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10 things to do today: Experience a touch of Hawaii at Aloha Abu Dhabi Festival, visit the Mother of the Nation Festival and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for March 31, 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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Dubai

Family fun

Visit RiseDCH and enjoy a variety of activities, including Wakefit fitness today and Metallize CrossFit tomorrow, screenings of Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 2 today and Bridge to Terabithia tomorrow, plus classical and world music performances, storytelling, abra rides, art, food trucks, and the latest trends in music, retail, technology and more.

Today and tomorrow, 2pm to midnight, free entry, Dubai Creek Harbour Promenade, Ras Al Khor Road, Dubai, www.risedch.com

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Abu Dhabi

Boat taxi

Take a Jalboot water taxi to the Aloha Abu Dhabi Festival. Get on board at the Abu Dhabi Mall station and head to Al Muneera Beach Plaza to enjoy musicians, DJs, street performers, food, fashion, watersports, street artists, and kids’ activities including a Hawaiian-themed puppet show. The trip takes 45 minutes and costs Dh40 one-way or Dh70 round-trip. Boats will leave every 30 minutes from 3.30pm until 11.30pm. Book at 600 57 57 56, www.jalboot.ae

Today and tomorrow, 4pm to 11pm, free entry to the festival, Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, www.alohaabudhabi.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Family fun

Attend Splash @ Yas Marina and experience watersports plus a variety of offshore and onshore activities at this water-themed festival. They include mangrove cruises, paddleboarding, waterslides, a floating obstacle course, sailing, wakeboarding and slacklining, plus a Wet’n’Wild Zone for children ages 5 and above.

Today and tomorrow, 10am-6pm, various prices including Dh40 for kayaking; Dh60 for sailing; Dh90 for the Extreme Zone; Dh30 for kids’ Wet’N’Wild Zone access, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 02 406 2000, www.yasmarina.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Cultural festival

Visit the Mother of the Nation Festival, which celebrates, commemorates and honours the inspirational values of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak through workshops, activities and performances. Attractions include the Lords of Lightning — Frequency Rider, a high-voltage show featuring a Tesla Coil, which harnesses two million volts of electricity into a symphony of controlled energy. The performance draws on elements of modern dance, martial arts and electricity to explore the rhythm and tone of lightning.

Daily until Sunday, 2pm to midnight, Thursday to Saturday, 4pm-11pm on Sunday, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.motn.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Beach festival

Caribfest at Yas Beach is a cultural festival featuring food, music and fun, including a performance by Grammy Award-winning reggae artist Beenie Man — “the King of Dancehall” — who will perform songs from his latest album Unstoppable. TruckersDXB will present some of the UAE’s top food trucks.

Today, 4pm to 3am, from Dh130, ages 21+, Yas Beach, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.reggae-beachfest.com

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Abu Dhabi

Food festival

Head to Umm Al Emarat Park and enjoy the Flavors Festival, where you can find more than 100 food trucks and tents by home-grown brands showcasing their fare. Expect burgers, kebabs, shawarma, sushi, curries, cookies, crêpes and more, plus live comedy shows, quiz contest, cooking demonstrations, performers, arts and crafts and workshops.

Daily until April 8, 2pm to midnight, Dh5 entry to Umm Al Emarat Park, Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, www.flavorsfestival.ae

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Dubai

Concert

See Robin Schulz (Shed a Light, Prayer in C) headline Nasimi Sessions. The renowned DJ will be accompanied by DJ Hugel (Coming Home) and Rudimental (Waiting All Night, Lay It All On Me).

Today, doors open at 5pm, music from 7.30pm to 3am, from Dh200 in advance, Nasimi Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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Dubai

Outdoor market

Visit The Farmers’ Market on the Terrace, presented by Baker & Spice, where you can source local organic produce brought direct from UAE farms to Bay Avenue. Head chefs from the Taj Dubai hotel will also host cooking demonstrations.

Today, 8am to 1pm, Bay Avenue, Business Bay, Dubai, www.facebook.com/TheFarmersMarketOnTheTerrace

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Nationwide

New movie

Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele, stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a black man who travels to meet the family of his white girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), at their estate. He soon learns that many of its black residents have gone missing and learns the horrible truth when he is told by a fellow black man at the estate to “get out”. Horror, also starring Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Marcus Henderson and Betty Gabriel.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (15+)

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Dubai

Film screening

Catch a screening of the film Pina as part of the Work in Progress series presented by Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue. Directed by Wim Wenders, the documentary is a tribute to Pina Bausch, the late German choreographer, and features members of her ensemble sharing memories of their beloved leader as an accompaniment to the scenes of their performances.

Tonight, 7pm, free on a first-come, first-seated basis, The Yard, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, www.cinemaakil.com

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