Community events in Dubai

Help a charity or join a group in Dubai from May 9-15

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Wednesday 9

Business networking for the beauty industry
This event is a good opportunity to meet people within Dubai’s beauty industry for referrals, advice and inside information. Regular attendees include beauticians, massage therapists, entrepreneurs, jewellery designers, stylists, make-up artists, gym owners, graphic designers and many more professions. Expect a friendly, social event that isn’t just about exchanging business cards, with a supportive crowd.
Free. From 7pm. Kambaa Lounge, The Address Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-beauty-business-group (no number).

Footsteps of Thesiger documentary premiere
Watch the UAE premiere of a documentary charting UAE-based, Guinness World Record-breaking adventurer Adrian Hayes’s expedition across the Empty Quarter. Hayes will present his story before the screening of the 60-minute film, which will then be followed by a Q&A session.
Dhs250 per person; Dhs2,500 for table of 10, including a three-course dinner and drinks. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.bbgdxb.com (04 397 0303).

Thursday 10

Auction of promises and experiences
Cambridge International School hosts its second auction today, with all money raised contributing to a fundraising project to rebuild a school in Kibera, Kenya. Companies are invited to donate experiences to auction during the event to help the school raise money (such as spa days, hotel stays, rounds of golf), or you can just attend and bid on the night.
Dhs10 in advance, Dhs15 on the door. From 6.30pm. Pioneer Auctions, Umm Ramool (04 282 4646).

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).

Overnight desert safari with Sound of Healing
Take a desert safari trip with the Sound of Healing community group, which will involve dune bashing, shisha, henna, camel rides, belly dancing and so on, as well as the group’s own twist – a session using planetary gongs, drums and other instruments. Includes pick-up and drop-off. RSVP essential – join the group to take part.
Dhs144 per person. Pick-up at Spinneys near Burjuman at 3.40pm. www.meetup.com/sound-of-healing (no number).

Friday 11

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).

Play Cashflow 101
The Dubai Cashflow Club meets up to play educational financial board game Cashflow 101. After introductions, the games will commence, followed by individual table discussions and a final group discussion to round up the day’s gaming.
Free. 3pm-7.15pm. Caribou Coffee, The Gate Building, DIFC, www.meetup.com/dubai-cashflow-club (no number).

UAE Trekkers in the snow at Ski Dubai
The UAE Trekkers group will be climbing Ski Dubai. Places are limited, and priority will go to those in the group who are training for their Kilimanjaro climb in August. Join the group for more information on this event and upcoming climbs.
Free. 7am-8am. Ski Dubai, www.meetup.com/UAEtrekkers (no number).

Saturday 12

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 13

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).

Monday 14

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).

Tuesday 15

Do something worthwhile with Friends of Cancer Patients
This local charity raises money, organises campaigns and supports people battling cancer, as well as their families. The group welcomes volunteers.
Free. Ongoing. Corniche Road, Sharjah, info@focp.ae (06 506 5542).

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