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10 things to do today: Book your spot at the Swiss Spring Festival, get tickets to see Swedish rock band Europe, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for April 23, 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

Art exhibition

See Walking Rock Tour by Lebanese painter, sculptor and poet Rudy Rahme, who presents a series of sculptures focusing on the human form. Pictured: Dream

Daily until the end of Ramadan, 9am to 10pm, Le Royal Méridien, Sheikh Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 674 2020, www.leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com

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Dubai

Concerts

The Dubai outdoor super-venue Base launches this weekend with performances by Axwell (Feel the Vibe, I Found U) on Thursday and 50 Cent (pictured) (In Da Club, I’m the Man and Candy Shop) on Friday. Base will offer a state-of-the-art, open-air music experience with cutting-edge large-scale sound, light and music systems.

Thursday and Friday, Base Dubai, Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai, book at 055 313 4999, www.basedubai.com

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Abu Dhabi

Spring festival

Book your spot at the Swiss Spring Festival presented by the Swiss Business Council Abu Dhabi and enjoy a performance by singer-songwriter Anna Rossinelli (In Love For a While, Shine In the Light, Let It Go), who represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011, along with her band. Plus enjoy a buffet of Swiss delicacies, including raclette and the soft drink Rivella. There will also be childrens’ activities, including face-painting, balloon-twisting, a bouncy castle and more.

Friday, from 6pm, from Dh220 for adult members of the Swiss Business Council; Dh110 for members’ children; Dh300 for adult non-members; Dh150 for non-members’ children, Lake Garden, Hilton Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, www.swissbcuae.com

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Abu Dhabi

Concert

Get tickets to see Swedish rock band Europe as they return to the UAE, this time on their 30th anniversary tour. Hit songs include The Final Countdown, Carrie, Rock the Night and Open Your Heart.

May 12, from Dh195, du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae

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Nationwide

New movie

In the film Unforgettable, Tessa (Katherine Heigl) struggles to accept that her marriage to David (Geoff Stults) has ended and that their young daughter spends time with him and his fiancée Julia (Rosario Dawson) in the home they once shared. Determined to turn their happiness into a nightmare, Tessa takes matters into her own hands. Thriller, also starring Cheryl Ladd and Whitney Cummings.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (15+)

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Dubai

Fitness classes

Get ready for summer with a series of free fitness classes at Boxpark presented by experts from Fitness First. They include Zumba, the Latin-music-inspired dance class; Body Attack high-intensity interval training; and chilled-out morning yoga. Then refuel with a healthy bite at Markette, where class participants can enjoy a healthy breakfast or tropical smoothie bowl with fresh juice for only Dh54.

Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays until May 31, 8.30am to 9.30am; Markette breakfast offer for Fitness First activity participants, available 8am to 1pm, free, between Bianca and Markette, Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, www.boxpark.ae

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Dubai

Exhibition

Catch the final week of Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, which features an array of exhibitions and experiences focusing on the design and style of the James Bond franchise, including music, gadgets, vehicles, technology, fashion and more, from the past 50 years. Pictured: the Gold Room

Daily until April 30, 10am to 11pm, Dh125 for adults; Dh90 for children, The Annex, Burj Khalifa, enter from the Armani Hotel or LG in The Dubai Mall, Dubai, www.jamesbondexhibition-dubai.com

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Dubai

Art tours

Sign up to take part in the Saturday Tours as part of Alserkal Programming and join the one-hour tour of the galleries at Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz. Meet the people running the spaces and learn more about the current exhibitions and programmes.

Saturday, 4pm, meet at Nadi Al Quoz, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, reservations at [email protected]

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Dubai

Concert

Get tickets to attend the final concert of Season 5 of Groove on the Grass, the UAE’s home-grown electronic music and arts festival. It will be headlined by German musician Ellen Allien, plus Octave One, Kenny Glasgow (pictured) and Hunter/Game. Plus visit the fashion and arts marketplace, take part in activities and enjoy food and beverages from vendors.

May 5, 5pm to 3am, from Dh180, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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Dubai

Art workshops

See what workshops thejamjar has for adults and children next month. Kids can take part in the Wisdom Jar and learn about mathematical patterns in mixed media, or try their hand at velatura watercolour painting, collaborative drawing or expressing themselves through drama therapy. Adults will find classes in mixed media, mosaic sculpture, creative patterns, coherent watercolour and life figure drawing.

May 1 to 27, various days and timings, prices from Dh150, thejamjar, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 341 7303, www.thejamjardubai.com

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