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 Learn to speak French
See Sat 4.

2 Enjoy outdoor film screenings at Reform
See Tue 7.

3 Sign up for a poetry course
See Sat 4.

4 Improve your Arabic for free
See Wed 1.

5 Learn about stranger danger for your children
See Sat 4.

Wednesday 1

Global App Summit
If you think you have the technical know-how and business smarts to develop the next big app then check out this event. Learn how to pitch your ideas, and debate industry issues such as wearable technologies. Register online to attend.
Free visitor pass, Dhs367 VIP pass. Wed 9.30am-9pm, Thu 9.30am-6.30pm. Until October 2. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.appsglobal.ae (04 265 9704).

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. Ongoing. Park Central restaurant, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.facebook.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Thursday 2

Meet new people at the Common Ground Meet Up
Join this new meet up group to make 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).

Friday 3

Join in with board games
Lovers of board games and war games can join this weekly social meet up. Bring games of your own, or play the ones provided and get to know new people. RSVP online to attend.
Free. Noon-8pm. Al Arrab Restaurant, Uptown Mirdif, www.meetup.com/uae-wargames-boardgames-group (no number).

Saturday 4

Stranger Danger workshop
Parents of young children are invited to attend this seminar on dealing with strangers and child protection. The discussion will cover warning signs and how to teach your child about inappropriate behaviour. Sign up online to attend.
Free. 10am-11am. Costa Coffee, Dubai Festival City, next to Ikea, www.meetup.com/parent-junction (no number).

Perfect your poetry From Page to Stage
This series of workshops gives writers the opportunity to create your own work under the guidance of a published professional poet. It also teaches budding bards how to present and deliver their work on stage.
From Dhs1,400 for the basic package, inclusive of certificate of completion. Sat 10am-noon. Until November 1. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, www.courtyardplayhouse.com (050 9861 761).

Learn French
If you want to learn French or brush up on your vocabulary, then join this social group to converse 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 5

Brazilian Zouk
Learn how to dance the Afro/Brazilian dance of Zouk. This session for beginners will give you the basic steps, moves and the confidence to progress with this expressive dance form.
Dhs50 per person. 8.30pm-10.30pm. Savage Garden, Capitol Hotel, Al Hudaiba, www.zouk-dubai (no number).

Monday 6

Try Speed Coaching
Try a speed coaching session and discover how much you can learn about yourself and your relationships in just 15 minutes. Register online to attend. Location will disclosed on registration.
Free. 7.45pm-10.45pm. www.meetup.com/inspire-coaching-meetup-group (no number).

Tuesday 7

Reform Social & Film
The popular outdoor film night returns to The Lakes, with a fantasy theme to start the season. The 1984 hit Gremlins will be screened on the restaurant’s lawn while guests enjoy popcorn and beef hot dogs. Book in advance to secure your spot.
Free with purchase of food and drink. Tue 8pm. Ongoing. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, www.reformsocialgrill.ae (04 454 2638).

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