Events around town this week

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

Area Guides
Our picks of the week

1 Join Bibliophiles and meet other bookworms
See Sat 17.

2 Learn Mandarin Chinese at Dubai Knowledge Village
See Thu 15.

3 Learn to sew like a pro with Elisabeth Roulleau
See Sat 17.

4 Attend a seminar on Islam’s admirable women
See Wed 14.

5 Watch an independent film in Safa Park
See Sat 17.

Wednesday 14

Fariba Hachtroudi Conference
Join Iranian journalist Fariba Hachtroudi for a conference entitled Admirable Women of the Islamic World.
Email info@afdubai.org to confirm attendance. Free. 8pm. A4, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.afdubai.org (04 335 8712).

Idea Olympics
A one-day workshop that helps managers and entrepreneurs develop innovative business ideas. Register online to attend.
Dhs588. 2pm-8pm. The Cribb, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/atthecribb (04 319 7645).

Thursday 15

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 16

Friday poolside movie nights
Watch classic 80s movie Top Gun poolside and under the stars while you still can at Emirates Golf Club.
Free. 7pm. Until May 30. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaigolf.com (04 417 9999).


Saturday 17

Embroidery workshop with Elisabeth Roulleau
Learn traditional and couture embroidery. Register online. Traditional Workshop.
Dhs450 (includes embroidery kit). Sat May 17 10am-5pm. Haute Couture Workshop. Dhs1,100. Sun May 18-Tue May 20 10am-5pm. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR, www.afdubai.org (04 335 8712).

LOCO’MOTION Community Cinema
Watch independent film Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets. The Moroccan drama is about street boys in Casablanca. Bring your own seating.
Free. 7pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.facebook.com/locomotion.ae (04 349 4033).

Saturday Drop-in Improv Workshops
Learn the fundamentals of improvisation. Sign up online to get involved.
Dhs120 per session or Dhs400 per month. Sat 1pm-3pm. Ongoing. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, www.dramaworkshopsdubai.com (050 9861761).

Bibliophiles – Dubai Book Club
This group is meeting to discuss its novel of the month The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller. Sign up online to join.
Dhs30 annual fee. Every third Sat of the month. 7pm. Ongoing. BookMunch Cafe, Al Wasl Road, www.meetup.com/bibliophiles-dubai-book-club (no number).

Sunday 18

Movies under the stars at Wafi
Grab a bean bag and watch romantic comedy You Again staring Kristen Bell under the night sky.
Free. Sun 8.30pm. Until May 25. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 324 4100).

Monday 19

Motherless Daughters Support Group
This group is open to women over 18 grieving the loss of their mother.
Call to register. Free. Every fortnight. Mon 7.30pm-9pm. Ongoing. The Lighthouse Arabia, Umm Suqeim 2, www.lighthousearabia.com (04 380 9298).

Tuesday 20

Book now for the Al Noor – Pacific Ventures Gala Dinner
Support the work of special needs charity Al Noor by attending its gala dinner. All proceeds go to the charity.
Dhs850 per person, Dhs8,000 for a table of ten. Thu June 5 8pm. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).

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