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10 things to do today: Head to Barosa for stand-up comedy night Yalla Laughs, get tickets for Taste of Dubai, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for February 1, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun.

Abu Dhabi


Get tickets now to see Rod Stewart (pictured), as the Scottish singer brings his The Hits 2017 Tour to Abu Dhabi. Hits include Maggie May, Sailing, Forever Young, Young Turks and You Wear It Well.

March 2, from Dh250, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae


Charity run

Plan to attend the Dubai Terry Fox Run. The 5km event celebrates one of Canada’s most revered athletes and raises money for cancer research in the UAE. The run is open to all ages, abilities and mode of participation, including walkers, runners, roller-bladers and wheelchair users. No minimum entrance fee, donations are welcome.

February 17, 8am registration, 8.45am warm-up, 9am start, Festival Bay, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, www.facebook.com/dubaiterryfoxrun

Al Ain

Cultural event

Take part in Celebrating the Seasons, as part of the Visit Al Ain programme, and enjoy activities designed to recreate what life was like an oasis farmer. The programme supports the Unesco theme “Protecting Our Heritage and Fostering Creativity” and provides a way for visitors to learn about the emirate’s past and present.

Daily until March 14, 8am to 5pm, Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain, 03 712 8523, www.visitalain.ae

Abu Dhabi

Public talk

Register now to take part in the public talk Emirati Adornment: Tangible and Intangible Expressions, an inside look at the new Lest We Forget exhibition, as part of the Warehouse421 talks series. Explore Emirati identity and cultural history through various modes of adornment and hear about a range of themes inspired by the new exhibition, which will be launched on Saturday.

February 8, 6.30pm to 8pm, free with registration, Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.ae

Abu Dhabi

Fitness class

Register now to take part in a Tai Chi workshop at Bodytree. Led by Grace Hwang (pictured), this beginner-to-intermediate-level class teaches the slow-moving meditative exercise for relaxation, health and self-defence. Learn the origin and principles of the Chinese practice and experience the basic movements through a demonstration, participation and interactive discussion.

February 10, 11am to 1pm, Dh150, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, www.bodytreestudio.com

Abu Dhabi

Comedy show

Head to Barosa for stand-up comedy night Yalla Laughs, and have some fun with top performers from the region, including Colin Armstrong, Rob McKenzie, the McShain brothers Dylan & Dugan, Erik Thornquist, Adam Buck and MC Jon Boulton.

February 1, 8pm, free entry, Barosa, 10th floor, Ramada Downtown, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/yallalaughs


Fitness offer

Motion Ladies Fitness Centre offers 50 per cent off on its TRX Package this month. The total body and muscle-sculpting workout improves body strength, cardio endurance and flexibility in a fast-paced, effective workout. The group classes are small and suitable for all fitness levels and the programme is popular with professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

From Dh520 for eight classes, Motion Ladies Fitness Centre, Al Sqool Street, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, 04 328 2538, www.motionfitnesscenter.com


Art exhibition

Desert Tales by Farah Coolman, an artist from Trinidad and Tobago, features works in acrylics and oil pastels representing a visual journey through the UAE’s past, present and future, emphasising its richness and diversity and highlighting the tranquillity and relaxing atmosphere. Pictured: Beyond Expectations

Daily until March 31, 10am to 10pm, Z Gallery, first floor, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 323 0333, www.fourpointssheikhzayedroad.com


Art exhibition

In Splashes, Syrian artist Osama Nassar presents an exhibition of works about humanity and focuses on the solid truth of being optimistic in times of trouble, artificiality and vulgarity. Pictured: An untitled image by Osama Nassar

Daily until February 27, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm daily; 7pm to midnight, Saturdays to Tuesdays; 7pm to 12.30am, Wednesdays to Fridays, Coya Dubai, Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, 04 316 9600, www.facebook.com/CoyaDubai


Food festival

Get tickets now for Taste of Dubai and enjoy an alfresco culinary experience at the 10th anniversary of the event. It will feature some of Dubai’s top restaurants, entertainment from Billy Ocean (Caribbean Queen, Suddenly), pictured, on the opening night, internationally renowned chefs, cookery classes and more.

March 9 to 11, 4pm to midnight, Thursday; noon to midnight, Friday; noon to 11pm, Saturday; from Dh199.50 for early-bird VIP tickets, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.tasteofdubaifestival.com

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