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10 things to do today: Buy tickets for the Abu Dhabi Festival, enjoy a day at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for December 18, 2016, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

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Abu Dhabi

Festival tickets

Buy tickets for the Abu Dhabi Festival, which runs from March 14 to 31 and features artists across a variety of genres and nationalities, opening with Saudi singer Mohamed Abdo. There are also performances by American jazz icon Wynton Marsalis (pictured), Portuguese singer Mariza, and The Silk Road Ensemble with Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

March 14-31, various timings, from Dh125, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.800tickets.com/abudhabifestival

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Dubai

Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 7 to 12, for the Winter Fashion Camp at Ductac, where they can create mood boards based on winter fashion and colour trends with the theme of The Snowflake, then make garments for a photo shoot, such as a winter skirt, vest, cape and more.

December 18 to 22 and December 25 to 29, 9am to 1pm, Dh1,000 per week, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org

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Abu Dhabi

Golf event

Get tickets for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, one of the biggest events on the European Tour, which regularly attracts some of golf’s most famous names, including Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy (pictured) and Rickie Fowler.

January 19 to 22, gates open at 6.45am, from Dh50 for a one-day pass, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, www.abudhabigolfchampionship.com

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Abu Dhabi

Kids’ classes

Register your children, ages 2 to 17, for the 2017 Kids’ Dance Term at Bodytree Studio, where they can learn the foundations of ballet and jazz from beginner level all the way to pre-professional, in classes led by professionally trained dancers. Or sign them up for musical theatre with Esther Hehl, where they can sing, dance and act as they study songs and create performances.

January 15 to May 13, from Dh750 for dance classes; Dh980 for musical theatre, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4888, www.bodytreestudio.com

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Nationwide

New movie

In the film Miss Sloane, Jessica Chastain stars as Elizabeth Sloane, a successful lobbyist in Washington, who takes on her most powerful opponent – the gun lobby – and must do whatever it takes to win, no matter what the price may be. Drama, also starring Alison Pill, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Waterston and Mark Strong.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (TBA)

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Abu Dhabi

Heritage event

Enjoy a day at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, with a variety of activities that celebrate the legacy of the Founding President. Enjoy regional and international traditional dances, camel and horse rides, arts and crafts and a playground for children plus films, handicraft demonstrations, henna, a souq and traditional food options.

Daily until January 1, 3pm to 10pm, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, zayedfestival.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

See the exhibition Calligrafuturism – Chapter 1.0 by Pokras Lampas at Opera Gallery. The progressive, Russian-born artist presents his most creative, inventive and edgy masterpieces, which combine his knowledge of street culture, design and typography. Pictured: Fantasy.

Daily until December 20, 10am to 10pm, Opera Gallery, Gate Village, Building 3, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, 04 323 0909, www.operagallery.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

See the exhibition The Land Needs Ironing by Majd Kurdieh, who showcases works that combine art and literature and feature cartoonish characters that speak for the artist, who is part of the Syrian diaspora. Pictured: An untitled image

Daily until January 5, 10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed Fridays and Saturdays), The Workshop, Villa 45, Street 23B, off Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, 04 341 2595, www.theworkshopdubai.com

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Dubai

Theatre

Get tickets to see Cats, as the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical comes to Dubai for the first time. Adapted from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the beloved story blends fantasy, drama and romance and includes a musical score featuring the timeless classic Memory.

January 16-28, 8pm daily, except 2pm on January 20, from Dh475, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Dubai

Exhibitions

Visit The Dubai Mall and double the fun with a combo ticket to visit the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, where you can see more than 485 aquatic species, and the Designing 007 exhibition, which celebrates 50 years of James Bond with artefacts from various movies in the franchise, or choose a visit to At the Top at Burj Khalifa for stunning views of the city.

Open 10am to midnight, from Dh180 for the combination ticket, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com

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