Community events in Dubai this week

Free Arabic lessons, poetry performances, Euro film screenings and more

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Our picks of the week

1 Find out if you’re cut out for a career in therapy
See Sun 21.

2 Catch My Beautiful Country at The Scene Club
See Wed 17.

3 Learn to speak French over a cup of coffee
See Thu 18.

4 Check out the Punch Poetry night
See Thu 18.

5 Get tickets for the Urban Arts Benefit Concert
See Tue 23.

Wednesday 17

Free weekly Arabic Language Course
Develop your Arabic language skills with this free course. The programme teaches students in Modern Standard Arabic. No need to RSVP, just commit and turn up.
Free. Mon and Wed 8.30pm-10pm. Park Central restaurant, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.facebook.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).

The Scene Club
Enjoy this month’s second night of free independent film, courtesy of the The Scene Club. Tonight’s film, My Beautiful Country, is a love story set during the civil war in Kosovo. To attend, register online.
Free. 7pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre, Al Sufouh Road, www.thesceneclub.com (04 391 0051).

Thursday 18

Punch Poetry Nights
Budding performance poets can sign up to share their verses with an appreciative audience at BookMunch Café. Fans of the spoken word will be treated to recitals by new and established local talent. If you want to read at the event, email Zeina Hashem Beck at zeinahbeck@gmail.com.
Dhs45. 8.30pm. BookMunch Café, Al Wasl Square, www.bookmunchcafe.com (04 388 4006).

Friday 19

European Film Screenings
Movie fans should check out the first edition of European Film Screenings, held in collaboration with Dubai International Film Festival. Audiences can enjoy a selection of recent independent film from across Europe. Each screening day will also feature an Emirati short film. See the website for full details.
Free. 6pm and 8pm. Unitl September 25. Vox Cinema, Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.facebook.com/europeanfilmscreenings (no number).

Meet new people at the Common Ground Meetup
Join this new Meetup group to make new friends and expand your social network by sharing experiences and exploring the city together. Sign up to receive details of events.
Free. www.meetup.com/common-ground-dubai (no number).

Saturday 20

Learn French
If you want to learn from scratch or brush up your vocabulary, join this social group to chat with native speakers in a relaxed coffee shop setting. RSVP online to attend.
Free. Sat 7pm-9pm. Locations vary, www.meetup.com/ learn-french-conversation (no number).

Sunday 21

Career opportunities in therapy
Want to help others achieve success and well-being quickly and easily? Then come and find out more about your career opportunities in therapy at this introductory workshop. RSVP online. Full address will be disclosed upon registration.
Free. 6.30pm-9pm, near Al Safa Park, www.meetup.com/dubai-personal-devlopment (04 344 0115).

Catch a smile day
Share the love today with the Catch a Smile campaign by Clowns who Care. Using social media to connect people from around the globe, it’s an opportunity for everyone to perform a random act of kindness and pay it forward.
www.facebook.com/clownswhocare (800 266 339).

Monday 22

Try Speed Coaching
Discover just how much you can learn about yourself in 15 minutes at this quick-fire coaching session. Register online to attend. Location will disclosed upon registration.
Free. 7.45pm-10.45pm. www.meetup.com/inspire-coaching-meetup-group (no number).

Tuesday 23

Book your tickets for The Love of Palestine and Syria: An Urban Arts Benefit Concert
Dubomedy, in collaboration with the Palestinian and Syrian Cultural Clubs at AUS, are hosting this evening of music, dance, poetry and comedy with proceeds donated to the Palestininan Children’s Relief Fund. Dhs50.
Wed September 24, 7.30pm. American University of Sharjah, www.dubomedy.com (050 927 3621).

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