Community events this week in Dubai

Charity events, meet-up groups and a new food festival

Area Guides

1 Join in The Youth Festival
See Sat 22.

2 Learn to speak Mandarin
See Wed 19.

3 Manage your money better
See Tue 25.

4 Join the Party in the Park
See Sat 22.

5 Attend the Water for Life Carnival
See Thu 20.

Wednesday 19

Learn to speak Mandarin
Converse with native speakers in this two-week long beginner course. Each class lasts two hours and numbers are kept small to ensure a good learning environment. Students will get a certificate on completion of the course. Enrol online in advance.
Dhs498. 5pm-7pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Block 9, Business Center, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/dubai-china-nights (052 931 8856).T

Thursday 20

Grand Kerala Festival
The first Kerala Festival in the UAE begins today. The event is an exhibition of Keralite food, entertainment, business opportunities and tourism, showcasing all that Kerala has to offer. There will be music, cuisine, dancing plus rides for children.
From Dhs40. Thu 1pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-midnight. Wonderland Theme Park Dubai, Garhoud, www.grandkeralafestival.com (06 593 8872).

Water For Life Annual Carnival
Help to raise awareness of the global water shortage by attending this family fun day out. The event is run by students at the Dubai International Academy. All proceeds from activities go to The Aqua Initiative. Free. Fees apply for games and activities. 2.30pm-7pm. Dubai International Academy, Al Barsha, www.diadubai.com/waterforlifeclub (no number).

Friday 21

Al Noor Coffee Mornings
Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs is inviting people to host a coffee morning. Hot drinks, muffins, croissants and cakes will all be provided by the centre and baked by the young people themselves.
Free. Daily 9am-noon. Al Noor Training Centre, Al Barsha, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 341 8960).

Saturday 22

The Youth Festival
Organised by the youth-run organisation Global Youth Empowerment, this day of events aims to engage youths and students aged 15-25 in art and activities. The festival will also showcase Dubai-based ethical designs for sale at a pop-up shop.
Free. 10am-5pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.thearchive.ae (043 494 033).

Reaching You Party in the Park
Join in the festivities at Zabeel Park and help to raise awareness of children with special needs. The event provides an opportunity for kids with special needs to interact.
Dhs5. Noon-6pm. Zabeel Park, crossroads of Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Rashid Road, www.facebook.com/reachingyoudubai (055 998 1000).

Sunday 23

Marketing Essentials in 60 Minutes
Discover how to improve your business mind and become more savvy with marketing strategy. Samer Chidiac, a marketing expert, will host a talk and Q&A session after the event.
Free, register online. 6pm-8pm. The Cribb, Football Center building, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/atthecribb (04 319 7645).

Monday 24

Expat Woman Coffee Morning
This weekly coffee morning gives expat women an opportunity to make new connections over a cup or two.
Free. 10am-noon. Costa Coffee, Delphine Tower, Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina, www.expatwoman.com/dubai (no number).

Tuesday 25

Money Management workshop, Money isn’t the problem – You Are
Learn how to change your attitude towards money and become more enriched in the process.
Dhs85, call to register. 6pm-7.30pm. The Miracles Center, Icon Tower, TECOM, www.meetup.com/dubai-personal-devlopment/events (04 363 9307).

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