Learning new things is always a good idea and it can be a lot of fun, especially when it's COMPLETELY FREE!

Dubai is a regional hub for knowledge and there are numerous institutions and places that offer great networking events, workshops, and courses.

Here are some of the finest places around the city that you should definitely check out:

1. Astrolabs

Astrolabs is an inspiring JLT-based community of entrepreneurs who work in a collaborative space, building innovative technology-driven companies.

They are more than happy to share their knowledge with others through regular classes and events.

This place is known for organising a variety of social media and technology-related workshops. It's open to the public to attend for free!

2. Attend a free Arabic language course!

These one-hour long courses are being held every 2nd Saturday of each month in different locations around Dubai (Malls, Parks, Beach, Metro, Museum and more).

Since this initiative started in 2014, it has been teaching Arabic to beginners and intermediate students from many parts of the world. 

To attend the next monthly free Arabic Halaqa, simply submit a form on their website and take your first step towards becoming native in this beautiful language.

3. Meetup

Meetup.com is a website that connects people based on their interests and activities. 

If you are a newbie to Dubai or simply looking for new friends to hang out with, you are just one click away. 

You can run a marathon, change your career, or learn any new skill by simply joining a group, and your free time will fill up in seconds.

4. New Horizons webinars

New Horizons offers you free educational webinars to keep you up-to-date on the latest technologies and best business practices in the UAE. 

Each highly interactive session allows you to ask questions and receive answers in real time. 

Can't attend on the scheduled date? No problem! All webinars are archived, allowing you to analyse topics at a later date. 

The good news? You can sign up for as many webinars as you want with no limit!

Topics include: 'Mastering LinkedIn', 'How to be visible to employers, 'How to become the candidate of choice at a job interview', 'Leadership Development', 'Securing Your Organisation's Data in a Digital World' and 'Effective Job Search Strategy'.