Meet-ups and social groups in Dubai

This week: Festive meet-ups, volunteering, creative writing and more

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Wednesday 18

Christmas Open House for Wellness & Healings
Learn more about holistic healing and self- development through this non-profit initiative. Explore different techniques to gain a deeper insight into how the mind-body-energy influences your experience of life.
Free, 2pm-8pm, New Illuminations Well-Being Center, 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, Plot T1, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. www.meetup.com/Illuminations/events.

Meet Santa
Children can indulge in face painting, storytelling and take photographs with Santa at the Elves’ Tea Party. There will also be a selection of sweet treats, finger sandwiches and soft drinks.
Dhs120 including soft drinks, free for kids under ten, 3pm-6pm, The Royale Ballroom, The Palace, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7852).

Thursday 19

Ikebana
Try your hand at the delicate art of Japanese flower arranging. Classes are taught by a certified Ikebana instructor. Participants will need to bring scissors and one plate or bowl which has more than 10cm x 8cm flat space on the bottom, and a minimum depth of 3cm, in order to place flower-holder and water.
Dhs350, which includes the cost of flowers and vases. 10.30am-12pm,The Archive Safa Park, gate 5. Register by email ikebaname@gmail.com, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Holistic Healing
Finding it hard to move on from previous relationships? This holistic healing course aims to help participants let go of old hurt enabling them to fully discover new relationships and gain self-confidence.
Course fee Dhs750 inclusive of manual and international certificate. 9.30am-1.30pm, Holiday Inn Express, Al Safa, near Gulf News office www.meetup.com/ThetaHealinguae/events.

Friday 20

Creative writing workshop
This group of wordsmiths meet twice a month, on Fridays, to share ideas help writers improve their skills in a fun and sociable way. The groups are open to everyone but participants need to be able to speak fluent English.
Free, 10.30am-12pm, Spontiphoria, Wasl Square, Jumeirah 2, www.spontiphoria.com (04-338 8270).

Saturday 21

Get into volunteering
If you are thinking of donating some of your time and expertise to a worthy cause, then attend this meeting to discover the benefits of volunteering in Dubai.
Free, 6.30pm-8.30pm, 105, Khaleed Al Attar Building, next to Exit 1,Burjuman Metro station www.meetup.com/volunteerdubai/events/154445392 (04 388 5223).

Sunday 22

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

Monday 23

Dubai Drums
Discover your inner rhythm with classes in the Djembe, an African drum. It’s a great way to de-stress and learn an amazing percussion instrument.
Dhs50 per session (drums provided), every Monday, 7.30pm - 8.30pm, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, 2nd Floor www.dubaidrums.com (056 744 2129).

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 24

Rent books
Online book rental club Reader’s Paradise offers titles across genres and delivers in the UAE.
From Dhs35 www.readersparadise-me.com (04 422 7495).

Medecins Sans Frontieres
Support the work of MSF by purchasing their new calendar. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to MSF.
Dhs15, or email info-msfuae@msf.org to place an order (02 631 7645).

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