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Pick up a picnic from BookMunch Café This bookshop and café now offers picnic baskets filled with enough food for two to three people, a picnic rug and free entry to Safa Park. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance. Dhs250. Open Sun-Thu 7.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10.30pm. Al Wasl Square, Jumeirah, 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 for inspiration or meet like-minded 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).
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The Alexandria Members of the Dubai Social Club group host a four-hour party cruise on swanky dhow The Alexandria. The boat will pass through the marina and up to Atlantis, and the price includes all refreshments and entertainment. Dhs150 (members), Dhs200 (members’ guests). 11pm-3am. Lotus Hotel Apartments & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/dubai-social (no number).Why ‘nihao’ doesn’t mean ‘hello’ Chinese language and culture expert Xiaoyu Qi (Diana), organiser of the Dubai China Night group, will host a Chinese language session. Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Caribou Coffee, The Gate Building, DIFC, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).
Dinner and Barasti visit with The Social Hub group This community social group meets for an introduction over dinner at Chilli’s on The Walk at JBR followed by drinks at Barasti. Free, attendees pay for their own meal and drinks. Chili’s 7pm-10pm, Barasti 10.30pm-2.45am. Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/the-social-hub (no number).
Dubai Miracle Garden shoot Join the Abu Dhabi photography club members as they visit the Miracle Garden to practise their skills. There are an estimated 45 million flowers in the garden, as well as a series of peculiar displays. Dhs20 per person. 9am-noon. www.adp-uae.com (no number).
Poetry dialogue The Rumi Poetry Group meets to discuss different pieces, with members encouraged to bring along a Rumi poem to read. Free. From 11am. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/rumi-poetry (no number).
Cats and kittens adoption day Every Saturday, Friends of Animals 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).Drinks and chat The Dubai 35-Plus Friends Club meets for the first time to make new connections with fellow residents. Free. From 7pm. Venue TBD, The Walk, JBR, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-35plus-socialising-club (no number).Full Iraqi breakfast and watercolour painting The Dubai Art Fans group meets at Samad Al Iraqi restaurant for breakfast and watercolour painting. Dhs147. 10am-noon. Samad Al Iraqi Restaurant, Beach Park Plaza Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.meetup.com/artfans (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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).Service leadership workshop with Ron Kaufman The American, Singapore-based customer service expert returns to Dubai to explore the fundamentals of improving your customers’ satisfaction and, as a result, your profitability. Tickets Dhs2,000 each; Dhs1,800 per person for groups of five, Dhs1,600 per person for groups of ten. 9am-5pm. Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.rightselection.com (no number).