Essential community events

Networking, street festival, horse riding and more things to try

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Wednesday 20

Language Exchange group meetup
Members come together to learn and improve their language skills in a session focusing on situational Arabic.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Caribou Coffee, Gate Building, DIFC, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Networking under the stars
Workers from all industries are invited to attend this event, which is designed to help people build business relationships in a fun, no-pressure environment. The fee includes a complimentary drink and nibbles, and there will be a prize draw for a stay in the Media One Hotel valued at Dhs3,000.
Dhs90. 7pm-12.30am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/under-the-stars-networking-evening, phil@referralinstitute-me.com (no number).

Seedstars World in Dubai
This event is open to all start-up entrepreneurs with a ‘viable’ idea for a company, with international start-up competition Seedstars World coming to Dubai to locate its next winner. Teams who attend will pitch their idea before a panel of judges, and the winner will go through to the final event in Switzerland, scheduled for February 2014. Visit the page to find out how to register.
Free. 4pm-9pm. Ibn Sina Building 27, Healthcare City, www.meetup.com/middle-east-innovation (no number).

Thursday 21

Dubai Art Fans first exhibition
Members of the Dubai Art Fans group host their first exhibition, featuring works created using a variety of mediums.
Free. From 7.30pm. Hediard Café, BurJuman, www.meetup.com/artfans (no number).

Dubai Grape Club meetup
Expert and amateur connoisseurs meet for an evening of blind tasting and discussion.
Dhs150. From 7.45pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/Dubai-Wine-Club (no number).

Dubai Marina Street Festival
Watch international performers, comedians, musicians and acrobats throughout this ten-day festival.
Free. Sun-Thu from 4pm, Fri-Sat from 1pm. Until March 30. Marina Mall promenade, www.dubaistreetfestival.com (no number).

Friday 22

Attend the Twins Plus Festival 2013
Enjoy a celebration of twins and multiples, featuring competitions, stalls and entertainment.
Dhs15; Dhs10 for under 18s. 10am-7pm. Za’abeel Park, www.twinsplusfestival.com (052 865 9291).

Be part of a Guinness World Record dance attempt
Dance fans will be gathering at Global Village to attempt the largest Bollywood dance in the world. You will be expected to join the workshop, practise and then finally join in the attempt.
Dhs10. 3pm-7pm. Global Village, Dubailand (050 345 8172).

Celebrate the Year of the Snake with The Tiffin Club
This group of food lovers meets a week earlier than usual this month to avoid conflict with Easter. Members will be sampling authentic Chinese cuisine at a restaurant that’s ‘highly recommended’ by a club member. Remember to RSVP your attendance in advance.
Free, attendees pay for their own meals. From 7pm. Nihal Chinese Restaurant, opposite Union House, Jumeirah 1, www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub (no number).

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). 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 23

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).

Sunday 24

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.

Monday 25

Learn Croatian over croissants
If you don’t fancy the Arabic get-together on Wednesday, try this language exchange event, run by the same group.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. More Café, Mall of the Emirates, www.meetup.com/languagexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Tuesday 26

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).

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