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10 things to do today: Head to the Love Food Festival, listen to live rock music at Hard Rock Cafe, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for February 16, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Ellen Fortini rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.

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Abu Dhabi

Food trucks

Love Food Festival lands in the capital this weekend with 25 top food trucks from the UAE, the UK, USA and Singapore. Enjoy authentic international street-food delicacies including gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches, traditional Spanish churros and hot chocolate, soft-shelled crab burgers in brioche, creme brulee, authentic Neapolitan pizza, crab mac and cheese, catfish tacos, funnel cakes and even a tapas bar. Plus enjoy cookery demonstrations, live music, a kids’ zone, a Bedouin tent, food film screenings and more.

Daily until Saturday, 5pm to midnight today; 2pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday, Dh50 entry includes Dh5 entrance to Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/lovefoodfest

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Dubai

Kids’ fun

Visit KidZania and see the newly launched Heritage Village. Children can experience the history and culture of the UAE through activities including pearl hunting, pottery, calligraphy, henna and jewellery threading, in a programme designed to develop creativity and motor skills in a fun, educational way.

Open 10am to 10pm, from Dh150, KidZania, Level 2, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.kidzania.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Cultural event

As part of the Visit Al Ain programme of events, Memory of the Emirati Song at Al Jahili Fort features young Emirati performers paying tribute to their forefathers with familiar melodies from the 1950s to the 1970s, and, singing by the words of original Emirati poetry.

Tonight, 8pm, Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Parenting class

Register to take part in the Parenting with Passion workshop at Bodytree Studio. The class aims to encourage academic achievement, conflict resolution and problem solving, reduce discipline problems and increase engagement among parents and children.

Saturday, 9am to noon, Dh600; spouses can join for free, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, [email protected]

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Abu Dhabi

Concert

Get tickets now for a concert by French-Kuwaiti reggae band Fabrice and the Desert Roots. The show will be opened by special guest Gaïa, during a barbecue evening by the pool presented by Alliance Française Abu Dhabi.

Tomorrow, 8pm, Dh100 for Alliance Française members; Dh120 for non-members, Mercure Abu Dhabi Centre Hotel, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 612 2900, www.800tickets.com

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Abu Dhabi

Music festival

Buy tickets now for the Abu Dhabi Festival, which runs from March 14 to 31 and features a mix of artists across a variety of genres and nationalities, opening with Saudi singer Mohamed Abdo (pictured). There are also performances by American jazz icon Wynton Marsalis, Portuguese singer Mariza, and The Silk Road Ensemble with Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

March 14 to 31, various timings, from Dh125, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, www.800tickets.com/abudhabifestival

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Dubai

Tennis event

Tickets for the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships are now on sale. The men’s and women’s events feature the world’s top tennis stars, including Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska (pictured), Karolina Pliskova, Johanna Konta, Thomas Berdych, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, competing for championship titles at one of the most popular events on the city’s sporting calendar.

Starts Sunday, then runs daily until March 4, various timings, from Dh2,250 for the women’s week; Dh2,500 for the men’s week, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Al Garhoud, Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com

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Dubai

Author talk

Register to attend a talk, presented by Cafe Scientifique, featuring author Simon Ings, who will share his thoughts on his new book, Stalin and the Scientists. Learn about five of Ings’s favourite “mad” Soviet scientists and why they are worthy of historical note.

Tomorrow, 4.30pm to 6pm, free with registration, Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City, Dubai, www.cafescidubai.com/events

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Bernhard Buhmann references the Charlie Chaplin film in the title of his latest solo exhibit, Modern Times, which questions the effects of globalisation and fragmentation of personal identities through characters that face the consequences of industrialisation. Pictured: All About My Shelf

Daily until February 28, 11.30am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 340 6016, www.carbon12dubai.com

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Dubai

Live music

Finish the week with some live rock music at Hard Rock Cafe, courtesy of The Distillers (pictured), who will perform nightly until Saturday. The live music continues as The Dirty Suits kick off the week with alternative rock; Jammrok plays Caribbean beats; Vinyl Revival play classic rock favourites and Funk Power deliver jazz and R&B.

Daily, 8.30pm to 12.30am, free entry, Hard Rock Cafe Dubai, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai, reservations at 04 232 8900, www.hardrock.com/dubai

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