This week's community events

From Arabic language meetings to cleaning the desert on horseback and more

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Wednesday 20

Arabic and English language coffee morning
Improve your Arabic skills in real-life situations by attending this coffee meeting. English will be used this week to teach Arabic. Join the group to find out where to meet.
Free. 7pm-9.30pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/language-exchange-dubai (no number).

Become a Go Green ambassador
Volunteer a few hours of your time to help spread the word about the importance of going green. Once you’ve signed up online, you’ll be sent resource guides and an interactive quiz to help you spread the message among your neighbourhood schools, colleges, friends, relatives and colleagues.
Free. www.go-green.ae.

Living the dream: calling all DXB scriptwriters
Soon-to-be-produced writer Raed Bou Ajram shares his experience of scriptwriting, as his first series heads into pre-production with 03 Productions.
Price TBC. From 7.30pm. Make Business Hub, Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/calling-all-dxb-filmmakers (04 392 9216).

Thursday 21

Dubai Grape Club meetup
Join in blind taste-testing of a variety of grape beverages, and get to know new people as you vote for your favourite. This week’s venue is yet to be decided, so keep an eye on the group for updates – and don’t forget to RSVP.
From Dhs150. From 7.30pm. Location TBD. www.meetup.com/dubai-wine-club (no number).

Dance with the 3AM Dubai group
This community group is made up of nocturnal socialisers. This week, the gang will be heading to Blends for a drink and a dance.
Free. From 8pm. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/midnight-club (no number).

Give a charitable gift with Frontline Fashion
Buy the one you love a stylish T-shirt, iPhone cover, bag or pair of flip flops from Frontline Fashion, which supports causes in Haiti.
From Dhs144. www.aura-b.com.

Friday 22

Camel racing festival with Emirates Photography Club
Join the happy-snapping group to fine-tune your motion-capture shots at a unique Middle Eastern event. Join the group for more details – if you need a lift, you might be able to share a ride with one of the photographers.
Free. 2pm-5pm. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, exit 37, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Desert Cleaning Day
Al Dhabi Group Stables and Farm will provide horses for competent riders to head out into the desert and collect as much litter as possible.
Free. 1.30pm-sunset. Al Dhabi, Dubai Bypass Road, www.dubaiscitystable.com (056 725 7790).

Share al-fresco food with The Tiffin Group
This Dubai foodie group will deviate from its usual format this month, instead holding a ‘bring and barbecue your own’ afternoon, where members can cook their favourite dishes for one another. Keep an eye on the group to find out which Dubai park’s barbecue space is chosen.
Free. From 7pm. Location TBD. www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub (no number).

Saturday 23

Celebrating Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival
It’s the second gathering of the Dubai China Nights group, to celebrate the end of the Chinese New Year season and the Lantern Festival, which falls on Sunday February 24. You’ll learn about associated customs, as well as trying your hand at eating with chopsticks.
Dhs50 per person. 6pm-8.30pm. China Sea, Deira, www.meetup.com/dubai-china-nights (no number).

Sunday 24

World Food Programme drive for Yemen and Syria
Funds are urgently needed to supply food in Syria, while the humanitarian needs of Yemen have been described as ‘immense’ – the country has the world’s second highest child malnutrition rates and more than ten million people are hungry. Visit the website to make your pledge.
www.wfp.org.

Monday 25

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).

Tuesday 26

Don’t throw away your soft drink cans
Keep hold of all your soft drink cans this week and help Emirates Environmental Group meet its target to recycle as many cans as possible on Thursday February 28. The group encourages members of the community to bring in all their aluminium cans for recycling, to help protect the environment by reducing the amount of waste heading for landfills.
Free. Zabeel Park and Safa Park, www.eeg-uae.org (04 344 8622).

Volunteer to foster homeless animals
Feline Friends 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 (no number).

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