The Oil Barons' Ball and more charitable events in Dubai this week
English language meetup Learn the quirks of English spoken communication in a variety of specific situations. A great way to improve your skills for more informal conversations with Brits and other fluent speakers. Join the group to find out where the meeting will be held this week. Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).
Sponsor a child’s education in the UAE Manzil, a centre for children with special needs, is appealing for generous donors to sponsor the education and transport of individual students. From Dhs450 for monthly transport sponsorship to Dhs51,000 for full annual sponsorship. Manzil, Sharjah, www.manzil.ae (06 534 7663).
Teppanyaki evening with The Alphabet Dining Club The Alphabet Dining Club meets to sample Japanese teppanyaki at Icho Restaurant in the Radisson Royal hotel. Dhs230 for teppanyaki and house beverages. From 7.30pm. Icho, Radisson Royal, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/the-alphabet-dining-club-global-food-for-the-palate (no number).
Become a Go Green ambassador Volunteer a few hours of your time to help spread the word about the importance of going green. Once you’ve signed up online, you’ll be sent resource guides and an interactive quiz to help you spread the message among your neighbourhood schools, colleges, friends, relatives and colleagues. Free. www.go-green.ae.
The Oil Barons Charity Ball This industry gala is held annually in aid of Dubai’s Friends of Cancer Patients Society. From Dhs1,285 per person. From 6.30pm. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 438 0355).
Play Cashflow 101 Learn tricks of the trade and develop ‘the cashflow mindset’ as you play this board game. The group gathering will begin with introductions, before gameplay and a follow-up discussion. According to the organiser, the more you play, the more the mindset starts to sink in. Free. 2pm-6pm. Make Business Hub, Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/dubai-cashflow-club (no number).
Dubai Autism Group meetup Parents, carers and professionals working with anyone who has autism are invited to this open event, where experiences are shared, advice is offered, and a guest speaker will present a talk on a topic related to caring for those with autism. Free. From 10am. Mirdif Private School, behind Arabian Center, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-autism-meetup-group (no number).
Sketch, walk and see some art The Dubai Art Fans group get together for an afternoon out. Bring your sketchbook, pencils, camera and sneakers for a tour of some of the galleries in DIFC. There will be an expert on hand to offer insight on various works of art at each gallery. Free. From 5pm. DIFC, www.meetup.com/artfans (no number).
Writing session Take along your laptop or pens and paper for this ‘write in’ session with The Dubai Writers’ Group. Free. From 6.30pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).
Get an introduction to Farsi Try your hand at the basics of Farsi with this free community language exchange group. Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. More Café, Mall of the Emirates, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).
World Food Programme drive for Yemen and Syria Funds are urgently needed to supply food in Syria, and the humanitarian needs of Yemen have been described as ‘immense’ – it has the world’s second highest child malnutrition rates and more than ten million people are hungry. Visit the website for info. www.wfp.org.
Donations needed urgently by Dubai Centre for Special Needs DCSN’s charity shop in Karama is desperately in need of donations in order to keep funding the operation’s classroom materials, curriculum enrichment programmes and more. They sell nearly everything except furniture. www.dcsneeds.ae (04 344 0966). Spend for charity at Pachanga The Latin-American eatery hosts another ‘It’s Up to You’ charity event, where guests are invited to enjoy a set menu, and pay whatever they feel the meal was worth at the end, with 15 percent of the night’s proceeds donated to Dubai Autism Center. From 6.30pm. Pachanga, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2530).
Bi-weekly photography get-together The Emirates Photography Club get together to set a new theme and discuss current projects at the new Shelter meeting point. There’s no charge for your first meeting; regulars are asked to donate Dhs10. Free (newcomers), Dhs10 (regulars). From 7pm. The Shelter, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Cultural dinner at SMCCU Head to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding to try an Emirati evening meal, now taking place every Tuesday. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about UAE culture from an Emirati host. The centre also runs a cultural brunch every Saturday. Dhs95 per person for dinner, Dhs80 per person for brunch. Dinner Tue 7pm, brunch Sat 10.30am. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Mussallah Road, Bastakiya (04 353 6666).