The community of St Mary’s Catholic Church welcomes all faiths and denominations to celebrate Christmas. The church has ten services throughout the day, beginning at 5.30am, including two services at 11.30am and 9pm in Arabic.
Service times are 5.30am, 7am, 8.30am, 10am, 3pm, 4.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm in English. www.saintmarysdubai.com (04 337 0087). St Mary’s Catholic Church, Oud Metha Street, opposite Indian High School, Bur Dubai.
Volunteer to help children with special needs
Senses Residential Care Home for Children with Special Needs is looking for more volunteers who are willing to spare a little time to make a huge difference in a child’s life.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Learn how to diagnose your energy
This course aims to help participants understand the purpose and power of chakras with the help of a crystal pendulum. A key component of the course will be interpreting the pendulum’s movement and understanding the different kinds of chakra.
Dhs699, 10am-6pm. Illuminations Well-Being Center, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, JLT email@example.com (04 4487 043).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (no number).
Meet New Dubaians
An opportunity for newcomers to the city to get together and meet other newbies and long-term residents.
Sign up for full details. www.meetup.com/Dubai-Ex-Pat-Entertainers.
Médecins Sans Frontières
Support the work of MSF by purchasing its new calendar. All proceeds from the sale will go to MSF.
Dhs15. Email email@example.com to place an order (02 631 7645).
New Year Desert Drumming Party
Start the new year with a bang at a drumming party in the desert. Come and play drums, or learn how to with this group.
Dhs520. 8pm. Gulf Ventures Camp Al Awir. (Price includes dinner, camel rides, sand boarding, fire dance show, African drum group). www.dubiadrums.com (04 347 4790).
Donate your unwanted Christmas gifts
Volunteer organisation TakeMyJunk will collect any unwanted gifts, toys and clothes and will collect from your door.
www.takemyjunkuae.com (050 179 4045).
Ethical shopping with Babouka
Fairtrade baby couture retailer Babouka is launching a new collection of baby clothes, blankets and booties. Proceeds from sales help the women who create the items to earn a fair living.
Sign up for a comedy class
Think you’re hilarious? If you’ve ever considered stand-up comedy or want to improve your public speaking, Dubomedy is launching new stand-up, improvisation and comedy writing classes.
www.dubomedy.com (050 440 0994).
Dubai Flea Market at Al Safa Park
Why not head to one of Dubai’s flea markets to pick up a pre-loved bargain. You can register online if you want to sell your wares, too.
Dhs3. 8am-3pm. Gate 5, Safa Park, Al Wasl, Dubai. www.dubai-fleamarket.com.
Get into volunteering
If you are thinking of donating some of your time to doing something more worthy, visit this site. Projects include Action for Animals and Desert Clean-Ups.
Kutub Bilarabi Book Club
Discover Arabic literature with this literary circle. The group reads works by Arab authors that are published in Arabic and translated to English.
Free. 6pm, The Archive, Safa Park, Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information.
Expand your business network
Entrepreneurs and self-starters are invited to join this group to discuss how to promote your business through networking. The evening will involve presentations and a Q&A session. Bring plenty of business cards. Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm, Dome Cafe, DIFC, www.meetup.com/GCC-Business-Council-Weekly-Business-Networking-Event-DIFC.