12 community events

Give a cat a home and 11 more new ideas to try

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Wednesday 12

Americans at happy hour
American expats in Dubai are invited to a night of socialising with their countrymen.
Free. West Beach Bistro, Mövenpick Hotel, JBR, www.meetup.com/proud-to-be-an-american (no number).

Thinking Big group get-together
To celebrate their 700th member, The Magic of Thinking Big group holds a networking night.
Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm. The Business Centre, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig (no number).

Thursday 13

Alphabet Dining club dinner
‘D is for Dublin’ and the group will meet to eat and socialise at D Bar & Grill. Join the group to RSVP.
Dhs250 set menu, Dhs350 with four drinks. From 7.30pm. D Bar & Grill, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.meetup.com/the-alphabet-dining-club-global-food-for-the-palate (no number).

Friday 14

British-Muslim expat gathering
New Meetup group British-Muslim Expats in Dubai meets for the first time to get to know one another.
Free. From 7.30pm. Chandelier, Marina Walk, www.meetup.com/british-muslim-expats-in-dubai (no number).

Dinner and drinks at a steakhouse
Dubai’s Single Westerners 30+ group gets together to socialise over steak. Free, attendees pay for their own meals.
From 7.30pm. The Grand Grill, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/single-westerners-30-and-up-for-all-dubai-has-to-offer (no number).

Saturday 15

Board games at The Pavilion
Head down to this creative hub to play with the UAE Wargames/Boardgames group.
Free. From noon. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/uae-wargames-boardgames-group (no number).

Feline Friends adoption day
As summer sets in, the race to home the city’s abandoned cats is on. Feline Friends is desperately in need of adopters and fosterers.
Free. 1pm-4pm. The Vet Hospital, Al Quoz, felinefriendsopenday@gmail.com (no number).

Sunday 16

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.

Monday 17

Cans for a Cause at Tips & Toes
In aid of World Environment Day, take five aluminium cans or plastic bottles to the nail salon and get tokens 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).

Host a course in business writing
Expressions Arabia runs courses in business writing. A one-day business writing course includes five simple steps, and will focus on letters and emails.
Ongoing. www.expressionsarabia.com.

Tuesday 18

Cultural dinner at SMCCU
Try an Emirati evening meal and learn more about UAE culture. 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).

Learn about food photography
Emirates Photography Club hosts a showcase, competition and educational session on food photography.
Dhs20. From 7pm. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

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