11 community events in Dubai this week

Fundraising, cultural meet ups and more things to do in Dubai this week

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Wednesday 24

Free French cultural evening at Eton Institute
Enjoy French music and food and discover the benefits of learning the language.
RSVP online to attend. Free. 6.30pm-8pm. Eton Institute, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.etoninstitute.com/ae (800 3866).

Network with Dubai Business Breakfast
Join this group and listen to a presentation from an experienced speaker.
RSVP online to attend. Dhs25. 7.15am-8.45am. The Sky Lounge, Gloria Hotel, Dubai Internet City, www.meetup.com/dubai-business-breakfast (no number).

Safar Dubai Book Group
Join this club to read fiction and non-fiction, alternating every other month. This month the group are reading Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. Read the book, RSVP online and turn up.
Free. 11am. Le Pain Quotidien, DIFC, www.meetup.com/safar-dubai-book-group (no number).

Volunteer with The Mission to Seafarers
Volunteer on Saturday June 27 and Sunday 28 to distribute Ramadan care packages. Volunteers must have a valid Emirates ID and be over 16.
To get involved, email Theresa Dommett, theresa@angelappeal.org. 8am-noon, June 27-28. Al Nasr Plaza, Oud Metha, www.missiontoseafarers.org (04 357 6060).

Thursday 25

19th Dubai International Holy Qur’an Award 2015
This event runs from the first to the 12th day of Ramadan and features Holy Qur’an memorisation contests and lectures on Islam.
Free. 10.30pm. Until July 7. Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, off Baniyas Road, Deira, www.sheikhmohammed.co.ae (04 261 0666).

Friday 26

Café Scientifique presents Artificial Intelligence
This group meets monthly to discuss the big questions in science and society. This month they investigate if we could one day upload our consciousness to computers.
Free. 7pm. Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City, www.cafescidubai.com (055 993 1859).

Help labourers with meals at Reem Al Bawadi
Customers can provide a meal to a labourer by donating Dhs20 at the end of their iftar buffet. Customers must hand the ‘Give A Little’ card placed on their table to their waiter at the end of the meal and Dhs20 will be added to their final bill. Reem Al Bawadi will then deliver
meals daily to labourers in the UAE.
Dhs130 (buffet), Dhs20 (donation). Until Eid. Various locations including Jumeirah Beach Road, www.reemalbawadi.com (04 394 7444).

Saturday 27

Iftars at SMCCU
Enjoy a cultural iftar at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Break the fast with the team of Emirati volunteers and learn more about the meaning of Ramadan. The event also includes a short walking tour around Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and the Diwan Mosque.
Dhs135 per person. Daily 6.45pm-9pm. Until July 15. House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).

Sunday 28

Nando’s Ramadan campaign with Dubai Cares
When diners order the ‘Altogether Platter’ for Dhs36, Nando’s will donate the entire cost of the meal to Dubai Cares. The charity works to improve children’s access to primary education in developing countries.
Dhs36. Until Eid. Various locations including The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.nandos.ae (04 434 0190).

Monday 29

Support Dar Al Ber Society with Poupette à La Plage
The boutique children’s clothing brand will donate ten percent of sales proceeds from its BoxPark store to registered charity Dar Al Ber Society, to help support orphans in Syria throughout the month of Ramadan. The store is also collaborating with hand-made dolls brand Dumyé and for every doll sold at Poupette à La Plage, one will be donated to a less fortunate child.
Until Eid. BoxPark, Al Wasl Road, www.poupettealaplage.com (04 342 7720).

Tuesday 30

Buy Ramadan e-greetings cards from Al Noor
Support the work of Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs by buying e-cards with designs created by the students.
From Dhs2. www.greetingsbyalnoor.com (04 340 4844).

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