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Wednesday 13

Beauty business networking night
Meet and mingle with beauty industry employees and expert beauticians, massage therapists, entrepreneurs, jewellery designers, stylists, make-up artists, gym owners and more. Dhs30. From 7pm. Kambaa Lounge, The Address Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-beauty-business-group (no number).

Sponsor a child’s education in the UAE
Manzil, a centre for children with special needs, is appealing for generous donors to sponsor the education and transport of individual students. Call for info. From Dhs450 for monthly transport sponsorship to Dhs51,000 for full annual sponsorship. Manzil, Sharjah, www.manzil.ae (06 534 7663).

Thursday 14

Become a Go Green ambassador
Volunteer a few hours of your time to help spread the word about the importance of going green and caring for the environment. 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.

Photography training day
Get to know your camera inside out with this educational session for amateur photographers, designed to help them develop a creative photography approach of their own.
Minimum charge Dhs20. 7pm-9pm. The Shelter, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Friday 15

Dubai Tango Social Club get together
This community group meets to take a beginners’ tango Argentino class, led by Oliver and Lin. Classes now take place every Friday.
Dhs80 per class, Dhs300 for four classes. 2.30pm-4pm. The Fridge, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/dubai-tango-social-club (052 911 3238).

Pick up a picnic from BookMunch Café
This new bookshop and café in Jumeirah’s Al Wasl Square now offers picnic baskets filled with enough food for two to three people, a picnic rug and complimentary entry to Safa Park (though the basket and rug must be returned). There are options for breakfast, lunch, kids and even a romantic outing for two. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.
Dhs250. Open Sun-Thu 7.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10.30pm. www.bookmunchcafe.com (04 388 4006).

Saturday 16

The Mastery of Failure to Mega-Success: pre-event meetup
Ahead of the ‘From Lemons to Lemonade’ mastery of failure event on Saturday March 23, this group will get together so members can share their experiences of success and failure in business ventures.
Free. 6.30pm-9.30pm. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/dubaiinternetmarketingentrepreneurs (no number).

Viva la vita Italiana language exchange
The social language exchange group comes together this week to learn conversational Italian.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. More Café, Mall of the Emirates, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Walk, see and sketch art
The Dubai Art Fans group gets together for an afternoon out. Bring your sketchbook, pencils, camera and sneakers for a tour of some of the galleries in DIFC. There will be an expert on hand
to offer insight on various works of art at each gallery.
Free. From 11.30am. DIFC, www.meetup.com/artfans (no number).

Sunday 17

Riding for the disabled
Volunteer your time to assist this activity, which offers therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with special needs, every Saturday to Wednesday.
Free. Until April 30. Desert Palm Resort, lessons@rdad.ae.

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

Monday 18

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.
www.dcsneeds.ae (04 344 0966).

Reading circle meetup
Bring your current reading material along to the Dubai Non-Fiction Readers’ Circle meeting. Join the group to find out where the gathering will be held, and RSVP your attendance.
Free. From 7pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/non-fiction-readers-circle-dubai (no number).

Tuesday 19

Cultural dinner at SMCCU
Try an Emirati evening meal, now taking place every Tuesday. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about UAE culture from an Emirati host. The centre also runs a cultural brunch every Saturday.
Dhs95 per person for dinner, Dhs80 per person for brunch. Dinner Tue 7pm, brunch Sat 10.30am. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Mussallah Road, Bastakiya (04 353 6666).

You'll still need to fork out a lot of dirhams to catch the beauty talk

Blue and white walkways have been installed in more places

Prepare for a 5km and 13km course at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Racecourse next month

HiU messenger is available for download for Etisalat customers

Get deals at restaurants including Zheng He’s and Palace Downtown

You’ll also get discounts at spas, bars and restaurants

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