Life as a Mum in Dubai | Summer is over, but the fun doesn’t have to be!

Thursday, 20.08.2015 at 02:43PM

And here we are again, back to that time where we take our little, and not so little ones to the shops to get stocked up for the school year (prices, and whether everything is actually needed is a topic for another blog!). I would guess most kids are not too happy getting back to the early morning routine, even if they’re feeling excited to see their friends again.

Dubai is notorious for its summer exodus when people escape to more tolerable climates—though Dubai has been climbing the index of popular holiday destinations, even in the summer. The good news is that firstly, the Christmas break is not too far away (not to undermine the importance of school kids :-)), and secondly, there are so many weekend activities that families can enjoy until the December, and not forgetting the awesome Dubai winter.

This month, we will tell you about three spots: for moms and babies; school age children; and high-schooler’s who seem to love nothing more than ‘hanging out’.

Baby swimming seems to be somewhat of a hot thing among young moms. You can Youtube many videos of babies less than a year old floating on their backs and swimming to the edge of the pool—it’s as unbelievable as it is adorable. So if you want to take your older boy or girl to watch their little brother or sister kick it like Michael Phelps, head to several nice spots that offer lessons at reasonable prices; one place is the Meridien Mena Seyahi on Al Sufouh Road, in the Dubai Marina.

If your plan for Christmas is rewarding your school-aged child with a skiing trip in Europe somewhere (assuming they do well, which we’re sure they will with the help of a Governess), why not get them ready by giving them skiing lessons at Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates? Ski Dubai has been operating for a while now, and has become a major tourist Dubai attraction. I have met people from Sao Paolo who spent their last summer vacation in Dubai, mainly to ski in the desert, as they put it. Lessons are available for beginners and experts, and while prices are a bit on the high end, they are a bargain if you consider the price of airfare, lodging, and ski equipment rentals in Europe (for those not planning to go).

Lastly, for your teenager who wants to spend time with friends on the weekend, there is no better spot than the Walk on Jumeirah Beach Residence. The water is right there, and it is clean and warm. The beach area itself has been ‘prettied’ up really nice, and if they enjoy jogging, there is a track specifically designed for that, about a mile stretch mazing between a plethora of restaurants and cafes. The outdoor giant screen plays movies sometimes, and is especially popular for showing live football from La Liga, the Primer League, and the Champions League. Football-fever is upon us, and Dubai teens are crazy about their teams. There is security patrolling the area constantly.

Dubai offers diversity in a relatively small geographical area, and you can learn about all kinds of activities you and your family can do by checking out the Time Out Dubai magazine.

Nannies Inc and all of our Dubai nannies wish you a happy back to school season, and many weekends full of fun and games.