AC­TIV­ITY CEN­TRAL

Friday - - Leisure Charts -

The Fes­ti­val at sus­tain­able Mas­dar City in Abu Dhabi takes place to­day and to­mor­row. Aim­ing to ed­u­cate res­i­dents about sus­tain­able prac­tices and eco-friendly life­styles and tech­nol­ogy, ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude The Green­house, where vis­i­tors can learn how to grow their own food; In­no­va­tive Fac­tory, where they build and test ex­per­i­ments re­lated to re­new­able en­ergy re­sources like so­lar, wind and wa­ter; and Ar­cade Al­ley, a sus­tain­abil­ity-themed gam­ing area. From 10am-10pm to­day and 10am-6pm to­mor­row. Catch Global Ed­u­ca­tionIn­ter­act, an ed­u­ca­tion fair to­day at Grand Ex­cel­sior, Bur Dubai, and at Crowne Plaza, Abu Dhabi, to­mor­row. Stu­dents can meet reps from 25 uni­ver­si­ties from nine coun­tries at the fair, sign up for ses­sions with ca­reer coun­sel­lors and ac­cess course-se­lec­tion guid­ance, post-de­par­ture brief­ing and sup­port post-ar­rival. Free en­trance. Visit the­chopras.com.

Take a walk on the wild side at Emi­rates Park Zoo and Re­sort Abu Dhabi’s newly opened 6,500-square-me­tre ex­ten­sion. The new space is home to hip­pos, camels, sheep and ex­otic birds housed in en­clo­sures sim­i­lar to their nat­u­ral habi­tats. Did you know the hippo is a ‘river horse’? The ed­uca­tive an­i­mal shows in the am­phithe­atre will teach that and more fun facts. Visit emi­rates­park­zoo.com.

The Al Basta mar­ket (be­low left) at Souq Al Shanasiyah in Heart of Shar­jah – the re­stored area of the city – has been ex­tended to March 31 with new week­end tim­ings so you can ex­plore the cul­tural souq’s Emi­rati hand­i­crafts, tra­di­tional food and cloth­ing and other stalls for longer: from 4-11pm on Fri­day and 9am-3pm on Satur­day. The Shar­jah Art Foun­da­tion is con­duct­ing a free water­front tour to­mor­row, from 2-7pm. You’ll get to stroll through the busy water­front and Port Khalid, see how lo­cal fish­er­man sell their catch at Souq Al Jubail fish auc­tion and meet fish­er­men and shop­keep­ers to learn their busi­ness jar­gon. The trip also in­cludes a boat ride around the port and a food tast­ing fea­tur­ing the day’s catch. Aged 15 and above, reg­is­ter at com­mu­nity@ shar­ja­hart.org. Call 06 544 4133.

Ex­plore the con­cept of sus­tain­abil­ity at Mas­dar City in Abu Dhabi; en­joy an­i­mals in the cap­i­tal, and see Shar­jah’s water­front on a tour

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