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10 things to do today: Plan to attend the Bukhara Kite Festival, take part in a special Valentine's Menu cooking class, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for January 17, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

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Abu Dhabi

Performances

Swiss performers take to the stage for Swiss Days 2017 over two days in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. On the first night, Inmotion (pictured) will present mind-boggling yo-yo tricks, throws and catches, and Special Elements dance crew will perform the hop-hop skills that helped them reach the finals of a top Swiss talent show. On the following night, Bastian Baker performs his mix of pop-folk and singalong ballads.

January 25 to 28, doors open nightly at 7.30pm with shows beginning at 8.30pm, ages 6+, Dh60 on Wednesday; Dh190 on Thursday, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Reem Island, Abu Dhabi; Dh60 on Friday; Dh190 on Saturday, Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, www.virginmegastore.me

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Dubai

Art exhibition

In the Heart of the Cosmos, by Asad Faulwell, is a series of works that shed light on the largely forgotten legacy of the Algerian women freedom fighters who fought with the National Liberation Front during the 1954-1966 Algerian war of independence. Pictured: Les Femmes d’Alger #68

Daily until February 4, 10am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 346 9906, www.lawrieshabibi.com

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Nationwide

New movie

Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania, a sequel to the 2007 original, features WWE Superstars voicing many of the characters. Cody Maverick, Chicken Joe and Lani Aliikai team up with The Hang 5 in a journey to a mysterious surf spot. Animated adventure, starring Jeremy Shada, Melissa Sturm, John Heder, John Cena, Diedrich Bader, The Undertaker, Triple H and Vince McMahon.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (PG-13)

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Ajman

Kite festival

Plan to attend the Bukhara Kite Festival on the beach at Kempinski Hotel Ajman. There will be fun for the whole family, including dance, a kids’ play area, entertainment activities and live music by DJ Miss Odette, RJ/DJ Deep, DJ Ashmac and DJ Mox. Dubai Drums will entertain from 11am to 1pm – and visitors will have a chance to have a go – while Bukhara restaurant will serve a lunch buffet from 1pm to 4pm.

Friday, 10am to 5pm, Dh100 for adults; Dh50 for children ages 6 to 12, Kempinski Hotel Ajman, 06 714 5582, www.facebook.com/kempinskihotelajman

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Abu Dhabi & Dubai

Beauty offer

Book a spot to enjoy a complimentary Herbal Essentials facial and skincare analysis at Boots pharmacies on selected dates this month. Herbal Essentials is a UAE-based natural skincare brand, and customers will get free samples and a gift to take home.

Daily until Sunday at City Centre Deira; Monday and Tuesday, The Dubai Mall; January 30 to 31, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai; Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, book at [email protected]

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Abu Dhabi

Cultural festival

Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival has been extended. Learn more about local culture at this event that celebrates the legacy of the Founding President of the UAE. Entertainment includes regional and international traditional dances, camel and horse rides, arts and crafts, a playground for children, plus films, handicraft demonstrations, henna, a souq and traditional food options.

Daily until January 22, 4pm to 10pm, free entry, Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, www.zayedfestival.com

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Dubai

Cooking class

Sign up to take part in a special Valentine’s Menu cooking class at Solo Italian Restaurant & Bar. In this hands-on class, led by executive chef Doxis Bekris, you will learn how to create bold, authentic Tuscan dishes for a romantic three-course meal, including roasted tomato and olive crostini, creamy polenta with pecorino and wild mushrooms, as well as the perfect steak and a spiced-pear crostata dessert.

February 11, Dh300, Solo Italian Restaurant & Bar, Raffles Dubai, book at 04 314 9720, [email protected]

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Dubai

Tennis event

Tickets for the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships tickets are now available. The men’s and women’s events will feature the world’s top tennis stars, including Angelique Kerber, Andy Muray and Roger Federer (pictured), competing for championship titles at this popular event.

February 19 to March 4, various timings, from Dh2,250 for the women’s week; Dh2,500 for the men’s week for Prime B seats, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Al Garhoud, Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com

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Dubai

Concert

Josh McCarthy (pictured) opens his residency at [email protected] tonight. Crowned as Cosmopolitan Middle East’s Bachelor of the Year last year, the Australian singer and songwriter presents his original songs, played on acoustic guitar, every Tuesday night.

Tonight, from 7pm, [email protected], Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, 04 441 6342, www.pizzaexpress.ae/jazzpizzaexpress

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Dubai

Art exhibition

In the exhibition Letters From the 5th Dimenson, Mona Nahleh presents 20 paintings that tell a different story in a distant, utopian reality of beauty, peace and bliss. Pictured: Vanity

Daily until February 4, 10am to 6pm, Sundays to Thursdays (closed on 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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