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For many expats living in Dubai the holiday season will soon be upon us. Much time will be spent in the upcoming weeks discussing what exotic destinations each of us would love to visit. Most expats when relocating to Dubai take advantage of the fact that they are now located in what appears to be bang in the middle of the world, with flights available to almost any destination imaginable – the world is our oyster! But before you plan these epic journeys be sure to check the validity of your passport! Read more

musandam-dibba8This year early October (approx 14 October) will see Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Adha (feast of the sacrifice).  Muslims start their day visiting the Mosque dressed in their best clothes and follow this with special foods being served such as lamb and sweet dishes. Family & friends visit one another, presents are exchanged and homes are decorated.  Eid money is also given to charities to help the poor.

This holiday is locally known as the ‘Big Eid’ and for the majority of residents in the UAE this will mean a few days off work with some schools using this time to take their half-term breaks.  However,  many may feel this is just too soon after the summer break so may want to spend time at home enjoying our great beaches , parks and water-parks as October starts to see temperatures dropping enabling us to finally get outside and away from the shopping malls. Read more

bubs-boutique-travelling-with-kidsWell, summer’s well and truly here – and unless you’re determined to stay in Dubai for the whole season, most conversations include, ‘where are you off to on your hols?’

But while it’s lovely to chat about upcoming vacations, there’s a certain amount of trepidation when the nitty-gritty matter of actually ‘getting there’ is discussed – especially for those of us with young kids and babies to transport. Basically, whoever coined the phrase, ‘To travel is better than to arrive,’ clearly never attempted a long journey with children…

Here are our top five tips for families wanting to arrive at their destination in better shape. 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

As the thermometer slowly creeps up thoughts turn to cooler climes, but if you don’t have the time to travel far look no further than Oman. “Is that not still unbelievably hot?” I hear you ask. Well the answer is yes, apart from a small corner of the Arabian Peninsula that catches the Indian summer monsoon from mid June through to mid September, transforming the land into a green oasis called Salalah. Read more

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