Meet-up groups, community gatherings and more ways to make new friends in Dubai
Our picks of the week
1 Learn Japanese Ikebana at The Archive See Tue 4.
2 Talk astronomy at Cafe Scientifique Dubai See Wed 29.
3 Visit Fall Fair at The Archive See Sat Nov 1.
4 Watch movies under the stars at Wafi See Sun 2.
5 Learn to speak Mandarin with Chinese Arabia See Sat 1.
Cafe Scientifique Dubai Explore the mysteries of the cosmos over coffee. Guest speaker Hasan Al Hariri, president of Dubai Astronomy Group, will be giving a talk on the UAE’s space observatory. Register online to attend at www.centraltickets.com. Free. 4.30pm-6.30pm. Plantation Lounge, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.cafescidubai.com (055 993 1859).
Science Film Festival Combining entertainment and education, this festival will screen 19 science-themed films for kids and adults. Dhs10 (children), Dhs15 (adults). 9am-8pm. Until November 4. Children’s City, Creekside Park, Gate 1, www.goethe.de (04 334 0808).
Speak Dating: Halloween Special with The Eton Institute Meet new people and improve your spooky vocabulary in a variety of languages. Free. 6pm-8pm. Lounge Café Italiano, Arenco Tower, Dubai Media City, www.etoninstitute.com (800 3866).
Marketeerzz at Jumeirah Town Centre Check out this creative market where shoppers can pick up handmade goods, sign up for a creative writing course and get life coaching all under one roof. Free. Thu, Fri and Sat, 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Town Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.towncentrejumeirah.com (050 770 6711).
Friday Poolside Movie Nights Enjoy a laid-back movie night at Emirates Golf Club. The evening begins with family movie, Monsters Inc, followed by Enemy at the Gate. Free. 6.30pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaigolf.com (04 417 9999).
Saturday November 1
Chinese Arabia Learn Mandarin Chinese with professional native teachers. 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).
Fall Fair at The Archive See in the new season with a day of creative activities, wholesome food and stalls with graffiti art, tie-dye T-shirts and origami-making. Dhs5 park entry. 10am-5pm. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).
Enjoy classic films at Wafi Grab a bean bag and watch cheeky comedy Knocked Up, starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. Free. 8pm. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 3244 100).
Sewing Machine Driving License at reMADE DXB Learn how to use and maintain your machine at this three-hour course.Dhs200 inclusive of sewing machines (or bring your own). Tools, materials, workbooks and light refreshments included. 6.30pm-9.30pm. reMADE DXB, 1F Objects & Elements, Al Quoz, www.remadedxb.com (055 615 5711).
Sign up to volunteer at the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre This children’s centre is seeking volunteers aged over 21 to help with classroom assistant roles, admin and meeting children off the school bus. Register your details online. Free. 8am-1pm. Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre, Al Barsha, www.volunteerinuae.com (no number).
Ikebana at The Archive Learn the traditional art of Japanese flower arranging at this weekly class. Email email@example.com to enrol. Dhs150 trial class. Dhs1,500 for nine units. 3pm-8pm. Until December 9. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).
Entrepreneurs lunch at Impact Hub Enjoy a meal, share ideas and network within a creative space with like-minded individuals. Dhs30. 1pm-2pm. Ongoing. Impact Hub, Saaha Offices (Old Town Island), Downtown Dubai, www.impacthub.ae (04 375 4444).