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).
Attend a Sewcial Thursday session The Sewing Parlour at new craft space reMade DXB is open to crafters every Thursday morning, where they can pop in and work on a project, brainstorm ideas, browse through the books on offer for inspiration or simply meet likeminded people. The small cover charge includes refreshments and cake. There’s also a sew by the hour rate throughout the week for crafters to come in and use the machines. Dhs50 for Sewcial Thursdays, Dhs40 per hour for sew by the hour. Thu 9.30am-3.30pm. Ongoing. The Sewing Parlour, reMade DXB, Objects & Elements Showroom, Al Quoz, www.remadedxb.com (055 615 5711).
TECOM Investments’ SME Builder 2013 series The first session in the series will see panel discussions by experts from a range of backgrounds debating key topics for small businesses. Free. 8am-2pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium, Media City, www.tecomsmebuilder.com.
Eat Chinese cuisine with The Tiffin Club This group of food lovers meets to belatedly celebrate Chinese New Year with a meal at Nihal Chinese Restaurant. Free, attendees pay for their own meals. From 7pm. Nihal Chinese Restaurant, opposite Union House, Jumeirah 1, www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub (no number).
Service and support activity at Dubai Flea Market Dubai’s Live in Harmony community group will be collecting donations of rice, baby formula, sugar, tea, new underwear and winter clothes to be sent to Syrian refugees. Other donations will be sold at the flea market and sent in food form to refugee camps in Jordan and Turkey. Join the group if you have items to donate, or would like to help. Free. From 6am. Gate 5, Safa Park, Jumeirah, www.meetup.com/liharmony (no number).
Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Members of the Emirates Photography Club head to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to practise their photography skills campturing the imposing facade, lavish interiors and incredible detail of the structure. Remember to dress appropriately. Free. 4.30pm-7.30pm. Dubai meeting point TBD. www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Cats and kittens adoption day Every Saturday starting today, Friends of Animals will host a cats and kittens adoption day to help home the city’s enormous population of rescued felines. Free. Noon-4pm. Ongoing. City Vet, Al Wasl Road, www.friendsofanimalsdxb.com (04 388 3990).
Learn French for free Improve your conversational French skills by joining this community group, which promotes French culture as well as the language. Free. From 6pm. Caribou Coffee, Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/learn-french-conversation (no number).
Living and thriving in the UAE This community cultural awareness group meets regularly to talk about issues related to living a culturally-senstive life in the city. Visit the group’s page for an update on this event’s agenda. Free, attendees pay for their own refreshments. From 2pm. Jones the Grocer, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/culturesintheuae (04 346 6886).
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.
Sponsor a child’s education in the UAE Manzil, a Dubai-based 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).
Socialise with Fun in the Sun This social group meets to make the most of ladies’ night (attendees are mixed) while planning their next outings. Free, attendees pay for own refreshments. From 7pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, www.meetup.com/fun-in-the-sun (no number).