14 best community events in Dubai

Find a funny flash mob, sew with friends and more things to try

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Area Guides
Wednesday 1

Explore shisha
The Dubai Shisha Lovers Group meets to try new flavours and make new friends.
Free, attendees pay for their own shisha and refreshments. From 7.30pm. Aroma Garden Cafe, www.meetup.com/dubai-shesha-lovers-meetup-group (no number).

Salvador Dali month with Dubai Art Fans
This week’s meetup is dedicated to the artistic style of Salvador Dali, with attendees invited to share their knowledge of his works, and express their own talents.
Free. From 7pm. Venue TBD, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/artfans (no number).

Thursday 2

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).

Cruise with Dubai 35-plus Social Club
This fun-loving group will be heading out on the high seas for a two-hour cruise, before going to Barasti.
Dhs80 per person. From 7pm. Dubai International Marine Club, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-35plus-socialising-club (no number).

Friday 3

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).

Saturday 4

Balcony gardening morning
Dubai’s new Balcony Gardening Club will be joined by members of the equally newly-formed Slow Food Dubai community group as they seek out essential tools and equipment to help them get their balcony plots under way.
Free. From 8am. Wahat Al Sahraa Nursery, D50 road, Wadi Al Amardi, www.meetup.com/slow-food-dubai (no number).

Cats and kittens adoption day
Every Saturday, Friends of Animals hosts 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).

Dubai Social Club cultural meetup
This community socialising group today heads out to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for a cultural dinner, tour and mosque visit in Al Fahidi, next to the Ruler’s Court.
Dhs150 for members (join the page to become one). From 4.30pm. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubai-social (no number).

Open day: a career in complementary therapies
Sunita Teckchand hosts a discussion on the various programmes offered by The Holistic Institute, covering course options for holistic aromatherapists, reflexologists and holistic massage practitioners.
Free. 3pm-4.30pm. The Holistic Institute, Jumeirah Business Centre 2, Cluster V, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.meetup.com (04 450 3525).

Rumi poetry gathering
The Rumi Poetry community group comes together to explore issues of love, spirituality, inner and outer dimensions of existence and the divine. If you’re interested in any of these subjects, or are looking for knowledge, light and peace, the group welcomes you.
Free. From 11am. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/rumi-poetry (no number).

Sunday 5

Let loose in a playground for adults
As part of Evian’s ‘Live Young’ campaign, see-saws, swings and a snow-making machine have been installed in DIFC from Sunday May 5 until Thursday 9.
Free. 9am-7pm. Podium, in front of The Gramercy, www.facebook.com/evianmiddleeast (no number).

World Laughter Day flash mob
Benefit Cosmetics and Simply Laughter community group are teaming up to create Dubai’s first laughter flash mob. Join the page.
Free. From 6pm. Location TBA. www.meetup.com/simply-laughter-dubai (no number).

Monday 6

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.

Tuesday 7

Cultural dinner at SMCCU
Try an Emirati evening meal. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about UAE culture. 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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