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 Sponsor a child’s school meal in Pakistan
See Wed 30.

2 Watch Dubai’s talented performers in Al Quoz
See Thu 31.

3 Learn French at Alliance Française
See Sat 2.

4 Hunt for deals at the Night Flea Market
See Fri Aug 1.

5 Submit your film entries to the Schaffhausen award
See Sat 2.

Wednesday 30

‘Feed the Future’ with the Maria Cristina Foundation
Help provide school meals to underprivileged kids in Pakistan. A single child’s school meal for a full year is just Dhs349. See Facebook for details of how to donate.
Until August 4. www.facebook.com/MariaCristinaFoundation.

Emirates Photo Club
Get feedback on your best snaps at this critique session. Bring two photos on a USB stick and fellow photographers will help you improve. RSVP online to attend.
Free. 6.30pm. The Cribb, 15a Street, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Thursday 31

Breakthrough You
Check out Dubai’s undiscovered talent and enjoy a night of film, dance, poetry, rap and stand-up. RSVP online to attend.
Dhs50 on the door. 8pm-10pm. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, www.courtyardplayhouse.com (052 779 0077).

Stay true to yourself in a relationship
Discover how be yourself in your relationships and enjoy better connections in your life. Sign up online to attend.
Dhs100. 7pm-9pm. Illuminations Well-being Centre, 409 Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.illuminations.ae (800 4325).

Friday August 1

Night Flea Market at Safa Park
Bargain hunt for second-hand clothes and bric-a-brac. You can also set up a stall to sell your pre-loved items too. To sell, register online in advance.
Dhs3 entry to the park. 7pm-11pm. Gate 4, Al Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.dubai-fleamarket.com (no number).

Saturday 2

Learn French with Alliance Française Dubai
This one month course is taught by qualified teachers, and students also have access to an extensive French library. Classes can be taken at either Oud Metha or Ductac. Book before July 30 to get 10 per cent off the course fee.
Dhs1,600 for 20 hours, Dhs250 for books and registration. Sat-Wed, 9am-9pm specific class times dependant on ability and venue, Alliance Française Dubai, Street 18, Oud Metha, www.afdubai.org (04 335 8712).

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 3

Outsourcing: The secret to successful startups
Nabbesh.com is an online marketplace that connects businesses with freelance talent. Founder, Loulou Khazen Baz, will be giving a presentation on how to make the most of outsourcing.
Free. 7pm-9pm. The Cribb, 15a Street, Football Centre Building, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/atthecrib (04 319 7645).

Monday 4

Rendez vous cinéma – Tout ce qui brille
Francophone film fans can watch French drama about two friends living in a working-class suburb of Paris, who try to live the fancy life in the capital. The film is screened in French without subtitles.
Free. 8pm. Alliance Française Dubai Street 18, Oud Metha, www.afdubai.org (04 335 8712).

What it takes to be an entrepreneur
Join budding entrepreneurs to discuss what helps and hinders your professional success.
RSVP online to get involved. Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Richmond Hotel, 24C Street, off Kuwait Road, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig (no number).

Tuesday 5

Salsa dance meet up
Learn the Latin dance and make new friends.
RSVP online to attend. Dhs50. 8pm-12.30am. Seville’s Restaurant and Bar, Wafi Pyramids, Oud Metha, www.meetup.com/salsa-dubai-socials-dancing-classes-and-parties (no number).

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