American Happy Hour
Dubai’s ‘Proud to be an American’ group meets to catch up and enjoy drinks deals. Non-American friends are welcome.
Free. From 7pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, www.meetup.com/proud-to-be-an-american
Foster a cat and help Feline Friends
The cat rescue organisation is looking for volunteers to foster felines, even if only for short periods at a time, to enable it to help more abandoned pets or strays. There are also opportunities to help out by running stalls at regular book sales and in the call centre.
Free. Ongoing. To volunteer to foster a cat, email firstname.lastname@example.org (no number).
Become a ‘Wish Maker’
Whether you’re an individual, group, school or corporate organisation, dedicate the personal and financial resources to fulfil a child’s wish and turn their dream into reality.
Ongoing. Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, Humanitarian City (04 368 0217).
Donate unwanted trainers to Soles for Souls
Got a pair of kicks you no longer use that are still in good condition? Soles for Soles is taking donations of trainers and for the UAE’s labourers. Just make sure they’re clean.
Ongoing. Drop-off point: Sun-Thu 9am-6pm, Fortune Promoseven, Office 449, Emarat Atrium, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call Arun for more information (050 457 6873).
Board games at The Pavilion
The UAE Wargames/Boardgames group meets to play games and make new friends in the process. The organisers will be bringing certain games, but if you want to play something in particular, bring it along.
Free. From 1pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/UAE-wargames-boardgames-group.
Eat a barbie for charity
Head to Dubai Creek Park and enjoy an Aussie barbecue provided by Australian Meat, as well as entertainment and music in honour of both Australia Day and to benefit UAE Red Crescent.
Free. From 1pm. Dubai Creek Park, www.ifrc.org (04 332 3308).
Great food in great company with The Tiffin Club
This al-fresco pot-luck barbecue is organised by foodie group The Tiffin Club. Bring yourself, some food and a handful of charcoal.
Free. From 7pm. Venue TBC. www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub.
Fair for Dubai Autism Center
Play games, win prizes, have henna tattoos and even paint at thejamjar art stall while you snack on traditional funfair food at this fundraising event.
Dhs50, free for children from special-needs schools across Dubai. 3pm-6pm. Dubai Autism Centre, Al Barsha (050 659 1727).
Do something worthwhile with Friends of Cancer Patients
This local charity raises money, organises awareness campaigns and supports people battling cancer, as well as their families. The group is always on the lookout for volunteers.
Free. Ongoing. Email email@example.com to enquire about volunteering opportunities. Corniche Road, Sharjah (06 506 5542).
African djembe and Arabic tabla classes
Drop in to these popular community drumming classes and learn to play the African djembe drum, which the organisers claim is a great way to de-stress. Alternatively, participants can also learn to play the tabla. Djembe Dhs50 per session, Tabla Dhs60 per session, drums provided. Djembe beginners 7.20pm-8.20pm, regulars 7.40pm-8.40pm, Tabla 8.45pm-9.45pm. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (056 744 2129).
GPP Movie Night – War Photographer
The Gulf Photo Plus photography group will be showing documentary film War Photographer, which documents the work of prolific photojournalist James Nachtwey.
Free. From 7pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub.
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 details below.
Free. Sun-Wed 9am-11.15am. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, firstname.lastname@example.org (050 716 3779).