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Hi All,
I am lucky that I have been offered a promotion to my company's Dubai office in Media City, starting in January. We are Brits with 3 three children, 12, 10 and 6.
Our plan is for me to come out then and the family to follow late February, early March.
Advice on areas to live and possible schools, plus general tips would be welcome.
We would prefer one school that takes primary and secondary, with a British curriculum.
We would need a 4 bed villa and are looking at possibly living in Arabian Ranches, Victory Heights, Springs, Falcon City, although Jumeriah Village looks really good value! I know it is quite new, but how developed is it? What is it like to live there compared to other areas?
Our kids want somewhere with a communal pool, places to meet friends and play, plus we would like a community atmosphere.
Look forward to your insights
Thanks for your help
 

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Hi All,
I am lucky that I have been offered a promotion to my company's Dubai office in Media City, starting in January.

Congratulations
We are Brits with 3 three children, 12, 10 and 6.
Our plan is for me to come out then and the family to follow late February, early March.
Advice on areas to live and possible schools, plus general tips would be welcome.
We would prefer one school that takes primary and secondary, with a British curriculum.

This thread has good info on schools:

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/dubai-expat-forum-expats-living-dubai/42945-schools-dubai.html


We would need a 4 bed villa and are looking at possibly living in Arabian Ranches, Victory Heights, Springs, Falcon City, although Jumeriah Village looks really good value!

This thread has good info on rentals (the later pages are more relevant, and although it says apartment, villas are included):

http://www.expatforum.com/expats/du...4-ultimate-guide-renting-apartment-dubai.html


I know it is quite new, but how developed is it? What is it like to live there compared to other areas?

These threads have info on JVC:
http://www.expatforum.com/expats/du...circle.html?highlight=jumeirah+village+circle
http://www.expatforum.com/expats/du...prings.html?highlight=jumeirah+village+circle

Our kids want somewhere with a communal pool, places to meet friends and play, plus we would like a community atmosphere.
Look forward to your insights
Thanks for your help
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A couple of things to consider:-

Schools can be a nightmare to get into. Most have long waiting lists so you need to start the process of contacting them now to find out if they have places.

You might be better finding a more permanent place to stay once you have school places confirmed. The commute to schools can also be a nightmare if you live somewhere far from the school.

We've (me, wife and 2 young boys) just moved out (me 6 weeks ago and them 3) and visited a few schools/areas before getting lucky with nursery places in the Al Safa area. That pretty much made up our minds about where to get a villa.
 

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If you're looking at Falcon City, also check out The Villa next door - you can get some really good deals there and the villas are big and all the Mazaya ones have their own pools.

As others have said, I think depending where you can find schooling for your children, will dictate where you live.

Is your company providing schools fees? Otherwise with 3 children, the cost of that is going to be eye watering!
 
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