Meet-up groups, community gatherings and more ways to make new friends in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Our picks of the week
1 Get a free health check at Badr Al Samaa See Sat 25.
2 Lunch with entrepreneurs at Impact Hub See Tue 28.
3 Take better pictures at the Emirates Photography Club See Wed 22.
4 Watch Gladiator at Emirates Golf Club See Fri 24.
5 Environment family day at Dubai Marina Yacht Club See Sat 25.
Coffee and Critique at Emirates Photography Club Learn how to take better photographs with help from expert snappers. Bring two images on a USB stick for the group to discuss. RSVP online to attend. Free. 6.30pm. Creative Centre Studio, Street 4, Al Quoz 4, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Public/Private: Talking About Space in the UAE This seminar will look at the relationship between public and private spaces within the UAE and its impact on arts and the community. Free. 5pm-8pm. The Archive, Al Safa Park, Al Wasl Road. www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).
GCC Business Council networking evening Meet suppliers, vendors and new clients from a variety of industries at this Business After Hours event and enjoy the entertainment and refreshments. RSVP online. Free. 7.30pm-11.45pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.gccbusiness.org (04 319 7822).
Friday Poolside Movie Nights Enjoy a laid-back movie night at Emirates Golf Club. The evening begins with family movie, The Smurfs 2, followed by Gladiator. There’s free popcorn and a range of snacks and drinks too. Free. 6.30pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaigolf.com (04 417 9999).
Chinese Arabia Learn Mandarin Chinese with professional native teachers. Classes are available for kids and adults. There are also sessions for business Chinese and understanding Chinese business etiquette. Free for first trial on Saturdays only. 2.30pm. Regular classes from Dhs80 per hour. Daily 9am-9pm. 1302 Millennium Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.chinesearabia.com (04 352 9188).
Free medical camp Volunteer Dubai is organising a free health check-up, courtesy of Badr Al Samaa hospitals, which includes a BMI check, blood pressure and diabetes checks, and a fitness report. To attend RSVP online, bring a friend, and a blue collar worker. Free. 5pm-7pm. Badr Al Samaa Polyclinic, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/volunteerdubai (no number).
Marine Environment Family Fun Day Find out about local marine life at this environmental festival. There will be seminars, life-sized models of dolphins and a treasure hunt for the kids. Free. 2pm-6pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina, www.dubaimarinayachtclub.com (04 362 7900).
Enjoy classic films at Wafi Movies Under the Stars returns. Grab a bean bag and watch Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise. Free. 8.30pm. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 3244 100).
Disruptive CEO Speaker Series with Badr Jafar This series of speaker events gives professionals and entrepreneurs an insight into the mind-set of a CEO. Badr Jafar is managing director of Crescent Enterprises. Buy tickets in advance to attend. Dhs73. Free for Hub Connects members. 7pm-9.30pm. Impact Hub, Saaha Offices (Old Town Island), block B, core F, unit 304, Downtown Dubai, www.impacthub.ae (04 375 444).
Catch a Smile Day This campaign by Clowns Who Care aims to use social media to connect people from around the globe by performing random acts of kindness. Join the Facebook group and share your moment of kindness with the online community. www.facebook.com/clownswhocare (no number).
Ikebana at The Archive Learn the art of Japanese flower arranging at this weekly class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enrol. Dhs1,600. 5pm-8pm. Until December 9. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).
Lunch at Impact Hub Entrepreneurs are invited to join in at these weekly lunch events. Enjoy a meal, share ideas and network within a creative space with like-minded individuals. Dhs30. 1pm-2pm. Impact Hub, Saaha Offices (Old Town Island), Downtown Dubai, www.impacthub.ae (04 375 4444).