Poetry reading, book club, animal events, classic films and a boat parade
Our picks of the week
1 Help release 3,000 local fish at Nasimi Beach See Fri 28.
2 Adopt an Arabian Mau with The Bin Kitty Collective See Fri 28.
3 Join The Emaar Parade at Downtown Dubai See Sat 29.
4 Get reading at The Bibliophiles Book Club See Sat 29.
5 Help Iraqi child refugees with Basics Global See Wed 26.
Donate to Iraqi child refugees with Basics Global The organisation is holding an urgent appeal to help child refugees in Iraq. It is collecting warm children’s clothes, blankets and powdered milk for the tough winter ahead. The organisation will arrange a pick-up from your chosen address. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to donate. All donations to be made by November 29. www.basicsglobal.org (04 444 9439).
Poetry reading at Bookshop, DIFC Listen to poetry from two Dubai-based poets, Frank Dullaghan from Ireland and Zeina Hashem Beck from Lebanon. Both poets will present work from their new collections and host a Q&A. Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Bookshop, Unit 27, The Precinct Building, DIFC, www.facebook.com/bookshopdubai (050 874 9671).
Free Arabic Cultural Evening To celebrate National Day, Eton Institute is hosting an Arabic cultural evening. Discover the language, arts and food of the Arab world. Register online to attend. Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Eton Institute, Dubai Knowledge Village, 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 to attend. Thu-Sat 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Town Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.towncentrejumeirah.com (050 770 6711).
Mau-vember adoption day The Bin Kitty Collective is celebrating the Arabian Mau this month. Find out more about this breed and give one a home. For queries email email@example.com. Free to attend. 2.30pm-5.30pm. British Veterinary Hospital, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 3.
Native fish release at Nasimi Beach Atlantis The Palm is releasing 3,000 local fish back into the sea to help boost numbers. There will also be a UAE-themed family fun day. Free to attend fish release. Dhs100 per person for family fun day, free for children under 11 with every paying adult. 9am-5pm. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2000).
Bibliophiles – Dubai Book Club Join this book club and discuss Pulitzer prize-winner The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. RSVP online to attend. Dhs30 membership fee. 7pm-9pm. BookMunch, Al Wasl Road, www.meetup.com/bibliophiles-dubai-book-club (04 388 4006).
Feline Friends Dubai pet adoption day Find a place in your home for an abandoned animal at this adoption day. For further details or to make enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. 1pm-4pm. The Pet Shop, Creatures Oasis, Jumeirah 1. www.felinefriendsdubai.com (050 451 0058).
Emaar’s The Parade Downtown Dubai Join in the National Day festivities and watch a vibrant procession of marching bands and floats representing hundreds of community and official groups as they troop the boulevard. Free. 3pm-5pm. Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.emaar.com (800 36 227).
Enjoy classic films at Wafi Grab a bean bag and watch romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 days starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. Free. 8pm. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 3244 100).
Monday December 1
Free speed coaching sessions in Al Barsha Discover how to make positive changes in your life with these sessions. Sign up online to attend. Free. 7pm-9.15pm. Pinnacle Building, Al Barsha, www.meetup.com/the-speed-coaching-mondays (no number).
Tuesday December 2
Dubai Marina Yacht Club boat parade Witness the spectacle of decorated yachts at the UAE National Day Boat Parade and Family Fun Day. Free. Noon-6pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina (04 362 7900).