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teensMoving to a new country can be worrying and especially for the older child.  Younger children may just be thinking of it as great big adventure but the older child will be worried about leaving all their friends and making new ones – how will they be accepted, what about all the cliques?  However, Dubai is just the place to make new friends, with its HUGE expat community your teen will soon be coming home with friends from all over the world.  It doesn’t matter whether they attend a French, American or English curriculum school they will soon be talking about their friends who come from countries as far afield as Fiji or as near as France.

Kids at schools in Dubai are very used to new people turning up in their class at all ages and so welcome the ‘newbies’ with open arms.  In addition to school life, Dubai offers an array of outside school activities which are another great avenue for making friends for both the children and their parents.  Activities include sport (rugby, netball, football, softball, swimming, diving, golf, gymnastics….the list is endless), music, drama and dance.  It is Read more

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

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

dubai-sports-worldStaying in Dubai for the summer but worried your fitness level will drop, and all that hard work you have put in the past year will go to waste? Well it won’t!

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced its partnership for the forth year running with leading professional sports academies and clubs for Dubai Sports World 2014, which will be held from 11 June to 30 August in the cool of the air-conditioning of the Dubai World Trade Centre halls.  Dubai Sports World is the largest indoor sports event in the Middle East. Prominent sporting establishments and renowned athletic trainers including IFA Sport, California Tennis Academy, G Force Cricket Academy, Original Fitness C, Rage Indoor Skateboard Camp and many more will provide an outstanding experience for visitors this summer, through training, mentoring, competitions and fitness programmes. Read more

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