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10 things to do today: Visit Al Maryah Island's Winter Wonderland, enjoy the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for December 23, 2016, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

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Abu Dhabi

Festive fun

Visit Al Maryah Island for the Winter Wonderland, featuring cosy winter cottages hosting activities including bauble-decorating, cracker-making and gingerbread-house-decorating. A skating rink and snow park offer a wintry feel, while there’s live family entertainment with performances of Arctic Cirque, Alice in Wonderland and The Snowman.

Daily until December 26, 3pm to 9pm, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, www.almaryahisland.ae

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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 of the UAE. 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, www.zayedfestival.com

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Abu Dhabi

Art exhibition

See Hundred Best Arabic Posters at Warehouse421. The exhibition celebrates the diversity of visual cultures by collecting and choosing the best posters from across the Arab world, with the aim of spreading knowledge about graphic design in the region.

Until February 9, 10am to 8pm Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays), Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Food festival

Dine at Abu Dhabi Food Festival, where international and local chefs will demonstrate their skills and menus at themed experiences during Gourmet Abu Dhabi and Street Feast.

Today, various locations across Abu Dhabi emirate, www.abudhabievents.ae

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Nationwide

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Watch Passengers, in which the Starship Avalon is on a 120-year voyage transporting more than 5,000 colonists to a planet far away from Earth. The colonists are placed in hibernation for the journey, but a malfunction wakes up Jim Preston (Chris Pratt), who ends up waking Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) 90 years too early. Adventure drama with Arabic subtitles, also starring Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia and Laurence Fishburne.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE (PG15)

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Dubai

Poetry slam

Check out Dubai Poetry Slam at thejamjar. The audience is the judge at this live spoken-word-performance competition. Register to speak, sing or rap your poems, stories or monologues, or enjoy the performance in the audience. Salem Al Attas, who’s well-known on the local poetry scene, will also perform.

Today, 7pm to 9pm, registration (on first-come, first-served basis) opens at 6.30pm, Dh20 to be a part of the audience, thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, [email protected]

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Dubai

Fitness package

Sign up now to take advantage of a special fitness package from Motion Ladies Fitness Center. Register before the end of January to receive a 35 per cent discount on a three-month membership package. During this time, you get unlimited access to a number of high-intensity, strength- and weight-loss-focused classes. Classes offered include Pilates, barre and power yoga.

Offer valid till January 31, 7am to 9pm, discounted package costs Dh2,015, Motion Ladies Fitness Center, Villa 122, Street 25, Al Sqool Street, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, www.motionfitnesscenter.com

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Dubai

Stage performance

Watch H2 Productions’ British pantomime-style performance of Peter Pan, the tale of the magical young boy who never grows up and lives a life full of fun and adventure. The story follows Peter’s adventures with his friends, as they outwit the evil Captain Hook.

Daily until December 27, 3pm and 7pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Monday; 11am and 3pm on Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday (no shows on Sunday), from Dh140, ages 3+, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 04 341 4777, www.ductac.org

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Dubai

Stage performance

Enjoy a special performance of an enchanting winter fairy tale at City Walk. The 40-minute production is based on the story of a little girl named Celeste who believes that the season of winter is flooded with magic and wonder. Audiences will travel through Celeste’s dreams, where she meets special characters, each with a unique winter story to tell, and join her on a festive ride.

Daily until December 28, 7.20pm to 9pm, free, front-row access for two adults and two children when you spend Dh250 at City Walk, stage between Hub Zero and The Jungle Book attraction, City Walk, Dubai, www.citywalk.ae

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Dubai

Art exhibition

See the group exhibition See Saw Seeds, the culmination of a residency exchange programme with CAP (Kobe Studio Y3). It includes works by Ruba Al Araji, who documented her daily life in Kobe; Tulip Hazbar, who produced zines based on her time in Kobe; and Yuki Tsukiyama, who combines fascinations with Dubai’s roundabouts and Arabic script. Pictured: Memory Exercises, Zines, 2016 by Tulip Hazbar

Daily until December 29, 10am to 10pm, Saturday to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba Health Center, Dubai, 04 336 3313, www.tashkeel.org

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