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Wednesday 5

MSF Wall of Life Exhibition
This art exhibition organised by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) includes more than 60 pieces of art, put together by nearly 2,000 children.
Free. Until June 5. Central Galleria, Mall of the Emirates (052 911 0661).

Open reading night
The Dubai Writers group meets to read their works aloud.
Free. From 7pm. Location TBD. www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Thursday 6

Go dancing with a social group
The Strictly Come Modern Jive community group calls on all partner-dancing aficionados to join them for a funky freestyle night.
Free. From 8pm. Speakeasy, Ramada Plaza, JBR, www.meetup.com/strictly-come-modern-jive (no number).

Friday 7

Make your own greetings cards
Can’t find an appropriate card in the shops? 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.

Saturday 8

Dubai Autism Group monthly gathering
Parents of children with autism and professionals who work with them meet up to share their experiences and offer support to one another.
Free. From 10am. Mirdif Private School, behind Arabian Center, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-autism-meetup-group (no number).

Learn German for free
Try a free language exchange session for beginner and intermediate-level learners.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Caribou Coffee, The Gate Building, DIFC, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Host a Smiles n Stuff bazaar
The store at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs is offering to help companies host bazaars. They will bring a range of handcrafted items, with all proceeds going to the running costs of the facility. Ongoing. www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 341 8960).

Sunday 9

Photoshop training
Emirates Photography Club launches its first photo editing course, with three session on Lightroom and three on Photoshop and digital blending. RSVP essential.
Dhs300. 7pm-9pm. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Monday 10

Get cultural tips
Community group Culture in the UAE meets to share ten top cultural tips for Dubai residents.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Jones the Grocer, Al Manara, www.meetup.com/culturesintheuae (04 346 6886).

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 11

Cans for a Cause at Tips & Toes
In aid of World Environment Day, take five aluminium cans or plastic water bottles to a branch of the nail salon and get a gift token for your efforts – collect tokens throughout the month to get discounts on treatments and free services.
Free. Until June 30. Various locations, including Arjaan Rotana, Dubai Media City (04 437 0874).

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 for dinner, Dhs80 for brunch. Tue 7pm, brunch Sat 10.30am. Ongoing. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Fahidi (04 353 6666).

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