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Meet-up events and community groups taking place in Dubai

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Wednesday 18

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).

Learn more about Widad Centre
The brand new alternative full-time education centre is set to open next week, and will offer a unique curriculum to children with special needs and disabilities, with a focus on artistic, creative and life skills.
Visit the website for more information on admissions and services offered by the centre.
www.widadlearning.com (055 564 3710).

Sing with Karaoke Dubai
The Dubai Karaoke club meets for a second time to spend the night belting out its favourites in the company of like-minded music lovers.
Free. From 8.30pm. Hibiki Lounge, Hyatt Regency, Deira, www.meetup.com/all-voices-aloud-the-sing-it-project (no number).

Thursday 19

Dubai Grape Club meetup
Take part in blind grape-based beverage tastings, discuss with new acquaintances and vote for your favourite before the labels on each bottle are revealed.
Dhs175 on the door, Dhs150 in advance. From 7.30pm. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/dubai-wine-club (no number).

Watch a comedy-thriller
Dubai amateur dramatic company Backstage holds a performance of Deathtrap, which Dubai Theatre Meetup Group members will be turning out in force to watch.
Dhs100. From 7.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.meetup.com/dubai-theatre-meetup-group www.timeouttickets.com

Friday 20

Celebrate a Chinese festival
The Dubai China Nights group meets to mark the special occasion, also known as the Moon Cake Festival. Join the group’s page to find out which Chinese restaurant will host the gathering.
Dhs50 per person (excluding soft drinks). From 3.30pm. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/dubai-china-nights (no number).

Get family portraits done while you smash up cakes
Pink Pepper Photography and Kitsch Cupcakes have joined forces for a unique photoshoot experience. Bookings must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
Dhs499 (including.shoot, giant cupcake, private viewing and a 30cm framed image). Pink Pepper Photography, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0437).

Saturday 21

Cat adoption day
Head down to give a pet a home.
Free. 1pm-4pm. The Vet Hospital, Al Quoz, felinefriendsopenday@gmail.com.

Pet-talk gathering
Love your pet? The Let’s Talk About Our Pets group is for you. Go along today, and talk about your animal.
Free. From 5.30pm. Caffè Nero, Dubai Marina Mall, www.meetup.com/lets-talk-about-our-pets (no number).

Sunday 22

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 23

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.

Tuesday 24

Rent books
Online book rental club Reader’s Paradise offers titles across genres including horror, autobiography, self-improvement and more.
From Dhs35 per month for two books at a time. www.readersparadise-me.com (04 422 7495).

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