13 community events in Dubai this week

Urban market, Arabic camp, film screenings, networking meet-ups and more

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Our picks of the week

1 Browse books at Reademption Library
See Mon 15.

2 Fund your route to happiness at The LightHouse Arabia
See Wed 10.

3 Meet Santa at Oasis Centre
See Thu 11.

4 Make new friends at Emirates Golf Club
See Wed 10.

5 Attend the Winter Arabic Camp at Golden Age
See Sat 13.

Wednesday 10

Expat Woman festive evening
Bringing together women who are new to Dubai as well as those who want to make new friends over festive food and drinks.
Email register@expatwoman.com to attend. Dhs10. 6pm-8pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.expatwoman.com (no number).

Grow your business with Dubai Business Networking
Get your business cards and your pitch ready for Speed Business Networking. Present your ideas in just two minutes and meet the clients, vendors, and employees you need to get your idea off the ground. RSVP online to attend.
Dhs50. 7pm-9.30pm. Dome Cafe, Building 5, DIFC, www.meetup.com/business-networking-dubai (no number).

Wellness Wednesday Seminar at The LightHouse Arabia
This session, led by Dr. Tara Wyne, will explore the five essential elements of well-being, and the personality traits you can develop to achieve greater happiness. Sign up online to attend.
Dhs75. 9.30am-11am. The LightHouse Arabia, Villa 2, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.lighthousearabia.com (04 380 9298).

Thursday 11

Marketeerzz at Jumeirah Town Centre
Check out this creative market where shoppers can pick up handmade goods, sign up for a creative writing course and get life coaching all under one roof. Creatives are also welcome to apply for a stall to sell their work too. Email info@marketeerzz.com for details. Free to attend.
From Dhs250 (one-day vendor’s pitch). Thu-Sat 10am-10pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Town Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.towncentrejumeirah.com (050 770 6711).

Oasis Winter Wonderland
Head to Oasis Centre for seasonal activities and to meet Santa in the Christmas Castle. Dhs35 to meet Santa (including photo, a kids meal voucher and a toy).
Sun-Wed 6pm-9.45pm, Thu-Sat 6pm-11.45pm. Until December 25. Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.oasiscentremall.com (04 515 4000).

Friday 12

Beat Diabetes Walkathon
In the Middle East and North Africa, one in ten adults suffer from diabetes. Join this 3km walk to help raise to awareness and funds for the cause. The event will also feature live music and family entertainment. Sign up online to take part. If you can’t participate in the walk you can still support the campaign by taking a selfie wearing blue and posting it on social media sites with the hashtag #beatdiabetes.
Dhs20 to participate. 8am. Gate 3, Zabeel Park, Al Jafiliya, www.beatdiabetes.me (no number).

Saturday 13

Urban Market: Winter 2014
Check out the first winter market on Alserkal Avenue. Pick up eclectic gifts including hand-made jewellery, crafts, vintage vinyl and fashion. The event will also feature live music at the Fridge.
Free. 11am-8pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae (04 416 1900).

Winter Arabic Camp open day for residents
If you’re a resident who still hasn’t learned Arabic, then consider enrolling into this language camp. This open day will give you all the info you need and a taster of the classes. The programme is designed for people willing to learn Arabic on a long term basis. Register before Sunday December 14 for discounted rates. Classes begin in January. Open day is free to attend.
2pm-5pm. Golden Age Institute, 506 Swiss Tower, Cluster Y, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.goldenage.ae (04 453 3046).

Sunday 14

Enjoy films at Wafi
Grab a bean bag and watch action drama Flight starring Denzel Washington.
Free. 8pm. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 3244 100).

The Sameness Project Mini Film Festival at The Archive
Enjoy al fresco cinema in Safa Park. The Sameness Project is hosting a series of uplifting short films.
Free. 7pm. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Monday 15

Reademption Library
Visit Dubai’s new multichannel library and immerse yourself in a world of books. Take time to peruse some of the more than 30,000 titles across printed books, e-books and audiobooks at the Sheikh Zayed Road store or download to your smart device. This new modern library will even deliver to your door. Membership from Dhs120 per month for six months.
Sat-Thu 10am-7pm, Fri 4pm-7pm. Ongoing. Al Wasl Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.reademption.com (04 321 2521).

Tuesday 16

Entrepreneurs lunch at Impact Hub
Enjoy a meal, share ideas and network within a creative space with like-minded individuals.
Dhs30. 1pm-2pm. Ongoing. Impact Hub, Saaha Offices, Downtown Dubai, www.impacthub.ae (04 375 4444).

Volunteer at Senses Residential Care Home
This home for children with special needs requires helping hands to assist with laundry and cleaning. The project is bi-weekly and requires helpers who are keen, competent and committed. Volunteers must be over 18. Sign up online to get involved.
Free. 2pm-5pm. Senses Residential Care Home, Al Wasl Road, www.volunteerinuae.com (no number).

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