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This week­end’s don’t-miss events.

Spend your week­ends this win­ter cel­e­brat­ing Al Ain cul­ture with a new pro­gramme high­light­ing the Gar­den City as a cul­tural hub of the UAE, with events at Al Ain Oa­sis, Al Ain Palace Mu­seum, Mul­taqa Zayed Na­tional Mu­seum, Qasr Al Muwaiji and Al Jahili Fort. Lovers of farmer’s mar­kets should head to Al Ain Oa­sis ev­ery week­end un­til April; there are also arts and hand­i­craft work­shops, sto­ry­telling events, out­door films, a year-round photography pro­gramme, and tra­di­tional Emi­rati per­for­mances in the Plaza area. Other events in the year-long pro­gramme in­clude Trav­els Through Our Tra­di­tions, where vis­i­tors and res­i­dents can meet and chat with Emi­rati women in their homes and farms; My Old House Bus Tours will take you to visit old homes, oases, and historical and cul­tural sites; and the Emi­rati Melodies event at Qasr Al Muwaiji, two con­certs fea­tur­ing UAE Voices, a cho­ral singing group per­for­mance in­spired by the po­ems of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan.

If you’re look­ing to lighten up your week­end, don’t miss the sev­enth an­nual Sharjah Light Fes­ti­val, which runs at venues across the emi­rate un­til Fe­bru­ary 11. The city’s ar­chi­tec­tural gems are lit up in creative and daz­zling ways, thanks to in­ter­ac­tive light pro­jec­tions with mu­sic. There’s also a pa­rade on Khalid La­goon Cor­niche. Last year, more than half a mil­lion peo­ple vis­ited the fes­ti­val, which now has new venues. See the lights at these sights: Univer­sity City Hall, Cul­tural Palace, Al Noor Mosque, Al Taqwa Mosque, Al Qasba, Palm Gar­den, Kalba Univer­sity, Khor Fakkan Univer­sity, Dibba Mosque, Al Dhaid Mosque and Dr Sul­tan Al Qasimi Cen­tre for Gulf Stud­ies.

If you’ve got kids that need to ex­pend a bit of en­ergy, there’s a bean bag wait­ing for you at Souk Mad­i­nat Jumeirah’s Wacky Week­ends. Chil­dren are wel­comed to the Am­phithe­atre ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day from 2-5pm (ex­cept for Fe­bru­ary 10-11) for face paint­ing, a cos­tume photo booth, a bal­loon-bend­ing clown, games and ac­tiv­i­ties. Par­ents can just take a load off in the lounge or sur­round­ing cafés, and en­try is free for all.

Nearby, Mad­i­nat Theatre starts its new sea­son with fam­i­lies in mind, too: There’s a 10-day run of a mu­si­cal retelling of the

Aladdin tale. Tick­ets are Dh180-270, and the show runs from Fe­bru­ary 9-19.

Dance lovers should head to Duc­tac on Fe­bru­ary 9 for Eloge du Puis­sant Roy­aume, aka Krump, a con­tem­po­rary dance show brought to Dubai by Al­liance Française. This dance form orig­i­nat­ing in 1990s LA has been chore­ographed by French-Al­ge­rian Heddy Maalem. Tick­ets for the one-hour show at Dh80, from the theatre.

One of the best films in re­cent years is get­ting a free (first-come, first-served) screen­ing at Cin­ema Akil tonight. Sean El­lis’

Metro Manila (left) is a Philip­pines-set crime thriller and screens at 7pm as part of the Work in Progress sea­son, run­ning un­til March at Alserkal Av­enue’s The Yard and A4 Space.

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