Community events this week in Dubai

Learn Mandarin, anti-bullying party and more networking opportunities

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Wednesday 26

Learn Mandarin Chinese
Converse with native speakers in this two week-long beginners’ course. Each class lasts two hours. Students will get a certificate on completion of the course. Enrol online to take part.
Dhs498. 5pm-7pm. Business Center, Block 9, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.meetup.com/dubai-china-nights (052 931 8856).

Thursday 27

The Yum Yum Room – an anti-bullying play
Watch this stage play written by Australian playwright Stephen House. The story follows a teenage boy’s journey to find his place in society. With a strong anti-bullying message, the play is supported by Bolt Down on Bullying, a campaign designed specifically for the UAE.
Dhs50. Thu 8pm, Fri-Sat 6pm and 8pm. Until March 1. The Courtyard Playhouse, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, www.courtyardplayhouse.com (055 967 3927).

Friday 28

Al Noor’s Hope for Children family funfair
This special needs training centre is hosting a funfair to raise awareness of its work and generate funds. The day will include activities such as a football tournament, live music and children’s games.
Dhs3. 10am-10pm. Al Noor Training Centre, Al Barsha www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 341 8960).

Bay Avenue opening picnic
Check out Dubai’s newest green space in the heart of Business Bay. Visitors can enjoy a weekend of entertainment, while both days end with a movie under the stars at 7.30pm. Bring your own picnic.
Free admission. 7.30am-9.30pm. Bay Avenue, The Executive Towers, Business Bay, www.facebook.com/BayAvenue (04 391 1114).

Operation Ozone
Volunteers are needed to help keep Dubai’s beaches clean. Organised by Volunteer in the UAE, the event will focus on Jumeirah Open Beach, picking up discarded cigarette butts. All ages are welcome and volunteers will need their own transportation. Register online to get involved.
Free. 7am-10am. Jumeirah Open Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.volunteerinuae.com (no number)

Saturday March 1

Dubai Writers’ critique group
Wordsmiths are invited to join this group, which sees writers meet every two weeks to give feedback on one another’s latest work. Sign up online to upload and read work that’s up for discussion.
Free. 6.30pm. The Pavilion, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Sunday 2

Netherlands Business Council monthly networking event
This organisation for Dutch business men and women living and working in the UAE is hosting a discussion on female entrepreneurship in the Middle East.
RSVP in advance to info@nbcdubai.com. Free for NBC members, membership from Dhs1,000. From 7pm. Media Rotana, TECOM, www.nbcdubai.com (050 559 2272).

Monday 3

Expat Woman coffee morning in Motor City
This new weekly coffee morning gives expat women living near Motor City an opportunity to make new connections over a drink and a muffin.
Free. Mon 10am-noon. Caffè Nero, Uptown Motor City, www.expatwoman.com/dubai (no number).

Tuesday 4

Business Leads Group
Join this group of business-minded entrepreneurs for a presentation on how to make your networking more effective. Register online to attend.
Dhs100 for non-members, free for members. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Dôme Café, DIFC, www.meetup.com/GCC-Business-Council-Weekly-Business-Networking-Event-DIFC (no number).

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