14 great community events this week

Spanish fiesta, kizomba dancing, pet adoption and more

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Wednesday 22

Fiera de Abril at Eton Institute
Dubai’s Eton Institute recreates Spain’s Feira de Abril fiesta, with an evening of flamenco dancing, classic Spanish food, language and much more.
Free. 7pm-8.30pm. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.plus.eton.ac (800 3866).

Free Arabic and English language session
Community club Language Exchange Dubai Group meets to learn about both English and Arabic languages and cultures. Whether you speak both, one or neither, you are welcome.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Caribou Coffee, Gate Building, DIFC, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Thursday 23

Fruit and vegetable market visit with Emirates Photography Club
Grab your camera and join the club to test your street photography skills on a busy day at the Al Aweer Fruit & Vegetable Market. The organisers suggest bringing along fast lenses, as the area isn’t brightly lit.
Free. 3.30pm-5.30pm. Meet outside Union Co-operative Society, Al Aweer Fruit & Vegetable Market, Al Awir, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Free health seminar
Eternity Medicine Institute hosts a seminar today on the importance of preventative healthcare and screening. The talk will focus on non-invasive techniques that help identify diseases such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, diabetes and obesity, as well as heart attacks and strokes. Every attendee will receive a voucher for a free consultation.
Free. 10am-11am. Eternity Medicine Institute, KG Tower, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/eternity-medicine-preventative-health-seminar (04 450 8181).

Kizomba dancing with Dubai Social Club
According to the Dubai Social Club, kizomba is an African dance craze currently sweeping Europe, and they’re bringing it to Dubai. There will be a minimum of four classes each night from today until Monday May 27. From Dhs85 per class. From 7pm. Until May 27. Aurora Lounge, Hues Boutique Hotel, Deira, www.meetup.com/dubai-social (no number).

Friday 24

Dubai entrepreneurs’ gathering
Meet up with fellow business-starters and share stories and experiences. The aim is to help others on the path to success, and be helped in turn.
Free. From 7pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubaibees (no number).

Watch Fast and Furious 6
Film-loving community group UAE Movie Buffs will meet to watch the latest instalment in the rubber-burning franchise, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez. Free, attendees pay for their own cinema tickets.
From 5pm. Vox Cinema, Deira City Centre, www.meetup.com/uae-movie-buffs (no number).

Saturday 25

38 Smiles Adoption Day
Dubai pet rescue operation 38 Smiles is holding an adoption day, with felines of all ages, shapes and sizes looking for loving homes. Adopters must be aged 21 or older and should bring ID and a cat carrier.
Free. 2pm-6pm. Pet Zone Vet Clinic, near Mazaya Center, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 346 7870).

Americans meet at Fuddruckers
Meetup’s American Young Professionals in Dubai group gets together for burgers and shakes at diner-style eatery Fuddruckers for a taste of home. Free, attendees pay for their own meals.
From 7pm. Fuddruckers, Dubai Festival City, www.meetup.com/americanypsindubai (no number).

Networking night for young female professionals
Bring a notepad, pen and your business cards and meet fellow female professionals living and working in Dubai.
Free. 8am-9.30am. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/womans-young-professionals-business-networking-group (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.
smilesnstuff@alnoorspneeds.ae, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 341 8960).

Sunday 26

Make your own greetings cards
Can’t find what you’re looking for, or a card with an appropriate message? Dubai’s Doodleclick online service allows you to create your own, and then prints and sends by courier to arrive (anywhere in the UAE) the next day.
Dhs35 for card and courier. Ongoing. www.doodleclick.com.

Monday 27

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 28

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).

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