12 ways to meet new people this week

Meet up groups, language courses and more

Area Guides
Wednesday 2

Discover the 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
and services.
www.widadlearning.com (055 564 3710).

Thursday 3

Get snapped while you smash up giant cupcakes
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).

Friday 4

Celebrate all things Japan
The Japan Connection is one of Dubai’s newest community groups. This gathering sees members sample Japanese food and discuss their interest in the country and culture.
Dhs350 set menu. From 8pm. Tomo, Wafi, Oud Metha, www.meetup.com/japan-connection-in-dubai (no number).

Saturday 5

Dubai Ladies Social Group
This group for the fairer gender holds its first gathering, to gauge members’ interests and plan future events.
Free. From 6pm, Brummanah Restaurant, Garhoud, www.meetup.com/dubai-ladies-social-group (no number).

Entrepreneurs meetup
Exclusively for Indian businesswomen, this gathering sees the group get together for the first time to network and explore new opportunities.
Free. From 6.30pm. Location TBA. www.meetup.com/indian-business-women-network (no number).

Improve discussion skills
This session is open to students, new graduates and entrepreneurs.
Free. 7pm-10pm. Venue TBA. www.meetup.com/free-basic-skills-courses-for-professional-beginners (no number).

Learn French
Develop your language skills through conversation sessions that are held with a native French speaker.
Dhs60. From 6pm. Caribou Coffee, Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/learn-french-conversation (no number).

Sunday 6

World liberation meditation
The Live in Harmony community meets for its weekly world liberation meditation, where members meditate on ideas of global peace and freedom. Join the group’s page.
Free. 8pm-11pm. Venue TBA. www.meetup.com/liharmony (no number).

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 7

Stay-at-Home Mums’ breakfast
Attend the monthly breakfast gathering (with or without the kids), which takes place at IHOP over pancakes. To find out what time and RSVP your attendance, sign up to the group’s page.
Free, attendees pay for their own meals. Timings TBA. IHOP, Mall of the Emirates, www.meetup.com/dubai-stay-at-home-moms-club (no number).

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 8

Rent books
Online book rental club Reader’s Paradise offers titles across various 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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