12 ways to meet new people this week

Social dancing, grape appreciation and a Big Pink Ball

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Wednesday 23

Coffee and critique
Emirates Photography Club members meet to discuss one another’s work, offer advice and constructive criticism.
Free. From 7pm. The Change Initiative, Al Barsha, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Compassion Group talk
Compassion Group Dubai meets to discuss themes from Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong. Join the group’s page to find out where they’ll meet.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Location TBA. www.meetup.com/compassion-group-dubai (no number).

Thursday 24

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).

Dubai’s Big Pink Ball
This Moulin Rouge-themed event is held in support of the UAE’s Pink Caravan charity, and will feature a three-course dinner, drinks and a live auction.
From Dhs845 per person. Sky Bubble, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.bigpinkball.com (050 123 6547).

Dubai Grape Club meetup
Join this hugely popular club to take part in a blind taste testing of six different grape-based beverages.
From Dhs150. From 7.30pm. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/dubai-wine-club (no number).

Social dancing at Speakeasy
The Strictly Come Modern Jive group meets for ceroc dancing, with a mini class 8pm-9pm and freestyle dancing after 9pm.
Free. From 8pm. Speakeasy, Ramada Plaza, JBR, www.meetup.com/strictly-come-modern-jive (no number).

Friday 25

Try Filipino cuisine with The Tiffin Club
Dubai’s Tiffin Club foodie group meets to sample Filipino favourites at Barrio Fiesta restaurant. Free, attendees pay for their own meals.
From 7pm. Barrio Fiesta, BurJuman, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub (no number).

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 26

Writers’ critique group
The Dubai Writers’ Group meets to give an honest appraisal of each other’s work, offer support and discuss the writing process.
Free. From 6.30pm. BookMunch Cafe, Al Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road (opposite Safa Park), www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Sunday 27

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 28

Get a fashion conscience
Spruce up your wardrobe with clothes and accessories from Frontline Fashion, which funds efforts to restore Haiti.
From Dhs174 for T-shirts. Ongoing. www.fashlink.com.

Tuesday 29

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

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