Community drumming Head down to Marina Mall every Thursday to take part in family community drum circles and fire dancing. All ages and abilities are welcome to join, and drums are provided. Free. Thu 6.30pm-9pm. Ongoing. Ground floor, Dubai Marina Mall (050 659 2874).
We’re Back in Black meet-up The Dubai Classic Rock Listeners Group get together for their first gathering of 2012, where they’ll catch up and listen to their favourite tracks. Are you a rock enthusiast too? Visit their page to join the group. Free. From 8.30pm. Venue TBC. www.meetup.com/the-dubai-classic-rock-listeners-group
Become a ‘Wish Maker’ Whether you’re an individual, group, school or corporate organisation, dedicate the personal and financial resources to fulfil a child’s wish and turn their dream into reality. Ongoing. Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, Humanitarian City (04 368 0217). Dubai Unattached day out This fun-loving group will be heading out together on the Friday Fun in the Sun Cruise. The fee includes soft drinks, four drinks from the bar and lunch. Dhs250. From 2pm. Start point TBC. Join the group at www.meet-up.com/dubai-unattached. Book your place on the cruise with El Mundo (050 551 7406).
Donate your unwanted items to TakeMyJunk TakeMyJunk collects unwanted household items, from furniture to clothing. Proceeds from the sales are used to provide meals, medical care and help for needy individuals across the UAE. Pick-up service is available. Ongoing. Drop-off point: Pastels Hair Salon, 873 Al Wasl Road, www.takemyjunkuae.com (050 179 4045).
Foster a cat and help Feline Friends Cat-rescue organisation Feline Friends is looking for volunteers to foster cats and kittens, even if only for short periods at a time, to enable it to help more abandoned pets or strays. There are also opportunities to help out by running stalls at regular book sales and in the call centre. Free. Ongoing. To volunteer to foster a cat, email email@example.com (no number).
Donate unwanted trainers to Soles for Souls Got a pair of kicks you no longer use that are still in good condition? Established by long-distance runner Tori Leckie, Soles for Soles is taking donations of trainers and passing them on to the UAE’s labourers. Just make sure they’re clean. Ongoing. Drop-off point: Sun-Thu 9am-6pm, Fortune Promoseven, Office 449, Emarat Atrium, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call Arun for more information (050 457 6873).
African djembe and Arabic tabla classes Drop in to these popular community drumming classes and learn to play the African djembe drum, which the organisers claim is a great way to de-stress. Alternatively, participants can also learn to play the tabla. Djembe Dhs50 per session, Tabla Dhs60 per session, drums provided. Djembe beginners 7.20pm-8.20pm, regulars 7.40pm-8.40pm, Tabla 8.45pm-9.45pm. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (056 744 2129).
Social networking night Join this group, which describes itself as ‘business networking – without the suits, the formality and the stupid jargon’ and be invited to attend their next meet-up, which will take place over a few drinks. Open to all professionals, from any sector. Free. 7.30pm. Venue TBC. www.meet-up.com/social-business-networking-dubai.
Do something worthwhile with Friends of Cancer Patients This local charity raises money, organises awareness campaigns and supports people battling cancer, as well as their families. The group is always on the lookout for volunteers to help out at events and run errands. Free. Ongoing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about volunteering opportunities. Corniche Road, Sharjah (06 506 5542).
Riding for the Disabled Lend a hand at riding classes for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities by leading horses and offering support to riders. No previous experience is necessary – just patience, good humour and commitment. Get in touch via the details below. Free. Sun-Wed 9am-11.15am. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, email@example.com (050 716 3779).