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10 things to do today: Attend Hekayah the Story, register the kids for ice skating camp and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for December 5, 2016, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

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Abu Dhabi

Heritage performance

Attend Hekayah the Story, a multiple-artist event under the stars in celebration of National Day, featuring poetry, prose and songs by performers from diverse backgrounds selected through a collaborative curatorial process, including Nabati poets and hip-hop artists, who present what heritage means to them, their families and culture. Food and beverages will be available. Pictured: Kenda Rae.

Tonight, 7pm, free with registration, East Plaza, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.nyuad.nyu.edu

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Abu Dhabi

Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 5 and older, for the ZSC Academy Ice Skating Camp, where they can take part in on-ice sessions with certified coaches from the Ice Skating Institute of Asia, free skate and off-ice games to develop endurance, balance, coordination and flexibility.

December 18 to 22 and January 1 to 4, 9am to 1pm, Dh750 for week 1; Dh600 for week 2, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, register at 02 403 4333, [email protected]

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Abu Dhabi

Cultural evening

Get tickets now to attend a cultural evening with Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, the French Business Group and the Seychelles Embassy. Soirée des Îles Vanilles celebrates the Francophone expat community with festivities, food and beverages inspired by the Indian Ocean islands. Musicians and dancers from Réunion, Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles will perform traditional songs and dances.

Thursday, 7.30pm, from Dh290, Hiltonia Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.800tickets.com

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Nationwide

New movie

See Underworld 5: Blood War. Vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her – with her only allies David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance) – even if it costs her everything. Action film, also starring Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies, Bradley James and Trent Garrett.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE (15+)

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Abu Dhabi

Art exhibition

See works by the Crimean artists – and husband and wife – Katerina Spirtus and Andrey Dudchenko in Realism: Two Angels. The artists base their expression in realism, though interpreted in different ways, iconographically and stylistically. Pictured: Landscape with the Yellow Flag by Andrey Dudchenko

Daily until January 10, 10am to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), N2N Gallery, first floor, Nation Towers Galleria, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, 055 283 2642, www.n2n-gallery.com

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Dubai

Performance

Get tickets for a performance by Guy Pratt, the English bassist who has worked with rock band Pink Floyd, at Warehouse Four in Al Quoz. His show, The Sideman, is part comedy, part musical and includes behind-the-scenes stories of life on the road with Pink Floyd and other big names in the music industry. December 13, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8.30pm, Dh120 for show; Dh250 for show and dinner, Warehouse Four, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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Dubai

Spa morning

Reserve your spot at the Vaniday coffee morning experience at De La Mer Spa, where you can indulge in beauty treatments, including massages, nail buff and polish, and braiding, along with refreshments.

December 11, 10am to 1pm, from Dh40, De La Mer Spa, Villa 783, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, reservations at www.vaniday.ae

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Dubai

Roast dinner

Make reservations to feast at Tom & Serg as they bring back their pop-up roast dinner – Rule the Roast. The menu features Aussie roast lamb, roast chicken with apricot and herb stuffing, trimmings, finishing off with pudding.

Tonight and on December 12, 6pm to 10pm, Dh100, Tom & Serg, 15 A Street, Al Joud Center, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.tomandserg.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Attend the exhibition Iconic Photographs of Asia presented by award-winning American photographer Steve McCurry, who is known for capturing images that draw the viewer into the frame. The photographs he presents in this exhibition focus on a culture and its people, capturing tales of the human condition and telling stories. Pictured: Fishermen on Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, 1996

Daily until January 10, 10am to 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), The Empty Quarter, Building 2, DIFC Gate Village, Dubai, 04 323 1210, www.theemptyquarter.com

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Dubai

Movie night

Plan to attend Short Movies Night at The Yard. Alliance Française Dubai is holding an evening of short-movie screenings for all ages under the stars.

December 10, 5pm to 6pm for children ages 5 to 8, 6pm to 7pm for children ages 8 to 12, 7pm to 10pm for teenagers and adults, free entry, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, for full programme, visit www.afdubai.org

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