Last year, a new children’s book was launched in Dubai which allows international children to actively create a keepsake of their Dubai life and friendships. A valuable tool for kids to stay connected with their childhood years spent in Dubai, forever, wherever.
The authors, Liliane van der Hoeven and Nienke Salomons, explain: “Children in Dubai grow up in a very international and ever changing place. The majority live outside their parents’ home countries and cultures – so called ‘expat-children’ or ‘Third Culture Kids’ – and might spend their childhood years in different countries. To them ‘home’ is a Read more
Third Culture Kids are resilient creatures, but like adults, many find the move back to their passport country especially difficult. As parents, it’s our job to help them readjust. It takes preparation, patience and sensitivity, and I know from experience that it’s not always easy.
(While it’s normal for children to struggle with this final relocation, kids who have a worrying amount of trouble adjusting might benefit from professional counselling, preferably with a therapist familiar with Third Culture Kids.)
Grief is common among repatriating TCKs
Children aren’t always able to express their grief in ways that adults understand — they may not understand it themselves — but they have a right to mourn the end of the familiar. By not acknowledging children’s grief, parents send the message that their feelings aren’t important. Read more
This past weekend we ventured out of the city to try out some quad driving in the desert. There are several rental places along the highway on the way to Ras al-Khaimah and also Hatta. We tried out two spots! Our first adventure was on the Dubai-Hatta Rd (44) near the Oman border. There were two rental places along the highway, one on each side. Each rental company provided both quads and dune buggies. The terrain was pure dunes, nice soft sand, large hills; a bit of a challenge for quad beginners but ideal for dune buggies. Read more
When you move to Dubai one of the most pleasant surprises to greet most new expats is how lovely the beaches are. Miles and miles of golden white sand and apart from the weekend they are practically empty. Thanks to the Dubai Municipality they are regularly cleaned and the water is crystal clear.
The main downside to the beach is come May it is just too hot to enjoy them and even the ocean is like stepping into a luke warm bath. However, from mid-October through to May they are well worth a regular visit. The best bit is they are FREE so what are you waiting for throw a beach chair, and cooler into the back of the car and off you go! Expat Echo Dubai explains where all these beaches are. Read more
Teens Talk Dubai is the only You Tube show created to support the multicultural youth of the Gulf Region. It is a 25-minute bi-monthly show on You Tube which is hosted by Maria V. Chatila, Family & Relationship Coach. It is supported by an all youth cast both in-front and behind the scenes. Teens Talk Dubai strives to empower teens with skills to become stronger support systems for their peers and to become more skilful members of relationships whilst giving them a voice and an opportunity to be heard and understood.
Our mission is to provide teens with a platform to discuss the issues & challenges that teens are exposed to today.
HOW DO WE WORK?
We sit on a set with a green fluffy carpet and coloured chairs. We eat cakes, cookies and anything sweet and delicious. We munch on crisps and salsa as appetisers and finally tuck into pizza for lunch! Teens sit on the panel and openly voice their thoughts and Read more