Americans at Happy Hour meet-up Members of meet-up group Americans in the UAE will be gathering to catch up, meet new friends and make the most of happy hour at the yacht club. Free. From 7pm. Aquara Lounge, Dubai Marina Yacht Club, www.meetup.com/proud-to-be-an-american (no number).
Go bowling with Social Circles Community group Social Circles is organising a bowling night out. All those who attend will get their third game free when they pay for the first two. Premium Social Circles members get free shoe rental. Price TBC. 8pm-10pm. Dubai Bowling Centre, Al Quoz, www.socialcircles.me (no number).
Desert and camping III with Dubai Unattached Members of the Dubai Unattached group head out for a weekend of camping in the desert. Join the group for more information. Free. From 7pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/dubai-unattached (no number).
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).
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).
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).
Feline Friends book sale On both Friday and Saturday, buy cheap second-hand books and support a good cause at this sale, with most items priced at Dhs10. Free. 9.30am-3.30pm. Until Saturday 17. Lime Tree Café, Jumeirah Beach Road, email@example.com (no number).
Play Dungeons and Dragons The UAE Wargames/Boardgames Group is encouraging beginners to join them for a game of Dungeons and Dragons this weekend. Free. From noon. Shakespeare & Co, Al Attar Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/UAE-wargames-boardgames-group.
Go sandboarding with an Abu Dhabi community group Join the AD Fitness Fanatics group on a sandboarding trip in the desert, complete with dune-bashing, camel rides and a barbecue dinner. A meeting point in Dubai along Sheikh Zayed Road will be communicated with the group through the message board. Sign up for more information. Dhs150 per person. Pick-up time in Dubai 3.30pm, returning 9.30pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/ad-fitness-fanatics (no number).
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).
Become a ‘Wish Maker’ Whether you’re an individual, group, school or corporate organisation looking to give back, donate time or money and help fulfil the wish of a child with a terminal illness and turn their dream into reality. Ongoing. Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, Humanitarian City (04 368 0217).
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 tode-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).
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).
Monthly mingle All are welcome as the Dubai Funny Gangs group meets for its monthly get-together to catch up and make new friends. Free. From 9pm. Bar Zar, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, www.meetup.com/dubai-funny-gangs (no number).
The Magic of Thinking Big meet-up This week’s meeting, entitled ‘Believe You Can Succeed and You Will’, will reveal the single most important step on the path to a successful mindset. Dhs33. From 6.30pm. Dubai BurJuman Regus Center, 18th floor, BurJuman Tower, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig (no number).