Take snaps at the marina at night or network with software developers
Give blood Dubai’s hospitals are always in need of blood supplies: by volunteering to donate, you could help save lives. If you’re aged between 17 and 65, weigh at least 50kg and are in good health, you could be eligible. Call to find out how and when to donate. Dubai Blood Donation Centre, Latifa Hospital, Oud Metha Road (04 219 3221).
Night shoot at Marina Walk with Emirates Photography Club This snap-happy group meet to shoot Marina Walk as dusk turns to dark. Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Marina Walk, outside Dubai Marina Mall, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Dubai Grape Club meetup A hugely popular community group, this club changes location again this week, the idea being to accommodate more members by rotating to different venues around town. This week’s meeting will take place at the Radisson Blu in Media City. It will follow the usual format, with blind grape tasting and snacks before the identity of each beverage is revealed. Dhs150. From 7.30pm. Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/dubai-wine-club (no number).
Join The Box Appeal To take part in this charity appeal, head to a branch of the Radisson Blu or Park Inn hotel in the UAE to pick up a cardboard box. Fill the box with goodies, including T-shirt, cap, disposable razor, shaving cream, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand towel, comb, soap, shampoo and talcum powder. The boxes will then be distributed to the region’s needy by The Red Crescent. Visit the Facebook page for details. Various locations, including Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, www.facebook.com/theboxappeal (04 366 9111).
Let’s speak Arabic 25 This free community meet is a great way to learn a language, although tutor Mostafa Elabbady asks that everyone who attends is serious and committed. If you wish, you can buy books and study cards to help you make the most of the event. Free. From 8pm. Caffe Nero, DIFC, www.meetup.com/dubai-arabic-language-club (no number). Talk Cashflow and real deals Dubai’s Cashflow Club meets today to discuss what they have learned, and how to apply that to real business opportunities. Free. From 4pm. More Café, Al Murooj Rotana, near The Dubai Mall, www.meetup.com/dubai-cashflow-club (no number).
Take your recyclables to Emirates Environmental Group’s family day Every Saturday, the EEG encourages families to visit its headquarters on Beach Road to drop off recyclable household waste, including plastic, cans, paper, glass and Tetra paks (aka juice boxes). Free. Open 8.30am-5.30pm. Villa JMR 68 117A, Jumeirah Beach Road (between Dubai Zoo and Beach Centre), www.eeg-uae.org (04 344 8622).
Learn Italian for free Local language centre Eton Institute is offering Dubai residents the chance to take a beginners’ Italian course for free throughout September. Free. 5.30pm-7pm. Sun, Tue and Thu. The Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.eton.ac (800 3866).
Networking and discussion with a Dubai software group Want to meet like-minded software developers in Dubai? This networking and open discussion night could well provide the perfect avenue. Join the group to be kept up to speed with the eventual choice of location. Free. From 7pm. Location TBC, www.meetup.com/kophesdevelopers (no number).
Group debate: is this the right time to be an entrepreneur? The Magic of Thinking BIG group comes together for a moderated discussion on whether now is the time for entrepreneurs. It will also be an opportunity to do a spot of networking with other participants. Space is limited, so RSVP soon to ensure a place. Free. 6.30pm-8.45pm. Al Attar Building, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig (no number).
Support abused and trafficked women and children Dubai Foundation for Women and Children welcomes donations of new items for women and youngsters, including books and clothes. To donate, call the number below. Al Awir, www.dfwac.ae (04 606 0300).
Purpose and logic: the logical reasons to find purpose in life This motivational group helps people answer questions such as ‘Why am I here? What for?’ and help people find their purpose. Price TBC. 6pm-9pm. Villa Rotana, next to Mazaya Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/inspiring-success-dubai (no number)
Glam Gala This event on Friday October 5 is raising funds for UNICEF and BLTZ (Building Lives Together for Zimbabwe). At least 10 percent from each booking goes towards UNICEF, and the price includes a buffet dinner, house drinks and entry to a ‘grand draw’. DJ Tim Cheddar will provide. Dress code is black with a drizzle of gold. From Dhs550 per person. The Address Montgomerie, Dubai, www.glamgala.me (no number).
Reformed Asbolutizm charity gig On Wednesday September 28, ten local bands will perform at The Music Room, with ticket proceeds going to San Lorenzo Ruiz Charity, a non-profit organisation in the Philippines, that provides education and assistance to those in need. Dhs50 per person. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, The Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 807 2024).