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Relocating to a new city means meeting and making new friends. If you have children of school age meeting people is slightly easier but many people relocate to Dubai without kids so that expat has to make an extra effort to meet people. A great way to do this is do join a social club! There are a variety of social clubs in Dubai from hobby clubs, women’s clubs, sports clubs, etc. This directory will focus on Nationality specific social clubs as well as women’s clubs. Nothing better for a homesick expat then to make a few new friends from “home”.
L’Arc en Ciel Centre Dubai is a French concept founded and accredited by the KHDA in March 2013. The centre is located in Jumeirah 1 on Al Wasl Road and provides the multilingual community and businesses with languages, culture & expatriate programs as well as educational support.
This French educational concept offers 8 different language programs alonside discovery and expressive workshops covering theatre, dance, cooking, improvisation, painting, singing and dancing to name but a few. These activities help children, teens and adults alike in their language skills, confidence at the same time making all more culturally aware.
Additionally they also help in managing your transportation!
Ranches Ladies is a club that encourages friendship and understanding between ladies of all nationalities. They meet every Tuesday morning, at 9.30 in Baker-Finch Room of the Arabian Ranches Golf Club. They have a very active calendar with guest speakers, books and magazines exchange, trips to local places of interest – get to know Dubai and groups catering to special interests such as walking, bridge, book discussion, Scottish dancing, gardening, mahjong and many more.
The annual membership is AED 100 and covers administrative costs. The organisation is entirely non-profit and non-commercial. Benefits of membership include receiving the Sunday Post, a weekly email message of the week’s events. Read more
Yet separation and or divorce can be one of the hardest, loneliest and most overwhelming times you may ever have to face. It’s made harder by the fact that we are often far away from family, friends and people we might truly trust. It’s harder still when the legal system is Read more
More often than not we arrive with a huge container but no extended family or support network. Family members can obviously never be replaced but making new friends can be done (in time) as long as you join in with activities whether it be through work, school or hobbies. However, there are often times where you need that extra support and would like to meet people who are in a similar situation to you whether it be to meet families with twins or children with Special Needs. Maybe you are going through a divorce and need to speak to other people going through the same thing – Dubai is full of people with initiative who have set up some really useful groups that can help you through the ups and down of life in Dubai. Read more
Living overseas can sometimes be difficult, especially if your host culture is dramatically different from the way things are “back home.” Many new expatriate spouses feel overwhelmed and disoriented by the shock of a novel cultural environment. Some respond by clinging to the familiar: they make a point of socializing only with other expats, and maintain minimal contact with local people. Others rise to the challenge of living fully in the unknown culture, embracing the uniqueness of the land and its citizens.
When your world feels topsy-turvy, it’s easy to slip into the welcoming arms of the expat community. There’s nothing wrong with building a support network of like-minded people; after all, no-one will ever understand an expat’s life like another expatriate. However, Read more
French Ladies Dubai was created over a year ago, and now has over 1,600 lady members. Yes! It is a group 100% for women, with the objective to help each other here in Dubai and the others Emirates, share information, tips and so on. We all know that Expat life is not that easy, especially for women!
As well as helping each other out the group organizes events. When possible they hold an event once a month for newcomers, to socialize and share their experiences. However, if any member lady wants to meet with the others at any other time, she can do so and post it on the page. Read more