Seven things to do in Abu Dhabi this week

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Classic voyages

The world-famous, Grammy Award-winning conductor, composer and viol player Jordi Savall is following the voyages of Ibn Battuta to the Far East, with the help of ancient music ensemble Hespèrion XXI. Catch the Arabic premiere of the sequel concert, Ibn Battuta: The voyager of Islam, From Afghanistan to China (1336-1346), created for Abu Dhabi by Savall, at Emirates Palace this week.
From Dhs100. Fri Jan 13, 8pm-11pm; Sun Jan 15, 8pm-11pm. First show: Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road. Second show: Bin Hamooda Fort, Al Ain Oasis.

Up, up, away
Take a journey to Paradise Falls with 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen, boy scout Russel and 500 colourful balloons. Or, watch them do it on a 16-foot screen while you chill-ax on Sheraton Abu Dhabi’s beach, where they’re screening the heart-warming Up this week.
Dhs10. Fri Jan 13, from 7pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).

Wadi Adventure Race 12

Tackle 25 obstacles such as running through the desert and swimming through lakes in the heart of the garden city at Wadi Adventure’s Race 12. Then grab a free lunch and a drink once you’re done.
From Dhs275 (five kilometres). Sat Jan 14, from 8am. Wadi Adventure, Al Ain (03 781 8422).

Deconstructing Thai cuisine

Six nights of molecular gastronomy and the theatrical deconstruction of Thai dishes awaits at Sayad, thanks to Michelin star chef Henrik Yde Andersen, the highly acclaimed restaurateur. Don’t know a thing about Kiin Kiin? Prepare to have your mind blown.
Dhs670+++ (ten courses). Jan 14-19. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road (02 690 7999).

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam

Abu Dhabi’s own Faisal Al Ketbi (pictured, in blue) will be competing in this Jiu-Jitsu World Tour event. There will be a Dhs735,000 prize fund offered for the winners in what is sure to be a hotly-contested competition.
Free. Fri Jan 13, from noon; Sat Jan 14, from 9am. IPIC Arena, Zayed Sports City (02 333 6111).

Chinese new year deals
Mark the Chinese Year of the Rooster at Yas Mall where, from Thursday January 12, you can win daily prizes by spending Dhs400 at any outlet. Then, from January 25 to 28, traditional performances and kids’ workshops kick off.
Free. January 12-31, various timings. Yas Mall, Yas Island,


Stick to those New Year’s resolutions by crossing the finish line of the ADCB Zayed Sports City 5k and 10k Run, which invites runners of all ages and abilities to take part. Do you have what it takes?
From Dhs120. Fri Jan 13, from 7am. Zayed Sports City,

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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