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 Watch Greek Community comedy at Ductac
See Sat 7.

2 Join the Bibliophiles book club for literary chat
See Sat 7

3 Spend at the charity shop and support special needs
See Fri 6.

4 Learn how to play the djembe African drum
See Mon 9.

5 Visit Jumeirah Mosque and discover local tradition
See Sun 8.

Wednesday 4

Emirates Photo Club coffee and critique
Improve your photography with feedback from fellow snappers. RSVP online to confirm your attendance.
Free. 6.30pm. The Empty Quarter, DIFC, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

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

Thursday 5

Speak Mandarin Chinese
Learn Mandarin Chinese in a beginners class with a native speaker. Register online.
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 6

Charity shop sale
Hunt for second-hand bargains at the Dubai Centre for Special Needs charity shop sale.
Free. Every first Friday of the month. 9am-12.30pm. Dubai Centre for Special Needs, Karama, www.dcsneeds.com (04 337 8246).

Saturday 7

Watch a Greek play Thespis
Greek Theatre Group presents Babades With Chantilly. This comedy about families and money will be performed in Greek by Dubai’s Hellenic community actors.
Dhs100. 4.30pm and 8pm, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).

Bibliophiles – Dubai Book Club
This group will discuss its novel of the month at this meeting, The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng. Sign up online in advance to join.
Dhs30 annual fee. Every third Saturday of the month. 7pm. Ongoing. BookMunch Café, Al Wasl Road, www.meetup.com/bibliophiles-dubai-book-club (no number).

Sunday 8

Jumeirah Mosque visits
Spend a morning discovering Islam. Jumeirah Mosque is dedicated to receiving non-Muslim guests. Modest dress essential.
Dhs10 per person. Sat-Thu 9.45am, Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).

Monday 9

Learn to play African djembe drums
Bash the stress of the day out of you in this fun group class. Call to enroll.
Dhs50 per session. Mon 7.30pm-8.30pm. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.dubaidrums.com (056-744-2129).

Grief Support Group
This group is open to anyone dealing with bereavement in the family. Attendees must have a private intake interview to be eligble to attend.
Free. Mon 5.30pm-7pm. Every fortnight. Ongoing. The Lighthouse Arabia, Umm Suqeim 2, www.lighthousearabia.com (04 380 9298).

Holistic Happy Hour
Tune in to your spiritual side in this hour of talks about wellbeing.
Free. Mon 4pm-5pm. Ongoing. Illuminations World, Fortune ExecutiveTowers, Cluster T, JLT, www.illuminationsworld.com (04 448 7043).

Tuesday 10

Ranches ladies’ coffee morning
These weekly events are an ideal opportunity to find out about this women’s social group. To attend email your details to ranches.ladies@gmail.com.
Dhs50. Tue 9am-Noon. Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches, www.arabianranchesladies.com (no number).

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