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Processed with MoldivWith the rather long steamy summer behind us now, brunch season is in full swing, so back by popular demand is this year’s Dubai round-up. I have purposely pulled together a selection that differs from 2013’s (which you can refer to here). You’ll find a mix of newbies, al fresco options, buffet, à la carte or the now mainstream, half-half brunch, plus many on Friday and some on Saturday – but bar one restaurant – what ties them together is free-flowing champagne (and am talking the real French deal), if you so wish to opt for that package.

All of these brunches are tried and tasted by myself or FooDiva’s guest reviewers. So voila, here’s FooDiva’s 2014 round-up of top 8 brunches in Dubai – in alphabetical order: Read more

dubai-caresVolunteer Emirates is part of a series of local initiatives launched by Dubai Cares to offer UAE residents opportunities to give back to their community here at home by dedicating their time and effort to support a worthy cause.

Dubai Cares will be organizing 4 Volunteer Emirates trips throughout the year, with each dedicated to providing the selected non-profit/charity school in the UAE with its required needs. Two trips will be organized in Quarter 2 and Quarter 4 respectively of 2014.

Dubai Cares is holding the third edition of “Volunteer Emirates 2014”, which is sponsored by Al Tayer Group, on Saturday November 1, 2014 from 8 AM – 2 PM at National Charity School in Dubai, and we’re looking for 100 volunteers to join us on the day to help us enrich the learning environment for the students.

Volunteers will be required to assist in the following areas:

Assemble over 1,000 new school desks
Renovate the school library with new educational resources
Replace existing blackboards with white boards
Build a shade roof-top

To be part of this experience, please send an email to volunteer@dubaicares.ae with the following information: Read more

If you have recently moved to Dubai you maybe trying to understand why all your friends and colleagues have suddenly become rugby mad and are insisting you come and watch (or even play) rugby at the beginning of December. It’s the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens – a Dubai Institution!

Now in its 45th year the most anticipated event in Dubai’s sporting and social calendar is set to take place from December 4th to December 6th. With massive crowds once again expected to converge on The Sevens Stadium for the  tournament tickets are now on sale and spectators are urged to buy their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Read more

The unfortunate reality of driving in Dubai is it is highly likely during your time here you will have to deal with managing a traffic accident. The following are key tips to making the process as seamless and stress free as possible. If you are involved in a traffic accident and no one is injured and the vehicle damage in minor, move your vehicle to the side of the road in order to avoid blocking traffic. Note that the car repair companies cannot accept an order without an accident report so you must call the police. If the other driver drives off without stopping and waiting for the police, go straight to the nearest police station and file a report. Read more

ask louiseQuestionI will arrive in Dubai at the end of November to join my husband who is working here.
I am French and as you can read (!) I need to improve my English and I would like to know if you can give me 2 or 3 names of English classes in Dubai (Downtown). I have already contacted the British Council but I would like to have other addresses to compare offers and prices… Read more

anderson-educationFollowing 10 years of successfully running the UK Boarding School Exhibition in Dubai and the Middle East, Anderson Education (formally Sue Anderson Consulting) is pleased to announce their first International Boarding School Exhibition on 14th & 15th November 2014 at the Hilton Jumeirah Resort, JBR, featuring 27 schools from the US, Canada, Switzerland, UK, Jordan and Bahrain.

Sue Anderson and her team of education consultants will be on hand to offer free guidance and impartial advice to all parents living in the UAE and the wider Gulf region who would be interested to know “what to look for” when selecting a boarding school for their child. The team will help parents identify schools that meet the individual needs of their child. Alongside this families will be able to meet the heads and representatives from each school and learn about their academic excellence, sports, drama, music, art, and general boarding life.

Preparation and planning is the key to ensuring a successful boarding school placement. With access to the internet and the huge amount of choice available families are often overwhelmed and confused to begin with. Shortlisting and visiting three to four schools is a key factor in selecting the right school. With their years of experience Anderson Education has the expert knowledge to facilitate this and make the whole process easier. Read more

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