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 Enter a filmmaker’s competition
See Sat 26.

2 Support the UAE Water Aid initiative
See Sun 27.

3 Discover the new world of work
See Thu 24.

4 Enjoy Keralan musical entertainment
See Mon 28.

5 Sponsor a school meal
See Tue 29.

Wednesday 23

Trade in old clothes at Wild Wadi Waterpark and ride for free
Donate three items of clothing and enjoy free entry to the waterpark. Donations will support the Beit Al Kheir Society, which helps underprivileged families in the UAE.
Free. Mon 3pm-7pm. Until July 27. Wild Wadi Waterpark, Jumeirah Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444)

Dubai Business Breakfast
Attend a networking event for early risers. The event will feature a topical business discussion and Q&A.
RSVP Online to attend. Free. 7.15am-8.45am. The Library Lounge, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.meetup.com/dubai-business-breakfast (no number).

Thursday 24

SMCCU Cultural Iftar
Visit the cultural centre this week to share an Emirati meal and learn more about local traditions. Book in advance to attend.
Dhs125, free for children under 12. Daily. Event starts 15 minutes before the call to prayer every evening. Until July 26. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).

Start Up Corner’s ‘The Reinvention Of Work’ iftar
Meet with fellow entrepreneurs and discuss how technological advances and globalisation has changed approaches to business and recruitment. Sign up online to attend.
Free. 6pm-9pm. The Cribb, Football Centre Building, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/atthecribb (04 319 7645).

See Islamic art at The Dubai Mall
Each atrium of the mall will be adorned with cultural artworks during Ramadan. Be sure to take a look at Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej’s Encyclopaedia in the Waterfall Atrium, a sculpture created with stainless steel circles, each designed to provide information on the Holy Month.
Free. Daily 10am-1am. Until July 29. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.thedubaimall.com (800 382 246 255).

Friday 25

Smile on the Face iftar distribution
Sign up and help distribute meal boxes and toiletries to blue collar workers.
To volunteer email zona@tamquest.com. Free. 3pm. Khansab, Sharjah, www.facebook.com/smileontheface (no number).

Chinese Speakers Corner
Brush up on your Mandarin Chinese with native speakers. All levels welcome.
RSVP online. Free. 2pm. Caffè Nero, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/dubai-china-night (050 878 8266).

Saturday 26

Filmmakers, submit your entries for the IWC Schaffhausen
Filmmaker Award Directors from the GCC region will have the chance to compete for an exciting award from Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. The annual cash award of Dhs367,290 is dedicated to the production of feature-length fiction films.
Deadline for entries is August 15. www.dubaifilmfest.com (04 363 3456).

Sunday 27

Donate to UAE Water Aid
Back this Ramadan initiative, which aims to provide clean water for five million people around the world.
To make a donation text ‘water’ to the following numbers: 8025 to donate Dhs25; 8075 to donate Dhs75; 8150 to donate Dhs150; 8250 to donate Dh250; 8500 to donate Dhs500.

Monday 28

Suruma Eid Night 2014
Celebrate Eid with a night of Keralan music and entertainment.
From Dhs50. Show starts 9pm. Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, The Indian High School, Oud Metha, www.platinumlist.net (04 396 4474).

Tuesday 29

‘Feed the Future’ with the Maria Cristina Foundation
Help provide school meals to underprivileged kids in Pakistan. The cost to sponsor a single child’s school meal for a full year is Dhs349.
Until August 4. www.facebook.com/MariaCristinaFoundation.

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