Essential community events

Get involved with a good cause from November 3-9

Area Guides
Thursday 3

Donate your unwanted items to Take
MyJunk TakeMyJunk collects unwanted household items, from furniture to clothing. Proceeds from the sales are used to provide meals, medical care and basic help for labourers and needy individuals across the UAE. Pick-up available.
Drop-off point: Pastels Hair Salon, 873 Al Wasl Road, (050 179 4045).

St Andrew’s Ball
The Caledonian Society is hosting a traditional Scottish knees-up. Ticket prices include bubbly reception, dinner with selected house beverages and dancing.
Dhs495 (members), Dhs575 (guests). 7pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 661 3615).

Friday 4

Games meet-up at Dubai Marina Mall
Members of Dubai’s online Meet-Up community will be playing the board game Cashflow 101 in Dubai Marina Mall, and anyone interested is welcome to join.
Free. From 3pm. Food court, Dubai Marina Mall, (no number).

Saturday 5

Meat Their Needs campaign for Eid al-Adha
The Positive Community Project will be collecting packaged lamb meat to distribute to needy families in Ajman the day before Eid al-Adha. If you wish to make a donation of lamb, it should be frozen and portioned up to benefit as many families as possible.
Free. 9am-noon. Drop off points at Discovery Gardens (Amira, 050 255 7929), Dubai Media City (Nermine, 050 501 3913), Mirdif (Minou, 050 738 3653) and Sharjah (Yasmine, 050 836 8306).

Sunday 6

Give your old clothes to Aid in Motion
The group collects and distributes second-hand clothing to those in need around the emirates. For more information, visit the Aid in Motion Facebook page. (06 503 4535).

Monday 7

Buy Al Noor greetings cards
These charity greetings cards have been designed by special-needs students at Al Noor. To buy or see a catalogue, contact or call the number below. From Dhs3.50.
Ongoing. (04 340 4844).

Tuesday 8

Dine out for Somalia with Dubai Cares
Dubai Cares’ latest fundraising campaign, aimed at providing children in southern Somalia with food and nutrition, concludes on November 20, and a number of restaurants are giving customers the chance to make a donation of Dhs10 or more with their bill. See the website for a list of participating restaurants.
Until November 20. (no number).

Wednesday 9

Riding for the Disabled
Riding classes for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities have now launched. You can lend a hand by leading horses and offering support to riders. No previous experience is necessary – just patience, good humour and commitment. Those interested in volunteering should get in touch via the contact details below.
Free. Sun-Wed 9am-11.15am. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, (050 716 3779).

Coming up

Feline Friends book sale
Feel even better about buying second-hand books at this event on November 11. Not only are you recycling, but you’re also helping to support this Dubai cat sanctuary.
Free. 10am-10pm. Times Square Mall,

Oil Barons Charity Ball
This black-tie ball on November 18 – a networking event for the local energy industry – raises money for Friends of Cancer Patients. The evening includes a sit-down dinner, live music and a prize for the best-dressed lady.
Corporate tickets from Dhs11,000; individual tickets Dhs4,700 (includes dinner and drinks). 7pm. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, (04 391 0835).

Swim round the Burj Al Arab
Wild Wadi is organising an 800m swim around the Burj Al Arab on Friday November 11 to raise money for international charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Dhs275 per person. Registration 6am-7.30am. Wild Wadi, Jumeirah, (no number).

Raise money for charity while testing your physical prowess

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