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Social groups and community things to get involved with today

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Wednesday 8

There’s an app for that
If you’re bored of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and fancy yourself as the next Mark Zuckerberg, sign up for this mobile app development session. You’ll meet other developers, and start-up entrepreneurs who can help you bring your smartphone ideas to life. Free. 6pm-9pm.
The Cribb, Al Quoz, Football Center Building, mezzanine floor, www.meetup.com/atthecribb.

Thursday 9

Picnic for Mums
Stay-at-home mums are invited to meet up for a picnic lunch in Al Barsha Pond Park. This group of mothers meet regularly for play dates in the afternoons as well as social nights out. A ‘nanny-free’ event, most activities are suitable for mums with children of pre-school age. Free (rsvp is essential to take part).
Al Barsha Pond Park. www.meetup.com/Dubai-Stay-at-Home-Moms-Club (no number).

Friday 10

Vegan Potluck
This group of vegans meet to share raw vegan recipes and encourage each other to live a healthier lifestyle. Free,
11am-12.30pm, Al Barsha Pond Park, behind Al Mawakeb School, www.meetup.com/rawvegandubai (no number).

Saturday 11

Express Yourself
Unleash your inner Picasso in the park with art studio thejamjar. Easels, canvases, and paints will be set up for anyone who wants to get arty. Prices depend on size of canvas: Dhs40 for 20x20cm, Dhs60 for 30x30cm, Dhs85 for 40x50cm, Dhs125 for 60x60cm.
11am-6pm, The Archive, Safa Park, Gate 5, www.thejamjardubai.com (04 341 7303).

38 Smiles Adoption Day
Take home a feline at this cat adoption day. Dubai is home to many moggies and kittens which have been abandoned and are looking for a new permanent home. Adopters must be over 21, and bring valid passport or Emirates ID and a cat carrier.
2pm-6pm, Pet Zone Vet Clinic, near Mazaya Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.38smiles.com (04 346 7870).

Sunday 12
Discover the ABC of NLP

Build your confidence through neuro-linguistic programming. This one-day course aims to help practitioners develop their ability to read and influence people.
Dhs200 (Dhs150 for www.meetup.com group members), 6.30-9.30pm, Al Wasl. www.meetup.com/Dubai-Personal-Devlopment (04 344 0115).

Monday 13

Learn Arabic
This new eight-week course helps newcomers to master the local lingo in a relaxed and conversational manner. Dhs1,760 payment to be made in full in advance. Mon and Wed until Wed March 5, 12pm-2pm.
Iqra’a Arabic Language Center, Jumeirah 3, Sunset Mall, to register email info@iqraalc.com, www.iqraalc.com (04 388 1155).

Tuesday 14

Attend a talk and learn how to develop your career
Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, will be sharing his experiences in business and offering advice on how to achieve your career goals. There will be a panel discussion and opportunities to ask questions.
7pm-9pm. Red Theatre, Canadian University of Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig (no number).

Try your hand at Arabic calligraphy
Learn how to craft Arabic script with this new five-week course. The classes will give you an understanding of this traditional art. Participants will learn about its heritage and artistic style as well as create beautiful renditions of their own.
Dhs1,600. Tuesdays until 11 February 11. The Archive, Safa Park. Registration required, email info@iqraalc.com, www.iqraalc.com (04 388 1155).

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