Blood donation drive at The Galleries Give blood at this donation drive hosted by Limitless, with blood collected for Dubai’s Latifa Hospital. Participants should register in advance to donate. Free. 9am-2pm. Building 2, The Galleries, Jebel Ali, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 807 4512).
Donate unwanted trainers to Soles for Souls If you have old sneakers kicking around the house, Soles for Soles is taking donations of trainers to give 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 (050 457 6873).
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. Free. Sun-Wed 9am-11.15am. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, email@example.com (050 716 3779).
Book-signing world record attempt Emirati author Qais Sedki will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record today by signing copies of his new graphic novel, Gold Ring 2, illustrated by celebrated manga duo Akira Himekawa. The current record is 1,951 books by one author in a single session. Free. From 10am. Book World by Kinokuniya, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0111).
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 in, from beginners to experts, and drums are provided. Free. Thu 6.30pm-9pm. Ongoing. Ground floor, Dubai Marina Mall (050 659 2874).
Al Noor’s Family Fun Fair Arts and crafts, bouncy castles, face painting and much more at this family day out. Free. 10am-10pm. Al Noor Training Centre, Al Barsha (04 340 4844).
Dubai Anime Club’s Taku Trivia Round 2 Test your anime knowledge, fandom and art skills at this trivia day. Games include a trivia test, guessing game, drawing competition and a game of Ninja. Free. 10.30am-5pm. Near Gate 5, Dubai Creek Park, Garhoud (050 435 6369).
Get involved with Social Circles If you love to meet new people and want to make a difference, sign up to Social Circles UAE and attend this introductory meeting about the network and how you can get involved. Free. 11am-noon. Make Business Hub, Al Fattan Building, JBR, www.socialcircles.me (04 392 9216).
Reaching U Family Fun Day Raising awareness of children with special needs in the UAE, this event is in its fifth year and involves a day of free family activities including obstacle courses, climbing walls, drumming, magic shows and games. Free. Noon-6pm. Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Road, uconcept6.com/reaching-u (no number).
Learn Romanian for free As part of its new extended weekend programme, Eton Institute is inviting people to ‘learn Romanian, the language of vampires’ with its new, free course for beginners throughout February. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first served-basis. Free. Fri-Sat 3pm-4.30pm. Until March 3. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.eton.ac (800 3866).
Take your recyclables to Emirates Environmental Group’s family day Every Saturday, EEG encourages families to visit its headquarters on Jumeirah Beach Road to drop off any recyclable household waste, including plastic, aluminium cans, paper and glass. Free. Open 8.30am-5.30pm. Villa JMR 68 117A, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (between Dubai Zoo and Beach Centre), www.eeg-uae.org (04 344 8622).
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 welcomes willing volunteers to help out at events. Free. Ongoing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about volunteering opportunities. Corniche Road, Sharjah (06 506 5542).
Donate to charity while doing your shopping Well-known household brands such as Ariel, Fairy, Always, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Crest, Oral B, Olay, Camay, Wella and Gillette will donate 3.5 per cent of profit to Special Olympics MENA. The participating brands are identifiable by the White Flame symbol with the banner of ‘Make a Difference’. At supermarkets around town. For further details, see www.specialolympics.org.
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).
Foster a cat and help Feline Friends This local cat-rescue organisation is always looking for volunteers to foster felines, 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).
Dubai Freelancers’ meet-up Freelancing? Join this group, a network of freelancers from a variety of industries – artists, writers, communications professionals, photographers – who this week meet up to discuss what kind of projects they would benefit from. Free. From 7pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/dubai-freelancers-meetup.