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teen-swimmingGEMS Sports Academy | Enrolling for September 2014 | Year 12 (UK), Year 11 (USA)

Starting in September 2014, the new GEMS Sports Academy based at Silicon Oasis will be giving student-athletes the opportunity to follow a unique 2 year professional academy model of education and athletics. The total immersion within an academic programme will enable student athletes to develop their talent learning from both highly qualified coaches, teachers and classroom peers.

The Academy will provide both a challenging and supportive environment that will bring out the best in student-athletes. Through small class sizes, and expert instruction they will encourage creativity and discussion. Student athletes will follow a bespoke professional academy development programme within a single or multi-sport option coupled with the world’s best international qualification partners in Edexcel and the International Baccalaureate, the GEMS Sports Academy ensures that student athletes are able to progress onto university degree programmes around the world.

At GEMS Sports Academy they believe by harnessing the phenomenal power of sport in combination with a structured programme of education and athletic development ensures that their academy students develop key skills that will help them as they progress through their student-athlete career. Read more

1184728485There are certain life skills that expats need to learn when they arrive in Dubai. The ability to mind-read when driving would be a good example. How to arrive at a meeting in July without sweat patches showing through your clothes. How you need to turn on the hot tap to get cold water in summer. When you’ve lived here some time, these things become normal – that’s life in Dubai.

I was reminded of a key “Dubai life skill” that I’ve learned since moving here when my mum was visiting last week. As we drove to the behemoth that is Dubai Mall, I quizzed Mum about where she’d like to have lunch. Why, she wanted to know: why did I need to know? Couldn’t she just enter the mall and then decide?

Of course she could, I explained, but, like the Pan-Arabian Enquirer’s fictitious tourist who was “lost in Dubai Mall for 13 months” we may not emerge for some time. Oh no: what I like to do on an efficient visit to the shops in Dubai is to practice tactical parking. Read more

dirhamsWhether you have been living in Dubai for a while or you are just about to make the transition to this fabulous hub of expat life, looking after your money is essential. Thousands of people are lured to Dubai for the bright lights, great shopping and fantastic career and investment opportunities, but whatever the reason for your big move to UAE, there are some things to bear in mind when dealing with currency. Read this quick guide so that you can ensure you avoid the most common currency ripoffs and make your money go further.

Find An Money Transfer Specialist And Stick With Them

At some point during your move to Dubai you will need to make a money transfer. This could involve transferring savings from your offshore account to your new Dubai account or it could be that you need to lay down a deposit on accommodation in the city. Read more

There are loads of Easter activities planned for the Easter weekend.  Easter Bunnies will be busy entertaining children in various locations throughout the city.  It will be an egg-citing time for the entire family!

Here is a listing of the Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday brunches happening over the Easter weekend in Dubai…

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Q Hi Louise, Are you aware of any good (and available in the next 3 months!) dermatologist in Dubai. I am really struggling to find someone who has good recommendations but they seem to be hard to find or are booked up for ages. Even the well known hospitals cant get me an appointment in the next 6 weeks…. Any ideas would be great! Thanks in advance. Read more

As school breaks up for spring break and all you hear in the playground as you pick up your children is the exotic holidays your friends are about to embark on don’t be left feeling too depressed as this time of year is the best to be in UAE  -  the weather is perfect! Warm enough to swim in the sea with gorgeous cool evenings to sit outside and have a BBQ. Take advantage of it as it won’t be here for long. Read more

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