Things you can do in your local community this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Apply for Seedstars World On Wednesday September 16, the 12 best start-ups will be invited to pitch in front of local and international jury. Budding entrepreneurs can apply to participate by Wednesday September 2 or book to attend and look forward to inspirational keynote speakers and networking sessions. Apply online. Free. Until September 2. The Cribb, 15A Street, Al Quoz, www.seedstarsworld.com (04 319 7645).
Speed business networking in DIFC Meet a room full of potential new business contacts by spending just three minutes with each person. Bring your business banter and cards. RSVP online to attend. Dhs70 per person (including tea and coffee). 7.30pm-9.30pm. Caffé Trieste, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, www.meetup.com/business-networking-dubai (no number).
Al Noor child sponsorship programme Support the training and education of children with special needs at Al Noor Training Centre by sponsoring families who can’t afford the centre’s subsidised fees. Individuals and companies can register to sponsor a child. Email, firstname.lastname@example.org for details. From Dhs25,000. Ongoing. www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).
Support the PCRF child cancer campaign This organisation provides free critical medical care to children in need in Gaza. They aim to build the first and only paediatric cancer hospital in the region. To donate, visit www.pcrf.net.
Expat Woman’s Living in Dubai event Women of all nationalities can make new friends and meet with experts in education, health, fitness, beauty, finance, home maintenance and more, helping residents new and old get the advice they need. Free. 9.30am-1.00pm. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha, www.expatwoman.com (no number).
Free fertility seminar at Bourn Hall Clinic Couples trying for a baby can find out more about IVF and other treatments. Book online to reserve a space. Free. 2pm. Bourn Hall Clinic, Al Hudaiba Awards Buildings, Block C, Jumeirah, www.bournhall-clinic.ae (800 483).
Poetry Slam Discover local spoken word talent at this creative poetry event. Budding bards can sign up to perform their original short pieces. The audience will also be entertained by Irshad Azeez, a hip-hop poet known for his fiery delivery. Sign up on the day to take part. Dhs20, free for performers. 7pm. Impact Hub, Saaha Offices Block B, Downtown Dubai, www.impacthub.ae (04 375 4444).
Sign up for a new challenge with Gulf For Good The adventure charity organisation has launched new trekking and cycling trips to raise money for underprivileged children. Challenges for 2016 include cycling through Southeast Asia, trekking in Bhutan and a high altitude trek to Mount Kilimanjaro. Sign up online. www.gulf4good.org (no number).
Learn the Emirati dialect at Iqra’a Learn the spoken dialect of the UAE with adult classes in Emirati Arabic. Register online for a placement test. Courses are 20 hours long. Dhs1,400. Sat, Mon and Tue, 10am-noon, noon-2pm or 4pm-6pm. Iqra’a, Sunset Mall, Jumeriah Beach Road, www.iqraalc.com (04 388 1155).
Sign up for positive thinking Change the way you think for the better with this four-week course. Develop healthier positive thinking styles and recognise how some thoughts can be unhelpful and unrealistic. Dhs600 per person. September 9, 10am-noon. LifeWorks, villa 996, Al Wasl Road, www.counsellingdubai.com (04 394 2464).