12 community events in Dubai this week

Meet new folk and get stuck into Dubai's expat circles

Area Guides
Wednesday 27

Beauty industry networking night
Meet beauticians, therapists, designers, make-up artists, entrepreneurs and more at this event.
Dhs35. From 7pm. Starbucks drive-thru, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2, www.meetup.com/the-dubai-beauty-business-group (no number).

Understanding Emiratis in business
The Culture in the UAE group meets to discuss traditional local business etiquette.
Free. From 7pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/culturesintheuae (no number).

Thursday 28

Celebrate UAE National Day with gifts from Manzil
Mark UAE National Day on December 2 in style by picking up specially made products in the colours of the UAE flag, created by special needs students at Manzil.
Prices vary. Email for a full list of products and to place orders giftshop@manzil.ae (050 981 7767).

Startup Weekend Dubai
Expect three days devoted to helping budding entrepreneurs get ideas off the ground with practical help and activities.
Dhs150. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz www.dubai.startupweekend.org (no number).

Friday 29

Coffee and an ice-cream with Dubai Newbies
A group of people new to Dubai meet to socialise. Join the group’s page to register your interest and be invited to attend the event.
Free. From 7pm. Coldstone, The Dubai Mall, www.meetup.com/dubai-conquers (no number).

Concepts of photography: shapes
The fifth in the Emirates Photography Club’s photowalks examining different elements of design is about shapes.
3.30pm-7pm. Gate 1, Creekside Park, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub.

Saturday 30

Volunteer to walk homeless dogs
K9 Friends are on the lookout for animal-loving, confident volunteers willing to help walk the pups waiting for new homes in their kennels. There are also many more roles for volunteers to fill. Get in touch if you think you can pitch in.
Free. K9 Friends, www.k9friends.com (04 887 8739).

Sunday 1 December

Learn about the Raymee Grief Centre
Held every other week at The LightHouse Arabia, Raymee Grief Center hosts a support group for those who have experienced a bereavement. All attendees must have an intake interview with one of the centre’s counsellors before they can join a session.
Free. The LightHouse Arabia, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 380 9298).

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 2

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).

UAE National Day Parade 2013
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard plays host to the UAE National Day Parade, where there will be a host of family-friendly activities to get involved with. Schools, government entities, biker clubs and local companies will all be involved with the main procession.
Free. 3pm-5pm. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.mydowntowndubai.com.

Tuesday 3

Rent books
Online book rental club Reader’s Paradise offers titles.
From Dhs35 www.readersparadise-me.com (04 422 7495).

The critically acclaimed Shakespeare play will be performed in January

The beachside dining spot is celebrating international coffee day at its brand-new branch

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Black Coffee and Themba will hit the decks on Friday September 28

You’ll get a complimentary vegetarian dim sum basket on October 1

It's free to take part and no experience is needed


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