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Published: Sat 30 Apr 2011, 11:46 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:04 PM

The sun will only set twice over the “The Dawn of History: Revealing the Ancient Past of Abu Dhabi”, the much talked-about archaeological exhibition in Al Ain. After three months, the exhibition is finally closing on May 2, so grab one more (or a first) chance to see it, as it is definitely worth it.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and Moesgård Museum in Denmark, this is a treasure journey, taking visitors back as far as 10,000 years ago, showcasing the findings of Danish archaeological digs right here in Abu Dhabi emirate, nearly half-a-century ago. The artefacts give a fascinating insight in to a time when this part of the Arabian Peninsula was at the centre of a vibrant trading culture.

The history of excavations made in Abu Dhabi by the team of Danish archaeologists, dates back to 1958. In those times, all finds were shipped to the Århus museum in Denmark to be conserved, recorded and studied. They were then returned to Abu Dhabi after the opening of the National Museum in Al Ain in 1971.

The exhibition highlights the Umm an-Nar settlement, the Hafit graves, Hili Grand Tomb, Hili Tower, and Qarn bint Saud. The Umm an-Nar settlement and the excavations at Umm an-Nar reveal a completely new civilisation dating back to about 2400 B.C.

The Moesgård Museum explored the archaeology and traditional cultures of the Gulf countries for almost 60 years in cooperation with the local authorities. In 2013, Moesgård Museum will open a grand new exhibition building with an entire section dedicated to the early history and culture of the Arabian Gulf.

Fit for May

This month, the Aloft hotel has come up with several offerings of taught, but really good for you fitting programmes.

Fit Ball and Sculpt will show you how to train your mind and body to be in perfect balance. The sessions are every Sunday from 6 pm and they are free of charge for members and hotel guests.

Aqua Jogging happens every Tuesday from 4pm and it is also free for members and guests. And no, you don’t have to run in water! The sessions offer water aerobic for both beginning and advance levels.

Finally, the Outdoor Challenge is a bit of fun, but also a total body workout taking place outdoors to make sure you don’t waste any sweat. It will be all Thursdays from 6 pm and it will be too free for hotel guests and gym members.

Swimming lessons are also on Aloft’s menu, a qualified instructor being hired to help uncover the best swimming techniques in you!

The Seagull

Chekhov in Abu Dhabi? Well, yes, and tonight is the last night you can see it. One to One Hotel — the Village is presenting a pretty good production of Chekhov’s The Seagull this evening in The Village Gardens. The performance by Resuscitation Theatre is the first professional theatre performance by a ‘grass roots’ group of actors.

“This play is for modern audiences who enjoy contemporary interpretations of classic theatre,” said Maggie Hannan, artistic director of the theatre.

“I have conceived Resuscitation Theatre to articulate classic texts through visual forms that will cultivate the relationships between visual art, performance art and theatre,” she added.

Established in England in 2001, Resuscitation Theatre is a form of contemporary experimental theatre that already convinced the sharp critics and the demanding audience of London.

This production features two Emirati actors in their debut performance of Chekhov: Fatima Al Taei, an ex-student and Ibrahim Al Khumairi, student with the New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi. The other two actors, Dilan Pasha, an Iraqi Canadian national, and Zena Ibrahim, of Jordanian Irish nationality, were brought up in Abu Dhabi.

Tickets are Dh50 and are available from the One to One Hotel reception. The performance begins at 8pm. The duration of the performance is approximately one hour without an interval.

· —silvia@khaleejtimes.com



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