Community events in Dubai

Head to a charity iftar or support a needy family this Ramadan

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Wednesday 25

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

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, the money will feed a needy child for an entire school year.
Ongoing. www.wfp.org/ramadan.

Thursday 26

Attend a charity iftar for Operation Smile
This iftar aims to raise funds for Operation Smile, a charity that raises money for the treatment of kids with facial disfigurements.
Dhs130 of the cost goes towards the meal itself, while Dhs220 goes directly to the charity. Email to book. Dhs350 per person. 6.30pm-10.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, vivek.mukherjee@industryre.com.

Monthly mingle
The ‘Dubai Funny Gangs’ group will meet tonight for some socialising and to make new acquaintances. As it’s Ramadan, this month’s event will revolve around post-iftar activities, though the location is yet to be decided. Join the group to keep up to speed.
Free. From 9pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/dubai-funny-gangs (no number).

Friday 27

Enjoy an iftar feast at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
The centre is running iftars for the public, presenting an opportunity to learn about Ramadan. A visit to the mosque is included, so ladies should bring a headscarf. You can also make private bookings for large groups or corporate visits. Call ahead to book.
Dhs130 per person. From 6.30pm. House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).

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.
Call or email using the contact details below if you think you can help. Dhs300-Dhs1,000 per month. info@uaerc.org.ae (800 733).

Saturday 28

HaHaHabibi’s weekly workshop
Learn the art of improvisational comedy and improve your comic skills at 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).

Take your recyclables to Emirates Environmental Group’s family day

Every Saturday, the EEG encourages families to visit its headquarters on Jumeirah Beach Road to drop off any recyclable household waste, including plastic, aluminium cans, paper, glass and Tetra paks (aka juice boxes), which are otherwise hard to dispose of.
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 29

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, which it will pass on to 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).

Learn Arabic for less during Ramadan
The Arabic Language Centre is offering a discounted adult beginners’ course, which runs Sunday to Wednesday. The perfect excuse to brush up on your Arabic.
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 30

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).

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. Hyatt Regency, Deira, events.hyattregencydubai@hyatt.com (04 209 6990).

Mixed speed networking
SME Club and Heels & Deals are hosting a speed networking event for male and female business owners to help them get connected during the traditionally slow summertime.
Advance online booking Dhs120 members, Dhs150 non-members; on the door Dhs170 members, Dhs200 non-members. 7pm-9.45pm. Media Rotana, TECOM, www.heelsanddeals.org (no number).

Tuesday 31

Support the UAE Red Crescent Society at Dubai Outlet Mall
Throughout Ramadan, donate clothes, books, computers, stationery, medicine and more for the Red Crescent, or make a cash donation to support Dubai Cares and Dar Al Ber Society in its work to educate needy children. Donation drop boxes are positioned around the mall.
Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Until August 14. Dubai Outlet Mall, Al Ain Road (04 423 4666).

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