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 Buy Ramadan gift cards from Al Noor
See Mon 7

2 Enjoy an evening of great American television
See Thu 3.

3 Attend a poetry night at Vogue Café
See Tue 8

4 Volunteer with Feline Friends
See Wed 2.

5 Combat the fear of failure and set up a business
See Thu 3.

Wednesday 2

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 seeking volunteers with PR and merchandising experience.
To lend a hand email newvolunteers@felinefriendsdubai.com (no number).

Thursday 3

FailCon seminar
Planning to start up your own technology business? Then attend this conference on understanding and overcoming start-up failures. The event will host guest speakers including Ambareen Musa, founder, Souqalmal.com. Purchase tickets online or RSVP on meet up to pay on the door.
Dhs91. 6pm-midnight. The Cribb, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/atthecribb (04 319 7645).

Celebrate US Independence Day
Revel in the best of US telly from the comfort of a squishy beanbag at The Reform Social & Grill. Watch your favourite American exports, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Saved by the Bell inside the restaurant’s air-conditioned tent. Free with the purchase of food and drink.
8pm. The Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Living, www.reformsocialgrill.ae (04 454 2638).

Friday 4

American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates hosts the Governor of Massachusetts
The US business community are hosting Governor Deval Patrick at a breakfast event, where he will be discussing the business relationship between Massachusetts and the UAE.
Call to register. Dhs50 for members, Dhs125 for non-members. 8am-10am, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, www.abcdubai.olasoft.com (04 379 1414).

Saturday 5

Make a difference this Ramadan with Majid Al Futtaim and the Red Crescent Society
Donate unwanted clothes, 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.
Until Eid. www.rcuae.ae (04 284 4482).

Discover how to live fearlessly
Find out how to remove fear and take responsibility for your life. Register online to attend.
Dhs599. 10am-5pm. Illuminations Well-Being Center, 409 Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.meetup.com/Illuminations (800 4235).

Sunday 6

Share in 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).

Monday 7

Rendezvous Cinema with Alliance Française
Why not take in a French flick at Alliance Francaise. Amitiés Sincères (True Friends), follows the story of three men who were childhood friends and how their lives change in middle age.
Free. 8.30pm. Alliance Française, Oud Metha, www.afdubai.org (04 335 8712).

Get your Ramadan cards at Al Noor
Send greetings of ‘Ramadan Kareem’ with artistic cards from the students at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs. Call to purchase.
Dhs3.50-Dhs6 each. Until Eid. Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs, Al Barsha, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04-3404844).

Tuesday 8

Brownbook poetry readings at Vogue Café
Throughout Ramadan Brownbook will be hosting poetry readings on Tuesday evenings. Iftar and suhoor will also be available to enjoy. Budding poets who wish to perform on the night should email poets@brownbook.me in advance of the event.
Free. 8.30pm. Every Tuesday until July 22. Vogue Café, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.levelshoedistrict.com (04 457 4287).

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