13 new community events in Dubai

Donate your unwanted gifts or meet Dubai's Big Breakfast Club

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Wednesday 9

Buy greetings cards from Al Noor
If you’re planning to send celebratory cards to friends and family this year, why not support a good cause in the process? Students from Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs have created a range of cards, with proceeds going directly towards operational costs at the centre. If you want to put a smile on a student’s face this season, the centre also has a wish list on its website, where you can choose items from a number of price brackets.
Dhs4.50 each. Al Noor Training Centre, Al Barsha, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 323 4993).

Discussion about English idioms
The Language Exchange Dubai Coffee Group meets to continue its discussion on English idioms.
Free. 7pm-9.30pm. Chocolate Bar, Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.meetup.com/language-exchange-dubai-coffee-group (no number).

Sponsor a wish
Not-for-profit charity organisation Make-A-Wish Foundation is constantly searching for sponsors and generous donations to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions.
Make-A-Wish Foundation, Dubai Humanitarian City, www.makeawish.ae (04 368 0217).

Thursday 10

Hula Hoop Show and workshops
Watch daring tricks in Lisa Lottie’s daily hula hoop show, or take part in a hula hoop workshop featuring expert demonstrations, warm-up games and confidence-building exercises.
Free. Shows daily 6.30pm and 8.30pm, also 4pm Fri-Sat. Workshops Sun-Thu 5.45pm and 19.30pm, Fri-Sat 2pm, 4.45pm, 5.45pm and 7.30pm. Until January 12. Dubai Marina Mall (04 436 1020).

Friday 11

A fry-up in a frying pan
The Dubai Big British Breakfast Club meets for a traditional English breakfast at Dubai Marina Yacht Club, served in a frying pan.
Dhs85 per person. From 9am. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-big-british-breakfast-club-bbbc (no number).

Send an e-card that counts
The World Food Programme is running an online greetings card scheme where those wishing to send wishes to loved ones can make potentially life-saving donations to a number of causes at the same time, including feeding a person for a month, funding a child’s meals at school, and providing food for pregnant and nursing mothers.
From Dhs55. Ongoing. gifts.wfp.org

Saturday 12

A Meeting of Two Worlds
This Sufi meetup group comes together to share and discuss experiences of Sufism. Each member is asked to bring along a Rumi poem to share with the group.
Free. From 11.30am. Shakespeare & Co, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/sufis-and-rumi-poetry (no number).

Dubai Autism Group
This support group for carers, loved ones and professionals meets every second Saturday of the month, with a guest speaker invited to discuss a different topic at each event.
Free. From 11am. Mirdif Private School, behind Arabian Center, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-autism-meetup-group (no number).

Feng shui open house at Dubai International Art Centre
Learn more about the philosophy and power of feng shui.
Free. 10am-4pm. Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah 1, www.meetup.com/energetic-harmony (no number).

Sign up for ‘Spanish Through cooking’
Eton Institute is launching a range of interactive courses, including this 20-hour conversational cooking course. It begins on Saturday January 12, and is for students who have completed the pre-intermediate level (B1.1) and are able to understand and converse in Spanish.
Dhs1,359. Until February 2. Eton Institute Dubai, Knowledge Village (04 438 6800).

Sunday 13

Send unwanted Christmas gifts to a new home
Give or sell unwanted toys, exercise equipment, computers, phones, kitchenware and much more to TakeMyJunk, which sells them at a low price to those in need, and uses the funds raised to provide further assistance. Pick-ups around town.
info@takemyjunkuae.com (050 179 4045).

Monday 14

Volunteer to foster homeless animals
Dubai’s Feline Friends rescue operation is constantly in need of volunteers to foster cats. If you can’t offer a permanent home, it’s the perfect way to lend a hand.
Free. Ongoing. Feline Friends, www.felinefriendsdubai.com, fostering@felinefriendsdubai.com (no number).

Tuesday 15

Donate unwanted clothes
Aid in Motion distributes second-hand clothing to those in need within the UAE. If you have unwanted items you want to donate, call the 24-hour hotline to arrange collection.
www.volunteerindubai.com (06 403 4535).

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