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mina-liccione-headlinerThis week’s Into-yous features American expat Mina Liccione

Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a performing artist, comedian and arts professor. I co-founded Dubomedy Arts and the Clowns Who Care Project alongside my now husband Ali Al Sayed.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here:
In the summer of 2007 I was booked to perform in a far way place called the United Arab Emirates that I hadn’t heard of. Little did I know those two and a half weeks of performing and teaching would be life changing. Everyone I met said the same thing, ”we need to laugh more”… ”I wish there was some comedy here”… ”you should start a comedy and dance school.” I took a leap of faith and decided to return to Dubai in 2008 armed with tap shoes, jokes, a clown nose, many years of experience and a dream to build something meaningful. Read more

Teacher-view-blogSchool fees are on the rise; gaining access to the top institutions requires registering your child’s name on a waiting list years in advance and the government is now proposing to lengthen the academic year by 10 days.

With parents increasingly flummoxed by the UAE school system, it’s interesting to find out what the educators think? Souqalmal.com spoke to two Dubai-based teachers, who are also parents, to gauge their thoughts on education in the emirate.

Both teachers work at outstanding secondary schools in Dubai – Teacher A at an English curriculum school and Teacher B at an IB curriculum school – and both have two children attending outstanding primary schools. Here, they answer a series of questions: Read more

ask louiseQuestionWould you be able to help me locate a financial  advisor who can help me arrange a mortgage for a property in the UK. Read more

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