9 community events in Dubai this week

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Our picks of the week

1 Join the Lit Fest quiz night at World Trade Club
See Wed 4.

2 Enjoy the Omo Carnival at Zabeel Park
See Thu 5.

3 Volunteer to entertain kids with Dubomedy
See Tue 10.

4 Check out a music festival at Majestic Hotel Tower
See Thu 5.

5 Take kids to get self aware at The LightHouse Arabia
See Sat 7.

Wednesday 4

Book lover’s quiz night
Think you know your J. K. Rowling from your J. R. R. Tolkien? Then test your literary wits at this quiz night. The winners on the night will receive an invitation to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s Authors’ Farewell Dinner.
Call to register your team. Dhs250 per person. 7.30pm. World Trade Club, 33rd Floor, Sheikh Rashid Tower, Downtown Dubai, www.emirateslitfest.com (04 355 9844).

Booked Club Join this book club and discuss Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl with fellow book fans. Email Sarah (sarah@booked-events.com) to reserve your space. Free. 7.30pm. Shakespeare & Co, Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/bookedlitevents
(no number).

Thursday 5

Grab Those Roots music festival
Organised by community group Singer Songwriters, a selection of unsigned artists will perform folk, soul, jazz and blues at this festival.
Dhs50. 9pm-1am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/singer-songwriters-club (no number).

OMO Carnival
This family fun day will feature activities such as obstacles races, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Experts from Kid’s First Medical Centre will also be answering any questions parents might have about their children’s health. On day two, Bollywood star Kajol Devgan will make a special appearance. Dhs5 (park entrance fee), free to attend the carnival.
10am-6pm. Until February 7. Zabeel Park, Al Jafiliya, www.facebook.com/omoarabia (no number).

Friday 6

Dubai Cares annual Walk for Education
This charitable organisation aims to help provide education to underprivileged children around the world, and its annual walkathon aims to raise funds and awareness. The walk will go around Creek Park, and all ages can take part. Register online to join, or sign up on the day. Or you can volunteer to help with the organisation of the event.
Dhs30 to participate, free for children under five. 8am. Gate 2, Creek Park, Bur Dubai, www.dubaicares.ae (04 450 4550).

Café Scientifique
Dubai stargazing meeting Discover the cosmos with this popular scientific group. Event-goers will get to look through powerful telescopes, learn about some of the constellations that can be seen with the naked eye and have discussions with some of the best astronomers in Dubai.
Register at www.centraltickets.com. Free with registration. 6.30pm-9pm. Jebel Ali Equestrian Club and racecourse, Jebel Ali, www.cafescidubai.com (055 99 31 859).

Saturday 7

Mindfulness training for 11- to 13-year-olds
Sign up your kids for a three-day workshop, taking place at The LightHouse Arabia, where they’ll discover self awareness and how to reduce tension and anxiety in social settings.
Dhs1,500 for three days. Saturdays 10am-noon. Until February 21. The LightHouse Arabia, Villa 2, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.lighthousearabia.com (04 380 9298).

Sunday 8

Enjoy films at Wafi
Head over to Wafi with some friends to watch romantic comedy
Definitely, Maybe starring Ryan Reynolds and Rachel Weisz.
Free. 8pm. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha, www.pyramidsrestaurantsatwafi.com (04 324 4100).

Monday 9

Kutub Bilarabi
Fans of Arabic literature can join this monthly book club. This month the group will be discussing West of Jordan by American-Arab author Laila Halaby.
RSVP online. Free. 8pm. The Lime Tree Cafe & Kitchen, Gold & Diamond Park, www.meetup.com/kutub-bilarabi (no number).

Tuesday 10

Sign up to perform at Dubomedy’s show for Senses
The local comedy school is organising a dance party for the kids and staff of Senses Centre – for children with special needs – and is looking for talent and volunteers.
The show will take place on Thursday February 12. If you’d like to perform at the event email your details to LOL@dubomedy.com. www.dubomedy.com (050 927 3621).

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