets from Dh55 at dubai.platinumlist.net.
Romance is in the air
This Valentine’s Day get nostalgic at the Bollyboom Valentines 2020 concert, where Indian pop rock band Sanam will belt out covers of romantic Bollywood hits such Lag Jaa Gale and Mere Mehnoon as well as their original tracks with accomplished singer-songwriter Sanah Moidutty who’s known for songs such as Afeemi, on February 14 at Bollywood Parks Dubai. The show will feature the band in its entirety featuring singers, guitarists and composers, including Sanam Puri, Samar Puri, Venky S and Keshav Dhanraj. Tickets start from Dh99 at dubai.platinumlist.net.
Tech two, act one
Head to the NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center to catch Cartography – a platform-bending theater piece centering on migration and refugee youth, created by NYC-based theater artist Kaneza Schaal and accomplished fine artist Christopher Myers. Running until February 15 at The Black Box at The Arts Center, the multi-platform show will incorporate elements from all forms of media, from filmmaking to dance and technology – sound sensors that respond to actors voices to create a virtual storm and cellphones will be used to mark memories and distances traveled, promising a visceral experience for all viewers. Tickets from Dh50 at nyuad-artscenter.org.
Kids’ flea market
Teach your kids the value of pre-loved goods and the concept of recycling through second-hand items at the Kids Flea Market at Sustainable City tomorrow. The community event for kids, run by kids will see children set up a stall and sell everything from books to furniture and CDs and learn how to repurpose everyday items. The market will also hold a plethora of activities to delight visitors, from art and cooking workshops to pet adoption. Bring along your furry companions too, as the pet-friendly venue boasts a dedicated dog park and other amenities. The event is free for visitors, while stalls will be rented at Dh50. Look for more information at tickikids.com. From 10am-6pm.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the best of two games at the footvolley (a sport combining aspects of football and volleyball) tournament on February 14. Hosted by the Wavebreaker Beach Club at Hilton JBR, it is open to kids and adults alike. Players can come in teams or individually for the friendly tournament, which will also feature mouthwatering signature dishes on the beach club’s menu. Registration starts from Dh100 at hilton.com, with a 20 per cent special discount for food and beverages. From 10am-5pm.
Shop it up at this pop-up
Keep those credit cards handy! The Posh Rack & Atelier Summer Luxe Pret Pop-Up is happening on February 11 at Vida Emirates Hills. Unleash your inner shopaholic and purchase the best of fashion, accessories, jewellery, lifestyle products and more. Browse through Bollywood celebrity designers Vikram Phadnis & Seema Khan’s curated collection of Indo-Fusion Summer & Destination Wedding wear along with Deepika Anands' Indian classics and handcrafted Polki jewellery from Tyaani by Karan Johar. While you’re there, don’t miss the launch of LesFemmes – the UAE's first women’s networking app. It’ll be your chance to meet like-minded women, network, join groups and sell and buy women's items. Also on-site will be make-up experts from Inglot as well as giveaways by jewellery designer Rocks & Ice for the first 50 women. Call 055 560 9524 for details; from 10am-7pm.