Community events in Dubai

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Our picks of the week

1 Scribble at The Big Draw
See Sat 11.

2 Enjoy outdoor film screenings at Reform
See Tue 14.

3 Check out the new Bookshop at DIFC
See Thu 9.

4 Watch free indie films at The Scene Club
See Wed 8.

5 Raise money for breast cancer awareness
See Fri 10.

Wednesday 8

Eid in Dubai
Watch the celebratory fireworks illuminate Kite Beach as the city celebrates Eid Al Adha.
Free. 9pm. Until Saturday October 11. Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim, www.eidindubai.ae (no number).

The Scene Club
Book your ticket for Searching for Sugar Man at The Scene Club, Dubai’s independent film club. Reserve tickets in advance online to attend.
Free. 7pm-10pm. Conference Centre, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.thesceneclub.com (04 391 0051).

Speak Dating
Speak in tongues at this evening of culture and language sharing. Certified instructors from the Eton Institute will be there to teach you basic phrases in Spanish, Italian and German, and attendees will share their knowledge of their own native language.
RSVP online to attend. Free. 6pm-8pm. Lounge Café Italiano, Arenco Tower, Dubai Media City, www.etoninstitute.com (800-3866).

Crit Club
Come along to the first of new monthly creative Q&As. This month, Shaikha Al Ali, a food writer and filmographer from the UAE, will be discussing her love for travel, culture and Emirati food.
Free. 7pm. The Magazine Shop, Dubai Media City, www.themagazineshop.me (04 457 4283).

Thursday 9

Buy second-hand books in DIFC
Take a browse around Bookshop, this cute space sells new and used Middle Eastern and North African books, the new shop also operates as a coffee shop and hang out spot.
Free. 8am-6pm. Unit 27, Precinct Building 2, Level 2, DIFC, www.facebook.com/bookshopdubai (050 874 9671).

Friday 10

Swim for breast cancer
Take part in the Pink is Punk Run:Swim event organised by Ignite Fitness & Wellness. All funds raised will go to the Safe & Sound Breast Cancer Awareness Program. Register online to get involved.
Dhs150 per person, Dhs250 for teams. Spectators can also attend with a Dhs150 contribution. 6am. Anantara The Palm Resort and Spa, The Palm Jumeirah, www.premieronline.com (no number).

Rotana Eid Al Adha Concerts
See Mohammed Abdo and Arwa perform Arabic classics.
From Dhs300. 11pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.platinumlist.net (no number).

Saturday 11

Feline Friends Dubai Adoption Day
Give an abandoned cat or kitten a loving and permanent home by attending this adoption day. All the animals have been vaccinated, and potential adopters should bring a cat carrier, and ID.
Free. 1pm-4pm. Creatures Oasis, Villa 10, Community 332, 31a Street, Jumeirah 1. www.felinefriendsdubai.com (050 451 0058).

The Big Draw
Sketchers, doodler and illustrators can unleash their talents at this international initiative to get people of all abilities drawing.
Free. 10am-2pm. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Sunday 12

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, per class. 8.30pm-1.30am. Porte des Indes, The Address Hotel Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.zouk-dubai (no number).

Monday 13

Rendez-vous Cinéma at Alliance Française
Fans of French film can enjoy a free screening of Comme un chef, starring Jean Reno and Michael Youn.
Free. 8pm. Alliance Française, Oud Metha, www.afdubai.org (04 335 8712).

Tuesday 14

Reform Social & Film
Watch The Witches of Eastwick, starring Jack Nicholson on the lawn at Reform. 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).

The beachside dining spot is celebrating international coffee day at its brand-new branch

Feeling the pinch? Fear not. We've got 16 weekend feasts for under Dhs300 for you

Black Coffee and Themba will hit the decks on Friday September 28

You’ll get a complimentary vegetarian dim sum basket on October 1

It's free to take part and no experience is needed

There will be fireworks at La Mer, plus discounts across the city

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