Water, water everywhere!

Well, not quite everywhere, just all over the walls and floor of Qasr Al Hosn Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi! “Water: H2O = Life” is an art exhibition with environmental purposes, organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History from September 19 to January 5.

By Around And About/ By Silvia Radan

Published: Sat 17 Sep 2011, 11:34 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:06 PM

Through various displays of artistic water forms, the ADACH hopes to pour sheds light on the challenges faced by people for the sustainable management of this vital, but limited, resource and its uses.

“We are doing this by using state-of-the art interactive technologies in order to engage our audiences, especially younger generations, and educate them on how proper water usage can positively affect their future,” said Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, adviser for Culture and Heritage in the Court of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and director-general of the ADACH.

The detailed models and sculptures at the exhibition will address water issues that face communities and ecosystems around the world. They also highlight the importance of this limited and precious resource.

More precisely, visitors will be able to see exhibits such as a fog screen and water drops falling into a lighted pool, interactive stations including one where the many microorganisms that live in a drop of water may be examined, a 68-inch globe illuminated with maps and satellite images of Earth, dramatically illustrating how water is distributed and used around the world, a 3-D touchable sculpture of water and a touch screen video quiz on water conservation topics.

the biggest... shrinker

Do you tend to watch the Biggest Looser TV show from the soft comforts of your sofa, munching on a guilty pizza and wishing that you could do it too? Well, here comes your chance, as Grand Millennium Al Wahda is about to launch the capital’s first ever Biggest Shrinker! And it is not a TV show, it’s for real!

The competition will accept up to 50 people, keen to challenge themselves to battle the bulge and kick start a healthier lifestyle. The winner will receive prizes worth of Dh20,000, with the final results announced December 3.

Participants need to sign up before September 30, as the challenge starts on October 8. Weekly progress updates and weight checks every Saturday will make sure participants are all on track. Divided into five groups of ten at the start, the person who makes the least progress during the week will no longer be eligible to win.

The enrolment fee of Dh500 will entitle each participant to unlimited access to the health club, two branded ‘Biggest Shrinker’ T-shirts, a starter kit including gym bag, water bottle, low GI food guide, meal plans and recipes, as well as a workout chart to track progress. A programme of motivational speakers will help motivate and guide participants, with notable guests, including Tori Leckie, long distance marathon runner; Laura Holland, nutritional therapist; Gus Moustakas, executive chef; Houry Pappins, hypnotherapist; and Heinz Fuchsbichler, Al Wahda Sports Club Coach.

Anyone up to the challenge should register by calling +971 2 495 3831 or email healthclub@grandmill-alwahda.com.


Unchain your hair locks and fasten your shoe laces cause we got some hard rocking coming this way! Yas Island Show Weekends (YISW) just got louder, with Metallica making their debut appearance in the UAE on Yas Island next month. FLASH Entertainment is bringing the greatest hard rock band on the planet to the capital on October 25 — making this the most intense and powerful concert to hit the Yas Arena this year.

“We promised you more big things for the new season of Yas Island Show Weekends, and nothing is bigger than Metallica,” said Shatha Al Romaithi, FLASH Entertainment spokesperson.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 100 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored almost a dozen multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”).

In October 2008, their latest album, Death Magnetic, debuted as number one on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. It was certified platinum in the United States just six weeks later. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards. It was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Tickets for Metallica have already gone on sale since September 13 at Dh295 for general admission and Dh595 for the Fan Pit.

· —silvia@khaleejtimes.com

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