Events around town this week

Meet-up groups, community gatherings and more ways to make new friends in Dubai

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Our picks of the week

1 Adopt a cute kitty with Feline Friends
See Sat 10.

2 Learn Mandarin Chinese at Dubai Knowledge Village
See Thu 8

3 Learn the craft of pottery at The Archive
See Wed 7.

4 Develop your leadership and management skills
See Fri 9.

5 Give a perfect business pitch in just two minutes
See Tue 13.

Wednesday 7

Start-up Ideas Pitching Championship
If you have a head full of creative business ideas, innovative apps and social networking initiatives, then join Innov-a-thon. This event is hoping to generate ideas that can be turned into a business in 120 days. Bring your team and your laptop. Sign up online to attend.
Free. 11am-7pm. The Cribb, Al Quoz, www.innovathondubai.eventbrite.com (no number).

Adult pottery course
Learn the essentials of pottery in this eight-week course. Register in advance by emailing mubarakka@yahoo.com.
Dhs800 inclusive of materials. 10.30am-noon. Until June 25. The Archive, Safa Park, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Thursday 8

Learn Mandarin Chinese
A new term of classes begins, so if you’ve ever wanted to learn Mandarin Chinese, now’s the time to try. Register online in advance.
Dhs498. 7pm. Ongoing. Dubai Knowledge Village, Al Sufouh, www.meetup.com/dubai-china-nights (052 931 8856).

Expat Woman coffee morning
Meet women who are new to Dubai and live in or around The Greens, Lakes, Springs and Meadows.
Free, not including coffee. 10am-noon. Ongoing. Tim Hortons, Meadows Town Centre, Emirates Hills, www.expatwoman.com (no number).

Friday 9

Emerging Leaders: The First Steps to Becoming a Leader
Acorn Coaching and Development is hosting a leadership programme with expert trainer Steve Gee.
Dhs5,200. 9am-5pm. May 9-10. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.acorn-intl.com. (04 453 2779).

Friday pool side movie nights
Watch classic movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl poolside at Emirates Golf Club.
Free. 7pm. Until May 30. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaigolf.com (04 417 9999).

Saturday 10

Mashallah News book launch
The Middle East- focussed media platform Mashallah News is launching its new book, Beirut Re-collected, featuring stories from the Lebanese capital.
Free. 5pm-8pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Feline Friends pet adoption day
Give a cat a permanent home. You must be over 21. Bring ID and a pet carrier.
Free. Non-refundable donations made on adoption. 1pm-4pm. The Vet Hospital, Al Quoz, www.felinefriendsdubai.com (050 451 0058).

Sunday 11

Movies under the stars at Wafi
Grab a bean bag and settle down to watch Zac Efron in The Lucky One under the night sky.
Free. 8.30pm. Until May 25. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 324 4100).

Monday 12

The magic of thinking big
This business development group will be discussing the pros and cons of referrals.
Free. 6.30pm-7.30pm. 105 Khaleed Al Attar Tower, next to BurJuman Metro Station, www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig (no number).

Tuesday 13

Ladies only CV correction consultation
Get your CV analysed by designers and professionals at this consultation. Register online to attend.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Location provided on registration, www.meetup.com/dubai-ladies-social-group (no number).

Speed networking with GCC Business Council
Give your business pitch to more than 30 potential investors, spending only two minutes with each. Register online.
Dhs100 for non-members. Free for paid-up annual members. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Dome Café, DIFC, www.meetup.com/gcc-business-council-dubai (no number).

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