Things to do on January 8:
Don’t miss The Imitation Game: Make a date to watch this hotly anticipated drama about mathematician Alan Turing who helps to crack the Enigma code during the Second World War.
Out in cinemas from Thursday January 8.
Have a mindful morning at LifeWorks: Learn to live in the present and how to tune into what is happening in your mind. Call in advance to book your place.
Dhs1,000 for a four-week course. Thu 9am-11am. Until January 29. LifeWorks Personal Development Training Centre, Umm Suqeim, www.counsellingdubai.com (04 394 2464).
Check out 24-hour motor racing: Motorsports fans can lap up a full 24 hours of endurance racing. The Hankook 24-hour Dubai event sees GT, touring and hot hatchback teams drive all day and put their skill and stamina to the test.
Free for spectators, register online. Thu 11.30am-8pm practice and qualification. Race starts Fri 2pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.dubaiautodrome.com (04 367 8700).
World Cup Carnival Races: Watch the first in a series of nine events leading up to the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Free general admission. 6.45pm. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 0077).
Get ready for Tiki-tastic Thursday: Start the weekend on the dancefloor as DJ Adam plays all your favourite chart hits.
Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 380 7731).