Get into the National Day community spirit with these events
Wednesday November 28
NATIONAL DAY! Emirati Cultural Evening – Spirit of the UAE Learn everything a UAE resident needs to know at this cultural evening. There will be an Emirati conversation demonstration, cultural tips, traditional cuisine and a chance to learn more about UAE history. Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village (800 3866).Meet the decision-makers This event is open to all local scriptwriters and independent filmmakers who are looking to meet the right people and get advice. Free. From 7pm. Make Business Hub, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/calling-all-dxb-filmmakers (no number).
Drinks and fun Dubai Social Club meets for drinks and socialising. Free, attendees pay for their own food and drinks. From 9.30pm. Boston Bar, Jumeira Rotana, behind 2nd of December Street, www.meetup.com/dubai-social (no number).F is for French bistro in JLT Fun-loving foodie group The Alphabet Dining Club meets to sample French cuisine at a bistro in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Join the group to RSVP your attendance, and find out the name of the venue. Free, attendees pay for their own meal. From 7.30pm. Cluster I, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.meetup.com/the-alphabet-dining-club-global-food-for-the-palate (no number).
NATIONAL DAY! Global Village National Day celebrations Until Sunday December 2, Global Village will host an incredible variety of celebrations, including nightly live music concerts from Arab stars, a parade, traditional Emirati areesh huts offering Arabic coffee, dates and incense, a poetry night, fireworks, a Serbian acrobatic show, a show from the police band and a special raffle draw for a brand new Chevrolet Camaro. Dhs10 per person. Gates open 4pm, shows start 6pm. Until Sunday December 2. Global Village, Emirates Road, www.globalvillage.ae (04 362 4114).
Joining Jack barbecue Meet the Joining Jack Dubai Sevens Legends team at this barbecue, along with Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins. From Dhs150 per person. From 8pm. The Dek on Eight, Media One, Dubai Media City, email@example.com (no number).
Full Moon Desert Drumming Spend an evening drumming under the stars, and enjoy music, a barbecue and drinks (the latter are not included in the price). Dhs200 per person. From 6.30pm. Gulf Ventures Camp, Al Awir, www.meetup.com/new-in-the-marina (no number).
Play Cashflow 101 Dubai’s Cashflow Club meet to play the financial board game and get in the ‘cashflow mindset’. Places are limited, so RSVP via the group’s page. Free. 3pm-7pm. More Café, Al Murooj Rotana, www.meetup.com/dubai-cashflow-club (no number).
Try something new with The Tiffin Club After a break in October, The Tiffin Club is back, and this week attendees can vote for either Tunisian, Chinese or Sri Lankan cuisine. Sign up to the group to cast your vote. Free, attendees pay for their own meal. From 7pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub (no number).
UAE Movie Buffs’ third anniversary This film-loving group will celebrate three years in action with a big dinner party tonight. If you want to attend, keep an eye on the group’s Meetup page to find out where the event will be held, and the cost. Price TBC. 5.30pm-9pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/uae-movie-buffs (no number).
Yoga and horse riding Head outdoors with the Creating Extraordinary Lives group. Start with a 90-minute ride, followed by a relaxing yoga session and a picnic in the gardens. Dhs650 per person. 8am-2pm. Mushrif Park, Al Khawaneej Road, www.meetup.com/creating-extraordinary-lives (no number).
Saturday December 1
Dubai Arabic Language Club: celebrating one year The club will get together to mark a year of learning. Free. 6.30pm-9.30pm. Caffe Nero, DIFC, www.meetup.com/dubai-arabic-language-club (no number).Dubai Writers’ Group write-in The group is hosting a write-in event, so bring your pen and paper, or laptop, and sit among peers as you scribble out your next masterpiece. Free. From 6.30pm. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).
NATIONAL DAY! Downtown Dubai Parade for UAE National Day Watch as floats, performers, horses, camels and music groups take part in a parade to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the UAE. Free. 3pm-5pm. Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.mydowntowndubai.com (no number).
Monday Night Funnies This weekly comedy night showcases some of Dubai’s best local talent, with rotating acts every week. Dhs75. From 8pm. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/dubomedypage (04 374 6789).
Donate unwanted clothes Aid in Motion distributes second-hand clothing to those in need. If you have unwanted items, call the 24-hour hotline to arrange collection. www.volunteerindubai.com (06 403 4535).