11 community events in Dubai

Learn a new language, free movie screenings, networking and more

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Wednesday 22

Eton Institute’s Russian Cultural Evening
Discover the intriguing culture of one of the biggest countries in the world at this event. Get an insight into the deep historical roots, traditions, beliefs and customs of Russia. Register online to attend.
Free. 6.30pm-8pm. Eton Institute, Block 3, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.etoninstitute.com (04 438 6800).

Networking with Afterwork Dubai
Meet new business contacts in a relaxed and friendly way at this professional networking evening.
Register online to attend. Free. 6pm-9pm. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.afterwork.ae (no number).

Social Media Marketing on a small budget
Learn how social media can boost your start-up with a presentation from Ayman Itani, founder and CEO of digital and social media boutique agency Think Media Labs.
Register online to attend. Free. 7pm-9pm. The Cribb, Football Center Building, 15a Street, Al Quoz, www.meetup.com/atthecribb (04 319 7645).

Thursday 23

Children’s International Film Festival
Revel in ten days of great family-friendly films and animations. The festival hosts 70 international movies in more than 50 languages, screened at Vox Cinemas in Mall of the Emirates. There’s a programme for the public, schools and teachers and parents, too. Tickets are available from the cinema box office or online.
Dhs15 per ticket (adults and kids). Daily 11.30am-7pm. Until May 2. Vox Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.ciff.ae (04 434 5895).

K9 Friends rescue centre tour
Schools and groups can book a tour of the purpose-built animal shelter. Experienced volunteers show guests around the premises and teach them how to approach and handle the dogs. Call to arrange an appointment or volunteer to foster a pet.
Free. Sun-Thu 9am-2pm. Ongoing. Jebel Ali, info@k9friends.com, www.k9friends.com (04 887 8739).

Friday 24

JLT Park outdoor cinema
This is the last in the series of outdoor screenings at the park in JLT, so bring your picnic blankets and cushions and enjoy the films and entertainment. Japanese animation Ocean Waves, directed by Tomomi Mochizuki, screens on Friday April 24 for the family to watch, while on Saturday April 25, adults can enjoy Kon Tiki, the epic adventure film directed Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
Free. 5pm. Film starts at 7pm. Until April 25. JLT Park, in front of Cluster O, JLT, www.greateventsdubai.com (055 501 9408).

Saturday 25

Farsi lesson at Eton Institute
RSVP online to take part in this introductory class. Places on the course are limited and seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Dhs50 towards course materials. Sat 10am-1pm. Until May 2. Eton Institute, Block 3, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.etoninstitute.com (04 4386 800).

Women, Money & Self-Awareness
Hosted by Lavinia. D. Osbourne, a financial empowerment coach from the UK, this women-only event is designed to empower the fairer gender to increase their earning power and master their money. Purchase tickets online to attend. Email info@laviniaosbourne.com for more information. Dhs680. 4.30pm-8pm. Media Rotana, TECOM, www.eventbrite.co.uk (no number).

Sunday 26

Films at Wafi
Watch a movie under the stars at Wafi Pyramids. This week, The Break Up starring Jennifer Aniston is showing. Arrive early to grab a bean bag and stock up on hot dogs and popcorn.
Free. 8.30pm. Ongoing. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 324 4100).

Monday 27

Learn to be more effective
The Magic of Thinking Big meet-up group discuss The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey tonight, with the aim of mapping out personal plans to achieve goals.
RSVP online to attend. Dhs50 (including refreshments). 6.30pm-9pm. Venue disclosed upon registration, www.meetup.com/themagicofthinkingbig (no number).

Tuesday 28

Movie night at The Archive
Watch documentary The September Issue, about the making of Vogue.
Free. 7pm. The Archive, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, www.thearchive.com (04 349 4033).

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