10 community events in Dubai this week

Writing workshop, learn Chinese, see free films and more things to do

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Wednesday 13

Speaking Cultures in Dubai with Eton Institute
Practise the language of your choice with native speakers and discover the cultures that go with it at this sociable event. Register online to attend.
Free. 6pm-8pm. Ongoing. Lounge Café Italiano, Arenco Tower, Dubai Media City, www.etoninstitute.com (800 3866).

Speed networking with Dubai Business Networking
Meet professionals at this sociable networking event, which aims to bring together people from different industries. You get just two minutes to pitch your ideas, so get your patter and your business cards ready. RSVP online to attend.
Dhs50 (including tea and coffee). 7pm-9.30pm. Dôme Café, Gate Village 5, DIFC, www.meetup.com/business-networking-dubai (no number).

Thursday 14

K9 Friends rescue centre tour
Schools and groups can book a tour of this 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 15

Imagination Workout Writing Workshop at DIWC
Attend this session at Dubai International Writer’s Centre to flex your creative muscles and develop your stories. The workshop will be led by Jo Wroe, a graduate of UEA’s Masters programme in Creative Writing, who has been conducting writing workshops for more than eight years.
Dhs600. 2pm-5pm. Dubai International Writers Centre, Al Shindagha, www.diwc.ae (04 355 9844).

Saturday 16

Bibliophiles Book Club
This month the club are reading and discussing Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende. Bibliophiles focus on good, challenging books and welcome cultivated minds. To join, RSVP online, read the book and turn up.
Free. 7pm-9pm. BookMunch Café, Al Wasl Road, www.meetup.com/bibliophiles-dubai-book-club (no number).

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 17

Business in Heels
Women in business are invited to meet and network with other professional females. The event will include refreshments and a presentation on how to become healthier and more successful from Dubai-based entrepreneur Carolyn Coe.
Dhs130. 7pm-9pm. La Porte des Indes, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.businessinheels.com (no number).

Films at Wafi
This week watch the comedy Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg, 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 18

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 19

Movies at Reform Social & Grill
Watch ’80s fantasy film Labyrinth, starring David Bowie, 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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