Ten community events in Dubai this week

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Wednesday 5

Mothers’ picnic in the park
Stay-at-home mums are invited to join this group that regularly holds events where mums can meet and socialise.
Dhs20 membership fee. 1pm. Safa Park, www.meetup.com/Dubai-Stay-at-Home-Moms-Club (no number).

Thursday 6

International Young Leaders Conference
This event inspires young people to become leaders through a series of talks and workshops.
Dhs2,000, discounts available for students, register online. Thu 4-9pm, Fri 4.30pm-11pm, Sat 9am-7.30pm. Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain Cultural and Islamic Centre, Umm Al Sheif, www.facebook.com/youngldp (04 335 6868).

Friday 7

Walk for Education 2014
Dubai Cares is organising its annual 3km walk to raise funds for children who often have to walk more than 3km to school. Participants can register on the day.
Dhs30. 8am-12pm. Jumeirah Beach Park, Jumeirah Road, www.dubaicares.ae (04 450 4550).

UK Boarding School Exhibition
Meet heads from 33 UK and Swiss boarding schools, as well as education specialists who will be on hand to give advice. All visitors will receive a free copy of the UK Boarding School Directory.
Free, register online. 2pm-7pm. Until February 8. Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina, www.ukboardingschoolexhibition.com (050 548 7163).

Black pet adoption day
If you’re after a beautiful black cat or dog to make your pet, then we recommend you go to this event. You must be over 21, and will require Emirates ID or passport and a pet carrier.
Free. 3pm-6pm. Petzone Veterinary Clinic, near Mazaya Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.38smiles.com (04 346 7870).

Ghinwa at the Dubai Center for Special Needs
Ghinwa, a popular children’s show in Lebanon, is coming to Dubai for the first time. All proceeds from the tickets sold go towards DCSN. Tickets for the events will be sold at the center, Sunday-Thursday, 8am to 2pm, with payment by cash or cheque only.
From Dhs150. Friday shows 11am in French, 4.30pm in English, Saturday 3.30pm in French only. Dubai Center for Special Needs, 45th Street, located behind Safa Park, www.dcsneeds.ae (04 344 0966).

Saturday 8

Japanese culture day
Discover Japanese creative culture and learn about kimono making, Ikebana, and basic Japanese language.
Free. 10am-10pm. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Sunday 9

Business in Heels
This ladies-only business networking event aims to bring smart women together in an informal but productive setting.
Dhs125. 6.30pm-8.30pm, register online. Zone Lobby Bar, Media One Hotel, Media City, www.meetup.com/meetup-group-qjywebww (no number).

Monday 10

Kutub Bilarabi
Arabic book club Both English and Arabic book-lovers are invited to join this literary circle at The Archive. The group reads works by Arab authors that are published in both languages.
Free, register by email. 7pm-9pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Tuesday 11

Learn book binding
Learn the craft of hand-embossing and French link stitch, again at The Archive in Safa Park. Students need to bring a cutting mat, scalpel, scissors and a metal ruler.
Dhs100, register by email. 11am-4pm. The Archive, Safa Park, michellechristineharvey@gmail.com, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

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