Community events in Dubai

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Wednesday 27

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, www.landmarkgroup.com (no number).

Internet entrepreneurs meet-up
Established or keen-to-be entrepreneurs are welcome at this meeting. You’ll need to arrive with a 60-second pitch, detailing who you are, what you’re doing and how the group can help.
Free. From 7pm. French Connection café, Sheikh Zayed Road. www.meetup.com/dubaiinternetmarketingentrepreneurs (no number).

Truth and Wayseers Mastermind Session
The ‘journeyers’ of Qualia Travel Club are meeting to share experiences and ideas on what they want from life and future travel.
Free. From 6pm. Qualia Experiences, Office 229, Building 8, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/qualia-travel-club (no number).

Thursday 28

Monthly Mingle
The Dubai Funny Gangs group meets for its monthly social night. Jebel Ali Club has been chosen as this month’s venue thanks to its bar and billiards table, but the event organisers are open to suggestions from members of the community club.
Free. From 7pm. Jebel Ali Club, www.meetup.com/dubai-funny-gangs (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 29

The Big Jumeirah Sea Turtle Race
Open to the public for the first time, more than 100 turtles will be released into the ocean while six rehabilitated turtles will be satellite-tagged for the race.
Free (spectators can spend the day at the Madinat beach for a discounted price of Dhs100 per person). From 8.30am. Madinat Jumeirah, www.facebook.com/turtle.rehabilitation (no number).

The Big Rugby Brunch
The usual Mediterranean brunch at The Med this week features star guests Shaun Edwards, Kris Radlinski, Andy Farrell and Gary Connelly to help raise awareness of the Joining Jack charity. The charity raises money for treatment for British child Jack Johnson, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. There will be a DJ, prizes and auction of sporting memorabilia.
Dhs350 (selected beverages). Noon-4pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Try something new this June with The Tiffin Club
This group of food enthusiasts meets regularly to sample dishes from around the world at some of the city’s best yet most affordable eateries, based on votes cast by members. Tonight, members will meet to try Russian cuisine at Nefertiti Restaurant. Join the group via the website to find out about future events and suggest some of your own favourites for consideration.
Free (attendees pay for their own meal). From 7pm. Nefertiti Restaurant, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street, Bur Dubai. www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub (no number).

Saturday 30

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).

Take your recyclables to Emirates Environmental Group’s family day
Every Saturday, EEG encourages families to visit its HQ 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), www.eeg-uae.org (04 344 8622).

Sunday 1

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).

Monday 2

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 3

Bi-weekly photography meetup
Emirates Photography Club meets to share pictures on the theme ‘Something Unknown’. Open to both amateurs and professionals, the organisers can also help point you in the right direction for accredited photography courses.
Free. From 7pm. Caffé Diemme, Building 16, Dubai Healthcare City, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (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 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).

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