10 new community events in Dubai

Swap unwanted books or buy a T-shirt for a good cause

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Wednesday 16

Book swap
Bring a book along to swap with other literature fans, while enjoying a cup of coffee and fresh pastries by the lake.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Nataly Bakery, Cluster G, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.meetup.com/emirates-literary-group (no number).

Buy T-shirts for a good cause
Manzil, a non-profit organisation for children with special needs, is selling T-shirts featuring prints from students at the school to raise funds for a new bus. All proceeds go directly to the cause.
Dhs50 each. Manzil, www.manzil.ae, giftshop@manzil.ae (050 981 7767).

Thursday 17

See an exhibition charting Dubai’s maritime history
‘Dreams of the Sea: The Maritime History of Dubai’ marks the launch of a wider maritime history project, which aims to collect stories from those involved in the UAE’s maritime history and create an archive. Free. Daily 9am-11pm, Dubai Heritage Village, Bur Dubai (04 393 7151).

Friday 18

Celebrate Chinese New Year
Chinese meetup group Dubai China Night is open to all who want to learn more – whether practising their linguistic skills or learning to use chopsticks. Tonight, it celebrates Chinese New Year. Free, attendees pay for their own meal.
From 7pm. China Sea Restaurant, Deira, www.meetup.com/dubai-china-nights (no number).

The Winchester Astronomy Club’s exhibition
See artworks created by astronomy club members using mediums including oil and acrylics, fingernail art and fabric art. There will also be books and DVDs on astronomy available to buy, and an iPhone app-assisted tour of the night sky, slideshows about the universe and presentations on stellar objects. You will also have the chance to look at the sky through the Celestron CPC 1100 telescope.
Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Dar al Adaab, Al Fahidi Historic Area (near the British Embassy), Bur Dubai, rohanroberts@gmail.com (no number).

Saturday 19

Buy greetings cards from Al Noor
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).

Pakistani professionals networking event
Get acquainted with fellow Pakistani business executives working in the UAE, with an opportunity to establish friendships and business relationships.
Free. From 6.30pm. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/pakistani-professionals-abroad (no number).

Sunday 20

Send unwanted Christmas gifts to a new home
Give or sell unwanted toys, exercise equipment, computers, phones, kitchenware and more to TakeMyJunk, which sells items 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 21

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 22

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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