Community events in Dubai

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Wednesday 3

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

Gulf Photo Plus Slidefest VIII
Locally based photographers present their work to an audience, with each photographer limited to five minutes – the aim is to keep the momentum of the evening flowing and to allow a few minutes between each presentation for Q&A.
Free. 7.30pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium (04 380 8545).

Thursday 4

Karaoke night 2
Karaoke-loving Dubaians meet to belt out their favourite hits at the Hyatt Regency in Deira. Love karaoke? Join the group’s Meetup page to join in.
Free. From 7pm. Hibiki Lounge, Hyatt Regency, Deira, (no number).

Friday 5

Glam Gala
This event is raising funds for UNICEF and BLTZ (Building Lives Together for Zimbabwe). At least ten 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).

Kayak around the Palm Jumeirah
The Over 30 Social Club meets to go kayaking around the fronds of the Palm. All 30-plus men and women in the city are welcome, though you will need a reasonable level of fitness to join in. There’s also talk of going for breakfast afterwards. Find out the price and where to meet by joining the group’s page.
Price TBC. From 7pm. Location TBC. (no number).

Play Cashflow 101
Play this fun, educational group game and get in the ‘cashflow mindset’.
Free. 3pm-7pm. More Café, Al Murooj Rotana, Financial Centre Road (opp Dubai Mall), (no number).

Saturday 6

Arabic language conversation course
Take a useful conversational course with an experienced Arabic tutor. Sign up to the group to find out more, and submit any questions you might have directly to the tutor before you join.
Dhs1,100. 4pm-6pm. Caffe Nero, DIFC, (no number).

Innov-a-thon Idea Marathon
This one-day ideas marathon aims to help budding entrepreneurs develop their business concepts. There’s also the opportunity to win Dhs3,500 if your pitch is impressive enough.
Dhs100 per person. 9am-9pm. Thuraya Hall, Building 3, Internet City, (no number).

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 7

Do your bit for Project Aware
If you’re a member of Dubai’s diving community, sign up with Project Aware to help preserve the UAE’s marine environment by collecting rubbish on your dives. Find out more by visiting the website.

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).

Monday 8

Startup Grind Dubai with JC Butler and Sim Whatley
The co-managing partners of Dubai’s highly successful share their story, revealing how they took the site from inception to one of the city’s go-to sources for everything from apartment rentals to buying a second-hand washing machine. There will also be networking opportunities before and after the talk.
Dhs290. 7pm-9pm. Make Business Hub, Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina, (no number).

Tuesday 9

Bi-weekly photography meetup
Emirates Photography Club meets to discuss and share images shot according to the previously agreed theme. There will also be a 45-minute session on high dynamic range imaging, addressing what it is, how to prepare for HDR shots and how to process them.
Free. Caffe Diemme, Building 16, Dubai Healthcare City, (no number).

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).

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