11 community events in Dubai

Help labourers, move ahead in your career, learn to develop apps and more

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Wednesday 17

How to start writing blogs
The brand new Barjeel Bloggers Group gets together to discuss the art of blogging, why you should do it, what software to use and how to promote your business or cause.
Free. 7pm-8.45pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/barjeel-bloggers-lounge (no number).

Move ahead in your career
Dubai’s Magic of Thinking Big group meets for a presentation on professional certifications and how it can help you move forward in your career.
Free. 7pm-8pm. Khaleed Al Attar building, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig (04 388 5223).

Thursday 18

Dubai Art Fans iftar
This art-loving community group gets together to break the fast with a traditional iftar meal and pool ideas for upcoming art events.
Free, attendees pay for their own meal. From 7pm.Venue TBC, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/artfans (no number).

Register for Ramadan Care Packages night
Sign up to donate your time on either Wednesday July 24 or Thursday July 25, when volunteers will aim to pack at least 5,000 boxes with donations for the city’s hard-working labourers. Visit for more information and registration.

Friday 19

Comfort Creations and UAE Red Crescent charity drives
During Ramadan donate unwanted clothing at drop off points within Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Centre and Lamcy Plaza.
Free. Until July 31. Various locations including Deira City Centre (04 295 6688).

Saturday 20

Smooth Run Saturdays
Community running club Dubai Runners meets to tackle the jogging track along Russian Beach, doing one, two or three laps. For those who don’t want to go for the third lap (and take their run to 9km), exercises will be held, before a group stretch and cooldown.
Free. From 7.45pm. Russian Beach, next to Dubai Marine Beach Club, www.meetup.com/gardens-discovery-gardens-decc-runners (no number).

Cat and kitten adoption day
Every Saturday, The Animal Project hosts a feline adoption day in order to find loving, permanent homes for the city’s abandoned pets. They are also in need of fosterers.
Free. 1pm-4pm. The City Vet Clinic, Al Wasl Road, www.friendsofanimalsdxb.com (04 388 3990).

A new group for people interested in coding, debugging and developing apps from scratch. Join the page to find out where the group will meet.
Free. From 8pm. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/whileloops (no number).

Sunday 21

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 22

Dubai Outlet Mall charity campaign
Buy paintings, boxes and embroidered abayas made by kids at the Rashid Paediatric Centre. Also donate clothes, computers, medicine, non-perishable foods and much more.
Until last day of Eid Al Fitr. Dubai Outlet Mall (04 423 4666).

Tuesday 23

Rent books for summer
Online book rental club Reader’s Paradise offers thousands of titles, across genres including autobiographies, history, horror and many more. There are no due dates or late fees, and books are picked up and dropped off.
From Dhs35 per month for two books at a time. Delivery across Dubai, www.readersparadise-me.com (04 422 7495).

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