Things you can do in your local community this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Speaking Cultures Hosted by Eton Institute, this social gathering of language lovers provides a space where people of different cultures and backgrounds can share their stories and exchange language and cultural experiences. All attendants will receive a free language app for upon arrival, and first-timers will get a Dhs200 Eton Institute language course voucher. RSVP online to attend. Free. 6pm-8pm. Lounge Café Italiano, Arenco Tower, Dubai Media City, www.middleeast.etoninstitute.com (800 3866).
Pensions and wills seminar Getting your head around pensions and wills can be a headache, especially for those with assets overseas. RSVP online to attend this seminar and get advice from financial advisors at Global Eye. Free. 7pm. Villa 801, Al Thanya Road, Umm Suqeim, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-35plus-socialising-club (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, email@example.com for details. From Dhs25,000. Ongoing. www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).
The Sparkle Party This event aims to encourage young professionals to get involved in voluntary work worldwide. The event will feature an auction, live acoustic music and a DJ, as well as keynote speakers. Purchase tickets at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sparkle-brunch-tickets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with enquiries. Dhs450 (food and unlimited beverages), Dhs250 (food and unlimited soft drinks). 7pm-10pm. Story Rooftop Lounge, Holiday Inn, Dubai Knowledge Village (055 394 6865).
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.
Arabic conversation meet-up Develop the confidence to speak Arabic in a casual setting. This meet-up is run by specialist Arabic language institute Golden Age Institute, so attendants can widen their vocabulary, too. RSVP online to attend. Free. 5pm-6pm. Fraîche Café & Bistro, Cluster Y, JLT, www.meetup.com/dubai-arabic-halaqa (no number).
intensive Arabic and English course at Eton Institute Brush up on your language skills with this set of intensive classes. Available in the morning and afternoon, this 30-hour course provides interactive immersion techniques taught by experienced native speakers over a duration of three weeks. Register online and book your place. Dhs1,500 (course fees), Dhs100 (registration fee), Dhs150 (books). Sun-Thu 8am-10am and 10am-noon.Until October 1. Eton Institute, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.middleeast.etoninstitute.com (800 3866).
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, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.iqraalc.com (04 388 1155).
Small Enterprise Grind Entrepreneurs and SMEs are invited to attend this start-up seminar on Wednesday September 16. Book your place now to listen to experienced mentors and network with other business people. RSVP online. Free. 5.30pm-10-45pm. Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/small-enterprise-grind-dubai (no number).