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10 things to do today: attend a tree-lighting ceremony at Emirates Palace, head to the Meet d3 event, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for December 8, 2016, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

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Abu Dhabi

Yoga event

Catch a screening of the film What is Real, which focuses on Jivamukti yoga and its history and evolution. It focuses on combining vigorous hatha yoga with music, meditation and a strong belief system. Dina Ghandour will lead the evening with an invigorating 60-minute Jivamukti class.

Tonight, from 6pm to 9pm, Dh95, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, www.bodytreestudio.com

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Dubai

Kids’ camp

Register your kids, ages 4 to 8, for the Storytelling Theatre Winter Camp at Courtyard Playhouse, where they can enjoy works by four favourite authors – Dr Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Oliver Jeffers’s Lost and Found, Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man and Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman and the Snowdog. Kids will make props and costumes to explore drama-based activities based on the books.

December 19 to 22 and December 26 to 29, 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm, Dh800, The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, register at 055 967 3927, [email protected]

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Abu Dhabi

Festive fun

Visit The Galleria on Al Maryah Island and enjoy a variety of activities, including roaming performances and live entertainment that includes the Nutcracker and Jack Frost. Plus, Santa’s grotto will offer photo opportunities and children can enjoy arts and crafts, including card-designing, face-painting, cracker-making and writing letters to Santa.

Opens today, 3pm to 10pm, then runs daily until December 30, The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, www.almaryahisland.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Tree lighting

Attend the festive tree-lighting ceremony at Emirates Palace, where under the grand dome, guests can enjoy the festive spirit with candlelight, carolling and treats such as roasted chestnuts, mulled beverages, hot cocoa, homemade cookies and a visit from Santa Claus.

Today, 7pm to 9pm, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, 02 690 7999, www.facebook.com/emiratespalace

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Abu Dhabi

Comedy show

End the week on a high note at Comedy on the Beach with the Yalla Laughs crew, featuring top local and regional comedians, including headliner Simeon Goodson (pictured). DJ Al Ain will host the after-party.

Tonight, 8pm, free entry, beach, Le Méridien, Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, www.yallalaughs.com

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Nationwide

New movie

In Wolves at the Door, four friends gather at an elegant home in the summer of 1969 for a farewell party. What they don’t realise is that there are deadly visitors waiting inside, and the party turns into a fight for survival. Thriller, starring Katie Cassidy, Elizabeth Henstridge, Jane Kaczmarek, Spencer Daniels and Adam Campbell.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (15+)

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Dubai

Art event

Meet d3 kicks off today. The annual Dubai Design District community festival showcases all things creative in design, art and technology, featuring large-scale installations, food and retail concepts, children’s programming, music and more.The Wanton Bishops headline tonight’s music programme. Tomorrow, Grammy Award-winning singer Jess Glynne (pictured)and Britain’s Got Talent performer Calum Scott will take the stage, and Lebanese singer Myriam Fares tops the bill on Saturday.

Opens today, then runs until Saturday, 6pm to midnight on Thursday; 2pm to midnight Friday and Saturday, free, Design Quarter, Dubai Design District (d3), off Ras Al Khor Road, Dubai, www.meetd3.com

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Dubai

Seminar

Get organised at the free Learn to De-Clutter seminar at the Indian Property Show. Dr Padmaja, a vaastu and feng shui expert, will conduct free consultation and interactive seminars on de-cluttering to help unblock energy in the home and at work, leading to better health and prosperity.

Daily until Saturday, 5pm to 6pm today and Friday; 4pm to 5pm on Saturday, free, Indian Property Show, Hall 2, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.indianpropertyshow.com

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Dubai

Fitness class

Sign up now to take part in an eight-week New Year bootcamp with GetFitChick. The programme includes detailed diet guidelines, five varied training sessions each week, including HIIT, weight training and spinning, plus community support. Two coaches will assist in the class, track your food diary and keep you accountable. Meal delivery is available six days a week at an additional cost.

Starts January 15, 6.30am, 10am and 5.30pm, from Dh3,000, Train Strength and Fitness, 4th Street, Al Quoz 1, behind Suzuki showroom, Dubai, www.getfitchick.ae

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Dubai

Theatre

See a performance of Burke & Hare, an original full-length play by Danú Theatre, performed by a full Irish and Scottish cast. The story is based on the true story of 16 murders committed by two Irish immigrants in Edinburgh between 1827 and 1828.

Daily until Saturday, 7.30pm daily, plus 3pm on Saturday, from Dh60, The Junction, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.tixbox.com

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