Community events in Dubai

Feng shui tips, raw food diners and more from June 20 to 26

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Wednesday 20

Give while you shop to ‘Life for a Child’
Head to Landmark Group stores (including New Look, Reiss and many more) and make a donation at the checkout, with proceeds going towards medicine for children with diabetes in developing nations.
In stores across the UAE, (no number).

Theta healing awareness talk
The Illuminations community group meets for an introduction to Theta healing and a meditation session.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Location TBC. (no number).

Thursday 21

Dubai ‘Grape’ Club gathering
Dubai ‘Grape’ Club meets at its new location for its first bubbly tasting session, accompanied by a food tasting menu. Join in to find out if you can tell the difference between real bubbly and sparkling grape. Join the group for more information.
Dhs150 in advance. From 7.30pm. Radisson Royal, Sheikh Zayed Road, (no number).

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).

Friday 22

Free feng shui seminar
Expert Raashi Sadana conducts a one-hour talk on the effects of properly applied feng shui, providing tips and suggestions on how to harmonise energies and balance your own space to encourage good health and fortune.
Free. 7.30pm-8.30pm. New Illuminations Well-Being Center, Fortune Executive Towers, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, (04 448 7043).

‘Mess with your head’: Advanced Cashflow 101
Experienced players of monetary board game Cashflow are invited to take part and learn how to get out of the rat race faster. Join the group to find out where to meet.
Dhs25 (donated to charity). From 3pm. Location TBC. (no number).

Raw food dinner party
Community group Raw Yoga Abu Dhabi meets for a special raw food dinner party catered by one of Jumeirah’s wellbeing chefs.
Dhs280. From 7pm. Khaymat Al Bahar, Madinat Jumeirah, (056 752 0354).

Snowy hill climbing workout at Ski Dubai
The UAE Trekkers group meets to climb Ski Dubai again, with priority going to those planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in August, and those climbing with organisations such as Gulf for Good. The aim of the session is to climb each of the runs three times before 9am.
Free. 7.45am-9am. Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, (no number).

Saturday 23

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, (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, Tetra packs (aka juice boxes) 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), (04 344 8622).

Sunday 24

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, (04 368 0217).

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, (06 506 5542).

Monday 25

African djembe and Arabic tabla classes
Drop in to these community drumming classes and learn the African djembe drum or 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 26

Donate unwanted trainers to Soles for Souls
If you have old sneakers kicking around the house, Soles for Soles is taking donations of clean trainers for the UAE’s labourers.
Sun-Thu 9am-6pm. Ongoing. Drop-off point: Fortune Promoseven, Office 449, Emarat Atrium, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call Arun (050 457 6873).

The break will last from Monday August 20 until Wednesday August 22

Eid is expected to fall on Tuesday August 21 and run until Friday August 24

Find some of the top spots to celebrate the special occasion

Public parking will be free across the city next week

Denzel Washington makes a comeback, a huge shark wreaks havoc and our favourite honey-loving bear is as adorable as ever

Meydan Racecourse will host the two-day electronic music festival


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