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 Donate unwanted clothes this Ramadan
See Sat 28

2 Attend a poetry night at Vogue Café
See Tue 1.

3 Buy hand-crafted gifts and help a charity
See Mon 30

4 Volunteer with Feline Friends
See Wed 25.

5 Find out how to set up a business in the UAE
See Wed 25.

Wednesday 25

Feline Friends – volunteers appeal
The pet rescue organisation is in need of carers who are willing to house cats on a temporary basis. Feline Friends will provide all pet food plus medical expenses. It is also currently looking for volunteers with PR and merchandising experience.
To lend a hand email newvolunteers@felinefriendsdubai.com (no number).

Setup 101 – how to set up your company in the UAE
Got questions about starting a business? Get them answered by Steve Mayne, managing director of Creative Zone. He will be detailing everything from trade licences and local sponsors to office space and offshore jurisdictions.
RSVP online to book your seat. Free. 7pm-9pm. The Cribb, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/atthecribb (no number).

Thursday 26

Belle and Sebastian film release
Watch a charming French language film set in the snowy Alps during the Second World War. The film tells the story of a young boy and his mountain dog as they try to foil a Nazi plan.
Dhs35. Ongoing. All Vox Cinemas, including Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.voxcinemas.com (60 059 9905)

Friday 27

Gulf for Good Jumeirah beach hike
Sign up to hike 13km from Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa to Jumeirah Beach Hotel for this charity. Even if you’re not registered for a challenge, volunteers are welcome to take part.
RSVP by emailing g4gassistant@gmail.com (04 368 0222).

Saturday 28

Make a difference this Ramadan with Majid Al Futtaim and the Red Crescent Society
Donate old clothing, books, reading glasses and mobile phones in aid of the Red Crescent Society. Collection boxes will be placed in selected malls including Deira City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, and Mirdif City Centre. Majid Al Futtaim has partnered with the Red Crescent Society to ensure the distribution of all donated goods to under-privileged families.
Until Eid. www.rcuae.ae (04 284 4482).

Sunday 29

Celebrate the start of Ramadan with a cultural iftar with SMCCU
Find out about the tradition of fasting and share an Emirati meal.
Dhs135 per person. 6.30pm. Daily. Until July 27. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Fahidi District, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).

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

Monday 30

Smiles N’ Stuff online website
Log onto the newly launched charity website to buy hand-made gifts crafted by the gifted students at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs.
Ongoing. www.smilesnstuff.ae (04 340 4844).

Tuesday July 1

Brownbook poetry readings at Vogue Café
Throughout Ramadan Brownbook will be hosting intimate poetry readings on Tuesday evenings. Iftar and suhoor will also be available. Poets that wish to perform should email poets@brownbook.me in advance. Free. 8.30pm. Tuesdays until July 22. Vogue Café (inside Level Shoe District), The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.levelshoedistrict.com (04 457 4287).

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