11 best community events in Dubai this week

Arabic poetry, Street Nights at JBR, master public speaking and more

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Wednesday 6

An evening with Expat Woman
Head to this sociable meet and mingle event for women only and enjoy a beverage, meet the Expat Woman team and make new friends.
To attend, email register@expatwoman.com. Free. 6pm-8pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.expatwoman.com (no number).

Arabic poetry with Dubai Live Poets Society
Writers, poets and fans of the Arabic language will enjoy this night of Arabic poetry. Performers can recite their own original works of any form, as long as it’s in Arabic.
To get perform, RSVP online. Free before 6.15pm, Dhs20 thereafter. Performances 7pm-9pm. Fukurou House, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, www.meetup.com/live-poets-society-dubai (no number).

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 May 9. The Walk, JBR, www.streetnights.ae (800 62728).

Under the Stars Networking meetup at Wafi
Meet new professionals at this sociable networking event, which aims to bring together people from different industries.
To attend, email phil@referralinstitute-me.com. Dhs120 (including free drink and nibbles). 7.30pm. Seville’s Restaurant & Bar, Wafi Pyramids, Oud Metha, www.meetup.com/under-the-stars-networking-evening (no number).

Thursday 7

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).

Master the art of public speaking
If the idea of giving speeches and presentations gives you palpitations, sign up for this one-day workshop run by In Learning. The session will cover establishing a rapport with your audience, combating nerves and honing your strengths as a presenter.
To attend, email indi@in-learning.com. Dhs4,000. 8.30am-5pm. Holiday Inn, Al Barsha, www.meetup.com/dubai-overcome-your-fear-of-public-speaking-selling-meetup (04 446 2040).

Friday 8

38 Smiles feline adoption day
Attend this adoption day to find out about good pet ownership and give one of the city’s stray cats or kittens a permanent home. Potential adopters should bring valid ID and a pet carrier.
Free to attend. 3pm-6pm. The Pet Shop Creatures Oasis, 31a street, Jumeirah 1, www.38smiles.com (no number).

Saturday 9

Discover Mandarin Chinese with Chinese Arabia
Part of Raad Education, Chinese Arabia is offering a free Mandarin taster lesson to spark your interest in a course. Whether you want to learn for business or pleasure there’s a class to suit all levels.
Email contact@chinesearabia.com to reserve a spot. Free trial class. Sat 2pm-3pm. Ongoing. Raad Education, 1,302 Millennium Plaza Hotel Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.chinesearabia.com (04 352 9188).

Sunday 10

Films at Wafi
This week watch No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, under the stars at Wafi Pyramids. Arrive early to grab a beanbag and stock up on hot dogs.
Free. 8.30pm. Ongoing. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 324 4100).

Monday 11

Book your tickets now for Al Noor’s annual gala dinner
Held on Friday June 5, this event aims to support and recognise the work of Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs. There will also be auctions, raffles and entertainment.
To book a table email darryl@alnoorspneeds.com. Dhs850 per seat, Dhs8,000 per table of ten. Fri June 5, 7.30pm-1am. Al Johara Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 323 4993).

Tuesday 12

Movies at Reform Social & Grill
Watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone starring Daniel Radcliffe, on the lawn of this gastropub.
Free with the purchase of food and drink. 8pm. Ongoing. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, www.reformsocialgrill.ae (04 454 2638).

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