11 community events in Dubai this week

Films, networking, poetry and more things to try in Dubai this week

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Wednesday 29

Children’s International Film Festival
This kids’ film 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)

Networking with professional expats
Meet new business contacts in a relaxed and friendly way with New 2 Dubai – Professional Expat Club meetup group.
Register online to attend. Free. 7pm-10pm. The Observatory, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/new-2-dubai-professional-expat-club (no number).

Thursday 30

Street Nights at JBR Check out the street bazaar on The Walk, JBR. The event combines exhibitions and stalls from local artisans as well as food and culture.
Free. 5pm-10pm. Until Saturday May 9. The Walk, JBR, www.streetnights.ae (800 62728).

Camping for a cause Get involved with this hiking trip in Oman, which aims to raise funds for orphaned school children in Kenya. The trip will involve swimming, barbecue, music, yoga and a small hike with all proceeds going to Africa Kids. Spaces are limited and own kit and transport is required. Email fadi.hachicho@gmail.com to attend.
The trip departs on Thursday April 30 and returns Saturday May 3. Dhs100. www.adventurati-blog.com (no number).

Café Scientifique Meet retired NASA astronaut Dr. Donald Thomas as he gives a presentation about his experiences.
Dhs100. 6.30pm-7.30pm. Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City, www.cafescidubai.com (055 993 1859).

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 Free. Sun-Thu 9am-2pm. Ongoing. Jebel Ali, info@k9friends.com, www.k9friends.com (04 887 8739).

Friday May 1

The Arabic Heritage of Astronomy at SMCCU Attend a lecture on the importance of astronomy in Arabian culture. Hasan Ahmad Al Hariri, founder and CEO of Dubai Astronomy Group, will be speaking about the Duroor Calendar and how the Bedouins and Arab travellers structured their lives around it.
Register online to attend. Free. 4pm. Jumeirah Majlis, adjacent to the Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).

Saturday 2

Dubai Poetry Slam
Budding poets, rappers and wordsmiths are invited to perform original material at this poetry slam. Every artist gets three minutes and five randomly selected members of the audience will judge who wins.
To participate, sign up on arrival. Free. 6.30pm for registrations. Show starts 7pm. Impact Hub Dubai, Saaha Offices Block B, Downtown Dubai, www.impacthub.ae (04 375 4444).

Sunday 3

Films at Wafi
Watch a movie under the stars at Wafi Pyramids. This week, About Time starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson is showing. Arrive early to grab a beanbag 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 4

Attend Pole for Hope Milan Pole Dance Studio
Dubai is hosting a show to raise funds for the New Lives New Beginnings Association. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards providing education for two children for one year at Druk Padma Karpo School in Ladakh, India.
Dhs100 per person. 6.30pm. Al Mazaya Business Avenue Tower, Unit 1,502, opposite Almas Tower, JLT, www.milanpoledance.com (044 303 693).

Tuesday 5

Movie night at Reform Social & Grill
Watch 1988 classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit starring Bob Hoskins, on the lawn of this family-friendly gastropub.
Free with the purchase of food and drink. 8pm. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, www.reformsocialgrill.ae (04 454 2638).

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