11 community events in Dubai this week

Community iftars, care packages for workers and a new Ramadan smartphone app

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Wednesday 24

Break the fast with a cultural community group
Members of Culture in the UAE get together to break the fast at an Emirati-style iftar, and learn more about local traditions during the Holy Month.
Dhs135. From 7pm. World Trade Club (33rd floor of the World Trade Centre Building), Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/culturesintheuae (no number).

Character Matters
In this child-guidance seminar, titled ‘Raising children with wisdom, integrity and other essential virtues’, Dr Saliha Afridi aims to help Dubai’s parents.
Free. 9.30am-11am. The LightHouse Arabia Clinic, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 380 9298).

Download a Ramadan app
Eton Institute has created a Ramadan app packed with cultural tips, daily phrases, a glossary of terms and more to help educate expats on Arabic culture. Visit the website to download it.
Free. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.eton.ac (800 3866).

Thursday 25

Give blood and donate clothes at Arabian Center
Give away your old clothes, canned food and more at the Arabian Center, which has special collection boxes for the Red Crescent Society throughout the mall. There will also be a blood donation point outside the mall on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31.
Free. Until Eid. Arabian Center, Al Khawaneej Road, Mirdif (04 284 5555).

Friday 26

Iftar with The Tiffin Club
This foodie group meets to break the fast together. Join the group’s page to cast your vote for Iraqi, Emirati or international cuisine.
Free, attendees pay for their own meal. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub (no number).

Comfort Creations and UAE Red Crescent charity drives
During Ramadan, donate unwanted clothing at 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 27

Take part in Ramadan Care Packages night
Sign up to donate your time on either Saturday 27 or Sunday 28, when volunteers will aim to pack at least 5,000 boxes with donations for the city’s hard-working labourers. Visit to register.
Free. Sat noon-7pm, Sun 6pm-11pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.adoptacamp.ae (055 862 2606).

Cat and kitten adoption day
Every Saturday, The Animal Project hosts a feline-adoption day in order to find permanent homes for 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).

Sunday 28

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 29

Double your donation to the World Food Programme
WFP is campaigning to highlight the number of people around the world who go without food. For every dollar donated through the website, Rotary Clubs of the UAE will match the amount. Until Eid. www.wfp.org/ramadan.

Tuesday 30

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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