Community events this week

Meet new folk, adopt a pet, or visit the Dubai Festival of Lights

Area Guides
Our picks of the week

1 Turn the lights out and celebrate Earth Hour
See Sat 29.

2 Adopt an abandoned cat from Feline Friends
See Fri 28.

3 Watch The Goonies at an open-air screening
See Tue April 1.

4 Get on your bike for autism.
See Fri 28.

5 Discover if men and women really do think differently
See Sun 30.

Wednesday 26

Dubai business breakfast morning meet-up
Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to attend a morning networking session. The event allows participants to develop new business ideas.
RSVP online to attend. Free, not including food and drink. 7.15am-8.45am. Library Lounge, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/dubai-business-breakfast (no number).

Dubai Festival of Lights
For ten nights the lights of Downtown Dubai – from the Waterfront Promenade to the Burj Khalifa – will be seen as a glittering show.
Free. 7pm-midnight. Until March 29. Downtown Dubai, www.mydowntowndubai.com.

Thursday 27

Expat Bumps and Babes
A chance for expectant and new mums to socialise and share experiences over a coffee and a muffin. Soft play mats are on hand for the little ones.
Free. 10am-noon. Caffè Nero, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, www.expatwoman.com (no number).

Friday 28

Feline Friends adoption day
If you’re thinking of adopting a cat, pop down to Feline Friends for advice on cat care and to find a pet that’s right for you. Adopters must be over 21. Please bring ID and a cat carrier.
Free, donations on adoption. 1pm-4pm. Vet Hospital, Al Quoz, www.felinefriendsdubai.com (050 451 0058).

Fun Fair fundraiser, Dubai Centre for Special Needs
Join in the family fun and help raise cash for this worthwhile charity. Visitors will be treated to bouncy castles, face- painting and games stalls.
Free. Noon-6pm. Dubai Centre for Special Needs, Street 45, near Safa Park, www.dcsneeds.com (04 344 0966).

Bin Kitty Collective adoption day
Bin Kitty is a group of women dedicated to finding homes for abandoned cats. If you’re in need of a furry pet then come along to the adoption day.
Free. 2pm-5pm, Dubai Garden Centre, Al Quoz Industrial Area 3, binkittycollective@gmail.com.

Dubai Autism Awareness Ride
Cycle from Dubai Autodrome to Dubai Investment Park to raise greater awareness of those in the emirate with autism. The event will include displays from Rumble Cycles and a chance to test drive new bikes.
Free. Noon-5pm. Ride starts 1.30pm. Dubai Autodrome, Motor City, www.volunteerinuae.com (no number).

Saturday 29

Earth Hour 2014
To highlight global energy consumption, Dubai will be turning the lights off at all its major landmarks at 8.30pm. A number of candle-lit events will take place such as at the Fairmont The Palm. They will be hosting a white candlelit party on the hotel’s beach.
Earth Hour, 8.30pm-9.30pm. Fairmont Beach Party from Dhs350. 6.30pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumierah, www.fairmont.ae (04 457 3388).

Sunday 30

Love or Conflict? workshop by Gulnara Omar
Discover the differences and similarities between male and female communication.
Dhs250. 7pm-10pm. Illuminations Well-Being Center, 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, JLT, www.meetup.com/dubai-ultimate-relationships (04 448 7043).

Monday 31

Learn Arabic
Sign up for an Arabic class in a relaxed setting.
To register, email info@iqraalc.com. Dhs260 for four sessions. Dhs260. 6.30pm-8pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Tuesday April 1

Outdoor cinema night
Watch classic 1980s comedy The Goonies under the stars at Reform Social & Grill. Films are free to view but customers must purchase food or drink.
Free. 8pm. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Living, www.reformsocialgrill.ae (04 454 2638).

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