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10 things to do today: head to the Al Dhafra Festival, book tickets for RedFest DXB, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for December 13, 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 Festival

More than 20,000 camels are expected to be part of the annual camel beauty pageant during the Al Dhafra Festival – a celebration of Bedouin heritage that touches on four pillars of desert culture – camels, falconry, saluki and dates. Plus, experience a traditional souq market with produce and handicrafts, date-packaging competitions, a camel-milk contest, an Arabian horse race, a falcon beauty show, a classic cars competition and a special children’s area with playgrounds and games from the age of the Emirati forefathers.

Today until December 29, various timings, Al Dhafra Muzayanh, Madinat Zayed, Al Gharbia (Western Region), Abu Dhabi, www.aldhafrafestival.ae

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Dubai

Yoga class

Book your place to experience yoga in a whole new way at The Lost Chambers Aquarium. The aquatic environment offers an underwater feel as you rejuvenate and restore yourself in a yoga class that aims to improve strength, flexibility and balance. Bottled water and mats are provided.

Fridays, 8am to 9am, Dh120 per person, The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, register at www.atlantisthepalm.com

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Abu Dhabi

Fitness event

TrainYas returns after a short break for the grand prix. Now it’s your chance to take a turn around the 5.55km Yas Marina Circuit. Bike, walk or jog the track with friends or family and enjoy the cooler weather. Bikes and helmets are available for rent from Fun Ride Sports, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides 400 complimentary bikes each week.

Tonight, 6pm to 10pm, free with registration, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com

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Abu Dhabi

Kids’ camp

Register your kids, ages 5 to 12, for the ZSC Holiday Camp – the longest camp day in the capital. Children can enjoy many activities including ice skating, bowling, football, fun games, arts and crafts.

December 18 to 22 and January 2 to 5, 8.30am to 5.30pm, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, for more details call 02 403 4222

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Abu Dhabi

Performance

Get tickets for the final Rooftop Rhythms event of the year. The poetry open-mic night also features music by DJ Allad and shines a spotlight on established and up-and-coming spoken-word and performance artists.

Friday, 8pm to 10.30pm, free, The Marketplace, Campus Center, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, register for a ticket at www.nyuad-artscenter.org

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Abu Dhabi

Performance

Book your spot at Qasr Al Sarab this festive season to enjoy a performance by Swing Deluxe, a jazz band from Paris who will entertain with swing, gypsy jazz, Russian cabaret and jazz classics from the 1930s to the 1950s. The event, at Ghadeer restaurant, includes a three-course French-inspired dinner.

December 27 to 29, 7pm to 10.30pm, from Dh325, Ghadeer restaurant, Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi, 02 886 2088, [email protected]

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Attend the opening of the exhibition Seamless Loop at the launch of the new art gallery space at Alliance Française Dubai, La Galeria. Multimedia artist Sheikha Wafa bint Hasher Al Maktoum presents a collection of six screen-prints and textile-based embroideries featuring UAE symbols, such as falcons, camels, horses and palm trees in a traditional mandala structure. Pictured: Arabian Leopard

Opens today, runs daily until January 21, 9am to 8pm, Sundays to Thursdays, La Galeria, Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha, Street 18, Dubai, 04 335 8712, www.afdubai.org

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Dubai

Art exhibition

At 9:15am Sunday 28 May, 1967 is a sculptural exhibition by Reza Aramesh that specifies the time and date of a particular event, but not the location, allowing the viewer to be part of the intimacy of the scene, searching to find the commonality of human suffering. Pictured: Action 186

Daily until January 4, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Leila Heller Gallery, I-87, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 056 831 3520, www.leilahellergallery.com

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Dubai

Concert

Book tickets to attend RedFest DXB and enjoy live music from Daya, Chris Brown (pictured) and The Veronicas on Thursday, and Demi Lovato, Mike Posner, Tove Lo and Alessia Cara on Friday.

February 2 and 3, 6pm to 1am on Thursday; 2pm to 1am on Friday, from Dh395 for a one-day ticket, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Sharjah

Workshop

Register to take part in the edible-marble workshop by Spontiphoria at 1971 – Design Space. Artists and architects use marble to create a statement that will last forever, but in this class use cake-decorating skills and art create to an edible statement.

Saturday, 11am to 1.30pm, Dh50, 1971 – Design Space, The Flag Island, Sharjah, register at 06 528 4644, [email protected]

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