Networking Under the Stars Professionals of all industries are invited to attend a social networking event supported by the Referral Institute. To attend, email your name and mobile number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dhs99 (including one free drink and nibbles). 6pm-10pm. Garden on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/under-the-stars-networking-evening (no number).
Decode Dubai hackathon Tech and web developers with ideas on how to enhance and meet the needs of citizens can pitch ideas for an innovative app or website to government department and industry leaders. Selected teams will work around the clock for 48 hours on their product, and the winning teams will get to participate in the Smart City App Hack in October. One team will then go on to represent Dubai in Barcelona during the Smart City Expo 2015 in November. Register online to participate. Free, spaces limited. From 5pm. Until June 13. in5 Innovation Centre, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.dic.ae/decodedubai (04 451 1555).
K9 Friends rescue centre tour Schools and groups can book a tour of this purpose-built animal shelter. Experienced volunteers will show guests around the premises and teach them how to approach and handle the dogs. Call to arrange an appointment. Free. Sun-Thu 9am-2pm. Ongoing. Jebel Ali, email@example.com, www.k9friends.com (04 887 8739).
Master Powerful Public Speaking & Presenting Become a confident orator with the help of this one-day workshop. Learn how to get over nerves, and develop self-confidence and how to practise and prepare for presentations. Call to book. Dhs4,000. 8.30am-5pm. Holiday Inn – Al Barsha, www.meetup.com/dubai-overcome-your-fear-of-public-speaking-selling-meetup (04 446 2040).
Chinese Corner with Qi-Chinese Students can practise their vocabulary with native Mandarin speakers at this social cultural exchange. RSVP online to attend. Free. 3pm. Golden Tulip Hotel, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.meetup.com/Dubai-china-nights (no number).
Arabic Conversation Halaqa Beginner and intermediate Arabic students, join this group to improve your language skills. Free. 5pm-6pm. Fraîche Café & Bistro, Cluster Y, JLT, www.meetup.com/dubai-arabic-halaqa (no number).
Discover Mandarin Chinese with Chinese Arabia Part of Raad Education, Chinese Arabia is offering a free Mandarin taster lesson to spark your interest in a course. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. Free trial class. Sat 2pm-3pm. Ongoing. Raad Education, 1302 Millennium Plaza Hotel Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.chinesearabia.com (04 352 9188).
Book in for the SMCCU cultural iftar Reserve your ticket to attend one of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding’s iftars, which will be taking place from Saturday June 20 until Wednesday July 15. Break the fast with the team and learn more about the meaning of Ramadan. Dhs135 per person. Sunset-9pm. June 20-July 15. House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).
Ramadan Etiquette workshop at Eton Institute Learn the do’s and don’ts for the Holy Month of Ramadan, as well as Arabic greetings at this session. Register online to attend. Free. 5pm-7pm. Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.etoninstitute.com/ae (800 3866).
Small Enterprise Grind This business and personal development conference offers start-ups, educational presentations and Q&A sessions with corporate and creative keynote speakers. Free. 5.30pm-10.45pm. Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/small-enterprise-grind-dubai (no number).