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  A little over a day after flying back to the UAE from compassionate leave having spent a week in Pakistan visiting his sick mother, Mohammed Usman struck the winning runs in a thrilling Desert T20 opener for UAE. >>  
  New signing Leonardo says he has more to offer Al Jazira after his debut on Friday helped lift the club to the top of the Arabian Gulf League. >>  
  The ninth staging of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship in April has been extended from 10 to 14 days this year to accommodate the growing number of entries. >>  
  World No 2 Rory McIlroy has been forced to withdraw from this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after tests revealed he had sustained a rib injury. >>  
  Tadhg O’Shea, the four-time UAE champion jockey, reeled off a fantastic four to take his tally to 27 winners, overtaking Richard Mullen on top of the championship leaderboard by one last night at the capital’s track. >>  
  “Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless.” ― Mother Teresa  
Training programme for Emiratis looking to work in education
The Abu Dhabi Education Council has launched the Edaad 2017 programme to train Emiratis for education jobs. >>
 
Dubai centre is preserving camels with science
A recent discovery at the Camel Reproduction Centre could pave the way to building a successful DNA bank for the species. >>
 
UAEU students developing gesture control technologies to help people with disabilities
Technology that can help people with disabilities by using body movements to control artificial limbs and other devices is being developed at UAE University. >>
 
UAE, Kazakh officials sign agreements in Abu Dhabi
Agreements on diplomatic missions, visa exemptions and tourism were signed between the UAE and Kazakhstan were signed on Sunday at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi. >>
 
Project Space Forum to kick off next week in Dubai
The first edition of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre’s Project Space Forum will start on Tuesday next week. >>
 
UAE announces winners of Zayed Future Energy Prize
A leader of sustainable energy in China was on Monday honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zayed Future Energy Prize. >>
 
Youths come together in UAQ to discuss their innovative ideas for the country
Fifty Emirati and expatriate youngsters from all seven emirates have presented their ideas in a gathering at Falaj Al Mualla Fort. >>
 
 
Al Ain welcome laconic transfer Yannick Boli: ‘I prefer that you will see my actions inside the pitch’

Al Ain new recruit Yannick Boli vowed to let his football do his talking after finalising his transfer from Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala. >>
 
Al Ain set to acquire Nasser Al Shamrani from Al Hilal and Yannick Boli from Anzhi

Al Ain are set to announce a double deal for Anzhi Makhachkala forward Yannick Boli and Al Hilal striker Nasser Al Shamrani as the club look to shake up their foreign contingent before the transfer window shuts on Thursday. >>
 
Get a recap ( HILTON CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING : December 10, 2016 )

Hilton Al Ain invited all friends of Christmas to their traditional Christmas Tree Lighting on 10 December 2016. As every year, hundreds of children and their families were having fun together while singing with the Christmas choir, eating cookies and cotton candy and lighting up the Christmas tree together. The highlight was Santa coming from the sixth floor with the glass elevator ringing his bell on every floor. Finally, he arrived in the Palm Court and took photos with all families together.
 
Five diverse artists from the UAE to take part in Venice Biennale
Beirut-born, Mumbai-raised artist Vikram Divecha, who has collaborated with municipal gardeners and rock-blasting engineers, and graphic designer Sara Al Haddad, from Dubai, whose chosen medium is crochet, are among the five artists chosen to represent the UAE at the world’s most prestigious art event.
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UAE’s Sultan Al Ameemi nominated for International Prize for Arabic Fiction
UAE author Sultan Al Ameemi has been nominated for the tenth edition of the prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) - the first time an Emirati author has been recognised by the prestigious award.
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Dubai rappers Eslam Jawaad and Malikah on working with the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music
With so many rival factions in war-torn Syria, one might imagine political divisions and conflicting opinions would have emerged when the orchestra got together for the first time in five years.
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Short+Sweet theatre festival returns to Abu Dhabi for its second edition
From a domestic murder-mystery and a Serbian folk tale to an Arabian moral fable and an "existential crisis in 10 minutes or less", audiences can expect a dizzying display of diversity at this weekend’s Short+Sweet Abu Dhabi theatre festival.
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Emel Mathlouthi talks music and revolutions ahead of Dubai’s Wasla Festival
Emel Mathlouthi has been described as the Tunisian Björk, the Fairuz of her generation, and the voice of the Arab Spring. Though her impassioned protest songs were once banned in her homeland, compelling her to spend seven years in semi-exile in Paris, the outspoken young singer was later embraced as a proud symbol of the new Tunisia after the toppling of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s oppressive regime in 2011.
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Aqua show La Perle by Dragone set to make a splash in Dubai
From the outside, it looks like any other generic office-type building. But stepping through a set of double doors off the lobby is like walking into Q’s training laboratory in a James Bond film.
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Dubai Food Festival is back with a delicious 17-day programme
Gastronomes can dig into the world cuisines and culinary workshops when the Dubai Food Festival returns next month. The next edition will be a 17-day programme of events, activities, promotions and celebrity chef appearances from February 23.
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The triple challenge: swim, run and bike your way to better fitness in the UAE
Check online or pick up your local calendar of events and, from October to April, you’re sure to find plenty of triathlon races happening across the UAE. From sprint and Olympic distances to Ironman, the multisport – which involves swimming, cycling and running – is fast becoming one of the hottest disciplines in the country, with high-profile events, such as the Dubai Ironman, TriYas and the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi, reaching full capacity and attracting participants from outside the UAE.
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Al Qattara – Junior Arts/Music/Story Animation

Held every Monday – save for major school holidays – Al Qattara Arts Centre hosts a locally founded kids' art program between the hours of 9.30am and 11am. The free program kicks off with music time, followed by arts & crafts before ending on snacks and live reading. For more information send an email to shervs5579@gmail.com or check out the group's Facebook page found under Al Qattara – Junior Arts/Music/Story Animation.

Jay’s No-Limit Bootcamp

A fun, challenging and highly effective fitness program for both men and women looking to build strength and increase endurance. Participants will receive a pre-and-post camp assessment to track their individual progress and their personal goal achievements.

Classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for four weeks starting 9 January, at Hili Archaeological Park at 6.30pm.

For more information, email jaysnolimitbootcamp@gmail.com or WhatsApp +1-254-224-1112, and check them out on Instagram @JaysNolimitBootcamp.

Aqdar Drive Safely

Take part in Aqdar Drive Safely program’s competition “The Use of Cell Phones While Driving” and choose one of the three categories to send in your entry for. To take part, visit aqdardrivesafely.com

Proud Expressions

The Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has launched a nationwide art competition calling for submissions honoring the fallen soldiers of UAE. Deadline is 5 February, and for more information visit proudexpressions.ae

Al Ain Zoo

The Zoo is open from 9am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 8am to 9pm during the rest of the week. The Zoo also runs a daily bird show at 5pm, save Wednesdays, and is also running a volunteer programme - visit alainzoo.ae for more information.


"AGENDA"
Regular events this month
Thursdays

‎Moodz in Al Ain Rotana hosts Moodz in the City night from 10.30pm to 3am with free entrance for ladies, including free selected beverages (11pm to 1am only), and Dh100++ for gents, including two drinks. An Evening Brunch is also available at Al Ain Rotana’s all­ day dining restaurant Zest from 6.30pm to 11.30pm: Dh168++ including soft drinks, Dh195++ including reds, whites and malt beverages.

‏ Lebanese Night in Al Rikab Restaurant at AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 10pm to 3.30am; Dh120 per person.

‏Family Dining Night at AESGC's Rugby Club's Amblers Restaurant from 5.30pm with a 20 per cent discount.

‏ Seafood Night in Elements, Hili Rayhaan by Rotana, from 7pm to 11pm: Dh149++.

‏ Seafood Night in Arabesque at Danat Al Ain Resort from 7pm to 11pm: Dh135++, and Teacher's Night in Horse & Jockey from 7pm to 9pm with a buy-one-get-one free offer on selected beverages.

‏ Seafood Night in Ayla Restaurant, Ayla Hotel from 7.30pm to 11pm: Dh139++.

‏ ‏Arabic Night in Flavours at Hilton Al Ain: Dh99++ from 7pm to 11pm and, in Paco’s (same hotel), there's a Party Night with entertainment from Wave.

‏ ‏Seafood Mania Night in Sedra Restaurant, Ayla Bawadi Hotel from 7.30pm to 11pm for Dh129++.

‏International buffet for Dh99++, in Le Belvedere, Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet from 7pm to 10.30pm. Also, it's Arabic Night in the hotel's Lawrence Restaurant.

Fridays

Extravaganza Brunch in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, live cooking stations and free flow bubbly: Dh169++. Also, Moodz (same hotel) has Ladies’ Night from 7pm to 3am with free entry for ladies and an offer on five selected beverages. Entry for gents is Dh50++ including a beverage.

‏Friday Brunch in Flavours in Hilton Al Ain from 1pm to 4pm: Dh80++ excluding drinks, Dh129++ with beverages. And it's Party Night with the new house band, Wave, in the hotel's Paco’s. Also, Turkish Night in Flavours Restaurant (same hotel) from 7pm to 11pm: Dh99++.

‏Friday Drunch at Danat Al Ain Resort's Horse & Jockey, from 12pm to 4pm: Dh99++ ‏Also, it’s Karaoke Night in the same venue from 7pm to 9pm.

‏Friday Brunch in Elements at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana from 12.30pm to 4pm: Dh119++, including soft drinks. Plus, Taste of Arabia night in Elements from 7pm to 11pm: Dh111++ including water and soft drinks.

‏ ‏Le Belvedere in Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet serves Friday Brunch Buffet from 12.30pm to 4pm: Dh110++ with water and soft drinks, Dh170++ with unlimited beverages. And at night, the same venue has a Seafood Dinner from 7pm to 10.30pm for Dh130++.

Friday Lunch Buffet in Al Rikab Restaurant at AESGC’s Equestrian Club, from 12.30pm to 4.30pm: Dh95 and in the evening, it’s Khaleeji Night in the same venue from 10pm to 3.30am: free entrance and a drink for ladies; Dh50 entrance for gents including a beverage.

‏Family Brunch at Palm Greens Restaurant in AESGC’s Golf Club from 11.30pm to 4pm: Dh85 per, Dh99 with drink.

Saturdays ‎‏

Extravaganza Brunch in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, live cooking stations and free flow bubbly: Dh169++. Also, Moodz (same hotel) has Ladies’ Night from 7pm to 3am with free entry for ladies and an offer on five selected beverages. Entry for gents is Dh50++ including a beverage.

‏Friday Brunch in Flavours in Hilton Al Ain from 1pm to 4pm: Dh80++ excluding drinks, Dh129++ with beverages. And it's Party Night with the new house band Wave, in the hotel's Paco’s. Also, Turkish Night in Flavours Restaurant (same hotel) from 7pm to 11pm: Dh99++.

‏Friday Drunch at Danat Al Ain Resort's Horse & Jockey, from 12pm to 4pm: Dh99++‏Also, it’s Karaoke Night in the same venue from 7pm to 9pm.

‏‏Friday Brunch in Elements at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana from 12.30pm to 4pm: Dh119++, including soft drinks. Plus Taste of Arabia night in Elements from 7pm to 11pm: Dh111++ including water and soft drinks.

‏ ‏Le Belvedere in Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet serves Friday Brunch Buffet from 12.30pm to 4pm: Dh110++ with water and soft drinks, Dh170++ with unlimited beverages. And at night, the same venue has a Seafood Dinner from 7pm to 10.30pm for Dh130++.

‏ ‏Friday Lunch Buffet in Al Rikab Restaurant at AESGC’s Equestrian Club, from 12.30pm to 4.30pm: Dh85 and in the evening, it’s Khaleeji Night in the same venue from 10pm to 3.30am: free entrance and a drink for ladies; Dh50 entrance for gents including a beverage.

Family Brunch at Palm Greens Restaurant in AESGC’s Golf Club from 11.30pm to 4pm: Dh85 per, Dh99 with drink.

Sundays

International Night in Elements, Hili Rayhaan by Rotana – top favourites from around the world: Dh111++, from 7pm to 11pm.

‏ ‏Arabic Night in Al Rikab Restaurant at AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 10pm to 3.30am, free entrance for all with a complimentary drink for ladies.

.‏Greek Night in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 6.30pm to 10.30pm: Dh149++

‏.‏Paco’s in Hilton Al Ain is holding a Karaoke Night

‏ ‏International buffet for Dh99++, in Le Belvedere, Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet from 7pm to 10.30pm. Also, it's Arabic Night in the hotel's Lawrence Restaurant.

‏ Curry and Pint in Horse & Jockey at Danat Al Ain Resort from 12pm to 1am: Dh49++.

Mondays ‏‎‏

International Night in Elements at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana - top favourites from around the world from 7pm to 11pm for Dh111++.

‏‎‏Rabsha Khaleeji in Al Rikab Restaurant at AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 10pm to 3.30am, free entrance for all with a complimentary drink for ladies.

‏Buy­-one­-get-­one ­free offer on selected beverages in Danat Al Ain Resort's Horse & Jockey from 5pm to 8pm, and the Oasis Café is holding Ladies Night: buy-one-get-one offer on shishas for ladies only.

‏‎‏Paco’s in Hilton Al Ain is hosting a Bingo Night.

‏‎‏International buffet for Dh99++, in Le Belvedere, Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet from 7pm to 10.30pm.

‏‎‏BBQ & Steak Night in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 6.30pm to 10.30pm: Dh168++ including free flow of house beverages.

Tuesdays ‏‎‏

Members’ Tuesday in the AESGC’s Golf Club’s Palm Greens Restaurant from 7am to 11pm with 25 per cent discount on F&B for Golf Club Members.

‏‎‏Karaoke Night in Al Rikab Restaurant at AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 7pm to 1am, free entrance for all with a complimentary drink for ladies.

‏‎‏Serata Italiana Night in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 6.30pm to 11.30pm for Dh149++ including reds and whites. Also, same hotel, it’s Arabian Night in Moodz from 10.30pm to 3am with free entrance for ladies and Dh150++ cover charge for gents, including three drinks. And it’s Seafood Night in the hotel’s Min Zaman Restaurant from 11pm to 2am: Dh209++.

‏‎‏Pizza & Pasta Night in Elements at Hili Rayhaan by Rotana for Dh85++, 7pm to 11pm.

‏‎‏‏‎‏International buffet for Dh99++, in Le Belvedere, Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet from 7pm to 10.30pm.

Wednesdays

‏Moroccan Night in Al Rikab Restaurant at AESGC’s Equestrian Club from 10pm to 3.30am, free entrance for ladies with a complimentary drink; Dh50 entrance for gents with a drink.

‏Sushi Night from 7pm to 10.30pm in Palm Greens Restaurant, AESGC's Golf Club: Dh85.

‏Indian Curry Corner from 6pm to 10pm at AESGC's Amblers Restaurant in the Rugby Club: Dh40.

‏‎‏Asian Twist Night in Elements, Hili Rayhaan by Rotana from 7pm to 11pm for Dh111++.

‏‎‏Ladies Night in Horse & Jockey at Danat Al Ain Resort from 7pm to 10pm with a buy­-one-­get-­one­ free on selected beverages for ladies.

‏‎‏Seafood Night in Zest at Al Ain Rotana from 6.30pm to 11.30pm: Dh195++, and there is a Dance Manila Night, from 7pm to 3.30am, with live entertainment and a Filipino DJ in Moodz (same hotel); free entrance and a 20 per cent discount on the total bill for all.

‏‎‏It’s Ladies Night in Hilton Al Ain’s Paco’s from 9pm to 11pm with free drinks for ladies, and entertainment from house band.

‏‎‏‏‎‏International buffet for Dh99++, in Le Belvedere, Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet from 7pm to 10.30pm.
 
"OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK"

19 January

Corks and Kegs in Al Ain Rotana’s Zest Gardens: Dh99++

Footgolf tournament at AESGC’s Golf Club from 6pm: Dh60 per person, including access to their Curry Buffet.

19 – 20 January & 24 – 25 January

From 6pm to 11pm, the Zest gardens at Al Ain Rotana will be hosting Cheese & Grape Nights with a cost of Dh149++ per couple for a platter of four kinds of cheese and a grape bottle, and Dh159++ for six kinds of cheese and a bottle, per couple.

‏19 – 25 January

East meets West Afternoon Delights in the Hili Rayhaan by Rotana Lobby Café from 3pm to 6pm: Dh35++.

Eden Rock in Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet hotel has an all-you-can-eat pasta offer from 9am to 9pm for Dh40++, as well as a live BBQ and Grills show, also from 9am to 9pm.

20 January

Danat Al Ain Resort is hosting the third edition of the Al Ain Yogafest in its Chalet Garden at 10am: free entrance.

20 – 21 January & 23 – 25 January

Kabayan Night in Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Hotel's Lawrence: Dh60.

21 January

Cooking Class in Al Ain Rotana’s Zest Restaurant.

22 January

Paco’s in Hilton Al Ain is hosting a Welcome Party for new house band, Wave.

22- 24 January

BOUNCE FIT classes in Bounce Al Ain at 7pm and 9pm; Dh80

24 January

Quiz Night in Horse & Jockey at Danat Al Ain Resort with Mike Greaves, from 5pm to 8pm.

25 January

Quiz Night with DJ Chalkie at AESGC’s Rugby Club from 8pm.

Ladies Evening at Al Ain Zoo from 5pm to 9pm featuring cycling, stage activities and a kids' cinema, with free entrance into the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre.

Ladies Night at BOUNCE Al Ain from 7pm to 10pm; Dh80.


XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE
After coming out of self-imposed exile, daredevil operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) must race against time to recover a sinister weapon known as Pandora's Box, a device that controls every military satellite in the world. Recruiting a new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself entangled in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of government.
THE BYE BYE MAN
People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we're asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what...but who? When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don't think it, don't say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. Is there a way to survive his possession?
THE GREAT WALL
When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.
 
SURF’S UP 2: WAVE MANIA
A sequel to the 2007 film Surf's Up, this is an animated comedy that features WWE Superstars providing their own voices while matching up against talking animals.
A MONSTER'S CALL
Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his arrogant grandmother, and his father has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (Liam Neeson) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.
PATRIOT’S DAY
Tragedy struck on 15 April 2013 when two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon. In the aftermath of the attack, police Sergeant. Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg), FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon) and Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) join courageous survivors, first responders, and other investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the suspects and bring them to justice.

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