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trinadad-and-tobagoFor many people all around the world – Christians and Non Christians alike – Christmas is always a special time of the year and despite the lack of snow and mistletoe, the Caribbean is not to be left out of the festivities. Everyone has their special traditions seen only in December.

The people of Trinidad & Tobago in particular – ‘Trinbagonians’ – pull out all the stops for Christmas! It begins in October and keeps going until it gives way to the Carnival Season which usually begins right on Boxing Day (December 26).

They stock up their homes with traditional food and drinks; most of the items they will only cook at this time of the year. It is understood that friends and family will just ‘drop by’ at any time, so they must be prepared. It is an absolute must to visit your true friends and close family during this time, or else they will not talk to you in the New Year. Read more

gulfseaI adore seafood so was elated when Gulf Seafood followed me on Twitter a couple of months back. I was even more delighted when this long-established supplier to the trade announced they were starting a new delivery service to individuals …. but at wholesale prices. I bided my time and a couple of days ago Gulf Seafood announced they were offering an on-line ordering service, with delivery around Dubai.

I was straight onto their website, and completed my on-line registration in no time. Then it was time to shop!!  boy did I shop, the prices are absolutely amazing.  My basket soon filled up with Jonah Crab Claws (35 AED/500g), Jumbo Breaded Prawns (10 AED/250g), Breaded Baby Scallop (15 AED/250g) and some Breaded Calamari Rings (8 AED/250g). Read more

2.-Ewaan-brunch-300x300Believe it or not, Dubai has its very own Wikipedia entry under brunch – alongside you’d think New York perhaps, but no rather bizarrely, Canada. No other country or city features. Why is brunch here in Dubai such an institution, more so than anywhere else in the world?

It was Fairmont’s Spectrum on One that launched the first champagne brunch in Dubai nine years ago, a successful model many have since copied. I have friends who religiously book a brunch deal every Friday, and am talking the all-singing-and-dancing, free-flowing champagne variety, not your cheap and cheerful slap-up meal at a neighbourhood café. Some have their favourites. Others pick a different hotel or restaurant every week. If the requests I receive for brunch recommendations are anything to go by, this top-of-the-bucket-list experience is not just confined to residents, but holidaymakers and business travellers. Read more

bruj-al-arab-150x150Dubai has topped a global lifestyle table – beating Geneva, Hong Kong, London and Monaco to the title.

The table, compiled by international property consultants Knight Frank, offers an insight into the lifestyle in some of the world’s top cities for people looking to relocate overseas.

The four key criteria for the lifestyle study were education, leisure pursuits, quality of restaurants and the number of days of sunshine. Dubai scored highly in three out of the four – taking bragging rights in the number of international schools, second for the number of leisure pursuits on offer and third for days of sunshine per year. The emirate also had the cheapest fuel over the past 12 months, with a litre of petrol almost half the price of the nearest ranked city, Moscow. Read more

IMG_0113Nord Anglia Education is pleased to introduce their new British International School in Dubai.

Joining an already established global network of schools, the Dubai school is set to open its doors to students in September 2014, ready for a new year and able to offer a unique and enriching educational experience. The school is located in Al Barsha within easy access from all communities in Dubai. The school will follow the internationally recognised English National Curriculum for children up to and including Year 8 (age 13) and then grow to offer a full 13 year programme. The school will have a strong focus on what is known as High Performance Learning, a unique approach that helps students go from their individual starting points to high achievement both socially and academically. The curriculum also has an unprecedented focus on the teaching and learning of mother tongue and modern foreign languages; Students attending will be given the choice to learn Arabic, along with French, Spanish, German and Chinese. Read more

Infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a person to contribute to conception. There are many biological causes of infertility, some which may be bypassed with medical intervention. Reproductive endocrinologists, the doctors specializing in infertility, consider a couple to be infertile if: Read more

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