Community events in Dubai

Best dentists, kayaking, understanding allergies and more

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Thursday 4

I Love My Dentist
Awards To recognise the great work they do, these accolades will be given away during the Aesthetic Dentistry MENA Awards. The jury consists of 10 academicians from different countries, who evaluate cases anonymously. Winners and guests will celebrate at a gala dinner.
Dhs800 per person. 6pm-11:30pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Call Laura (056 799 0647).

Friday 5

Meet new people on a kayaking trip
Fancy escaping Dubai for the weekend and making a few new mates? Active social group Life Maximizers Dubai is organising a kayaking adventure to Musandam. Single or tandem kayaks are available, although participants must know how to swim and be fairly fit.
Dhs80 per person. Meet at 7am.

Saturday 6

ExpatWoman Festive Craft Fair
This popular annual event is open to the public, giving crafters in Dubai a chance to showcase what they’ve been busy making throughout the year.
Free. 10am-3pm. Grand Millennium Hotel, Al Barsha,

Give blood
Did you know that 96 per cent of the population rely on the other four per cent of us to give blood? If you join in, you can help to save lives. The UAE’s mobile blood unit will be parked outside Ibn Buttuta Mall, giving you the chance to donate while you shop.
Free. 4pm-9pm. Ibn Battuta Mall,,

Nordic walking group
Join this active group, meet new people and take part in a one-hour intensive workout with a private Nordic teacher – you’ll soon be strolling and lunging with special poles. Social Circles UAE members get 50 per cent off.
Dhs75 per person. 9am or 6pm. Al Safa Park, Jumeirah, (055 909 7175).

Sunday 7

Film and fashion morning
Cinestar Cinemas and German plus-size clothing brand Ulla Popken have teamed up for a fashion event to showcase the brand’s new range. Afterwards there’ll be a screening of Due Date starring Robert Downey Jr.
Dhs50, including refreshments. 9am. Mirdif City Centre,

Tuesday 9

Dubai Tech Nights
Get together with like-minded tech fans to show off your gadgets, talk software and hardware and get help with your bugs and viruses. Meet the few members of the population who actually know how these things work.
Free. 6.30pm.

Wednesday 10

Understanding allergies talk
If you’ve ever wondered why you suffer an allergic reaction to certain things or foods, go along to this community talk and find out more. Naturopath Dr Parviz Rashvand will talk about imbalanced immunity, sensitive skin, mood swings, sleeping problems and short attention spans.
Free. 7pm, Synergy Centre Dubai, Jumeirah (04 348 5452).

Coming up this month

Wild Wadi’s Burj Al Arab charity swim
Raise money for Médicins Sans Frontières by swimming all the way around the Burj Al Arab (a distance of 1km). The charity provides medical aid to deprived communities regardless of race, religion or political affiliation.
Dhs275 per person. November 12, meet at 6am, swim starts at 8am. Burj Al Arab,,

Whatever Floats your Boat recycled boat race
This boat race with a twist is organised by the InterContinental Dubai and aims to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. Teams need to build their own boat using recycled materials, then on the day you’ll find out if they sink or swim. All proceeds go to the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with World Wide Fund for Nature. Dhs5,000 donation per team. November 26, 10am-5pm. Festival Marina, Dubai Festival City, contact Sebastian Delteil (04 701 1071).

Scrumdown Scramble charity golf day
Rugby meets golf at this charity sporting extravaganza to raise money for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. There’ll be a full day of competitive golf featuring big names in rugby, such as Malcolm O’Kelly, Tim Stimpson and Dan Luger, all of whom will be taking part in the tournament. It’s a great chance to play golf and also mingle with the rugby legends.
Dhs3,200 per team, including barbecue. November 30. The Els Club, Dubai Sports City, (04 445 6842).

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