Community events in Dubai

Good causes and city groups this week

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Wednesday 18

Do something worthwhile with Friends of Cancer Patients
This charity raises money, organises campaigns and supports people battling cancer.
Free. Ongoing. Corniche Road, Sharjah, info@focp.ae (06 506 5542).

Thursday 19

World Food Programme’s Ramadan campaign
Throughout Ramadan, all donations to the World food Programme’s ‘school meals’ scheme in developing countries will be matched by Dubai’s Rotary Club. When you donate Dhs100, once matched, it will feed a child for an entire school year.
Ongoing. www.wfp.org/ramadan.

Friday 20

Introduction to astrology: a map of the heavens
Learn about your life using this ancient tradition with astrologer Lalit Soonderji.
Dhs30. 5pm-6pm. Illuminations Well-Being Center, 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.meetup.com/illuminations (04 448 7043).

Support a family
The Red Crescent organisation is constantly seeking donations and financial aid for those it supports, including families in the UAE, Palestine, Yemen and beyond.
Dhs300-Dhs1,000 per month. Call or email to enquire. info@uaerc.org.ae (800 733).

Saturday 21

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, al.improvisers@gmail.com (no number).

Sunday 22

Learn Arabic for less during Ramadan
The Arabic Language Centre is offering a discounted beginner adult course, which runs Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the Holy Month.
Dhs1,700. Classes 9.30am-11.30am, noon-2pm or 4pm-6pm. Until August 14. Arabic Language Centre, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Rashid Tower, www.arabiclanguagecentre.com (04 331 5600).

Monday 23

Charity iftar boxes
For companies or individuals looking to make a large gesture this Ramadan, the Hyatt Regency is putting together iftar Sa’em boxes from Emirati kitchen Laylati, that can be handed out at mosques or to the needy for breaking the fast.
Dhs20-25 per box. Call or email to enquire. Hyatt Regency, Deira, events.hyattregencydubai@hyatt.com (04 209 6990).

Tuesday 24

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).

Coming soon

Attend a charity ifar for Operation Smile
On Thursday July 26, an iftar will be held to raise funds for Operation Smile, a charity that raises money for the treatment of children with facial disfigurements.
Dhs130 of the cost goes towards the meal itself, while Dhs220 goes directly to the charity. Email to RSVP. Dhs350 per person. 6.30pm-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, DIFC, vivek.mukherjee@industryre.com.

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