The seasoned expat always has great stories about what it is like living in far flung destinations, mixing with the locals and being totally absorbed into their local customs. In Hong Kong, I worked and socialized with my Chinese colleagues enjoying Dim Sum lunches, was made to eat chicken feet and sing karaoke (badly). As a child, I enjoyed and took part in all the local Chinese Festivals as much as any local child. However, soon after arriving in the UAE, I soon realized there was little opportunity to come in to contact with the local population and therefore was left wondering how will I get that chance to learn about local culture, religion and etiquette of the local Emirati society. Read more
Dubai has adapted to accommodate the large expat community and tourism industry and one will find that most everything is in English around town. However as with any international assignment, learning the language can help one cope and settle into their new surroundings and experience pieces of the local culture one could not without the language. Half a billion people speak Arabic worldwide allowing one to use this language even after their assignment is over. If you are interested in learning at least the basics there are numerous courses available of differing lengths and tailored to suit various needs. Read more
Let GPP teach your kids how to take control of their (your!) DSLR camera now, with this hands-on workshop.
This 4 hour introductory course requires no prior experience at all!
The objective of this class is to get your kids comfortable with a DSLR, show them its most useful functions and give them basic tips and rules for creating more compelling photos. Read more
The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. Read more
This takes place on 2nd December, the date back in 1971 when the separate sheikdoms decided to form an independent union. At first the UAE was a federation of six emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman. The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah was added a year later.
Emiratis and many expatriates decorate their homes, cars and themselves in the colours of the UAE flag. Many venues across the UAE will be holding special events to celebrate this special day and once more this year one of the best places to experience National Day will be the Downtown Dubai. Read more