Community events in Dubai

Become a comedian or meet new people over coffee

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Wednesday 26

European Day of Languages at Eton Institute
Get discounts on language courses and experience food, music and traditions from across Europe.
Free. 4pm-7pm. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, (800 3866).

Give blood
Dubai’s hospitals are always in need of blood supplies: by volunteering to donate, you could help save lives. Call to find out more.
Dubai Blood Donation Centre, Latifa Hospital, Oud Metha Road (04 219 3221).

Let’s salsa weekly
The Over 30 Social Club will be attending salsa sessions every Wednesday evening, starting today. Ladies get a free drink.
Free. From 9pm. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina, (no number).

Work From Home Buffs’ fortnightly meeting
Members will form teams to generate ideas for work-from-home opportunities. Sign up to find out where the event will be held.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Location TBC. (no number).

Thursday 27

Coffee with new Dubaians
New residents meet to share stories and make new acquaintances in the city.
Free. 8pm-10.30pm. Piccolo Mondo Bay Café, Marina Tower, Dubai Marina, (no number).

Get Up, Stand Up: Comedy
Dubai’s stand-up course Comedy Dubai is running a four-part coaching course for aspiring comedians, taking place today, tomorrow, Monday October 1 and Wednesday October 3. Arrive at the first class with a basic outline of some jokes or a routine, which they will help you turn into a four- to five-minute set.
Dhs850 per person. 8pm-10pm. Until October 3. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, (050 689 4989).

Friday 28

Emirates Photography Club’s breakfast brainstorm
This group meets to plan ahead and check everyone is on track. Members get 20 percent off breakfast.
Free. From 10am. Carluccio’s, The Dubai Mall, (no number).

Food enthusiasts meet-up Foodie group
The Tiffin Club meets to ‘eat themselves silly and laugh our socks off’. Tonight’s gathering will be held at either Vietnamese spot Hanoi in JLT, Ethiopian restaurant Al Habasha in Karama or Deira, or an as-yet-undecided Turkish eatery. Join the group to vote and attend.
Free. From 7pm. Location TBC. (no number).

Re-engineer your success
This coaching session aims to help you discover your purpose, identify what is holding you back and alter your belief systems to help you become more successful.
Dhs200 per person. 3pm-6pm. Block 1, First Floor, Conference Hall 4, Knowledge Village, (no number).

Reformed Asbolutizm charity gig
Ten local bands perform to raise funds for San Lorenzo Ruiz Charity in the Philippines.
Dhs50. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 807 2024).

Saturday 29

Creative flow workshop at Shelter
Enhance your ability to think creatively with this workshop, teaching leadership skills, strategies for improved creativity, and methods for building ideas in a team. The same workshop will take place on Saturday October 6.
Dhs300 per person. 1pm-6pm. Shelter, Warehouse 30, Al Serkal, Al Quoz (04 380 9040).

Take your recyclables to Emirates Environmental Group’s family day
Every Saturday, the EEG encourages families to visit its HQ 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 30

Learn Italian for free
Local language centre Eton Institute is offering Dubai residents the chance to take a beginners’ Italian course for free.
Free. Sun, Tue and Thu 5.30pm-7pm. Until September 30. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, (800 3866).

Monday 1

Support abused and trafficked women and children
Dubai Foundation for Women and Children welcomes donations of new items for women and youngsters, including books and clothes. To donate, call the number below.
Al Awir, (04 606 0300).

Tuesday 2

Join The Box Appeal
To take part in this charity appeal, head to a branch of the Radisson Blu or Park Inn hotel in the UAE to pick up a box. Fill the box with goodies, including a T-shirt, cap, shaving cream, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, shampoo and talcum powder. The boxes will then be distributed to the region’s needy by The Red Crescent. Visit the Facebook page for details.
Various locations, including Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, (04 366 9111).

Upcoming events

Glam Gala
This event on Friday October 5 is raising funds for UNICEF and BLTZ (Building Lives Together for Zimbabwe). At least 10 percent from each booking goes to UNICEF, and the price includes dinner, house drinks and a ‘grand draw’. DJ Tim Cheddar will provide the tunes. Dress code is black with a drizzle of gold.
From Dhs550 per person. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, (no number).

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