Make friends: 11 groups and clubs to join

Art critique, alphabet dining and an introduction to 'laughter yoga'

Area Guides
Wednesday 28

Art critique with a special guest
Dubai Art Fans get together to go over each other’s work, as well as picking up advice from a special guest – the founder of Mawwell – on how to have your project financed.
Free. From 7pm. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/artfans (no number).

Coffee and critique
Emirates Photography Club members get together to look over images, with each member bringing two shots on a USB flash drive to share with the group.
Free. From 7pm. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Meet new people over dinner
Each Restronaut meeting is set around a certain theme and this week’s dinner conversation will be all about travel. Share tips, stories and experiences with like-minded people over a set menu at Karma Kafe.
Dhs295. From 8pm. Karma Kafe, Souk Al Bahar, www.restronaut.me (no number).

Thursday 29

Alphabet Dining Club dinner
Members are invited to put forward suggestions for tonight’s foodie get together. Join the group’s page to cast your vote.
Free, attendees pay for their own meal. From 7.30pm. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/the-alphabet-dining-club-global-food-for-the-palate (no number).

Beginners’ meditation
Tara Love Perry leads a guided meditation, with the aim of connecting you to your divine child.
Dhs50. 7.30pm-8pm. Illuminations Wellbeing Centre, JLT, www.meetup.com/illuminations (04 448 7043).

Friday 30

Get a fashion conscience
Spruce up your summer wardrobe with clothes and accessories from Frontline Fashion, which funds efforts to restore Haiti.
From Dhs174 for T-shirts. Ongoing. www.fashlink.com.

Saturday 31

Learn French
This get-together is open to anyone interested in learning and improving their French language skills. Conversation sessions are held every week.
Dhs65 per session, packages available. Caribou, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/learn-french-conversation (no number).

Sunday 1

Make your own greetings cards
Doodleclick online service allows you to create cards and then prints and sends (in the UAE) the next day.
Dhs35 for card and courier. Ongoing. www.doodleclick.com.

Monday 2

Lessons in business and life
During this meeting, attendees and members of the group The Magic of Thinking Big will discuss leadership and lessons from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. The location will be shared on the page the day before the event.
Free. 6.30pm-8pm. Venue TBA. www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig (no number).

Tuesday 3

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

Free laughter yoga introduction
Join a free introductory laughter yoga class at The Holistic Institute. The practice claims to promote tranquility and relaxation and reduce stress, among a host of other things.
Free. 7pm-8pm. The Holistic Institute, Jumeirah Business Centre 2, JLT, www.meetup.com/simply-laughter-dubai (no number).

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