12 community groups to join this week

Social dancing, business networking and forgiveness meditation

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Wednesday 9

Coffee and critique
Share your snaps and learn how to take better pictures as other photographer enthusiasts offer a critique of your work.
Free. From 7pm. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

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).

Forgiveness meditation
Mariam Yasin leads a guided meditation to help attendees rid themselves of grudges, regrets and resentments.
Dhs25. 7pm-8pm. Balance 360, Oasis Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/onplane7-a-spiritual-platform-to-connect-to-all-that-is (04 384 7010).

Thursday 10

Dinner with new Dubaians
A Dubai newbies Meetup group gets together to socialise over dinner at Café Habana. Free, attendees pay for their own meal.
From 7pm. Café Habana, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/newbies-part2 (no number).

Social dancing
Join the ever-growing band of ceroc dancers in Dubai, as they meet to hit the dance floor for a free mini class from 8pm to 9pm, and freestyle after.
Free. From 8pm. Speakeasy, Ramada Plaza, JBR, www.meetup.com/strictly-come-modern-jive (no number).

Friday 11

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).

Saturday 12

Business leads networking
Join the first event in the new Saturday morning series, which aims to bring professionals together to help them find new opportunities.
Free. 10.30am-noon. The Kitchen Cafe, Dubai Marina Walk, www.meetup.com/gcc-business-council-weekly-business-networking-event-difc (no number).

Sunday 13

Make your own greetings cards
Doodleclick’s online service allows you to create cards, which are sent (in the UAE) the next day.
Dhs35 for card and courier. www.doodleclick.com.

Monday 14

Beauty industry networking night
Meet beauty industry professionals, from make-up artists to graphic designers.
Dhs30. 7pm. Starbucks drive thru, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-beauty-business-group (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 15

Ladies’ night at Karma Kafe
Local nightclub-loving group Midnight Club meets for ladies’ night at the popular fusion nightspot, where women get three free drinks and 50 percent off the à la carte menu.
From 6pm. Karma Kafe, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/midnight-club (no number).

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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