Festivals, charity events and more community events in Dubai
Wednesday March 27
Free talk on aromatherapy Kathy Farmer explains how aromatherapy can help heal emotional issues, sharing stories of her own experiences and those of others. Free. 6.30pm-7.30pm. The Holistic Institute, 3105, Jumeirah Business Centre 2, Cluster V, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.meetup.com/theholisticinstitutemeetup-com (no number).
How to get your movie into a film festival Get an insider’s look at how film festivals work with Delphine Garde-Mroueh, head of programme administration and film services at the Dubai International Film Festival and Gulf Film Festival. Free. From 7pm. Make Business Hub, Al Fattan House, JBR, www.meetup.com/calling-all-dxb-filmmakers (no number).
Language Exchange Dubai Group celebration All members of the language exchange group are invited to meet for an intercontinental dinner with unlimited soft drinks, live music and belly dancing. Dhs69. 7.30pm-11pm. Ali Baba Restaurant, Regent Palace Hotel, next to BurJuman metro station, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).
People are Awesome social event The Adventure Hub community group is celebrating everything awesome, opening up its gathering to anyone who wants to make new friends, while watching inspirational, adrenaline-infused videos. Dhs99 (includes one free drink). From 7.30pm. Seville’s, Wafi, Oud Metha, www.meetup.com/adventure-hub (no number).
Dubai Marina Street Festival Watch international performers, comedians, musicians and acrobats throughout this ten-day festival. Free. Sun-Thu from 4pm, Fri-Sat from 1pm. Until March 30. Marina Mall promenade, www.dubaistreetfestival.com (no number).
Breakfast brainstorm with Emirates Photography Club The group invites anyone who has ideas about how to improve the group, possible new events or wants to help out or get involved to come along to the photo club’s breakfast. Free (attendees pay for their own breakfast). From 10am. Tim Horton’s, The Dubai Mall, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Pick up a picnic from BookMunch Café This new bookshop and café in Jumeirah’s Al Wasl Square now offers picnic baskets filled with enough food for two to three people, a picnic rug and free entry to Safa Park (though the basket and rug must be returned). Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. Dhs250. Open Sun-Thu 7.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10.30pm. www.bookmunchcafe.com (04 388 4006).
Rang De 2013 Celebrate the Hindu festival of colour, Holi, in Dubai with the return of Rang De for another year. As well as splattering each other with colour, attendees will be treated to music from Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mafia Mundeer, DJ Kamya, DJ Shadow and DJ Buddha. Dhs75 per person. Dhs199 family of four. 10am-6pm. Wonderland Theme & Water Park, Oud Metha (06 533 2957).
Dubai Writers’ critique group This group meets every two weeks. For every meeting, work to be critiqued needs to be uploaded at least a week ahead of time. Free. From 6.30pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).
Shisha in Jumeirah Members of Dubai Shisha Lovers meet to chat and make new friends over shisha. This week’s location of choice is Bosphorus, a Turkish-German restaurant. Free. From 7pm. Bosphorus, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.meetup.com/dubai-shesha-lovers-meetup-group (no number).
Riding for the disabled Volunteer your time to assist this activity, which offers therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with special needs, every Saturday to Wednesday. Free. Until April 30. Desert Palm Resort, email@example.com.
Monday April 1
Non-fiction reading circle This group of non-fiction readers meets to read together and discuss the titles they are working through. Sign up online to find out where this week’s event will be held. Free. From 7pm. Location TBA. www.meetup.com.com/non-fiction-readers-circle-dubai (no number).
Sponsor a child’s education in the UAE Manzil, a centre for children with special needs, is appealing for donors to sponsor the education and transport of individual students. Call for info. From Dhs450 for monthly transport sponsorship to Dhs51,000 for full annual sponsorship. Manzil, Sharjah, www.manzil.ae (06 534 7663).
Cultural dinner at SMCCU 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).