Walks in the park
The Walk for Arthritis walkathon’s 2019 edition will happen on February 22 at Dubai Creek Park. The free event by Middle East Arthritis Foundation aims to educate the public about essential resources, information and proper treatments that can help those battling the debilitating condition that affects millions of people globally — and one in five people in the UAE. The 3.5km walk will see patients, carers, specialists and the general public participate. It also includes a bone and joints-themed fancy dress competition. From 8am at Gate number 2; register online at arthritis.ae.
Dubai Cares’ annual Walk for Education rolls out Friday at Dubai Creek Park. The symbolic 3km walk also aims to raise awareness about the importance of access to schools and education for underprivileged children and young people around the world. This year, the walk features a carnival theme and participants can enjoy carnival games, music by the choir group from Gems school, hula hoop, bouncy castles and arts and crafts stations, parades by Dubai Police Band and more. Registration costs Dh30 and all proceeds will be donated to Dubai Cares’ educational programmes around the world; visit virginmegastore.ae.
Food that’s insta good
A festival that celebrates a social media habit we’re all guilty of is here — Dubai’s Most Instagrammable Food Festival starts Friday at BurJuman. The mall will be overrun with food art installations that range from spinning doughnuts, moving noodles, colourful sushi rolls and hanging fluffy marshmallows, to an oversized popcorn tub. And if that doesn’t take the cake, the 8.4-metre-tall ice cream cone positioned in the main atrium will. As part of the food fest, the mall’s F&B outlets will be handing out giveaways and food samples. Now to decide what filter to use…
Art on track in RAK
The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival is running until February 28 at the pearling village of Al Jazirah Al Hamra. The theme for the seventh edition is Old Meets New and will see the village turned into an open-air gallery displaying modern photos and art against a historic backdrop. More than 70 artists, both international and local, are showcasing their work. Sculptures being showcased will be on display at the National Museum, which is also the venue for outdoor film screenings and workshops on fine art photography and acrylic art. Free entry; rakfinearts.ae.
Such a racquet
Now here’s combination of the terms love and matches that everyone can relate to regardless of their relationship status — the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships start on February 17. You can watch the crème de la crème of the sport battle it out at the Dubai Tennis Stadium until March 2; World number 1 Naomi Osaka, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, seven-time champion Roger Federer and former US Open winner Marin Cilic are just a few of the top players who’ll be vying for glory and the trophy. Grandstand tickets start from Dh55, dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com.
Laughter sounds the same in all languages but the punchlines land better if it’s in a lingo you grasp, which is why the Montreux Comedy Festival has three different shows in English, Arabic and French during its Dubai tour from February 20-22. The Swiss comedy festival’s international edition will run at the Madinat Theatre and features a line-up that includes Ali Al Sayed, Kyan Khojandi (of French TV series Bref fame) from France, Sundeep Fernandes from India, Schalk Bezuidenhout from South Africa (who has opened for Trevor Noah) and others. Shows start at 8.30pm on February 20 and 21 and at 10.30pm on February 22; tickets from Dh150 at madinatjumeirah.com.
Some of Pakistan’s best musicians are performing at Bollywood Parks on Friday — the All For Love concert is being headlined by singer Shafqat Amanat Ali and pop-rock band Strings. Keeping in with Valentine’s Day’s loved-up ambience the singers will be belting out romantic hits such as Shafqat’s Bollywood ballads Mitwa (from Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) Aankhon Kay Sagar and Strings’ Door and Dhani. Half-day ticket costing Dh49 gives access to the concert and the park’s rides after 6pm. Concert starts at 7.45pm; visit bollywoodparksdubai.com.
Tomorrow, legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum will be celebrated at the Dubai Opera — Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali, who is known for her contribution to contemporary Arabic music, will step back in time and revive Umm Kulthum’s repertoire of evergreen melodies such as Al Atlal and Alf Leila w Leila. Show starts at 8pm; tickets from Dh195 at dubaiopera.com.