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10 things to do today: stretch at pop-up yoga at Bodytree Studio, attend nostalgic Weekends at the Oasis and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for March 3, 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

Yoga class

Start off your weekend with the Friday pop-up yoga at Bodytree Studio. Heather Bonker leads the Roll, Release & Renew class that will help you unwind from stress with targeted isolation using specialised balls and props to release trigger points in a mind-body centred practise that creates lasting change and is open to all levels.

Today, 9am to 10.30am, Dh95 includes a juice from Nectar, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, [email protected]

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Abu Dhabi

Cultural event

Attend Weekends at the Oasis as part of the Visit Al Ain series and enjoy workshops and nostalgic activities such as film screenings and performances, plus a communal market with traditional crafts and artisanal products, as well as food trucks.

Today and tomorrow, 2pm to 10pm, West Plaza and West Gate, Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Family event

Visit the Family Day at the newly opened Masdar Park and experience all the fun, including a bike cinema, xylophone wall, bike and fitness trail and five cafes and restaurants housed in re-purposed shipping containers powered by solar panels. Plus enjoy activities including a parade, live music, T-shirt decorating, face-painting and a caricaturist.

Today, 1pm to 10pm, free, Masdar Park, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/masdar.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Street festival

Make plans to attend tomorrow’s Festival @ Ideas Forum, and explore important ideas and innovations through a family-friendly programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, games, movies, art, food and more at NYU Abu Dhabi. The campus, which will be hosting the Aspen Abu Dhabi Ideas Forum, will be transformed into a street festival with outdoor stalls and stages.

Tomorrow, 11am to 10pm, free entry, NYU Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ideasforum.com

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Abu Dhabi

Triathlon

Go to Yas Island to watch the ITU Triathlon, the first leg of the series that takes place in eight countries and features the 120 of the world’s best triathletes as well as 3,500 amateur triathletes from 52 countries competing in the swim, bike and running events.

Today and tomorrow, from 8am on Friday; from 7am on Saturday, Yas Marina and Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, www.abudhabi.triathlon.org

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Dubai

Choir performances

Attend the Choir of the Year Competition as part of the ChoirFest Middle East. Hear choirs from Iran, Jordan, Morocco and Afghanistan join locally based choirs in a rare opportunity to hear Arabic choral music in an outdoor, festival-style setting.

Today, 4pm, Dh100, Els Club, Dubai Sports City, 04 347 7793, www.choirfestme.com

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Dubai

Tennis championships

Attend the final two days of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The men’s semi-finals today and the final tomorrow see the world’s top tennis stars competing for the championship title at this popular event on the Dubai sporting calendar. Participating in this year’s tournament are stars including world No 1 Andy Murray (pictured) and Stan Wawrinka.

Today and tomorrow, 2.30pm and 7pm today, from Dh500; 5pm and 7pm tomorrow, from Dh700 tomorrow, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Al Garhoud, Dubai, tickets available at the stadium box office

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Dubai

Film screening

See the film Taste of Cherry as part of the Work in Progress series presented by Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue. The award-winning 1997 Iranian film directed by Abbas Kiarostami is about Mr Badii, a middle-aged man who plans to commit suicide and seeks out someone to help him, being refused by people from all walks of life for various personal reasons.

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

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Dubai

Outdoor movies

Attend a film screening at Dubai Marina Mall’s outdoor cinema. Today’s line-up of free, family-friendly films is Paper Planes (pictured), at 5.30pm, in which Dylan’s passion for flight leads him to the World Paper Plane Championships in Tokyo, and, at 8pm, Space Dogs, an out-of-this-world animated adventure featuring two Soviet space dogs. Come early and get your choice of bean bags as well as treats from the food trucks. Tomorrow see Capture the Flag and Mamma Mia.

Today, 5.30pm and 8pm, free, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, 04 436 1020, www.dubaimarinamall.com

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Dubai

Literature festival

Attend the opening day of the annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word hosts regional and international 160 writers, poets, thinkers and speakers conducting 250 sessions, including a murder mystery dinner, author talks, children’s events and a residential creative writing course. Featured speakers include authors Jeffrey Archer, Kathy Reichs, Hamad Al Hammady, poet Mourid Barghouti and journalist Christina Lamb.

Daily until March 11, various venues in Dubai, including InterContinental at Dubai Festival City, Dubai International Writers’ Centre, Al Mamzar Scientific & Cultural Association and Novo Cinemas at Dubai Festival City, register at tickets.emirateslitfest.com

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