15 to try: Dubai community events

RAK half marathon, learn a language, Dubai Pet show and more

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Wednesday 6

Language Exchange Dubai Coffee Group meetup
The focus of today’s free meetup is to learn or improve your English.
Free. 7pm-9.30pm. More Cafe, Mirdif City Centre, Mirdif, www.meetup.com/language-exchange-dubai-coffee-group (no number).

Thursday 7

Run the RAK half marathon for charity
Sign up now to join the group running for Médecins Sans Frontières on Friday February 15. Once you’ve agreed to raise a minimum of Dhs200 for the cause, you will get your MSF ACTive supporter’s pack.
Dhs250. From 7am. Manar Mall, Ras Al Khaimah, info-msfuae@msf.org (052 911 0661).

Watch a play by local amateur actors
A play in two acts, The Farnsworth Invention sees two inventors race to perfect a device known as a ‘television’. Proceeds go to charity.
Dhs50. From 8pm. Until February 9. Wellington International School, Al Sufouh, www.timeouttickets.com

Friday 8

Dubai Pet Show
Enter your pet into one of the numerous competitions, or just head down to watch the demonstrations, including the impressive UAE Police Show.
Dhs10. From 8am. The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road (055 902 0454).

Play Cashflow 101
Dubai’s ever-active Cashflow Club meets again to play the money-managing board game which claims to help improve your skills in the real life rat race.
Free. 2pm-6pm. Make Business Hub, Al Fattan House, Jumeirah Beach Residence, www.meetup.com/dubai-cashflow-club (no number).

Walk for Education 2013
Take part in this walk to help raise money for Dubai Cares, which supports thousands of children around the world who are unable to go to school.
Dhs30. From 8am. Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 450 4550).

Saturday 9

Dubai Writers’ Group writing session
Bring along your laptop or notepad and pen and sit among your fellow writers at this ‘write in’.
Free. From 6.30pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Pink Caravan: riding for courage
Mobile breast cancer screening operation Pink Caravan’s annual desert ride continues to raise awareness for the cause.
Free. See website for regular route updates as they cross the emirates. Until February 12. Pink Caravan, www.pinkcaravan.ae (06 506 5543).

Snap away at the Sharjah Light Festival
The Emirates Photography Club meets up to take photos at this colourful festival, described by the group as one of the highlights on the photographic calendar.
Free. From 9pm. Meet at Al Majaz Mosque, near Al Majaz Park, Sharjah, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Social meetup for Dubai Autism Group
This particular gathering of members from the Dubai Autism Group, which normally just comprises parents, professionals and carers, invites everyone to come along. Attendees are encouraged to bring family and friends for a day out in the safe surroundings of the Ajman Academy, complete with playgrounds for the kids and tea and snacks for the adults.
Free. 10.15am-1pm. Ajman Academy, Emirates Road, Ajman, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-autism-meetup-group (no number).

Sunday 10

How Are You Feeling?: a discussion
This workshop aims to get attendees to take a closer look at their feelings, and help improve the emotional intelligence of everyone in the group.
Dhs120. 7pm-9pm. Venue revealed upon RSVP. www.meetup.com/love-is-an-inside-job (no number).

Send unwanted 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 11

Donations needed urgently by Dubai Centre for Special Needs
DCSN’s charity shop in Karama is desperately in need of donations in order to keep funding the operation’s classroom materials, curriculum enrichment programmes and more. They sell nearly everything except furniture.
Call to find out what you can take down. www.dcsneeds.ae (04 344 0966).

Free movie night at Illuminations
Well-Being Center This centre will be hosting a free screening of 2006 film The Celestine Prophecy, based on James Redfield’s best-selling novel of the same name. Complimentary refreshments will be served during the film.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Illuminations Well-Being Centre, 409 Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.meetup.com/illuminations (04 448 7043).

Tuesday 12

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).

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