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 a documentary set in Goa
See Wed 18

2 Express yourself at a creative writing group
See Sat 21.

3 Listen to classic oud player Ahmad Hameed
See Mon 23.

4 Discover Ramadan and what it means to you
See Wed 18.

5 Absorb Japanese culture
See Thu 19.

Wednesday 18

Film screening at Creekside
Watch Shifting Sands, a documentary by Sonia Filinto, investigating the fishing trade in Goa. The film will be followed by a Q&A.
Free. 7.30pm. Creekside, Bur Dubai, (04 359 9220).

Soul reading
Improve your spiritual wellbeing with a healing session. Register for an appointment online.
Dhs500 per hour. 11am-8pm. Until June 19. The Miracles Center, Icon Tower, TECOM, (no number).

Emirates Photo Club
Take holiday snaps that are worthy of printing. Bring two of your best shots and get feedback from fellow photographers.
RSVP online to attend. Free. 6.30pm. The Cribb, Al Quoz, (no number).

Culture in the UAE: Ramadan
Discover what Ramadan means and ask questions about the traditions. Dr Sheikh Mohamed Al Khobaisi will be in attendance as guest speaker.
RSVP online in advance. Free. 7pm. World Trade Club, Dubai World Trade Centre, (no number).

Thursday 19

Japanese cultural night
Enjoy a night celebrating Japanese culture and lifestyle, with dinner and a charity raffle. Sign up to buy tickets.
Dhs350 per person. 7.30pm. The Ritz-Cartlton, Dubai, DIFC, (no number).

Friday 20

Cultural mix discussion
This cross-cultural group meets to discuss issues of morality.
RSVP online to join. Free. 3pm. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina, (no number).

Chinese Speaker’s Corner
Brush up on your Chinese by having a chat with native speakers. Call to confirm attendance.
Free. 2pm-4pm. Caffè Nero, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, (050 8788 266).

Saturday 21

Creative writing in Spanish and English
Develop your writing in different languages. Email to attend.
Free. Spanish 2.30pm-3.30pm, English 3.45pm-5pm. Mama Tani Restaurant, Jumeirah Town Centre, Umm Suqeim (050 651 6107).

Sunday 22

Enrol for French Summer camp with Alliance Française
French language summer camps starts June 29 for kids aged seven-ten.
Dhs1,350 for French classes only, Dhs2,000 for classes and activities. Sun, Tue and Thu 9am-1.30pm. Alliance Française, Oud Metha and Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, (04 335 8712).

Monday 23

Ahmad Hameed at The Fridge
Listen to traditional oud music, performed by Ahmad Hameed.
RSVP to Dhs50 per person, Dhs.25 for students, free for under 18s. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, (04 347 7793).

Environment Film Screenings
Watch films about green issues. Toxic Napoli looks at the mafia controlled waste-management industry, and Garbage Island focuses on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Free. 6.30pm-9pm. The Magazine Shop, Dubai Media City, (04 457 4283).

Tuesday 24

Ranches ladies’ coffee morning
Find out about this women’s group over a cup of coffee.
Email your details to in order to attend. Dhs50. Tue 9am-noon. Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches, (no number).

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