Community events in Dubai

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Wednesday 10

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

Thursday 11

Fundraising breakfast for Christina Noble
Children’s Foundation As part of their build-up to The Polar Circle Marathon, join Diarmuid O’Malley and Neil Munro for an 8km run around Downtown, followed by a fundraising breakfast at the Armani Hotel, where hotel vouchers will be auctioned to help the duo raise more than Dhs183,000 for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. If you’re not keen to run, you are welcome to attend just the breakfast.
Free. Run meeting time 5.30am, breakfast from 7.30am. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai, (056 624 2318).

Friday 12

Dubai Roller Derby’s first meetup
Roller derby enthusiasts from Dubai and Abu Dhabi will meet for the first time this morning (without their skates) – the aim is to discuss setting up a league. All sports enthusiasts are welcome.
Free. From 1pm. Make Business Hub, Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina, (no number).

Dubai Social Club meetup at Barasti
Meetup group Dubai Social Club comes together to mingle and make new friends at the popular bar. It’s recommended that single men arrive before 9pm to ensure entry, and make their way to the group’s spot in front of the big screen by the pool.
Free. From 9.30pm. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, (no number).

Safe & Sound book sale
Peruse more than 100,000 books donated by the community, with proceeds going towards the BurJuman’s Safe & Sound breast cancer charity campaign.
Books from Dhs5. 10am-10pm. BurJuman, Bur Dubai, (no number).

The Extraordinaire concept shoot
Emirates Photography Club members are taking part in a concept shoot, where both amateurs and professionals can improve their skills and give their portfolio a boost. The fee includes a T-shirt, magazine and food, with three tutors, three classrooms and six models on hand. See the group’s Meetup page to find out how you can sign up.
Dhs385. From 8am-5.30pm. Building C, Emirates Aviation College, Garhoud, (no number).

Saturday 13

Make a donation to Hair for Hope
This week, book an appointment to have your locks chopped, allowing you to donate your hair to create wigs for those in the UAE who have undergone chemotherapy and lost their hair. Donated hair must be at least eight inches long, free from permanent colour or chemical treatments, and no more than five percent grey. Email for more information or to book an appointment.
Free. 9am-5pm. Salon Educations, 1904, Tiffany Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. (04 452 8433).

Sunday 14

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.

Dubai Autism Group
Returning every second Saturday of the month, this group is an opportunity for parents and professionals to meet in a relaxing environment to share support. Each event also has guest speakers who will be holding talks on specific topics relevant to attendees.
Free. From 11am. Mirdif Private School, behind Arabian Center, (no number).

Monday 15

Free mammograms at the Saudi German Hospital
This new hospital in Al Barsha is offering free mammograms every Monday and Thursday throughout October. Head along for a check-up.
Free. Until October 31. Saudi German Hospital, Al Barsha, (04 389 0000).

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, to establish a scientific baseline for the local population, and raise awareness of the species.
Email findings to

Tuesday 16

Join The Box Appeal
To take part in this annual 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 from the list, 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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