Community events in Dubai

Blood donation, fundraising exercises, community workshops and more

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Wednesday 5

Give blood
Dubai’s hospitals are always in need of blood supplies: by volunteering to donate, you could help save lives. If you’re aged between 17 and 65, weigh at least 50kg and are in good health, you could be eligible. Call to find out how and when to donate.
Dubai Blood Donation Centre, Latifa Hospital, Oud Metha Road (04 219 3221).

Keep an eye out for dolphins
Do your bit for the community by making a note of any dolphin sightings off the coast of Dubai, recording the date, time, location and number of mammals spotted. If you can manage a photo or video, even better. It will all help Dr Ada Natoli, a professor at United Arab Emirates University, in her bid to establish a scientific baseline for the local population, and raise awareness of the species.
Email findings to

Thursday 6

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 do something to help.
Dhs300-Dhs1,000 per month. (800 733).

Friday 7

Play Cashflow 101
Develop ‘the cashflow mindset’ by playing this economics board game for grown-ups, which aims to help you tackle your finances. Play will start just after 3pm, followed by table and group discussions.
Free. 3pm-7pm. More Café, Al Murooj Rotana, Financial Centre Road, (no number).

Support abused and trafficked women and children
The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children welcomes donations of new items for women and youngsters, including books and clothes. If you’ve cleared out your closet and have items to get rid of, call
the number below to find out how to make your donation.
Al Awir, (04 606 0300).

Saturday 8

Arabic language courses for beginners
This free community meet-up is a great way to learn a language, although tutor Mostafa Elabbady asks that everyone who attends is serious and committed. If you wish, you can buy books and study cards to help you make the most of the meet-up.
Free. From 7.30pm. Caffe Nero, DIFC, (no number).

Dubai Autism Group gathering
This support group for parents, carers and professionals meets every second Saturday of the month, providing a place to share experiences and talk about any areas of concern. There are special speakers at each meeting.
Free. From 11am. Mirdif Private School, behind Arabian Center, (no number).

HaHaHabibi’s weekly workshop
Learn the art of improvisational comedy at this fun and friendly workshop, conducted by Faris Khalid. Email ahead to confirm your attendance, as places are limited.
Free. 5pm-7pm. Ongoing. South Ridge Tower 3, Downtown Dubai, (no number).

Take your recyclables to Emirates Environmental Group’s family day
Every Saturday, the EEG encourages families to visit its headquarters on Beach Road to drop off recyclable household waste, including plastic, cans, paper, glass and Tetra paks (aka juice boxes).
Free. Open 8.30am-5.30pm. Villa JMR 68 117A, Jumeirah Beach Road (between Dubai Zoo and Beach Centre), (04 344 8622).

Sunday 9

An evening with Lana Slezic at Gulf Photo Plus
Renowned documentary photographer Lana Slezic hosts a discussion on her show at the gallery, which features a selection of her glass plate portraits taken with a box camera.
Price TBC. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, (no number).

Attend a techie networking night
Dubai Software Developers meetup group gathers for a night of networking and open discussion. If you work in the industry, join the group to take part and find out where the event will be held.
Free. From 7pm. Location TBC. (no number).

Learn Italian for free Local language centre
Eton Institute is offering Dubai residents the chance to take a beginners’ Italian course for free throughout September.
Free. 5.30pm-7pm. Sun, Tue and Thu. The Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, (800 3866).

Monday 10

Donate unwanted trainers to Soles for Souls
If you have old sneakers you no longer wear, 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).

Tuesday 11

Do something worthwhile with Friends of Cancer Patients
This charity raises money, organises campaigns and supports people in the region who are battling cancer. Volunteers are always welcome: call the number below to find out how you can help.
Free. Ongoing. Corniche Road, Sharjah, (06 506 5542).

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