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10 things to do today: attend Mother of the Nation Festival, register to take part in Taste of Sicily cooking class and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for March 25, 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

Cultural festival

Mother of the Nation Festival opens today and celebrates, commemorates and honours the inspirational values of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak through performances, workshops and diverse activity zones, including a souq, a beach dining area, The Happiness Zone, interactive progress zone, Mother of the Nation Pavilion and more.

Daily until April 2, 4pm to 11pm, Sundays to Wednesdays; 2pm to midnight, Thursdays to Saturdays, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.motn.ae

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Dubai

Cooking class

Register to take part in Taste of Sicily, a cooking class at Solo Italian restaurant and bar led by executive chef Doxis Bekris, and learn how to cook a three-course authentic regional menu, including making fresh pasta and baking cassata cake. Get tips and tricks from expert Solo chefs such as how to season and layer flavours.

April 1, 11.30am to 2pm, Dh300, Solo, Raffles Dubai, Dubai, book at 04 314 9720, [email protected]

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Abu Dhabi

Craft market

Attend the Shopping Soiree and find quality, handmade crafts and gift items from local vendors at pop-up shops featuring jewellery, home decor, clothing, toys, baby products, skincare, furniture, handbags and more.

Today, 10am to 2pm, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, [email protected]

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Abu Dhabi

Art exhibition

See Cut & Tie, featuring works by Emirati artist Hussain Sharif, who played a vital role in the history of the art movement in the UAE, in his long-awaited solo show after 15 years. The exhibition includes collages, installations, old drawings that have never been shown before and new ones prepared for this event. Pictured: An untitled image by Hussain Sharif

Daily until April 12, 10am to 7.30pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 2pm to 8pm on Saturdays (Fridays by appointment only), Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Space 22, The Collection, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 666 9656, www.salwazeidangallery.com

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Nationwide

New movie

Power Rangers features a group of teenagers who acquire superpowers and must use their abilities to save the world, when aliens threaten to obliterate the planet, beginning with the Power Rangers’ hometown of Angel Grove. Sci-fi action, starring Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, DJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader.

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

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Abu Dhabi

Paintball

Round up your family, friends, teammates or colleagues for an action-packed day of paintball at Al Forsan International Sports Resort, where you can play out scenarios in themed fields or customise with bespoke packages. The fields are located inside climate-controlled domes, where you can make the most of the adrenaline rush that fosters team spirit and problem-solving skills.

Open daily 9am to 11pm, from Dh90 per person, Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, 02 556 8555, www.alforsan.com

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Dubai

Music festival

Get tickets now for the open-air electronic music and arts festival Groove on the Grass, featuring Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Mind Against, Locked Groove and more. Plus, enjoy the marketplace featuring boutique fashion and accessories and fun activities.

Friday, 5pm to 3am, from Dh195, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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Dubai

Comic con

Get tickets now for Middle East Film & Comic Con and enjoy celebrating the pop-culture worlds of gaming, manga, movies and TV, music, cosplay and more. There will be celebrities on hand, film screenings, talks and panels, workshops, merchandise and more.

April 6 to 8, 11am to 9pm on April 6; 10am to 10pm on April 7 and 8, from Dh100, World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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Dubai

Art exhibition

In the exhibition Dancing East, Ahmed Kassim presents works that aim to capture the social, political, ideological and cultural chaos of Arab countries, as seen through the artist’s eyes as dances through landscapes of the Middle East, with identifiable clues to the locations. Pictured: There Is Water in Hell

Daily until April 12, 10am to 6pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), Gallery Ward, Al Quoz, Street 6, beside The Courtyard, Dubai, 04 388 3204, www.galleryward.com

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Dubai

Art exhibition

Write Injuries on Sand and Kindness in Marble continues at Green Art Gallery. Using the lens of aquamorphology – which grants water a transformative property through its collaboration with time – Turkish artist Hera Buyuktasciyan explores the infinite facets and shards of memory, historicity and time in a solo exhibition that examines the relationship between labour and productivity. Pictured: Reconstructors II

Daily until April 6, 10am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed on Fridays), Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 346 9305, www.gagallery.com

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