6pm in Dubai A solo photography exhibition from Fatma Al Hashemi that captures the city on the cusp of dusk. Until February 15. Momentum Dubai, Gate Village, DIFC (04 327 4320).
Dubai International Comedy Carnival
As part of Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubomedy is holding music and dance contests, plus a circus workshop for youths. Register by today for the Comedy Movie competition, in which participants have three days to write and shoot a short film. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Meanwhile, a two-day youth circus workshop and a breakdance competition will run from Friday January 25 to Saturday 26 at Festival Centre. Until January 26. www.comedy.ae, or search Dubai International Comedy Carnival on Facebook.
The third solo show from photographer Marwa Adel is a collection of works that explores her desire to break free from restrictions imposed on women in society. Until February 2. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 340 8660).
Life A exhibition of leading Chinese artists, each with traditional styles. Artists on show include Tian Jun, GengJian, and LiFu. Meet the artists tonight from 7.30pm onwards. Ongoing. Corp Executive Hotel Apartments, Barsha 1 (050 697 5146).
Sign up for a creative writing class UK author Hayley Doyle hosts classes looking at skills from short stories to novels. Classes begin this month – book now. Dhs750 for six 90-minute classes. Traffic, Al Quoz (055 104 0538).
Letters of Gold Omani calligrapher Saleh Al Shukairi presents a solo exhibition of Arabic calligraphy, created through new painting techniques inspired by his global travels. Al Shukairi is a member of the Omani Society of Fine Arts, where he is one of the founders of the Calligraphy Club and the Youth Studio. Until March 9. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Portrait and landscape workshop
Artist June Bartlett is hosting informative, relaxed art workshops, focusing on portraits and urban landscapes. Dhs400. 10am-4pm. Until January 27. The Majlis Gallery, Bastakiya (04 353 5339).
Horses of Harmony and Hope Notable Peruvian painter and sculptor José Carlos Ramos presents ‘a vision of Latin American magical surrealism’ with a show in the capital. Expect works inspired by fantasy, fiction and the subconscious. Until January 29. Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
Portrait and landscape workshop Artist June Bartlett is hosting informative, relaxed art workshops, focusing on portraits and urban landscapes. Dhs400. 10am-4pm. Until January 27. The Majlis Gallery, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).
The Eye of Dubai A video installation by Christian Jankowski, which chronicles in black and white the German artist’s experimental visit to Dubai, during which himself and a film crew remained blindfolded throughout the duration of their trip. The screening is accompanied by a BBC World News documentary about the making of the film. Until January 28. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Automatic Assembly Actions A solo exhibition of works by Stuttgart-based Iranian video installation artist Anahita Razmi, covering themes such as art history, politics and cultural spheres. Razmi attacks these systems directly, honestly and relentlessly. Until March 14. Carbon 12, Unit D37, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).
From Past to Present
This solo exhibition features recent works by Iranian artist Salar Ahmadian. His text-based paintings show the artist as more than just a calligrapher: he delicately reinvents the traditional technique into contemporary weaves, with colour a primary focus. Until March 12. Etemad Gallery, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
King Give Us Soldiers
Hungarian painter Zsolt Bodoni’s first solo exhibition in Dubai features works that relate to power and society. Using inspiration from books, history and his own childhood, his detailed paintings are almost photo-like and have an eerie quality. Until March 3. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).
Olympia by Bryan Ferry A series of limited-edition prints of versions of English singer Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music album covers, created between 1972 and 1982, plus solo album covers featuring Kate Moss. Until February 28. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue (04 380 9600).
Portrait and landscape workshop
Artist June Bartlett is hosting informative, relaxed art workshops, focusing on portraits and urban landscapes. Dhs400. 10am-4pm. Until January 27. The Majlis Gallery, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).
Treasures of the UAE
Students aged seven to 18 from 50 schools across the UAE were invited to submit a piece of artwork depicting a famous national landmark or historical site in the UAE for this exhibition at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. The 24 winning pieces are on display and are also printed in an exclusive calendar, which is available to buy at the centre throughout the year. Ongoing. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6666).
This week’s theatre
Richard III This play arrives fresh from a performance at the Globe to Globe Festival in the UK last summer, which sees all of The Bard’s 37 works performed in foreign tongues and hosted at Shakespeare’s Globe. This Arabic take on the classic tragedy, from Palestine’s Ashtar Theatre, has picked up rave reviews. Dhs250-300. 6pm, January 17-18. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.madinattheatre.com (04 366 6546).