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Q We are moving to Dubai at the end of August from the UK and have 2 children (aged 7 & 9) starting at one of the British schools but I am a bit worried that the 9 year old will be really far behind in Arabic as he obviously has not studied this subject before. Do you know of any places that can give extra Arabic tuition?

A I wouldn’t worry too much about this as the schools are very used to new arrivals who have never studied Arabic before and in fact the Arabic in these schools moves at a very slow pace. But if you would like to get him a few extra lessons you could contact Read more

Al Barsha has many restaurant and lounge options with the Mall of the Emirates, Kempinski Hotel and many local eateries located in Al Barsha I.

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Campustar Fashion Design Institute
Knowledge Village
Dress Making course (pattern cutting & sewing).
+971 4 435 5972

Offers classes in Machine Sewing and Overlock Sewing.  They also have a Sewing Club.
+971 4 342 2237

(Dubai International Art Centre)
Offers courses in Dress/Pattern Making
+971 4 344 4398

Dubai in Design
One on One  lessons in Dress Pattern Drafting, Sewing and Garment construction.

DUCTAC(Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre)
Offers a course in dress & pattern making.
+971 4 341 4777 ext. 323

(Dubai International Art Centre)
Offers courses and workshops in pastels, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramic, mosaics, and pottery.
+971 4 344 4398

Dubai Ladies Club
Offers Art Courses
+971 4 349 9922

(Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre)
Offers courses in Manga art, drawing, open arts, fine arts, mosaics, arabic calligraphy, art of using henna, painting and pottery.
+971 4 341 4777 ext. 323

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If you are pregnant and working, you need to think about what maternity leave you can expect from your employer. Your maternity leave depends on if you work in the private sector, DIFC or for the Dubai Government.

If you are working in the private sector, the UAE Labour Law Article 30 says, “a working woman is entitled to 45 days maternity leave with full pay including both pre and post natal periods, provided that she has completed not less than one year of continuous service with her employer. A female worker who has not completed the aforesaid period of service shall be entitled to maternity leave with half pay.” Read more

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