Community events in Dubai

Volunteering and social groups from April 11-17

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Wednesday 11

Beauty business networking event
Interested in a new business opportunity? The Dubai Beauty Business Group meets tonight to network.
Free. From 7pm. Kambaa Lounge, The Address Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-beauty-business-group (no number).

Compassionate Living discussion group
The Compassionate Living, Reading and Discussion Group meets for step 10 of 12, to discuss the idea of knowledge and what we really know.
Free. From 7.30pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/compassionate-living-reading-discussion-group (no number).

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).

Thursday 12

Community drumming
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).

Watch the Eagles with friends from Meetup
Members of the Dubai Classic Rock Listeners Group get together to watch the Eagles perform live.
From Dhs350. From 6pm. The Sevens, Dubai-Al Ain Road (Route 66), www.meetup.com/the-dubai-classic-rock-listeners-group (no number), www.timeouttickets.com

Friday 13

Brunch and bowling with the Weekend Fun group
Sign up to the Weekend Fun group and join them on an afternoon out. The location for brunch is yet to be decided, but options include Beachcombers, Loca, The Irish Village, Player’s Lounge, Double Decker and The Californian.
Price TBC. From 11.45am. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/chillout (no number).

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.
Free. Ongoing. Email info@focp.ae to enquire about volunteering opportunities. Corniche Road, Sharjah (06 506 5542).

Saturday 14

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, tetra packs (that’s juice boxes, to the uninitiated) 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).

Sunday 15

Become a ‘Wish Maker’
Whether you’re an individual, group, school or corporate organisation looking to give back, donate some of your 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, www.makeawish.ae (04 368 0217).

Monday 16

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 tode-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).

Tuesday 17

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 necessary – just patience, good humour and commitment.
Free. Sun-Wed 9am-11.15am. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, rdadinstructors@live.com (050 716 3779).

Coming up
New Developments III New Developments is a collection of 10 pieces shortlisted for Dubai Drama Group’s annual playwriting competition, with submissions from both first-timers and old hands. The winning play will be selected by the audience, who will vote for their favourite play following performances on Friday April 20, Saturday 21, Friday 26 and Saturday 28.
Admission by donation on the door. 7pm-10pm. April 20-28. thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3, www.dubaidramagroup.com (04 341 7303).

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