10 best community events in Dubai

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Wednesday 20

Instagram Entrepreneurship – The Key to Succeeding in Style
This event invites experienced and aspiring Instagrammers and bloggers to share their tips on how to become successful on the app. Register online to attend.
Free. 6pm-8pm. in5 Innovation Hub, Boutique Villa 7, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.meetup.com/dubai-internet-city-events (no number).

Network After Work at The Observatory
Meet professionals at this sociable networking event, which aims to bring together people from different industries.
Register online to attend. Free. 6pm-9pm. The Observatory, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina, www.afterwork.ae (no number).

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).

Thursday 21

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 22

Life writing workshop at DIWC
Discover how to tell the story of your life. Jo Wroe, a graduate of UEA’s Masters programme in Creative Writing, who has been conducting writing workshops for more than eight years will help budding writers focus on finding the best way to narrate their stories.
Call to enrol. Dhs600. 2pm-5pm. Dubai International Writers Centre, Al Shindagha, www.diwc.ae (04 355 9844).

Saturday 23

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 the language 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 24

Films at Wafi
This week watch the romantic drama Atonement, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, 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 25

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. Joharah Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 323 4993).

Tuesday 26

Movies at Reform Social & Grill
Watch Peter Jackson’s epic The Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring on the lawn of this British gastropub. Free with the purchase of food and drink.
8pm. Ongoing. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, www.reformsocialgrill.ae (04 454 2638).

The Scene Club
Register online for a ticket and then head out to watch an independent screening of comedy horror What We Do in the Shadows. The film was screened at the 2014 Dubai International Film Festival and follows the lives of Viago, Deacon and Vladislav, three flatmates trying to balance the complexities of modern life with being vampires. Register online for a free ticket.
Screenings on Tuesday May 26 and Wednesday 27. Free. 7pm. Until May 27. Conference Centre, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.thesceneclub.com (04 391 0051).

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