Meet new people: 12 groups to join

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Area Guides
Wednesday 11

Beauty industry networking night
Meet entrepreneurs and employees from Dubai’s beauty industry, from designers to therapists.
Dhs30. From 7pm. Kambaa Lounge, The Address Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-beauty-business-group (no number).

Coffee and critique
Bring along your best snaps for members of the Emirates Photography Club to peruse and critique.
Free. From 7pm. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Journalists in Dubai
The group for locally based journalists, story-tellers and their friends gathers to share ideas.
Free. From 6.30pm. Costa, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.meetup.com/journalists-in-dubai (no number).

Thursday 12

Dubai’s Finest get-together
A group for expats who enjoy the high life, Dubai’s Finest gets together for swanky brunches, evening meals, spa days and more. Tonight is the first event, with dinner at Nasimi (over 25s only).
Attendees pay for their own meal. From 8pm. Nasimi, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, www.meetup.com/hi-all-welcome-and-please-join-me-this-group-is-for (no number).

Free wellness open house
Learn more about holistic healing, spirituality and self-development with this day of free demonstrations and diagnoses.
Free. Noon-8pm. Illuminations Well-Being Center, 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, JLT, www.meetup.com/illuminations (04 448 7043).

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.

Friday 13

Musicians’ gathering
A new Meetup group is seeking Dubai-based musicians, specifically drummers, bassists, guitarists and keyboard players. Join the group to find out where they will meet to plan a new project.
Free. 4pm. Location TBA. www.meetup.com/meetup-group-gkkiraoj (no number).

Saturday 14

Dubai Autism meetup
The group holds its meeting for parents and carers of autistic individuals. Attendees provide support for one another, and join a talk by a guest speaker.
Free. From 10am. Greenwood International School, Mirdif, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-autism-meetup-group (no number).

Dubai Runners’ outing
This group meets to run around Marina Walk, which stretches 4km in total.
Free. From 7.30pm. Meet outside Starbucks, next to Spinneys, Dubai Marina Walk, www.meetup.com/gardens-discovery-gardens-decc-runners (no number).

Sunday 15

Make your own greetings cards
Doodleclick’s 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 16

Family dynamics and tribal influences
Cultures in the UAE community group gets together to discuss the subject of family dynamics in UAE culture, and the tribal influences that still affect today’s cosmopolitan Dubai.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/culturesintheuae (no number).

Tuesday 17

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.
From Dhs35 per month for two books at a time. Delivery across Dubai, www.readersparadise-me.com (04 422 7495).

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