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Omega Dubai Desert Classic |27 January – 2 February| Emirates Golf Club

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is held every year at Emirates Golf Club’s Majlis course and attracts some of the biggest names in golf. The Majlis was the first grass course in the Middle East and in 1989 confirmed the club’s international recognition with its first European Tour event, the Dubai Desert Classic. The tournament attracts thousands of visitors, is watched on hundreds of millions of TV screens around the world and most of the world’s top players, including Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, have taken part in what is one of the European PGA Tour’s top events. Read more

parksWe may live in a desert but the Dubai Municipality Parks and Horticultural Department have put a lot of effort into making some lovely parks for residents to enjoy while living in Dubai. The entrance to these parks is very reasonable ranging from approximately AED3 to AED5.

All the parks have grass areas many of which are large enough to have a game of football or rounders on, they all have very good quality play equipment for the children and some of them have bbq pits and jogging tracks.  The parks have been planted with an abundance of plants and trees offering much needed shade.

A few of the parks have lady and children only days so it is best to check before hand and be warned they can become very busy on a Friday however the rest of the time they are very pleasant places to take the children for a play, meet up with friends, have a walk or enjoy a BBQ. Read more

The seasoned expat always has great stories about what it is like living in far flung destinations, mixing with the locals and being totally absorbed into their local customs. In Hong Kong, I worked and socialized with my Chinese colleagues enjoying Dim Sum lunches, was made to eat chicken feet and sing karaoke (badly). As a child, I enjoyed and took part in all the local Chinese Festivals as much as any local child. However, soon after arriving in the UAE, I soon realized there was little opportunity to come in to contact with the local population and therefore was left wondering how will I get that chance to learn about local culture, religion and etiquette of the local Emirati society. Read more

the-archive-dubaiThe Archive opened in December 2012. It is a library dedicated to arts literature from the Middle East and North Africa, as well as a café and community space. With books on regional photography, architecture, art, calligraphy, art history, textiles, and interior design, as well as children’s books, it aims to promote the rich cultural and artistic heritage of the area, as well as celebrate its growing contemporary art scene. The books are seen as a resource for research and inspiration – they are not for sale, but guests are encouraged to browse and read during their time at The Archive.

The Archive provides something brand new for the people of Dubai. Not only is it a hub in which to work, discuss art and creativity, and to learn about the Middle East’s rich cultural heritage, but the addition of the café draws in a widely varied crowd that might not otherwise take advantage of such a resource.

Being located in Safa Park also puts The Archive in a unique position – in such a modern, urban city, it provides a haven of relaxation and calm among greenery and nature that is all too rare in Dubai. The location is also reflective of The Archive’s position on promoting environmental awareness. Most of all, it is a place that nurtures art in all forms, and promotes the MENA region as a culture of creativity. Read more

You might have heard about the benefits of antenatal classes from your midwife, doctor or friends. Here we will give you some general information on the topic, two examples from antenatal class providers in Dubai and a list of institutions in Dubai that offer antenatal classes. Read more

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