Community events in Dubai

Night safari, community yoga, charity nights and more

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Wednesday 31

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

Spanish for beginners
Today marks the first lesson in a 12-session course. Native Spanish speaker Vicente will be leading each group.
Dhs50 per 90-minute session. 8.30pm-10pm. Starbucks, near Emirates Towers metro station, Al Ghadeer Building, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Thursday 1

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. Free. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.eton.ac (800 3866).

Night safari and stargazing
Dubai’s Single Westerners 30+ community social group meets to head out on a night safari desert excursion with Platinum Heritage tour company.
Dhs395. 7pm-midnight. Pick-up point TBC. www.meetup.com/single-westerners-30-and-up-for-all-dubai-has-to-offer (no number).

Shisha and socialising
Dubai’s Shisha Lovers community group gets together for shisha and nibbles at Tche Tche. Free, attendees pay for their own shisha and refreshments.
From 7.30pm. Tche Tche, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubai-shesha-lovers-meetup-group (no number).

Friday 2

Community yoga class
Attend an ashtanga yoga class, raising awareness for Adopt-a-Camp. All proceeds from the class fee will be given directly to the cause.
Dhs50. 10am-11.30am. Yoga Room, Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, JLT, www.yogaroom.ae (050 518 9966).

Saturday 3

Lego Robot meetup
Dubai’s Lego Robot Makers club is open to people who like to build things, from Lego Mindstorms robotics to open source 3D printers and beyond. They get together today to socialise with like-minded individuals. Free, attendees pay for their own meal. Chili’s, Mall of the Emirates, www.meetup.com/dubai-lego-robot-makers (no number).

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 to help out during summer.
Free. 1pm-4pm. The City Vet Clinic, Al Wasl Road, www.friendsofanimalsdxb.com (04 388 3990).

Sunday 4

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 6

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 7

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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