I have been an expat nearly all my life. I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but my early years were spent on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad. As a family, we relocated back to the UK for a few years but the call of expat life was never too far away and we once again relocated this time to Hong Kong. I returned to Scotland to finish my education and attend University where I met my husband who had also been an expat child and after a few years of doing the 9 to 5 job in the UK we returned to Hong Kong, moved to the Philippines and then 15 years ago ended up in Dubai.
I am due to relocate to Dubai next August, but still all the paper work has not been completed so I am really concerned about finding school places for my 3 years boy who should go into FS1 this September and I am even slightly concerned about his sister who will start FS1 the following year. Is it still possible to find a good school for my son and daughter as the schools will start next September and I will not arrive till late August? Read more
We are moving to Dubai shortly. We have a 9 month old daughter. My husband will be working on Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road ( there is a green and red line metro station. I am wondering if you could suggest some areas /communities for us to live. We would like somewhere that has a good family community, with parks, baby toddler clubs etc. We would also like for it to be accessible to my husbands work, it does not have to be close but accessible. Our budget is a maximum of 130,000 AED per annum. We would be looking for an area that has a villa/town-house type accommodation 3 bedroom. Any suggestions of appropriate communities are greatly appreciated. Read more
My husband works in Dubai, he should soon get is working Visa. I’m pregnant and still in England, after I give birth in the UK, we are planning to go to Dubai and all be together. What do I need to do? Do I let my husband work take care of everything or is it my responsibility? Do you know anything about the health-care in Dubai, as my baby will only be about a month a two I will need to keep up with the vaccinations, its free in the UK, is it still free in Dubai? Read more
Good day, I am currently under job offer for Dubai. I am a single mother (divorced) with 2 kids, 8 & 13 years old. If everything goes well, we will be moving this summer. I know I am late for the schools. My daughter does not speak English very well, and my son of 8 does not speak the language at all. What about the schools? Are there special programs ? Thank you for helping me. Read more