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Abu Dhabi Book fair

Visit the Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Book Fair and en­joy a va­ri­ety of lit­er­ary and cul­tural events, in­clud­ing po­etry read­ings, spo­ken word per­for­mances, book sign­ings and talks. Events today in­clude talks on Arab sculp­ture, Chi­nese women’s lit­er­a­ture, hap­pi­ness and sci­en­tific lit­er­acy. There will also be eight films at the Black Box Cin­ema and cook­ing demon­stra­tions in the Show Kitchen. These in­clude Cook­ing with Chil­dren at 9am and 11am, Food from Nawab’s Kitchen at 4pm, Pol­ish Food at 6pm and Food with a Twist at 8pm.

Daily un­til Tues­day, 9am to 10pm, Abu Dhabi Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Khaleej Al Arabi, www.ad­book­fair.com

Na­tion­wide New movie

Set in Bos­ton in 1978, Free Fire stars Brie Lar­son as Jus­tine, who or­gan­ises a meet­ing in a de­serted ware­house be­tween two gangs con­duct­ing a weapons sale. It turns into a game of sur­vival af­ter shots are fired dur­ing the trans­ac­tion and chaos en­sues. Ac­tion, di­rected by Ben Wheat­ley, also star­ring Cil­lian Mur­phy, Ar­mie Ham­mer, Sharlto Co­p­ley and Enzo Ci­lenti.

Screen­ing at cin­e­mas across the UAE. (15+)

Abu Dhabi Art ex­hi­bi­tion

Al­liance Française Dubai presents Gold Up, an ex­hi­bi­tion of works by the French artist Claude Gué­nard, who de­con­structs the ba­sic fig­ures ex­tracted from art and fash­ion mag­a­zines and sketches over them, ques­tion­ing im­agery, re­veal­ing the hidden mo­ti­va­tions of so­ci­ety and the se­crets of the sub­con­scious mind. Pic­tured: Au­drey Hep­burn

Daily un­til May 8, 9am to 8pm, Sun­days to Thurs­days; 10am to 6pm on Satur­days (closed Fri­days), Al­liance Française Abu Dhabi, off 32nd Street near Ir­ish Em­bassy, Abu Dhabi, 02 666 6232, www. afabud­habi.org

Dubai Per­for­mance

Loom Ensem­ble presents the fi­nal per­for­mance of Boot­straps, which fea­tures 20 ac­tors and dancers whose char­ac­ters are cre­ated out of the per­form­ers’ life ex­pe­ri­ences, draw­ing di­rectly on the cul­tural her­itage of their an­ces­tors from around the world. The event cel­e­brates the cul­tural di­ver­sity of Dubai, ex­am­ines how to de­fine suc­cess and ex­plores how mod­ern ca­reer goals can tear us away from our cul­tural roots.

Tonight, 8pm, Dh75, the­jam­jar, Alserkal Av­enue, Al Quoz, Dubai, reg­is­tra­tion es­sen­tial at 04 341 7303, www. the­jam­jar­dubai.com

Dubai Art ex­hi­bi­tion

Tehran-based pain­ter Af­shin Pirhashemi presents House of Cards, which fea­tures large-scale works that de­scribe how the dom­i­nant role of me­dia in ev­ery­day life in­creas­ingly shapes world views. The artist in­cor­po­rates pop­u­lar cul­ture ref­er­ences as well as iconic fe­male pro­tag­o­nists to por­tray power in var­i­ous ways. Pic­tured: An un­ti­tled im­age by Af­shin Pirhashemi

Daily un­til May 25, 10am to 8pm, Sun­days to Thurs­days; noon to 8pm on Satur­days (closed Fri­days), Ayyam Gallery, Gate Vil­lage Build­ing 3, DIFC, Dubai, 04 439 2395, www.ayyam­gallery.com

Abu Dhabi Film screen­ings

Reg­is­ter to at­tend screen­ings of the films The Wiz­ard of Oz and Tre Mogli (Three Wives) as part of the Cin­ema Space se­ries at Ma­narat Al Saadiyat. The 1939 Amer­i­can clas­sic The Wiz­ard of Oz, di­rected by Victor Flem­ing, is pre­sented in a newly re­stored ver­sion. The time­less film tells the story of Dorothy (Judy Gar­land), a farm girl who is caught in a tor­nado and ends up in the Land of Oz, where she needs the help of new friends to find her way home. Tre Mogli will be pre­sented with ac­tress Francesca D’Aloja in per­son. The 2001 Marco Risi film tells the story of three women from dif­fer­ent walks of life, who dis­cover one New Year’s Eve that their bank em­ployee hus­bands have much more than their em­ployer in com­mon. The film is in Ital­ian with English sub­ti­tles.

Today, 4pm for The Wiz­ard of Oz; 7pm for Tre Mogli, free with reg­is­tra­tion, au­di­to­rium, Ma­narat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi, reg­is­ter at cin­e­mas­pace­abud­habi.splashthat.com

Abu Dhabi Grand prix

Dis­counted tick­ets for the 2017 For­mula 1 Eti­had Air­ways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are only avail­able for one more month. Take ad­van­tage of the GP Parks Pass for un­lim­ited ac­cess to the Yas Is­land parks – Fer­rari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Water­world – and for ev­ery three-day adult grand­stand ticket, a child un­der-12 gets free Fri­day en­try to the grand­stand plus ac­cess to the Yas Is­land parks.

Novem­ber 24 to 26, from Dh1,120 for a three-day Abu Dhabi Hill pack­age un­til May 31, Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit, Yas Is­land, Abu Dhabi, 800 927, www. yas­mari­nacir­cuit.com

Abu Dhabi Par­ent­ing event

At­tend My Preg­nancy Ara­bia and hear a se­ries of talks by pro­fes­sion­als about preg­nancy, birth and ba­bies. You can also take part in a pre-na­tal part­ner yoga class pre­sented by Bodytree Stu­dio. Browse the mar­ket stalls of lo­cal busi­nesses, of­fer­ing pre- and post-na­tal ser­vices and en­joy com­pli­men­tary healthy snacks.

Today, 10am to 2pm, Rose­wood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Is­land, Abu Dhabi, reg­is­ter at www. mypreg­nan­c­yara­bia.net

Dubai Con­cert

En­joy a con­cert by the Trench­town Ex­pe­ri­ence, a lead­ing Bob Mar­ley and the Wail­ers trib­ute band from the UK. The cel­e­bra­tion of Mar­ley and his reg­gae band will in­clude clas­sic hits such as I Shot the Sher­iff, No Woman No Cry, One Love and Get Up, Stand Up. The band will also per­form their sig­na­ture tune, Trench­town Rock.

Tonight, 8.30pm, free en­try, all ages, Hard Rock Cafe Dubai, Dubai Fes­ti­val City Mall, Dubai, www.hardrock.com/ dubai

Al Dhafra Fam­ily fun

Visit the fi­nal day of the Al Dhafra Wa­ter Fes­ti­val, and watch or take part in a va­ri­ety of sports and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing beach foot­ball and vol­ley­ball com­pe­ti­tions, marine races for dhows, sail and row boats, as well as kitesurf­ing. Fam­i­lies can en­joy a tra­di­tional souq, fash­ion shows and a cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion, plus a chil­dren’s vil­lage, which has events such as tug of war, row­ing, swim­ming, draw­ing, magic trick shows and more.

Today, var­i­ous tim­ings, free, Mirfa Beach, Al Dhafra Re­gion, Abu Dhabi, www. ald­hafrawa­ter­fes­ti­val.ae

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