Scrabble championship, photography workshop and more alternative fun
TECOM Speed Business Dating The third edition of this business networking event sees participants chat to one another for three minutes at a time, before moving on to the next person at the sound of a bell. Free. 10am-1pm. Arjaan Rotana, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/dubai-internet-city-events (no number).
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).
Social dancing get-together
Community group Strictly Come Modern Jive heads out to dance at Dubai’s Speakeasy Bar, where there will be a free mini ceroc class followed by freestyle dancing until the early hours courtesy of a juke box and live band. Free. From 8pm. Speakeasy Bar, Ramada Plaza, JBR, www.meetup.com/strictly-come-modern-jive (no number).
Dinner with the Alphabet Dining Club This collection of food lovers meets regularly to eat their way through the alphabet. Today’s letter is G, and they’ll be dining on Greek food at Elia Restaurant, where the group held its first ever gathering in November 2012. Free, attendees pay for their own meal. From 7.30pm. Elia Restaurant, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/the-alphabet-dining-club-global-food-for-the-plate (no number).Dubai Scrabble Championship 2013 There are three different age categories for competitors in this challenging word game: juniors (aged ten to 13), intermediates (aged 14 to 17) and seniors (aged 18 and older). Prizes include scholarship funding, iPads, and gift vouchers. Dhs50 per entrant. Fri-Sat 10am-9pm. Dubai Festival City, email@example.com (04 269 3412, 050 218 3536).
Cats and kittens adoption day Every Saturday, Friends of Animals hosts a cats adoption day to help home the city’s rescued felines. Fosterers are also needed to care for cats before they’re rehomed. All fosterers are given full support. Free. Noon-4pm. Ongoing. City Vet, Al Wasl Road, www.friendsofanimalsdxb.com (04 388 3990).
Dubai Autism Group This community support group gets together every second Saturday of the month, providing parents and carers with an opportunity to share their experiences, learn and draw strength from one another. Each week sees a special guest speaker talk on a topic close to the heart of caring for someone with autism. Free. From 10am. Mirdif Private School, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-autism-meetup-group (no number).
Photography workshop Eton Institute has collaborated with Sony to offer a free photography workshop to anyone who buys a Sony Alpha SLT or NEX camera. As well as equipping participants with new skills and a better understanding of their new gadget, the centre will also give a Dhs100 voucher to each participant to put towards their next Sony product. Free for purchasers of Sony cameras. 10.30am-4.30pm. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.eton.ac (800 3866).
Host a Smiles n Stuff bazaar The store at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs is always looking for new ways to raise funds for the school and is now offering to help companies and individuals host bazaars as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes. They will bring a range of handcrafted items to offices, with all proceeds going directly to the running costs of the facility. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 341 8960).
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).
Host a course in business writing Expressions Arabia runs courses in business writing for companies looking to equip staff with essential skills. A one-day business writing course includes five simple steps, and will focus on letters and emails. Ongoing. www.expressionsarabia.com.
Cultural dinner at SMCCU Try an Emirati evening meal. 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, Al Fahidi (04 353 6666).