Top Dubai community events

Social crafts, lindy-hop dancing, board game fun and more community events

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Wednesday 24

Beauty industry networking night
Meet people from all areas of the beauty industry, including massage therapists, entrepreneurs, beauty therapists, designers, gym owners, artists, stylists and more.
Dhs35. From 7pm. Kambaa Lounge, The Address Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-beauty-business-group (no number).

Pick up a picnic from BookMunch Café
This bookshop and café now offers picnic baskets filled with enough food for two to three people, a picnic rug and free entry to Safa Park. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.
Dhs250. Open Sun-Thu 7.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-10.30pm. Al Wasl Square, Jumeirah, www.bookmunchcafe.com (04 388 4006).

Two-in-one language meetup
This week, native English speakers, native Arabic speakers and those interested in learning either language are invited to join the group to discuss the differences and the basics for each.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Caribou Coffee, Gate Building, DIFC, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Thursday 25

Attend a Sewcial Thursday session
The Sewing Parlour at new craft space reMade DXB is open to crafters every Thursday morning, where they can pop in and work on a project, brainstorm ideas, browse through the books for inspiration or meet like-minded people. The small cover charge includes refreshments and cake. There’s also a sew by the hour rate throughout the week for crafters to come in and use the machines.
Dhs50 for Sewcial Thursdays, Dhs40 per hour for sew by the hour. Thu 9.30am-3.30pm. Ongoing. The Sewing Parlour, reMade DXB, Objects & Elements Showroom, Al Quoz, www.remadedxb.com (055 615 5711).

Friday 26

Dance to the Abu Dhabi Big Band with Dubai’s Lindy-Hop group
Dubai’s Lindy-Hop and swing music-loving group gets together to dance to music from Abu Dhabi Big Band at one of Dubai’s longest-established venues.
Dhs125. From 8pm. Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, Jumeirah, www.meetup.com/lindy-hop-dubai (no number).

Drinks and chats New community group
The Dubai 35-plus Friends Club is getting together for drinks and socialising at a beach bar on the Palm, where attendees can make the most of an offer on drinks and nibbles – four drinks and a bar snack for Dhs120. If all goes well, the group may move on to another location from 9pm.
Free. From 5pm. Cabana, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-35plus-socialising-club (no number).

Family funfair
This event at Dubai Centre for Special Needs will be full of activities for all ages, with bouncy castles, games stands, face-painting, arts and crafts and more Booklets of coupons can be purchased at the door and redeemed on activities.
Free, booklets Dhs50 and Dhs100. 2pm-6pm. Dubai Centre for Special Needs, Al Safa, www.dcsneeds.com (04 344 0966).

Fishing trip
Dubai’s Fisher People community group meets to head out on a fishing trip. The boat will have space for around 15 people, with bait and rods provided, and shaded areas on the boat for those worried about the sun.
Price TBC. From 3pm. Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/fisherpeople (no number).

Saturday 27

Cats and kittens adoption day
Every Saturday, Friends of Animals host a cats adoption day to help home the city’s rescued felines. Fosterers are also needed to care for cats before they’re rehomed. All fosterers are given full support.
Free. Noon-4pm. Ongoing. City Vet, Al Wasl Road, www.friendsofanimalsdxb.com (04 388 3990).

Play board games
The UAE Wargames and Boardgames Group meets to play games and enjoy food and drinks. If you have a favourite game, bring it along – the group will meet upstairs inside the café.
Free. 1pm-5.30pm. Shakespeare & Co, Al Attar Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/uae-wargames-boardgames-group (no number).

Theatre directing workshop
The second workshop in the Short+Sweet theatre series is an introduction to directing, where participants will learn about the rehearsal process, working with actors and exploring texts.
Dhs600. 10am-5pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com

Sunday 28

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 29

Learn Spanish and Tagalog
Interested in learning? The group will also explore the relationship between the two.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Caribou Coffee, Gate Building, DIFC, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Tuesday 30

Cultural dinner at SMCCU
Try an Emirati evening meal. 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, Al Fahidi (04 353 6666).

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