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You’re all excited as you have finally clinched that great job in Dubai. Sunshine all year long and great hospitality on your doorstep but it is the search for schools that is on your mind. Dubai is lucky enough to be served by many excellent schools, some attaining outstanding results but with so many listed on the Internet, how do you choose? Well, if possible try not to sign on a property until you have secured school places for your child as you could find yourself traveling unnecessary kilometers each day, driving children to and from school and activities. (more…)

UK Boarding School Exhibition – Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina. 26 and 27 February 2016. From 2 – 7 pm

school busParents are bracing themselves for another round of fee increases as schools reopen after the summer break at the end of this month. A total of 117 private schools will increase their fees after they received approval from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) earlier this year.
This fee increase has already been implemented in Indian schools from April. It will be implemented to the rest of the private schools in the emirate on August 30. Read more

Begging Ramadan 2015If you’re new to Dubai, do you know that begging in the UAE is illegal? 

Ramadan is a time of giving for most but for some it is a time for ‘taking’. Don’t be taken in by these women’s and men’s stories, learn what to look out for to make sure you are not being conned.

It appears Dh20,000 is short change for beggars duping residents across the UAE, with several arrests in the recent weeks unearthing hordes of stashed cash and a high-flying lifestyle of five-star hotel stays and easy living. As local authorities cracks down on gangs of beggars weaving their way through the bleeding hearts and benevolent souls across the country, the holy month of Ramadan sheds light once again on the growing menace of easy money avenues, where once person’s charity becomes another’s opportunity.

Read more from 24/7 on Organised set-up, Common cons and What can you do here

Residents are urged to report beggars on 800 243.


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school busAre you looking for school places for your children for September 2015?

Admissions are now open for applications to  a new school, Ranches Primary School.  Ranches Primary School is located in the heart of the Arabian Ranches community offering places in Foundation Stage 1 to Year 5 in September 2015, and to Year 6 in September 2016.  In addition to the Primary School is a Nursery School offering places for children from 18 months onwards.  Registration can be done on line by visiting our website, where you also find full details of the admissions process as well as details about the school, curriculum etc.
The Admissions Center is currently located in the Arabian Ranches Golf Club and is open from:
Sunday to Thursday 8.00am until 4:00pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00am until 4:00pm
Admissions Coordinator: Gina Smele
+971 4 800 1777

Gems has several schools that have places for September 2015 Read more

ask-louiseQuestionI received an offer to move to Dubai but have 4 children and 1 of them are disabled  (cerebral palsy, wheel chair), I need to find out if there is schools that can cater for kids with disability and if so what is the going fees for such a school in Dubai.

AnswerPlease take a look at our comprehensive list of schools in our directory. Depending on whether your child is in main stream schooling or not will depend on which school you choose. A lot of secondary schools have several floors and not a lot of elevators so this might will narrow your choice down. There are also special needs schools in Dubai where schools fees are approximately 40,000 AED per year, one of which is The Dubai Center For Special Needs

Just watching my children with all their friends of different nationalities it is clear to see what a small world our children now live in and how important it is to encourage this international mindedness throughout their education. Read more

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