Community events in Dubai

Dubai 'Grape' Club meeting and Dubai Foodies at Large

Area Guides
Wednesday 11

Dubai ‘Grape’ Club meetup
Join members of the Dubai ‘Grape’ Club for an evening of blind tasting followed by votes from all involved to see which came out on top, before the identities of each bottle are revealed. Nibbles are served all evening. Sign up online to get acquainted.
Dhs150. From 7.30pm. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, (no number).

Free Ramadan etiquette workshops
Aimed at non-Arab expats in Dubai, the Eton institute is holding a free two-hour etiquette workshop to help make sure residents are enlightened on the dos and don’ts of Ramadan.
Free. 4pm-6pm. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, (800 3866).

Thursday 12

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 13

Attend a Dubai Foodies at Large dinner
The theme of this evening’s get-together is Bengali food. For details on which restaurant the group will be heading to, sign up to its page on the meetup website.
Free, attendees pay for their own meal. 8pm-10pm. Location TBC, (no number).

Saturday 14

Dubai Autism Group meetup
A support group for parents of children with autism and professionals working with autistic individuals.
Free. From 11am. Mirdif Private School, Mirdif, (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 as places are limited each week.
Free. 5pm-7pm. Ongoing. South Ridge Tower 3, Downtown Dubai, (no number).

Sunday 15

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 16

African djembe and Arabic tabla classes
Drop in to these weekly 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 17

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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