Community events in Dubai

Join a club or help a charity from June 6 to 12

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Wednesday 6

Become a ‘Wish Maker’
Whether you’re an individual, group, school or corporate organisation, donate time or money and help fulfil the wish of a child with a terminal illness.
Ongoing. Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, Humanitarian City, www.makeawish.ae (04 368 0217).

Dubai Human Capital Leaders launch event
Meet fellow HR professionals for networking and experience-sharing.
Free. From 6.30pm. Venue TBC. www.meetup.com/dubaihumancapitalleaders (no number).

Thursday 7

Community drumming
Head down to Marina Mall to take part in family community drum circles and fire dancing. All ages and abilities are welcome, and drums are provided.
Free. Thu 6.30pm-9pm. Ongoing. Ground floor, Dubai Marina Mall (050 659 2874).

Raw vegan picnic or meet-up
Dubai’s raw vegan community group meets for a pot luck-style picnic. To find out where it will be held, sign up to the group online.
Free. From 7pm. Venue TBC. www.meetup.com/rawvegandubai (no number).

Friday 8

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

UAE Trekkers in the snow at Ski Dubai
Take part in a climbing training session at Ski Dubai with community group UAE Trekkers. Spaces are limited, and priority goes to people who are planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in August.
Free. From 7am. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates,www.meetup.com/UAEtrekkers (no number).

Saturday 9

Dubai Autism Group returns
This support group for parents, carers and professionals returns every second Saturday of the month.
Free. From 11am. Mirdif Private School www.meetup.com/the-dubai-autism-meetup-group (no number).

HaHaHabibi’s weekly workshop
Learn the art of improvisational comedy with this fun, friendly workshop, conducted by Faris Khalid. Email ahead to confirm attendance.
Free. 5pm-7pm. Ongoing. South Ridge Tower 3, Downtown Dubai, al.improvisers@gmail.com (no number).

Learn Hindi for free
The Eton Institute is offering a free Hindi lessons 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).

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 10

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.
Sun-Thu 9am-6pm. Ongoing. Drop-off point: Fortune Promoseven, Office 449, Emarat Atrium, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call Arun (050 457 6873).

Monday 11

An introduction to NLP and how it can better your life
Learn about neurolinguistic programming and how to use it to improve your thought patterns and potential. This event will provide practical case studies and exercises for you to apply to your daily life.
Dhs80. 7pm-9pm. The Holistic Institute, JLT, www.meetup.com/creating-extraordinary-lives (04 450 3525).

African djembe and Arabic tabla classes
Drop in to these community drumming classes and learn the African djembe drum. 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 12

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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