11 ways to meet people this week

Get a Movember shave or visit a breakfast for mums

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Wednesday 30

Cultures in the UAE meetup
This week’s meetup focuses on the impact of Emirati family dynamics and tribal influences on modern Dubai culture.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/culturesintheuae (no number).

Nibbles, mixed drinks and live music
Members of Crafting Female Friendships’ Dubai group meet for an evening of chit-chat and music from live bands at The Music Room. Free, attendees pay for their own refreshments.
From 7pm. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/crafting-female-friendships-dubai (no number).

Thursday 31

Mums and babies petting zoo outing
Join the Angel Babies group for expectant mums and mums of kids aged up to three. This week’s outing is to the Posh Paws petting zoo, where the kids can feed, touch or hold animals while learning all about them.
From 4pm. Posh Paws, in front of Dubai Municipality Veterinary building, off Al Khawaneej Road, www.meetup.com/angel-babies_dubai (no number).

Friday 1 November

American Young Professionals in Dubai
The group meets for drinks and socialising at al fresco nightspot Barasti. Free, attendees pay for their own refreshments.
From 10.30pm. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/americanypsindubai (no number).

Get ready for Movember at Bidi Bondi
The Aussie pub hosts a special clean shave event to prepare the city’s gents for the month of Movember, in aid of men’s health and prostate cancer awareness. There will be games, prizes, food and drinks.
Free. From 1pm. Bidi Bondi, between Shoreline Apartments buildings 3 and 4, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).

Saturday 2

Writing session
The Dubai Writers’ Group meets to work on their own individual projects in one another’s company.
Free. From 6.30pm. Location TBD. www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Sunday 3

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 4

Riding for the disabled
Dubai’s Riding for the Disabled organisation is in need of volunteers to assist as side-walkers or leaders during therapeutic riding lessons.
Email lessons@rdad.ae for more information (no number).

Tuesday 5

Improve your public speaking
The Dunes Toastmasters groups aims to help members with the skills and confidence to express yourself in a range of situations. They meet today to help each other improve.
Free. From 7pm. Al Futtaim Training Centre, Marrakech Street, Umm Ramool, Rashidiya, www.meetup.com/dunes-toastmasters-the-no-1-speakers-club-in-the-me (no number).

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).

Stay-at-home mums’ monthly breakfast
The group meets for a catch-up over a breakfast of pancakes at IHOP. To find out more, request to join the group’s webpage. Free, attendees pay for their own meal.
From 9.45am. IHOP, Mall of the Emirates, www.meetup.com/dubai-stay-at-home-moms-club (no number).

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