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My husband and I are moving to Dubai in June and I was hoping other americans living over there can tell us what it's like. Does anyone have a live in nanny to take care of their children? Do the wives work? Any opinions on day cares? I want to know about all of it.

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I have the same question...my wife and two children will be moving to Dubai in June and would like to know where there are a concentration of US Expats and the school choices and if they are available. Does anyone have any advice? I will be working at the Dubai Financial Center if that makes a difference. Thanks!

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I can't tell you much about schools, but I expect Geordie Armani will be along at some point & she'll be able to comment. I do know that most are pretty full.

When you say 'do wives work' ? I assume you refer to trailing wives. This is a pretty egalitarian city and many women work - some of us on our own visas/sponsorship! It depends on what you want to do.

Many people have live-in maids, but this is NOT the same as having a nanny. You have to organise sponsorship yourself, which I believe costs around AED 5,000. Most maids come from Sri Lanka, Phillipines, Thailand.

A concentration of US expats? May I ask why? There are major 'Western' expat enclaves in The Springs, The Meadows, The Lakes as well as other areas. Those areas mentioned are a bit Truman Show (IMO), but it depends on your preferences.

When considering accommodation, you should first consider place of work and then schools. At peak times it can take a very long time to cross town.

Housing is expensive, so do you have packages that include decent allowances?


(I am a Brit, but we do generaly get on!)


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I assume you want to keep yourself to American circles only which I find quite sad but it explains the negativity towards the Americans by other nationalities.
Dubai American Academy is the most popular American school

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Thanks for the replies! I actually would love to make friends with Brits and other folks from everywhere. That's the main reason we are looking at an international experience to give our family the opportunity to see other parts of the world and become friends with people from everywhere. We live in a small mountain town and look forward to the change in experience.

My office would be at the Dubai Financial Center and I prefer to have a shorter commute. A housing allowance will be part of my package. Do you have an estimated allowance for a three or four bedroom that doesn't require a long commute?

On a recreational note, our family is pretty active in triathlons, running, cycling, etc. and my kids are in gymnastics and participate in theatre (aged 8 and 11). Do you have any input on how the community supports active lifestyles?

This is a great resource and I appreciate your comments!

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Thanks for the help. My husband’s job is in the green community and I don't have a job yet. I don't need one but I want to work. Our housing is being paid for and they are thinking the Marina. I have been told about how the nannies work, but want to know opinions about it. I don't want to be surrounded by all Americans, just wanted to know their opinions. I know the traffic is very very bad. Sat it in too many times already! Thanks for any other advice that is out there....

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if your hubby is working in the Green Community area then you got to live at the Green community!! it is fab!!! there is a mall there etc. I love it up there, just a pain to actually get there.

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The Green Community is where we stayed last month. The round about getting there is a killer. Which mall are you talking about? There is the mall attached the Court Yard Marriott but there isn't much in there. Which mall do you feel is the best to shop at? We went to the Mall of the Emirates. It was nice but so big....

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IBN Battuta is really handy and not quite as terrifying as MOE. I never go to MOE these days, place is too busy and way too big.

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I am looking into a job teaching in the UAE, and know nothing about it. We're a family of 5 (three little ones). Husband would also want to work. Looking for advice, help, and friendship!

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