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post #21 of 142
Oooh! I'm so excited to find this thread! We are also considering a move to Dubai. DH is really enamored with the idea and is networking like crazy to try and get there.

I lived in Egypt as a teenager, so I have a limited amount of expat experience, but I've never done it as a mom of young kids. And there, expat life revolved around the school, so as a homeschool family I worry that we'd be isolated.

So, I'm excited to hear that there is at least one ex-pat homeschooling group. What are the laws/rules around homeschooling? Is it necessary to be tested, evaluated, report to someone? What kinds of activities do homeschool groups do? Are the kids mostly older, mostly younger, or a good mix of the two? (Mine are currently 6, 3 and 10 mths).

Also, donnaintheuae--I seem to have missed the link to the Natural Parenting group, but I am so excited to hear there is such a thing...
post #22 of 142
HI,

we are also thinking about moving to Dubai. We need more info on unschooling and the laws regulating this in UAE. I am going to subscribe to this thread and most likely post more questions once we know for sure we are going to move.

Thanks a lot,
post #23 of 142
I know a lot of kids here in Dubai, but I don't know much about homeschooling here. I think someone else may have mentioned but check out expatmum.com or expatwoman.com both of those sites have good info and there are forums on there as well that I'm on a lot and have found a variety of good information.

We're actually trying to move from Dubai back to the US before this baby comes in March. I sure will miss it here though!
post #24 of 142
As far as I know there asre no homeschooling "laws". You'd be surprised..Dubai is progressive but theres the underlaying "old ways" and doesnt Dubai still have Shura (sp?) law???????? In general, expats just homeschool and have no problems. Im sure in the coming years , at some point, they will consider this at the gov't level but for now.....they have signed the UN Convention on the rights of the Child complying with mandatory education for all children. I once heard that a hs mom was questioned by someone and when she said her kids did go to school...at home...the response was simply "oh". I hs'ed in Bahrain and dont know the "law" because Im 99% sure there isnt one. Local poor kids from the villages often dont go to school and theres stilll a child labor issue.

Also, not to burst bubbles, but you can't just up and move to Dubai. Generally you have to be sponsored by your company and these positions are sought after. Its expensive for companies to send expats abroad. If you or your dh's co. has an office there-go for it. I dont think its as easy as people think to get there. Most jobs like electricians, plumbing, lower level sales jobs are filled by foreign nationals (Indians, Sri Lankans,, Phillipinos) because they can pay them less.

Just sharing....
post #25 of 142
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Also, donnaintheuae--I seem to have missed the link to the Natural Parenting group, but I am so excited to hear there is such a thing...
The natural parenting group address is: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group..._parenting_ME/

Sorry, can't help really with the unschooling questions as it isn't something I have looked into as my son is only 2. I have spoke to a couple of women whose children are not attending school and they never mentioned any difficulties (apart from the usual anyway.....) or having to register or the like.

Good luck to those considerine a move, it sure is a big upheaval!
post #26 of 142
I LOVE living in Germany...but just found out we may be back in the ME in 3-5 years and it would be DUBAI. SHocker for me!! Donna, hope you'll still be there (and Nicole) and we'll finally be able to hang out! Susan
post #27 of 142
The thought of hanging out with you is almost enough to keep me in Dubai for a few more years, Susan
post #28 of 142
I am an Indian living in Dubai for the last two years. I have never heard of homeschooling here but would like to know more if anyone has info. Happy to have found this thread
post #29 of 142
I don't have any homeschooling info for Dubai either but I just wanted to say that I found out that the organic food store carries Bum Genius - woohoo! They also have a lot of fitted diapers and diaper covers by Lotties - a German company. All seem to be very nice organic cotton.

I was so happy to find cloth diapers here, are there other places they're available that you all know of?

It's always such a nice treat to find nice organic stuff here - I found wonderful New Chapter Organics vitamin and supplements as well as a full selection of boiron homeopathics and even wonderful Bach flower essences!
post #30 of 142
wow..it's great to hear of other homeschoolers in the uae... we will be moving from saint augustine, florida, to abu dhabi in january of 2009 and i am still homeschooling my two younger children, son 15, daughter 13..have been burning up the internet trying to find homeschool groups there..does anyone know if there are some and what are the particulars of getting in touch with them..can't wait to start our new adventure!! any tips are gladly read!!! thanks
post #31 of 142
Dh and I are toying with the idea of a move to UAE (again.) Again in that we think about this every couple of years. He tired of running his own business and I've been with my organization for 14 years, climbed the ranks and am feeling like I could entertain a major change (if the right new thing came along.)

I'm wondering if any of you living there have worked through a reputable headhunter/recuriter. I'm an exec-level Human Resources professional and would be the primary earner. Dh would likely try and pick something up on the side once we were settled.

As you all know, there are more recruiters than you can shake a stick at. I've looked around through some of my professional organizations and have seen some things but so far I've not followed up....probably will soon.

I used to speak manageable arabic and I'm sure it would come back pretty quickly once I was around it regularly again. Ds's first words were in arabic although he doesn't recall much now (he's 7)....we are non-practicing Muslims and very familiar with cultural differences based on religion.
post #32 of 142
Hi guys: (especially Donna, Susan & N4F) Bonnie here,

sixofnine, I am in Abu Dhabi & there is no homeschooling groups here unfortunately. I am considering HS but DS is only 2 and a half, I know of at least 1 family HSing here though.
post #33 of 142
Hello again ladies.

Actually there *are* at least 2 homeschooling groups here. The one I belong to, which we don't have a yahoo group for or anything, and another one which I hope to participate in this year. The Yahoo Group is

http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/Int...guid=199489754
post #34 of 142
my sil lives in Dubai she loves it there

iam moving to lebanon if not this month next month we r moving cause hubbys family is there and we want our boys to go to school there and also to read, write and speak arabic

i totally cant wait to move
post #35 of 142
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my sil lives in Dubai she loves it there

iam moving to lebanon if not this month next month we r moving cause hubbys family is there and we want our boys to go to school there and also to read, write and speak arabic

i totally cant wait to move
My sister lives in Dubai and my family (parents/siblings) are moving to Lebanon too!
What part of Lebanon are you moving to? Do you know arabic? What kind of work will you do there? I'm from there, but can't imagine moving there (though we plan to move somewhere in the middle east) so I'm totally curious Hope you don't mind the questions
post #36 of 142
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My sister lives in Dubai and my family (parents/siblings) are moving to Lebanon too!
What part of Lebanon are you moving to? Do you know arabic? What kind of work will you do there? I'm from there, but can't imagine moving there (though we plan to move somewhere in the middle east) so I'm totally curious Hope you don't mind the questions
iam moving to sida it is about 45 mins from buruit nope i dont know any arabic lol but my husbands family they speak some english soo it works our great as for work my husband started his own business there a long time ago and his brother runs it soo when we move there he will go back to his business and start up another one

i dont mind the questions heheheheh

i wanted to say the one thing that sucks about living in the middle east is the old wise tales i got into trouble by everyone for nursing my toddler while pregnant they kept telling me it is un healthy for the new baby then told me it will cause my toddler to grow up with bad knees lol

as for NIP i never did it there cause my toddler was too the point where he didnt want to nurse when out anymore i stopped that when he was 1yr

but i never seen one person NIP at all if their was a baby they pulled out a bottle and did both nurse and formula my inlaws were shocked i never did a bottle at all and my kids never had formula

but now iam going with a new born sooo u better belive i will be the only one that will be NIP lol and totally proud
post #37 of 142
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Originally Posted by IloveAllMyBabies View Post
iam moving to sida it is about 45 mins from buruit nope i dont know any arabic lol but my husbands family they speak some english soo it works our great as for work my husband started his own business there a long time ago and his brother runs it soo when we move there he will go back to his business and start up another one

i dont mind the questions heheheheh

i wanted to say the one thing that sucks about living in the middle east is the old wise tales i got into trouble by everyone for nursing my toddler while pregnant they kept telling me it is un healthy for the new baby then told me it will cause my toddler to grow up with bad knees lol

as for NIP i never did it there cause my toddler was too the point where he didnt want to nurse when out anymore i stopped that when he was 1yr

but i never seen one person NIP at all if their was a baby they pulled out a bottle and did both nurse and formula my inlaws were shocked i never did a bottle at all and my kids never had formula

but now iam going with a new born sooo u better belive i will be the only one that will be NIP lol and totally proud
are we related? LoL
My family's moving to Saida too My brother moved there abt 3 months ago to start a business with his FIL.
I hear you abt nursing. Though I only nurse in the sling in public, I didn't see any babies nursing and they really don't get the need for privacy either. I'd go into another room of teh house to nurse comfortably and they'd just barge right in and turn on the lights etc. lol
Maybe we should start our own private thread, unless lebanon is considered a gulf state
post #38 of 142
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are we related? LoL
My family's moving to Saida too My brother moved there abt 3 months ago to start a business with his FIL.
I hear you abt nursing. Though I only nurse in the sling in public, I didn't see any babies nursing and they really don't get the need for privacy either. I'd go into another room of teh house to nurse comfortably and they'd just barge right in and turn on the lights etc. lol
Maybe we should start our own private thread, unless lebanon is considered a gulf state
when r u movin to saida we should totally get together and i bet my inlaws know ur family already lol since they know everyone just about lol and it wouls be nice to have some english speaking friends my family we live near the palestian camp like 5 mins away from there and our family last name is alnumairi
post #39 of 142
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post #40 of 142
Wow, I finally find this thread. I've lived in Dubai for the past 10 years, married to my Lebanese husband (he grew up here in Dubai), and I now have a 6 month old baby boy.

I wonder how many more people will move to Dubai now, given the global recession. Already a lot of organizations in Dubai are doing a combination of quietly laying off non-productive employees and re-assessing the benefits they provide to employees (all those nice expat life perks!). Most expansion plans that are not currently in progress have been delayed.

Umm BnB, as far as I know, a woman can only sponsor her family on her work visa if she works as a doctor or teacher. Your husband needs to secure a job in Dubai before moving so he can sponsor your kids' residence visas. By the way, anyone can teach as long as they have a Master's degree or higher in any subject.

About homeschooling, there's no official law, yet. I know a bunch of people who homeschooled to avoid the high cost of good quality private Western education (their husband's company wasn't picking up the tab). One lady used the Calvert curriculum from the States and she was pretty happy with it. When you do decide to enroll your child in 'traditional' school in the UAE, the child will first be tested anyway to determine which grade level to place your child in.

About NIP, I have an Australian friend who wears the traditional Muslim covering and she wears a specific head covering that is like a cape that goes over her shoulders and ends around navel area (it's called Egyptian khimar): she can nurse her baby very discreetly underneath that thing! I wear the more traditional Gulf style covering, the abaya and shela. If I need to NIP w/o access to a private area, I accomplish it with a zip-front abaya and using the longer end of my shela (head scarf) to cover baby's head and my chest. I've NIP in toilet stalls and changing rooms in clothing stores and the prayer rooms in shopping malls and it's been fine. My Indonesian maid tells me that in Indonesia, they do a combination of zip-front blouses and the tail-end of a ring sling to NIP discreetly.

There's a helpful BF Q&A group in Dubai, a La Leche League chapter in Abu Dhabi, a well-funded group in Sharjah called Breast Feeding Friends. The support system exists, it's just a bit difficult to convince moms to avoid the "convenience" of formula for their babies' well-being. Most moms I know who were initially helped with nursing their babies, continued for at least 4 or 6 months. I also know formula-fed babies who are nursed to sleep and nurse during the night. If bf is ever abandoned, it's often because the mom finds the bf demands "inconvenient" or because she wasn't taught proper latch-on and got very very sore nipples, or because mom is under too much pressure to continue with her "socialiate wife" role after her baby's birth and she is leaving baby home with the nanny.

My friend (from Tennesee!) is involved in the Sharjah group:
http://www.bffriends.org/

BF Q&A: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breastfeedingqa/

La Leche in Abu Dhabi: there's a member named Eve on BF Q&A who is the La Leche leader.
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