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Dubai has an enormous expat population and this is reflected in the amount of activities and groups available to them. It is very easy to meet other expats in this city and have a large circle of friends from all over the world. International events, social clubs, and sport teams are just a few things available to help you find new friends. One merely needs to be open to go to the events that are organized and offered to you. Being part of these groups and being able to communicate with those in a similar situation or those who have preceded you can make the transition into your new city much smoother. Read more

ask louiseQuestionI have to move to Dubai from Muscat as part of an inter-company transfer and my main concern is the compulsory study of Arabic in Dubai schools. The plan is to move in time for next school year, which means I need to apply to different schools in Oct this year.

I have 2 daughters, one in Grade 4 and the other Grade 9 so I would be seeking their admission in Dubai to Grades 5 & 10 respectively – I just need to confirm that Arabic as a second language is not compulsory for Grade 10 (my elder one has taken French as a language at school for past few years)

Really appreciate some feedback on the above. Read more

first-aid-for-kidsWould you know what to do if your child stopped breathing?

What if boiling water or oil spilled on to your child?

How about if your child was in need of CPR?

And, if you have an au pair, nanny or housemaid for your child, would she know what to do?

Well, these accidents and emergencies happen all of the time. And, if – God forbid — they happened to your child, not having learned how to react effectively could mean the difference between life and death.

And that’s why Favourite Things in Dubai Marina have invited the people from the First Security Group to deliver a Paediatric First Aid Course for mothers and helpers. Read more

ask louiseQuestionPlease could you give me  the contact number  of a hobby group in Dubai related to gardening. Read more

Traffic Offences

With the aim to provide updated legal advice in a clear and readable way for expats living in Dubai and the Middle East, here we set out your rights when it comes to traffic offences. It is important to note that the penalties for breaching any of the following traffic laws can include black points, fines and/or imprisonment in some cases. Read more

bradenThere is no arguing that finding a school place in Dubai can sometimes be like finding a needle in a hay stack! However, if you are looking for your child to study the American Curriculum GEMS Education have informed us that they are pleased to announce the opening of enrollments for  Bradenton Prep Academy in Dubai Sports City (BPA) as they have recently taken over the management of the school.

‘Bradenton Preparatory Academy will now be part of the GEMS Education network of schools and is open for registration for the 2013/14 school year.  Bradenton Prep (BPA) will be offering the American Curriculum from PRE KG to Grade12.  BPA will follow the trusted model of Dubai American Academy (DAA), which is the only American curriculum school to have received and “Outstanding” rating by the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau.’ Read more

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