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Thursday 24

Dubai British School’s ‘Festive Frolics’
This annual Christmas fair will feature a Santa’s grotto, raffle, activities for kids and lots of arts and crafts gift stalls, plus refreshments for all. Funds raised will be shared by the school and its nominated charity sponsoring children in Nepal.
Free. 1.30pm-4.30pm. Dubai British School, Springs 3, Emirates Hills, www.dubaibritishschool.ae (04 361 9361).

Friday 25

JESS Night Market
This school’s festive market has developed a reputation as being one of the best school fête and craft fairs in the run-up to Christmas. It’s a great family afternoon out and the money raised is spread across a variety of worthy causes.
Free. 3.30pm-8.30pm. JESS, near Safa Park, Jumeirah (04 361 9019).

Whatever Floats Your Boat
Now in its fourth year, this event sees school and corporate teams race boats made from recycled materials up and down Dubai Creek. The aim is to highlight the importance of recycling and raise money to help Emirates Wildlife Society and the WWF save turtles.
Free for spectators. Noon-6pm. Festival Marina, Dubai Festival City (04 701 1060).

Saturday 26

Comedy Lab 6 Lounge
Wish hosts the latest instalment in this monthly stand-up comedy event, featuring a performance from local group The Experimentals Comedy Troupe.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Lounge Wish (formerly Lounge W), next to Ibis Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.loungewish.com (04 399 0882).

Submit a name for Al Ain Zoo’s orphaned baby gazelle

A recently-born Mhorr gazelle at Al Ain Zoo is yet to be named, and the zoo is inviting the public to submit names through Facebook and Twitter. The winner will also receive five free tickets to the zoo, as well as a copy of wildlife book Sounds of Nature.
To enter, email the address below. Free. Entry deadline November 27. Al Ain Zoo, www.alainzoo.ae, mhorrgazelle@awpr.ae (03 782 8188).

Sunday 27

German Ladies Association newcomers’ meeting
This group offers German women in Dubai the chance to meet like-minded individuals, make new contacts and explore new hobbies at regular coffee mornings.
Dhs20. From 10am. Remo Cafe, near Burj Al Arab, karin.gloede@web.de (no number).

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

Monday 28

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 alnoorspneeds@alnooruae.org or call the number below. From Dhs3.50. Ongoing. www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).

Tuesday 29

Riding for the Disabled
Lend a hand at riding classes for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities by leading horses and offering support to riders. No previous experience is necessary – just patience, good humour and commitment.
Get in touch via the contact details below. Free. Sun-Wed 9am-11.15am. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, rdadinstructors@live.com (050 716 3779).

Wednesday 30

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

Coming up

DESS
Christmas Fayre On Saturday December 10, this long-established Oud Metha school will host a barbecue and crafts stalls, as well as entertainment from the school choir and band, plus there will be a raffle with the chance to win flights to the UK and boxes of children’s gifts.
Free. 3pm-6pm. DESS, Oud Metha Road (04 337 1457).

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