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What Vaccinations Does My Child Need for Living in Dubai?

Most scheduled medical visits during the first two years of life involve vaccinations. Living in an expat environment presents a great number of challenges to parents wishing to get their child vaccinated; is the local vaccination schedule similar to the one followed in the home country? Are there vaccinations that are not given locally that might be needed in the home country? What is the quality and safety profile of the vaccinations given locally? Read more

The summer holidays have just about started and if you are not planning to travel to a cooler climate, you will be looking for ways to entertain the children – at the same time, trying your best to avoid the soaring summer heat.

Last month, we featured an article titled ‘How to entertain your kids in the heat’ which offered some great ideas on things to do with your children and teenagers but, many of you were interested to know how to survive the summer with a toddler. So, Expat Echo Dubai has come up with a few ideas… Read more

acfmWhy appoint a Guardian?

UK schools, whose students have parents living outside the UK, require them to have a local Guardian – someone outside of school who can look after them if required. The Guardian must live in the UK and be at least 25 years of age. The term ‘Guardian’ does not mean a legally appointed person. Instead, the school Guardian acts on behalf of the parents in some instances. Some of their responsibilities include -

  • arrange transport between airport/station and school (or the guardian’s home) at half term, on weekend leaves, and during holidays, and will help the school and/or parents make travel arrangements.
  • provide board and lodgings during half-term, official weekend leaves and – if travel arrangements require it, for a day or so at the start or the end of a term. Guardians provide transport at these times if required. Read more

My Travel Journal” as the title explains is a travel journal to be used by children while traveling to other cities and countries around the world. Often children are not sure what to write about, “My Travel Journal’’ is filled with prompts and interesting facts to look out for and write about. The journal takes a child from when the family decides to take a trip, to what to pack, where to stay, foreign words they will need, their favourite moments, facts on the city and country they visited, money matters and a world map to highlight cities they visited. There are also many pages that allow the child to write freely about their daily activities. Dedicated pages are available for drawing, creating a collage and attaching items they have collected on their trip. Read more

If you have recently moved to Dubai or are intending to relocate soon, you may be wondering what activities the kids can do when temperatures hit the 40′s? Most of the schools are geared up for the heat and offer after school activities such as gymnastics, ballet, drama, basketball etc. that can all take place in-doors but what do you do with the kids at the weekend and holidays? Babies and toddlers can keep cool in the excellent play centres that are dotted all over town, but ever wondered how to entertain the older child? Can’t bear to see your child wasting hours in the arcade areas of the malls or worse – staring blankly at the TV? Expat Echo Dubai have put together a list that will help you so that, hopefully, you’ll never hear the words “Mum I’m bored!” Read more

If you’ve ever found yourself lugging a booster seat out of your car and into somebody else’s (or worse – into a plane!) I can almost guarantee that in the process you banged it on various parts of the car and yourself, and perhaps even uttered some language you weren’t entirely proud of. Why are they so enormous? Well, as it turns out, not all of them are…

Enter the Bubblebum. Read more

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