Coffee and critique with Emirates Photography Club
Learn how to better your own images by looking at those produced by others. Members are invited to bring two of their images on a USB flash drive for critique.
Free. From 7pm. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Mental banking workshop
Learn how to programme your inner psyche to reach your goals, whether you’re lacking motivation, battling procrastination or simply looking to change your habits.
Dhs150. 6pm-9pm. Illuminations Well-Being Center, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, JLT, www.meetup.com/illuminations (04 448 7043).
Drinks with Palm Jumeirah Residents Club
This community group meets to get to know one another and welcomes new residents to the city over drinks at Cabana Beach House.
Free, attendees pay for their own refreshments. Cabana Beach House, between Shoreline 5 and 6, The Palm Jumeirah, www.meetup.com/palm-jumeirah-residents-club (no number).
De-stress with yogic pranayama and meditation
Join an interactive afternoon session focussing on stress-handling, mind management and improving relationships using yogic techniques and group mediation.
Free. From 5pm. Single Business Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/art-of-living-making-life-a-celebration (no number).
Make a donation to Flea 4 Charity
The organisation is hosting an Eid event for orphans and needy kids at the Al Hemam Institute on Saturday August 17 and is looking to raise funds to provide games and gifts, as well as clothes and school bags with stationary. Visit the website or tweet the team to find out how you can contribute.
Cat and kitten adoption day
Every Saturday, The Animal Project hosts a feline-adoption day in order to find permanent homes for abandoned and rescued pets. Be sure to take your ID and a cat carrier if you’re planning to adopt. The organisation is also in desperate need of short and long-term fosterers to help out.
Free. 1pm-4pm. The City Vet Clinic, Al Wasl Road, www.friendsofanimalsdxb.com (04 388 3990).
Learn new moves and socialise
Dubai’s Strictly Come Modern Jive meets for ceroc classes at Bodylines dance studio at the Towers Rotana, followed by freestyle dancing at Long’s Bar. Beginners from 7.30pm, intermediate from 8.30pm.
Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/strictly-come-modern-jive (no number).
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.
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).
Bid on art by Emirati artists for charity
Sharjah-based Tawasul Orphans Education Fund is currently running an online auction of works by Emirati artists to raise money for the education of underprivileged children.
Until August 20. www.tawasulfund.ae.