For many expatriate families in Dubai, the issue of schooling weighs heavily. The system itself is difficult to navigate and academic standards vary massively across institutions, creating a need for incredible vigilance when prowling prospectuses. Even after a seemingly dream school has been identified, places will inevitably be in short supply; massive over-subscription has led to formidable waiting lists with uncertain outcomes. School hunting in Dubai is labour-intensive and difficult, a war of attrition that can wear out even the stout of heart. When this process goes askew, it is sometimes necessary to seek alternative routes. For many, UK boarding schools present an attractive solution. Read more
Tell us a little about yourself:
Paula: I am from the UK, married to Ben, a Kiwi, and we have two boys aged five and two. I co own bubsboutique an online baby store with Kirsten Fairfield.
Kirsten is also from the UK and is married to a South African. Kirsten has three children aged five, two and nine months.
Bubsboutique was established in 2009. We were one of the first of the on-line stores in the region. Catering primarily for the 0-5 age range, we have sourced brands from around the world, which, are cool and contemporary but don’t compromise on luxury, durability and practicality. As mums ourselves they are often selected as a result of us having tried and tested them so really do get our seal of approval! Read more
Whether you’re a fan of the hit TV musical-drama Glee, a wannabe pop star, or an enthusiastic singer in the shower, Kids Theatre Works! Dubai’s premier theatre school, will give your passion the platform to be heard at the first community ‘Glee Club‘ open to all ages in the UAE.
Set to perform an exciting mix of show-stopping tunes and modern day classics, the ‘Glee Club’ welcomes all ages to join in and aims to bring people together from across walks-of-life and experiences through song. Mother and daughters, cousins and uncles can together share their passion for the stage and work to create a piece that is fun for everyone. Read more
Since a lot of the Dubai schools combine this holiday with their half-term break you may find yourselves searching for activities to keep your kids active during this break. However, there is no need to panic as in Dubai there are always lots of Eid Camps on offer covering activities such as netball, swimming, football, basketball, art, drama and much much more .Expat Echo Dubai will be keeping the directory updated as new camps are announced, so whatever your child’s passion may be there will be an a camp for them. Read more
Every year, millions of people around the world catch the dreaded seasonal flu! When one thinks of the flu, they think of cold weather, runny noses, itchy eyes and soar throats – one does not however typically think of the desert and palm trees. Despite the fact that Dubai has glorious winter weather, people are nonetheless still prone to catching the flu. Read more
The sport of diving has been around for centuries, from early beginnings jumping off rocks, to a professionally recognised sport that takes place in some of the best sporting facilities in the world. The sport is growing in popularity all over the world due to sports icons such as Tom Daley and the diving reality based celebrity television show Splash; which has run in around fifteen countries so far, from Australia to Romania.
The water based sport, which combines the discipline and athletic ability of gymnastics and trampolining with the aesthetic beauty of ballet, helps children develop all round fitness with the mental toughness to overcome their fears in a fun and friendly environment. Read more