12 meet-up groups in Dubai this week

Gather with scriptwriters or join a free meditation workshop

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Wednesday 25

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).

Discover Dubai’s Widad Centre
The brand new alternative full-time education centre is now open, offering a unique curriculum to children in Dubai, with a focus on artistic, creative and life skills. Visit the website for more information on admissions as well as other services.
www.widadlearning.com (055 564 3710).

Learn about compassion
Dubai’s Compassion Group meets to discuss ways to bring compassionate values into members’ everyday lives. Sign up to find out where the meeting will be held.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Venue TBA. www.meetup.com/compassion-group-dubai (no number).

Scriptwriters and filmmakers gathering
The city’s independent filmmakers and scriptwriters get together to discuss their projects.
Free. From 7pm. Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/calling-all-dxb-filmmakers (no number).

Thursday 26

Join a free meditation playshop
Illuminations hosts an evening of meditation and ‘cosmic gossip’ with author Krishna Prem as he talks about his best-selling book Gee You Are You, also known as G.U.R.U.
Free. 7pm-8pm. Illuminations Wellbeing Centre, JLT, www.meetup.com/illuminations (04 448 7043).

Friday 27

Dance Argentine tango with other beginners
New classes will be held every Friday afternoon for the city’s aspiring dancers and first-timers.
Dhs80 per class. 2.30pm-4pm. The Fridge, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/dubai-tango-social club (052 911 3238).

Smash up cakes and have your picture taken
Pink Pepper Photography and Kitsch Cupcakes have joined forces for a unique photoshoot experience. Bookings must be 48 hours in advance.
Dhs499 (including shoot, giant cupcake, private viewing and a 30cm framed image). Pink Pepper Photography, The Dubai Mall (04 434 0437).

Saturday 28

Hair for Hope
Donate your hair and get a free cut in the process. This project takes hair donations to make wigs for cancer patients who have lost hair through chemotherapy. Hair must be at least eight inches long, and free of permanent dye or bleach. Advance registration is essential.
Free. 10am-9pm. Color Craze Ladies Salon & Spa, Oud Metha Road, www.facebook.com/hairforhopeuae (04 388 5609).

Meet fellow fitness enthusiasts
Attend this get-together and find yourself a fitness or class buddy in the city.
Free. From 1pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubai-fitness-buddies (no number).

Sunday 29

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 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.

Tuesday 1

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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