Learn to act with a celebrity coach: Michelle Danner has trained A-listers including Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek and James Franco, and she’s in Dubai this week to teach some two-day workshops. The first, starting today, is on how to audition on camera, while Friday’s class covers how to analyse scripts. Dhs1,500 for the two-day classes. 4pm-10pm. Dubai Studio City (050 850 9443).
Give blood at Ibn Battuta:
Do something amazing today: give blood while you shop. The local mobile blood donation van will be parked outside India Court at Ibn Battuta Mall tonight, and donation only takes a few minutes. Visit the website to find out who is eligible to take part. Free. 6pm-10.30pm. Ibn Battuta Mall, www.blood-donor.ae (04 362 1901).
Dine on quality seafood at Beachcombers:
This Jumeirah Beach Hotel favourite offers a family-friendly seafood buffet every Thursday. Dhs285 (selected beverages), Dhs142.50 for children under 12. 6.30pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Dinner and dancing at Okku: Feast on fine Japanese fare then sup cocktails to the sounds of Okku’s resident DJ. Also takes place on Sunday. Free (table reservation required). 7pm-3am. Okku, Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).