Moving to a new country can be worrying and especially for the older child. Younger children may just be thinking of it as great big adventure but the older child will be worried about leaving all their friends and making new ones – how will they be accepted, what about all the cliques? However, Dubai is just the place to make new friends, with its HUGE expat community your teen will soon be coming home with friends from all over the world. It doesn’t matter whether they attend a French, American or English curriculum school they will soon be talking about their friends who come from countries as far afield as Fiji or as near as France.
Kids at schools in Dubai are very used to new people turning up in their class at all ages and so welcome the ‘newbies’ with open arms. In addition to school life, Dubai offers an array of outside school activities which are another great avenue for making friends for both the children and their parents. Activities include sport (rugby, netball, football, softball, swimming, diving, golf, gymnastics….the list is endless), music, drama and dance. It is Read more
We’ve put together a few tips to ensure a safe way to continue a fitness regime as the month progresses.
When should I exercise?
As each individual’s needs and capabilities are different, some people can train before breaking their fast quite comfortably, so give it a go. Try to do some simple exercise and determine how you feel and continue if it feels good. Sometimes as the month wears on and tiredness sets in, you may need to adjust your exercise time. Monitor and adjustment is key during Ramadan. Read more
Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced its partnership for the forth year running with leading professional sports academies and clubs for Dubai Sports World 2014, which will be held from 11 June to 30 August in the cool of the air-conditioning of the Dubai World Trade Centre halls. Dubai Sports World is the largest indoor sports event in the Middle East. Prominent sporting establishments and renowned athletic trainers including IFA Sport, California Tennis Academy, G Force Cricket Academy, Original Fitness C, Rage Indoor Skateboard Camp and many more will provide an outstanding experience for visitors this summer, through training, mentoring, competitions and fitness programmes. Read more
In the past many expat families used the long summer break to escape the heat and spend two months in cooler climes visiting friends and family. However, today more and more families have both parents working which limits the amount of time families can spend away from Dubai. For this very reason Dubai has witnessed a rise in the amount of companies now offering holiday camps throughout the hot summer months. So whether your child’s passion is in the sports or arts there will be the opportunity for them to be busy and entertained throughout the whole summer holidays here in Dubai.
Here is a growing list of the camps that will be on offer this summer. Read more
Dubai is a very tolerant and welcoming place for foreigners where expats are free to follow their own religions; but at the same time the rich history of the Emirate also provides a culture deeply rooted in Islamic traditions.
Expat Echo Dubai has put together a directory of places of worship for the more spiritually minded expat.
* We have excluded mosques, as they are quite easy to find within every community.