9 new community events in Dubai this week

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Thursday 15

Baby Animals exhibit at Dubai Aquarium
See unusual baby fish (such as the clown fish) and other aquatic life such as sharks, coral, sea horses and crustaceans at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo’s Baby Animal exhibit, which finishes today.
From Dhs55. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).

Dubai Grape Club meetup
The group meets for blind tastings and conversations with new friends. Attendees vote to see which grape beverages are the most popular, before the drinks’ identities are revealed.
From Dhs150. From 7.30pm. Radisson Royal, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/dubai-wine-club (no number).

Friday 16

Americans in the UAE at The 237th Marine Corps Birthday
Ball Members of Dubai’s Americans in the UAE group get dressed up to attend this impressive event – the first ball held by Marine Security Guard Detachment Dubai. Tickets include a buffet dinner, unlimited drinks and professional pictures.
Dhs395 per person. From 6pm, Raffles Ballroom, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, www.meetup.com/proud-to-be-an-american (056 174 0106).

Dubai Cashflow Club talks real deals
Members come together to talk about the skills they’ve learned playing the Cashflow 101 financial board game, and how this has helped them in real life. Today’s meeting will not feature any game play, but will be an opportunity to get advice and share experiences.
Free. From 3pm. More Café, Al Murooj Complex, Financial Centre Road, www.meetup.com/dubai-cashflow-club (no number).

Ice Warrior Challenge at Ski Dubai
Join in the fun by taking on a commando assault course at the indoor ski slope. Entry is open to both men and women, and the winner will take home a prize worth more than Dhs50,000 from Kempinski. The entry fee will go to Beit Al Khair Society, which provides humanitarian services to needy UAE nationals.
Dhs250 per person. From 8am. Mall of the Emirates, www.premiermarathons.com (04 409 9257).

Saturday 17

Paintballing
Dubai’s Funny Gangs group is keen to start splattering each other with multi-coloured paint. The price on the day will depend on the number of attendees, so voice your interest now to help the group get the best possible rate.
Price TBC. Pursuit Games, Umm Hurair 2, next to Wonderland, www.meetup.com/dubai-funny-gangs (no number).

Sunday 18

Ikea’s soft toy campaign
From every soft toy bought at Ikea stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Ikea Foundation will donate Dhs5 to Unicef’s education programme. The company will also support the UAE Red Crescent by providing customers with a drop-off box at the check-out: customers can donate any extra soft toys bought, which will be donated to the charity.
Prices vary. Until December 29. Ikea, Dubai Festival City (800 4532).

Monday 19

Monday Night Funnies: ensemble sketch comedy show
Watch stand-up routines from local comic talent at this weekly event. Tonight, expect sketches on living in Dubai, from pop culture mayhem to board meetings gone wrong, toll-gate dilemmas to men with mood swings, and everything in between.
Dhs75. From 8pm. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/dubomedypage (04 374 6789).

Tuesday 20

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 to donate.
Dubai Blood Donation Centre, Latifa Hospital, Oud Metha Road (04 219 3221).

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