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Where will my family live? As an expat family begins their relocation process to Dubai these five words may cause some anxiety and undue stress. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an understanding prior to arriving to Dubai? What are the community areas like in Dubai? Where are they located in respect to my job and possible school options for my children? What do the properties look like? How much is the rent? What schools are nearby? How about medical facilities, shopping, and community amenities? Is this neighborhood worth my time to visit based on my family’s interests, needs, budget and lifestyle? (more…)

The waiting is over! Dubai’s annual celebration of gastronomy, Dubai Food Festival (DFF), opens on 22 February, marking the start of 17 days of epicurean discovery and delight.

It’s truly a foodie paradise at Dubai Food Festival 2018, with a jam-packed schedule of culinary events, activities and promotions to take part in. With returning favourites and new attractions to visit during the festival, here are our top 11 suggestions:

Food Fest

1. Stroll down to Etisalat Beach Canteen

The Festival’s flagship event is free to enter and serves as the perfect spot to take the family for a fun day out by the beach. Try out top-notch snacks and food at the food trucks and restaurants, watch a movie under the stars, join a cooking demos and relax by the beach – all in one great location.

2. Dine like royalty

Embark on a first-class culinary adventure when you dine at one of the city’s finest restaurants during Dubai Restaurant Week (22 February – 3 March). Book a table now on RoundMenu to enjoy a bespoke 3-course meal with iconic views of Dubai, at one of 15 different restaurants.

3. Explore Dubai’s top Hidden Gems

Hiding in the bustling streets of Dubai are a host of culinary secrets waiting to be discovered, from Emirati delights to unique street food and authentic flavours from across the world – all at the best prices. Visit to see the top 10 Hidden Gems as voted by Dubai’s residents, and deals on offer at each of these restaurants.


4. Meet culinary superstars at Taste of Dubai

Back for its 11th edition, Taste of Dubai brings together the city’s hottest restaurants, world famous celebrity chefs, and an incredible line-up of international music. Watch live cooking demonstrations, learn top tips and tuck into some delicious fare during the 3-day festival. Tickets are available online here.

5. Enjoy Miami Vibes

Relish plenty of authentic soul and street food from an array of local food trucks and food stalls, putting their own unique twists on traditional cuisines, with everything from burgers and salads to cookies and ice cream. There is something for everyone in the family at the Miami Food Festival in City Walk – you can enjoy great food in a fun, vibrant atmosphere from 15 – 25 Feb.


6. Bleu Blanc: Chef’s Table with David Myers

Be among the first to get up close and personal with David Myers, as he hosts the Bleu Blanc ‘Chef’s Table’. The visionary Gypsy Chef will prepare and plate up his signature dishes at the famed Bleu Blanc Grill Counter while taking guests on a culinary journey, recollecting stories from his extensive travels around the globe. Reserve your seats now.


7. Bring out the street style

Dubai’s vibrant street food scene comes to life throughout Dubai Food Festival – visit Dubai Street Nights at Al Seef from 1-3 March, and head down to Etisalat Beach Canteen for the first ever Dubai Street Food Awards on 10 March. For those looking to try out street food from around the world, visit Bollywood Parks Dubai from 22-24 February for ‘Streets of India’ – a Bollywood food bazaar; Street Social on 2 March at Marina Social, or the Thai street food festival at The Backyard, Steigenberger Hotel on Saturday evenings during the festival.


8. Experience Arabian Nights at Ewaan

Be transported back in time and experience every mystical facet of Middle Eastern allure at Ewaan, The Palace Downtown Dubai. The evening features graceful performances by a Tannoura dancer, an exquisite oriental buffet, soulful music, traditional sweets, and a splendid view from the al fresco terrace. The Arabian experience will be available on 7 March and is priced at AED 265 per person.

9. Brush up your culinary skills

Think you can take on a chef? Join in the “Beat the Chef” competition on Sundays and Wednesdays from 2-5pm at Café Society, Tamani Marina Hotel – and compete with the Café chef against the clock to cook up extravagant culinary creations. You can also try your hand at crafting and sculpting chocolate at Boutique La Chocolat masterclasses at Etisalat Beach Canteen and City Walk.

10. Win big!

Who doesn’t like to win goodies! During the festival, on a minimum spend of AED 50 at participating food outlets across the city, you can enter a raffle draw that gives you a chance to win multiple prizes including Dubai Experience vouchers brought to you by Novo Elite Holidays and a grand prize car, Nissan Kicks from A W Rostamani Arabian Automobiles. Customers are also in the running to win instant scratch win prizes such as 3-month Zomato Gold Memberships.

11. Movies to Munch On

Enjoy the beautiful weather as you drive up to an outdoor cinema experience at Last Exit E11 and Last Exit Mad X. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the festival, catch fun animated movies or themed classics and contemporary flicks 6 pm to 10:45 pm. Pair the movies with delicious meals available at a variety of on-site food trucks.

The British Boarding Schools Show Dubai Expands In-depth Seminar Programme with Expert International Education Specialists and Heads of British and Local Schools

The educational show offers direct access to 36 of the best British Schools to help GCC parents answer challenging questions about their children’s education

  • Should I stay or should I go?
  • IB or A Level – does it really make a difference?
  • When is the right time to move?
  • Preparing your child for pre-tests and entrance exams
  • Improve your UK and US university strategy

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Dubai, UAE: The British Boarding Schools Show Dubai announces the sixth consecutive event taking place on 16 and 17 March 2018 at the Sheraton Dubai – Mall of the Emirates Hotel. The show will provide direct access to 36 of the top British schools allowing parents and pupils to find the best fit for the next stage of their education. This year, by popular demand, the British Boarding School show will offer a more comprehensive seminar programme of bespoke content developed specifically for this event in Dubai and hosted by international education experts. The topics including ‘Should I stay or should I go’ will be debated by representatives of British and UAE Boarding Schools, and ‘Preparing your child for pre-tests and entrance exams’ will be run by education experts including: Edrys Barkham, Director of Admissions, Bryanston School; Giles Vosper-Brown, Registrar, Malvern College, and James Higgins, Head of Studies, Bonas MacFarlane.

In 2017, 1,349 non-British students enrolled in Independent Schools in the UK with 54.9% of the parents living abroad and not in the UK. This is 2% of the overall enrollments in British Independent Schools and this grew 13.9% from 2016 showing growing awareness and understanding of the benefits of a British boarding education.

With private education institutions in the UK being in increasingly high demand, ensuring that students’ abilities and ambitions are met with the right match can involve extensive time, networking and research efforts. Within just two days at the show – registration is free – from 16 – 17 March 2018, parents are given one-on-one time with heads of British boarding schools and admission staff as well as informative seminars to equip them with the right tools and information to make vital decisions about their children’s future.

The British boarding schools exhibiting are renowned for setting high standards and their graduates are sought-after by universities worldwide. This year, 36 of the best, most reputable and long-standing schools from across the UK are exhibiting, showcasing a combined history of 6,766 years with alumni including HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, Benjamin Britten, Charles Darwin and the Duke of Edinburgh. Each school offers a distinctive scope of academic courses, recreational and cultural facilities covering 6,648 acres of land across rolling countryside to snowy mountains. As well as academic achievements, pupils will study alongside fellow international students to develop powerful networks with future leaders as well as lifelong personal friendships around the globe.

The British Boarding Schools Show has responded to feedback from the previous five shows to develop an expanded and comprehensive seminar programme tailored specifically to the Dubai market. It offers talks from educational experts such as: James Hanson, Headmaster, Aldro School; Fiona McKenzie, Director, Gabbitas; Niall Hamilton, Senior Admissions Tutor, Marlborough College, and Rachel Scannell, Assistant Head, Bromsgrove School that provide guidance and insights into the important questions asked by parents and students. The talks will advise those just starting to consider schooling abroad as well as the practicalities of how best to prepare their child for the entrance exams. Topics include:

  • Should I go or should I stay?
  • IB or A-Level – does it really make a difference?
  • When is the right time to move?
  • Considering a UK school? Learn how UKiset can help benchmark your child against their peers
  • Where is the value in league tables?
  • How do I choose the right school for my child?
  • Preparing your child for pre-tests and entrance exams
  • Single sex vs co-educational schools
  • Improve your UK and US university strategy

David Wellesley Wesley, founder of British Schools Show Dubai commented: “The British Boarding Schools Show Dubai has grown each year and is the biggest international event we hold outside the UK. We offer parents and students direct access to head teachers and admissions staff from the top British boarding schools. For our sixth year in Dubai, we have also expanded our comprehensive seminar programme to help parents and students make the right decision for the rest of their life.”

Wellesley Wesley concludes: “All parents and students are focused on their future and finding the best educational environment that meets their needs to achieve their goals. Education is the stepping stone to their future and it starts here – where does the child excel, who do they want to be, what do they want to be and where do they want to be? The British Boarding Schools Show allows a window to the possibilities of maintaining the international education experience in Dubai complemented by the excellence of a British educational environment.”


Dates, Times, Registration

Friday 16 March 2018: 12:00 – 17:00

Saturday 17 March 2018: 12:00 – 17:00

Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel

This event is open to the public, and tickets are free of charge with online pre-registration.


Schools exhibiting at British Boarding Schools Show 2018

  • Aldro
  • Badminton School
  • Bromsgrove School
  • Bryanston
  • Bryanston
  • Christ College, Brecon
  • Caterham School
  • Felsted
  • Gordonstoun
  • Gordonstoun
  • Greshams
  • Lancing College
  • Le Régent Crans-Montana College
  • Lord Wandsworth
  • Loretto
  • Malvern College
  • Marlborough College
  • Marymount International School
  • Merchiston Castle
  • Millfield School & Prep
  • Monkton Combe
  • Oundle School
  • Rossall School
  • Shiplake
  • Shrewsbury
  • St Catherines Bramley
  • St Edmund’s College and Prep School
  • St Edwards
  • St Leonards School
  • St Mary’s Calne
  • Stonar
  • The King’s School, Canterbury
  • Thornton College
  • Westbourne House School
  • Windlesham House School


Approved quotes from visitors to the British Boarding Schools Show 2017:

“We have found so much information today, we didn’t know that there was so much to consider. We will be back tomorrow to continue our research.” Expat Mother with two children at the end of day one

“This is a great help to parents in the region, we have travelled from Abu Dhabi specifically for the show, and really appreciate the opportunity to talk to British boarding schools in person.” Expat Father of two boys

“Thank you so much for inviting us to both the pre-show reception and the event itself. We started the week considering only London day schools, and by the end of the show, my daughter has a short-list of three boarding schools! Th format and concept have worked brilliantly for helping us to really get a clearer understanding of the options open to us.” Expat Mother who attended the pre-show reception and both days of the show


About British Boarding Schools Show

At the British Boarding Schools Show, we assemble our strongest ever line-up of speakers and schools, giving parents a unique and FREE opportunity to get all their education questions answered under one roof. Over the past decade, we have put thousands of families in touch with schools that have molded their children’s lives.

As the UK’s largest school open day, the British Boarding Schools Show annually welcomes 200 of the leading schools to Battersea Park for an informative and dynamic event to meet key admission teams; speak with heads; enquire about entry requirements at all stages; and explore scholarships and bursaries.

The British Boarding Schools Show has been hosted in London for 10 years, and has since opened its doors in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Milan and Istanbul.



TOH on behalf of British Boarding Schools Show

Jamal Saad

Tel: +971 (0)4 852 8900


The Dubai Tour cycling road closure starts on Tuesday. Roads will be closed across the UAE for the Dubai Tour. Starting tomorrow, 6th February through Saturday, 10th February. Check out this map to view the upcoming road closures.

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