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10 things to do today: Register your kids for the ZSC Academy Tennis Camp, hit the ground running as StartYas, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for December 11, 2016, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

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Abu Dhabi

Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 7 to 18, for the ZSC Academy Tennis Camp, led by highly qualified coaches. Intermediate- and higher-level players can keep on top of their game this school break through lessons, fitness sessions and match play at the world-class facilities at Zayed Sports City. Campers taking part in December will have the opportunity to mingle with and be inspired by Davis Cup players and rising stars of the Hope & Spirit Foundation, who will use the courts as well.

December 18 to 22 and January 2 to 5, 9am to 1pm, Dh1,250 for week 1; Dh1,000 for week 2, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, 02 403 4240, [email protected]

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Dubai

Art exhibition

See the exhibition As If Anything Here Belonged To You, in which artist Cecilia Fattorini presents works concerned with our impact on the world. She sources her subject matter from the rhythms and processes of nature and the spatial illusions created by the movement of light. Pictured: Geode

Daily until January 13, 10am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 379 0940, www.showcaseuae.com

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Al Ain

Classics concert

Get tickets for Stephan Moccio: Solo Piano Recital. As part of the Abu Dhabi Classics series, the Grammy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominated composer will perform pieces from his solo piano album Exposure, which ranked No 1 in the Canadian charts. His style is influenced by classical, jazz, pop, blues and dance.

Tomorrow, 8pm, from Dh80, Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, www.abudhabiclassics.ae

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Nationwide

New movie

Man Down stars Shia LaBeouf as Gabriel Drummer, a former US marine who returns to his hometown after the horrors of war in Afghanistan. In a post-apocalyptic America, Gabriel’s estranged wife Natalie, (Kate Mara), and son Johnathan, (Charlie Shotwell), are missing and he sets out to find them accompanied by his best friend Devin (Jai Courtney). They meet a man who has information about their whereabouts and revisiting the past reveals a puzzle that might lead Gabriel to them. Drama, also starring Gary Oldman, Clifton Collins Jr and Tory Kittles.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (TBA)

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Abu Dhabi

Fitness event

Get back in the saddle or hit the ground running as StartYas returns after a short break during the grand prix. Spend the evening walking, jogging or biking around the 5.55km Yas Marina Circuit and enjoy the cooler weather as you get fit, stay fit, or start your New Year’s resolutions early. 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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Dubai

Winter market

Visit Al Habtoor City Winter Garden Market, which features gourmet food stalls serving seasonal favourites as well as shopping and entertainment for the whole family. It also includes a Santa’s grotto in the shape of a traditional gingerbread house, a snow-fight zone with LED trees and lit-up animals, a giant snowman, a snow globe, a kids’ train, cookie-decorating, face-painting and more.

Daily until December 31, 5pm to 9pm on weekdays; 3pm to 9pm on weekends, free entry, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.alhabtoorcity-hotelcollection.com

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Dubai

Film screening

Catch a screening of the definitive vintage holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life, in which an angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers), helps George Bailey (James Stewart), a desperate salesman, see what life would have been like for his friends and family if he had never been born. The 1946 Frank Capra film will be introduced by Courtyard Playhouse classic-film expert Jessica Pratt.

Tonight, 8pm, free with registration, Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Dubai, register at www.courtyardplayhouse.com

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Dubai

Ballet gala

Book tickets for Ballet Grand Gala. Opera de Paris dancers, featuring prima ballerina Dorothée Gilbert, and first soloists Hugo Marchand and Hannah O’Neill, will present a classic repertoire including Roméo et Juliette, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, Flames of Paris, Donizetti and more.

January 5, 8pm, from Dh300, Emirates Palace auditorium, Abu Dhabi; January 6, 2pm and 8pm and January 7, 6pm, from Dh280, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, madinatjumeirah.etixdubai.com

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Dubai

Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 5 to 11, for the Ductac Threads Winter Camp, where they can explore the connections between world cultures through artistic expressions. Activities include painting, weaving, printmaking, image transfer, typography, design, clay modelling and sculpture.

December 18 to 29, from 9.15am to 1.30pm, Dh1,000 per week, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 371 4777, www.ductac.org

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Dubai

Art exhibition

In the exhibition Rituals of Love, Syrian artist Waddah Al Sayed presents 25 paintings that transport the viewer to the artist’s symbolist world of poetry and sweet reverie, featuring suave colours and delicate shapes. Pictured: Sahar

Daily until January 10, 10am to 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturdays (closed Fridays), Lamiatos Gallery, Podium Level P153, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, Dubai, 04 342 5243, www.lamiatosgallery.com

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