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Hi There, I'm a Canadian considering a job offer in Dubai. There is a lot to consider so I will list my questions and welcome any thoughts, comments or referrals to places you have found helpful.

What is a great school for a grade 10 female who loves to play volleyball - I am also wondering about adjustment for a 15 year old girl and if there is a forum she can connect with others prior to heading out to Dubai.

Are there any female volleyball clubs in Dubai? My daughter plays rep vb

Is any sort of Black community in Dubai?

How's the driving?

Has anyone found it difficult to adjust to the dress restrictions or is it something that you simply get used to and it becomes a minor thought.

If anyone is enjoying their community and does not live in an apartment (we would prefer a house/villa) if possible, please send pics, info and location so that we can consider that area.

Is Facebook, and other social media readily available on the net. Are there any net restrictions? We want to be able to communicate with our Canadian friends and family freely and for free.

If there is anything else you want to share with me, I'm all ears. :)

I appreciate all comments and I thank you in advance for sharing.
 

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Welcome. First of all in regards to schools, what's your budget? Curriculum? You'll find volleyball in Dubai, not sure about school teams, it friends on the school.

As a teenage girl , the school will play a good role in her social life, she'll hang out with kids from school. And the great things here is that everyone is a foreigner so she won't be the only one looking for friends.

I'm sure others will pitch in more information for you.
 

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Thank you Simply Me. WRT school budget, that's a good question since it is free for us now, but I understand that 20G US is normal or average. Curriculum is based on Canadian school system but I'm not sure how that differs from other areas.
 

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Firstly,
Many of your questions can be answered by spending a quiet hour or two reading all the 'sticky' threads at the top of the forum. Cars, Hosuing, Schooling, renting, salaries, cost of living etc etc etc

Have a good read, then ask the questions still outstanding.
It will also answer a lot of questions you have yet to think about!

I've put a few notes below:
Hi There, I'm a Canadian considering a job offer in Dubai. There is a lot to consider so I will list my questions and welcome any thoughts, comments or referrals to places you have found helpful.

What is a great school for a grade 10 female who loves to play volleyball - I am also wondering about adjustment for a 15 year old girl and if there is a forum she can connect with others prior to heading out to Dubai.
No idea about Canadian Schooling. Can't help!

Are there any female volleyball clubs in Dubai? My daughter plays rep vb

Is any sort of Black community in Dubai?
This is certainly not a 'monochrome' town! You'll see every conceivable hue here. As for a black community, as such, or more specifically a North American black community, i don't know, but I've certainly met a few.

How's the driving?
mental!

Has anyone found it difficult to adjust to the dress restrictions or is it something that you simply get used to and it becomes a minor thought.
Can't tell - are you male or female?
If you are male, very little difference, unless you spend a lot of time wandering the streets topless. Depends what you wear at home. It's not overly restrictive, in my opinion. It's just about respect. You can wear a bikini on the beach, but should cover shoulders and knees in the mall etc. Many women carry a pashmina for just such an eventuality.

If anyone is enjoying their community and does not live in an apartment (we would prefer a house/villa) if possible, please send pics, info and location so that we can consider that area.
there are loads of villa-based housing areas. Best to look them up.
Theres the older parts of Dubai - Satwa, Jumeira, Umm Suqueim, which are well established, and have a wide mix of Emirati and Expat residents all jumbled together.
There are the large gated 'Truman Show' estates which are generally well finished and 'green', and almost 100% expat. Springs, Arabain Ranches, JVC, JVT etc etc

Is Facebook, and other social media readily available on the net. Are there any net restrictions? We want to be able to communicate with our Canadian friends and family freely and for free.
you can use facebook, twitter, Skype etc all to your heart's content!
There are issues with Skype to phone, but not Skype PC to PC.
The internet is censored, but generally it's pornographic stuff that is barred (apparently)

If there is anything else you want to share with me, I'm all ears. :)

I appreciate all comments and I thank you in advance for sharing.
 
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There's a new Canadian curriculum school that the Canadian University of Dubai just bought and is managing. It's called Universal school of Excellence, but it's very new so I'm not sure about a volleyball team.

Just thought to let you know.
 

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Thank you. I have been reviewing the site and agree there are lots of answers to my questions. You additional input is helpful as well.
 

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Thanks, Simply Me, will check out the Canadian school. After reading posts on the various schools and seeing reports, I have formed an interest in the Dubai International School, and it appears to be close to my employer.

Vantage, thanks for your comments. Re dressing, I am a female and the adjustment seems workable. My daughter may have a harder time but if everyone is in the same boat, sd be fine :)
 

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The Canadians I know in Dubai send their children to American curriculum schools. American School of Dubai (ASD) gives preferential admissions to holders of either US or Canadian passports and is the top option with the most established reputation and easily the best facilities.

Alternatives may be IB curriculum schools.
 

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The Canadians I know in Dubai send their children to American curriculum schools. American School of Dubai (ASD) gives preferential admissions to holders of either US or Canadian passports and is the top option with the most established reputation and easily the best facilities.

Alternatives may be IB curriculum schools.
Thanks, this is good to know and I will look at the information for this school. Very helpful, thank you.
 

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Jazzqui said:
Thanks, Simply Me, will check out the Canadian school. After reading posts on the various schools and seeing reports, I have formed an interest in the Dubai International School, and it appears to be close to my employer.

Vantage, thanks for your comments. Re dressing, I am a female and the adjustment seems workable. My daughter may have a harder time but if everyone is in the same boat, sd be fine :)
All the schools have websites , visit the DIS site, I personally never preferred DIS, I believe it's an American curriculum but not sure about quality.

If you can get your daughter in the ASD that would be great or DAA (they are near eachother).
 

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Thanks, Simply Me, will check out the Canadian school. After reading posts on the various schools and seeing reports, I have formed an interest in the Dubai International School, and it appears to be close to my employer.

Vantage, thanks for your comments. Re dressing, I am a female and the adjustment seems workable. My daughter may have a harder time but if everyone is in the same boat, sd be fine :)
I made an error, the school that I actually found an interest in is the American School of Dubai, not the Dubai International School and happens to be the same as recommended below. Thanks everyone.
 
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