Community events in Dubai

Help a charity or join a club from May 23 to 29

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Wednesday 23

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).

Grape beverage and cheese evening
Join Social Circles to take part in their night of relaxed socialising at this cheese and grape evening, which includes unlimited cheese and three drinks (red, white or sparkling).
Dhs109 (premium Social Circles members get an additional beverage upon showing their membership card). 6pm-9pm. Esca, Qamardeen Hotel, Downtown Dubai, www.socialcircles.me (04 428 5888).

Give while you shop to ‘Life for a Child’
Across Landmark Group stores (including New Look, Reiss, Splash and many more), customers can make a donation in multiples of Dhs5 at the checkout, with proceeds going towards medical supplies for children with diabetes in developing nations including Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sudan and the Philippines.
Stores across Dubai and the UAE, www.landmarkgroup.com (no number).

Thursday 24

Community drumming
Head down to Marina Mall to take part in family community drum circles. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in, from beginners to experts, and drums are provided.
Free. Thu 6.30pm-9pm. Ongoing. Marina promenade, lower ground floor, Dubai Marina Mall (050 659 2874).

Friday 25

Emirates Photography Club’s Breakfast Brainstorm
Every last Friday of the month sees the Emirates Photography Club get together for breakfast and an ideas brainstorm to plan ahead for the next group project.
Free. From 10am. Carluccio’s, The Dubai Mall, www.meetup.com/emirates-photo-club (no number).

Learn Hindi for free
The Eton Institute is offering a free Hindi course for Dubai residents for a limited period, with classes every Friday and Saturday. A great opportunity to try a new language and learn more about Indian culture.
Free. 3pm-4.30pm. Until June 9. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.eton.ac (800 3866).

Meet, eat and make new friends
Dubai’s Tiffin Club – a dedicated group of food enthusiasts – meet again to socialise over delicious dishes. The options are Thai, Tunisian or French. Join the group to cast your vote and confirm your attendance. Free. From 7pm. Venue TBC. www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub (no number).

Saturday 26

Feel the Fear… and Do It Anyway workshop
Based on the best-selling book by Susan Jeffers, this workshop will use a variety of strategies to help individuals overcome limiting beliefs, and empower them to cope with challenges, fear and self-doubt, and make decisions to improve their lives.
Dhs30. 7.30pm-8.30m. New Illuminations Well-being Center, 409, Fortune Towers, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.meetup.com/illuminations (04 448 7043).

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 27

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 28

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 29

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).

Social Circles billiards night
Social Circles is encouraging its members to come together for a night of billiards, shisha and socialising at the new Shooters café. Sign up to the UAE-based group’s website to join in and receive invitations to regular social events.
Free. 6pm-11pm. Shooters Billiards & Café, The Torch, Dubai Marina, www.socialcircles.me (04 368 5645).

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