13 community events in Dubai

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Wednesday 15

Networking night at Seville’s
This night aims to provide a fun networking opportunity with no pressure, bringing together ‘lovely people and great business opportunities’. Individuals from any group, company, culture or nationality are invited. Dhs80 per person, includes drink and nibbles. 7.30pm-midnight. Seville’s, Wafi City, www.meetup.com/under-the-stars-networking-evening (no number).

Shisha time
The Dubai Shesha Lovers group gets together to sample different flavours and catch up over fruit juice.
Free, attendees pay for their own shisha and refreshments. From 7.30pm. Venecia Coffee Shop, Marina Walk, www.meetup.com/dubai-shesha-lovers-meetup-group (no number).

Slow Food target setting
Dubai’s branch of the Slow Food movement continues its regular meetings, with the first hour dedicated to introducing the concept to new members and visitors, while the second hour is for members only. Join the group’s page to find out where the meeting will be held.
From 7pm. Venue TBA. www.meetup.com/slow-food-dubai (no number).

Thursday 16

Attend a Sewcial Thursday session
The Sewing Parlour at 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).

Community movie night
Illuminations Well-Being Center hosts a free movie night, screening 2012 flick Unconditional, which charts the journey of a woman who loses her faith following the violent and untimely death of her husband. Free popcorn and cupcakes for all.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Illuminations Well-Being Center, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, www.meetup.com/illuminations (04 448 7043).

Dubai Grape Club
This tasting group meets to take part in a series of blind tastings of grape-based beverages. Discussions are held, votes are placed, and details revealed. Bread, water and a selection of appetisers are served.
Dhs150 in advance, Dhs175 on the door. From 7.30pm. Media One, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/dubai-wine-club (no number).

Friday 17

Head to the Meetup & Mingle evening brunch
Community social group Meetup & Mingle Dubai gets together to socialise with an evening brunch. Join the group to RSVP your attendance and to also arrange paying a deposit.
Dhs199 (including soft drinks), Dhs259 (including selected house beverages), Dhs329 (including bubbly). 6.30pm-11.30pn. Crowne Plaza Deira, www.meetup.com/single-mingle-dubai (no number).

Saturday 18

Cats and kittens adoption day
Every Saturday, The Animal Project 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).

Get Writing
Members of The Dubai Writers’ Group sit together to work on their own projects in the company of fellow wordsmiths.
Free. From 6.30pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Host a Smiles n Stuff bazaar
The store at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs is always looking for new ways to raise funds for the school and is now offering to help companies and individuals host bazaars as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes. They will bring a range of handcrafted items to offices, with all proceeds going directly to the running costs of the facility.
For more information email smilesnstuff@alnoorspneeds.ae, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 341 8960).

Sunday 19

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).

Monday 20

Host a course in business writing
Expressions Arabia runs courses in business writing for companies looking to equip staff with essential skills. A one-day business writing course includes five simple steps, and will focus on letters and emails.
Ongoing. www.expressionsarabia.com.

Tuesday 21

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

The tapas bar will teach you how to cook a proper steak and paella throughout August

The 24-hour restaurant is hosting its first India Independence Day celebration this week

Unlimited drinks for ladies, DJs and chilled out vibes this summer

DubaiICE is back with an igloo spa and a list of snow-themed activities

Workers across Dubai will get three days off next week

The dates for the special occasion have been announced

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