Events around town this week

Meet-up groups, community gatherings and more ways to make new friends in Dubai

Area Guides
Our picks of the week

1 Get a free health check at Badr Al Samaa
See Sat 25.

2 Lunch with entrepreneurs at Impact Hub
See Tue 28.

3 Take better pictures at the Emirates Photography Club
See Wed 22.

4 Watch Gladiator at Emirates Golf Club
See Fri 24.

5 Environment family day at Dubai Marina Yacht Club
See Sat 25.

Wednesday 22

Coffee and Critique at Emirates Photography Club
Learn how to take better photographs with help from expert snappers. Bring two images on a USB stick for the group to discuss.
RSVP online to attend. Free. 6.30pm. Creative Centre Studio, Street 4, Al Quoz 4, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Public/Private: Talking About Space in the UAE
This seminar will look at the relationship between public and private spaces within the UAE and its impact on arts and the community.
Free. 5pm-8pm. The Archive, Al Safa Park, Al Wasl Road. www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Thursday 23

GCC Business Council networking evening
Meet suppliers, vendors and new clients from a variety of industries at this Business After Hours event and enjoy the entertainment and refreshments.
RSVP online. Free. 7.30pm-11.45pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.gccbusiness.org (04 319 7822).

Friday 24

Friday Poolside Movie Nights
Enjoy a laid-back movie night at Emirates Golf Club. The evening begins with family movie, The Smurfs 2, followed by Gladiator. There’s free popcorn and a range of snacks and drinks too.
Free. 6.30pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaigolf.com (04 417 9999).

Saturday 25

Chinese Arabia
Learn Mandarin Chinese with professional native teachers. Classes are available for kids and adults. There are also sessions for business Chinese and understanding Chinese business etiquette.
Free for first trial on Saturdays only. 2.30pm. Regular classes from Dhs80 per hour. Daily 9am-9pm. 1302 Millennium Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.chinesearabia.com (04 352 9188).

Free medical camp
Volunteer Dubai is organising a free health check-up, courtesy of Badr Al Samaa hospitals, which includes a BMI check, blood pressure and diabetes checks, and a fitness report. To attend RSVP online, bring a friend, and a blue collar worker.
Free. 5pm-7pm. Badr Al Samaa Polyclinic, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/volunteerdubai (no number).

Marine Environment Family Fun Day
Find out about local marine life at this environmental festival. There will be seminars, life-sized models of dolphins and a treasure hunt for the kids.
Free. 2pm-6pm. Dubai Marina Yacht Club, Dubai Marina, www.dubaimarinayachtclub.com (04 362 7900).

Sunday 26

Enjoy classic films at Wafi
Movies Under the Stars returns. Grab a bean bag and watch Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise.
Free. 8.30pm. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 3244 100).

Monday 27

Disruptive CEO Speaker Series with Badr Jafar
This series of speaker events gives professionals and entrepreneurs an insight into the mind-set of a CEO. Badr Jafar is managing director of Crescent Enterprises. Buy tickets in advance to attend.
Dhs73. Free for Hub Connects members. 7pm-9.30pm. Impact Hub, Saaha Offices (Old Town Island), block B, core F, unit 304, Downtown Dubai, www.impacthub.ae (04 375 444).

Tuesday 28

Catch a Smile Day
This campaign by Clowns Who Care aims to use social media to connect people from around the globe by performing random acts of kindness. Join the Facebook group and share your moment of kindness with the online community.
www.facebook.com/clownswhocare (no number).

Ikebana at The Archive
Learn the art of Japanese flower arranging at this weekly class. Email ikebaname@gmail.com to enrol.
Dhs1,600. 5pm-8pm. Until December 9. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Lunch at Impact Hub
Entrepreneurs are invited to join in at these weekly lunch events. Enjoy a meal, share ideas and network within a creative space with like-minded individuals.
Dhs30. 1pm-2pm. Impact Hub, Saaha Offices (Old Town Island), Downtown Dubai, www.impacthub.ae (04 375 4444).

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