Become a ‘Wish Maker’
Whether you’re an individual, group, school or corporate organisation looking to give back, donate time or money and help fulfil the wish of a child with a terminal illness and turn their dream into reality.
Ongoing. Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, Humanitarian City (04 368 0217).
Donate unwanted trainers to Soles for Souls
If you have old sneakers kicking around the house, Soles for Soles is taking donations of trainers to give to 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 (050 457 6873).
The Magic of Thinking BIG meet-up
Head to this meet-up and observe a short presentation on how to open your mind and become more successful.
Free. From 6.30pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig (no number).
Head down to Marina Mall every Thursday to take part in family community drum circles and fire dancing. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in, from beginners to experts, and drums are provided.
Free. Thu 6.30pm-9pm. Ongoing. Ground floor, Dubai Marina Mall (050 659 2874).
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).
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 welcomes willing volunteers to help out at events.
Free. Ongoing. Email email@example.com to enquire about volunteering opportunities. Corniche Road, Sharjah (06 506 5542).
Emirates Photography Club kayak tour and overnight stay on Mangrove Island
Join this group of photography enthusiasts on a discounted trip where you will sleep under the stars on a mangrove desert island. Sign up for more info.
Dhs450. From 1pm. www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Dubai Autism Group meet-up
This is an opportunity for parents and professionals to meet in a relaxing environment for social and emotional support.
Free. From 11am. Mirdif Private School, near Arabian Center, www.meetup.com/dubai-autism-meetup-group (no number).
Take your recyclables to Emirates Environmental Group’s family day
Every Saturday, EEG encourages families to visit its headquarters on Jumeirah Beach Road to drop off any recyclable household waste, including plastic, aluminium cans, paper and glass.
Free. Open 8.30am-5.30pm. Villa JMR 68 117A, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (between Dubai Zoo and Beach Centre), www.eeg-uae.org (04 344 8622).
Donate to charity while doing your shopping
Well-known household brands such as Ariel, Fairy, Always, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Crest, Oral B, Olay, Camay, Wella and Gillette will donate 3.5 per cent of profit to Special Olympics MENA. The participating brands are identifiable by the White Flame symbol with the banner of ‘Make a Difference’. At supermarkets around town.
For further details, see www.specialolympics.org.
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).
Dubai Writers’ Group ‘read and critique’
Writers can bring along one text of a maximum 1,500 words for others in the group to read and critique. Bring your most salient, difficult passage if you’re working on a longer piece.
Free. From 7pm. Caribou Coffee, Gate Building, DIFC, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).
Foster a cat and help Feline Friends
This local cat-rescue organisation is always 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).
Compassionate living, reading and discussion group meet-up
This week’s meeting, entitled ‘Step Nine of Twelve: Concern for Everybody’ will look at treating people with politeness, even if they are rude to you.
Free. From 7.30pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/compassionate-living-reading-discussion-group (no number).
Learn to take back the judgements you project onto others and reduce the strong or unpleasant reactions you may have to others.
Dhs100. 7.30pm-10pm. First floor, BoHouse Café, The Walk, JBR, www.meetup.com/inspirationlounge
Monthly Mingle Sign up to the Social Circles network in time for this monthly mingle session. There will be an interactive game and prizes throughout the night, and you may find you leave with a more robust network of friends in Dubai.
Free. 8pm-10pm. Location TBC. www.socialcircles.me (no number).