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10 things to do today: Book to attend an equestrian performance, get your veggies at Ripe Market and more

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

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Al Ain

Horse show

Book your tickets to attend an equestrian performance choreographed by renowned director Bartabas, featuring horsemen and horses from the prestigious National Equestrian Academy of Versailles. The show, which comprises 30 horses in a choreography fusing classic dressage, dance, fencing, poetry and music, will be performed in a purpose built-arena in Al Jahili Fort’s courtyard.

Thursday to March 28, no show on March 26, from 8pm, Al Jahili Fort, Al Mutawaa, Al Ain, tickets cost from Dh50 at www.800tickets.com

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Abu Dhabi

Pop-up market

Spend the day at Venetian Village and shop at the one-day-only, pop-up Ripe Market, where you can find locally harvested organic produce, plus the offerings of talented artisans, crafters, jewellers and designers, while enjoying live music.

Today, 3pm to 10pm, Venetian Village, The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi, www.ripeme.com

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Nationwide

New film

An adaptation of the perennial fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, independent young woman who is taken hostage by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s exterior, allowing herself to recognise the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides inside. Musical fantasy, also starring Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE (PG-13)

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Abu Dhabi

Art exhibition

Catch the opening of But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008. The exhibition focuses on a community of artists, sometimes called “the five”, made up of visual artists, writers and filmmakers, who encouraged a new culture of radical, formal and conceptual experimentation. Despite a flourishing contemporary art community in the early 1990s, curators visiting the UAE concluded that none existed because of the lack of public venues supporting such artists. Their work is now being presented as one of the country’s most important in its artistic history. Pictured: Gallery Cement with Mixed Media, 2000 by Hussain Sharif

Until May 25, 3pm to 10pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 628 8000, www.nyuad-artgallery.org

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Dubai

Family fun

Visit Global Village to see street theatre acts including stilt walkers, magicians, plus Mobile Magicians, Gorilla Gary, Globot and more. Daily until April 8, 4pm to midnight, Saturdays to Wednesdays; 4pm to 1am, Thursdays and Fridays, Global Village, Dh15 entrance, Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai, www.globalvillage.ae

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Dubai

Art week

Check out new exhibitions, majlis talks, workshops, daily tours, pop-ups and more at Art Week at Alserkal Avenue. This year’s participating galleries include 1×1, Art Jameel, Ayyam Gallery, Carbon 12 and Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde. Also check out pop-up dinners at Inked and film screenings.

Until tomorrow, 10am to 7pm, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, view the full programme at www.alserkalavenue.ae

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Dubai

Children’s event

Take your little ones to the British Orchard Nursery’s Fun Fair, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. There will be art competitions, games, a petting show, story sessions, movies, drumming sessions, a baking contest for adults and children, plus a food court featuring a wide variety of international cuisines.

Today and tomorrow, 10am to 6pm, free, British Orchard Nursery, 20A, 33rd Street, Mankhool, Bur Dubai, 04 398 3536, www.britishorchardnursery.com

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Dubai

Horse show

Visit the Dubai International Horse Fair to enjoy activities for adults and children. Kids can learn about domesticated animals such as Shetland ponies, sheep, goats, snakes, rabbits and birds at the Fun Farm, where they can touch and feed them. There will be a performance by Spanish equestrian performers, an equine-inspired art gallery, a heritage village, pony riding, falconry and more.

Until tomorrow, 2pm to 8pm today, 11am to 8pm tomorrow, Zaabeel Halls 5 and 6, Dubai World Trade Centre, free, children under 16 should be accompanied by adults, www.dihf.ae

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Dubai

Fitness event

Take part in the Get Fit Wellness Programme at The Beach. The action-packed, two-day event filled with wellness activities aims to encourage Dubai residents to embrace healthier events. Activities include sunrise yoga, beach volleyball, intense HIIT workout sessions, beach dodgeball, circuit classes and kayak races. Participants can sign up for the beach volleyball and beach dodgeball tournaments – the winning team stands to win Dh3,000. All activities will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s recommended to arrive early. Today and tomorrow, 7am to 7pm, free, The Beach, opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, sign up for the tournaments at www.duplays.com, full schedule at www.thebeach.ae

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Dubai

Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 3 to 13, to take part in the Gulf Star Sports Spring Camps, where they can enjoy hours of fun and excitement as well as learn new skills including sports, team games, arts and crafts, martial arts, performing arts and more.

March 26 to 30 and April 2 to 6, 9am to 2.30pm, Dh800 for one week, Foremarke School, Jebel Ali Primary School, Arcadia Preparatory School, Clarion School, Repton School, Dovecote Green Primary School and Hartland International School, Dubai, 050 429 4860, [email protected]

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