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Relocating to Dubai

Old Sep 15th 2013, 7:35 pm
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Great forums on here. My family and I(wife, 2 children 9 & 6, and dog) will be relocating to dubai in jan 2014. I will be out in october to start making plans etc. I've done quite a lot of research and think I have covered most things. But would appreciate a little advice on the following: I have a job already, my wife won't work, kids will start school in mid January. My work will organise house or apartment near or on the palm. Advice on schools would be great. I will get a choice of accommodation and would like a good community, local amenities, shops, maybe a little garden for dog. I am also looking forward to testing and playing the golf courses.
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Old Sep 16th 2013, 5:45 am
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Long waiting lists for most Schools, don't just presume they will start mid-January if you don't already have a place sorted ?....you want British Curriculum ?

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You need an Arabian Ranches villa - pop some pampas grass is the front garden and you're good to go.

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If you live on or near the palm there are quite a few schools within about fifteen minutes drive along a relatively safe commute: Kings, Star International (where mine went), Raffles (bit frowned on but my mate's kid went there and she was fine) emirates International, Wellington international. Further along into Jumeirah you have JPS, Horizon... Lots to check.

The problem is places but mine got transferred from an Abu Dhabi school in mid January without an issue. I found that if I rang or emailed I got nowhere. When I visited the schools in person with my kids it was better and places were "found."
The ages are important though. The older they are the easier to find places, although one of mine was five. I actually think it was easier to get a place in January than in the September rush as people had left at Xmas.
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