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Abu Dhabi Families

Abu Dhabi Families

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Abu Dhabi Families

Welcome to the Family Life Section

Here we look at everything to do with families from before to birth when the kids are grown up! We also cover Pets & Vets here, as your animals and pets are part of the family too. There is also a dedicated section on Weddings in Abu Dhabi too, as lots of people do get married here and it is great to have all that information in one place. So whatever stage you are at in your life- there's a section here for you!

  • Pregnancy, Babies & Motherhood

    Pregnancy, Babies & Motherhood

    This is our special section for anyone who's pregnant, trying to get pregnant or has a baby in Abu Dhabi. It's packed full of great info for you.

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  • Child Safety in Abu Dhabi

    Child Safety in Abu Dhabi

    Here we pull together important information, tips and guidelines of things you can do to protect your child and family in Abu Dhabi.

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  • Getting Married in Abu Dhabi

    Getting Married in Abu Dhabi

    Is it time to tie the knot in Abu Dhabi? Then this is the perfect section for you covering all you need to know about laws, red tape, venues etc!

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  • Pets & Vets

    Pets & Vets

    For all things animal in Dubai we have our special Pets & Vets section covering everything from pet care to pet adoption. For all things furry!

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Family Features & Articles

  •  ExpatWoman’s Yummy Mummy Show in Abu Dhabi 2017

    ExpatWoman’s Yummy Mummy Show in Abu Dhabi 2017

    We're bringing our annual Yummy Mummy Show to the Capital for 2017... Join us for a great event of all things mum! Browse crafters, vendors and much more! It's set to be a day of pampering and fun, so don't miss out.

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  • Celebrating the Wisdom of Money-Wise Mums

    Celebrating the Wisdom of Money-Wise Mums

    Our first lessons in life about finances generally come from our parents and when it comes to being money-savvy, it is Mum we need to thank. Research has shown she holds the purse strings and teaches us the difference between ‘want’ and ‘need’, while Dad dishes out the pocket money. Senior Wealth Manager for Her Finance and Mother of four grown children Debbie Younie shares her top tips on laying strong financial foundations, right from the start.

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  • 'Your Private Wealth Boutique

    Your Private Wealth Boutique

    Her Finance is a wealth advisory focused on empowering you with the knowledge and know-how to make informed decisions that will take care of every aspect of your financial life. We’ll teach you to love your finances. And you’ll learn it’s not complicated to reach your goals.

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  • 'Be Bold For Change' Join the campaign at her.finance

    'Be Bold For Change' Join the campaign at her.finance

    Her Finance is a private wealth boutique designed to empower women with the knowledge and know-how to make informed decisions and achieve their financial ambitions. Wealth Manager Linda Heath says the portal will help to counter a massive underrepresentation in the industry. "Many female clients feel this industry is dominated by males. They often feel uncomfortable talking to men about their finances, especially if Wealth Management isn’t a subject they are familiar with".

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  • Helpful Advice and Guidance on Divorce in the UAE

    Helpful Advice and Guidance on Divorce in the UAE

    Would you take advice from a friend on a medical condition? Carol Alderson of Alderson and Associates recently experienced a situation whereby a female client of hers, having already received sound matrimonial advice from Carol, informed her that she had been advised by a third party, that she could undertake the divorce work herself and that any maintenance that would be paid to her for herself and/or her children would be subject to the UK Child Support Agency Guidelines and that, therefore, there was no further need for her to continue to instruct Alderson and Associates or any other Lawyer.

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  • Wills Preparation in the UAE

    Wills Preparation in the UAE

    Alderson and Associates have been the longest established Legal Consultancy practice in the UAE to give accurate advice and prepare Wills for expatriates. We are also able to prepare Wills for Muslim citizens but there are very specific criteria surrounding the level of benefit that can be given to those that you leave behind in a Muslim environment.

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  • Arbitration in the UAE

    Arbitration in the UAE

    With the recent downward trend in the UAE real estate, once again investors are experiencing difficulties with a property they have purchased and believed will be ready for occupation on a set date. Alderson and Associates have dealt with many arbitration and real estate disputes over the years. Carol Alderson is on the recommended list of arbitrators for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

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  • How to Survive a Long Haul Journey with Kids

    How to Survive a Long Haul Journey with Kids

    Are you travelling with the kids this year? There's no need to stress or panic... To help you out, from one mother in Abu Dhabi to you, here's some fantastic tips to ensure your long haul journey as a family is stress-free!

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  • 21 Ways a Holiday Can Go Wrong

    21 Ways a Holiday Can Go Wrong

    We can all agree that no matter how much planning we may put into our trip, sometimes life throws a curveball at us. You picked your destination, you have all passports up to date, you've bought all of your new holiday clothes and shoes... But sometimes, it can still just go wrong. Missed flights, lost boarding cards, unorganised timings and forgetfulness all have a habit of sneaking up on us while travelling.

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  • Alderson and Associates

    Alderson and Associates

    Carol Alderson is the most experienced British Lawyer in both Family, Property and Wills in the U.A.E. and Alderson and Associates are the only exclusive Family Practice fully licensed in the U.A.E. Carol will be holding legal clinics for one day each month in Abu Dhabi and if anyone has a legal issue, you can obtain free legal advice from Carol for one hour only.

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    Dealing with the Terrible Twos

    Have you ever wondered why your angel of a baby seems to turn into a monster worthy of a horror flick seemingly overnight.Joyce, our baby expert, shares her knowledge on the phenomenon known as "The Terrible Twos" and shares valuable advice on why this change occurs in young children and how to deal with it. She discusses the importance of talking to and disciplining your child effectively and appropriately.No one looks forward to the terrible twos, a developmental stage that usually begins sometime in the toddler years. Although many parents don't expect the terrible twos to start until their toddler is two years old, it can strike as early as 18 months and as late as 30 months (and because it’s less an age thing, than a stage of development, you may be dealing with it when you least expect it).

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  • Upcoming Movies

    Upcoming Movies

    We take a look at some of the movies on the big screen and some movies that are due to be released shortly.From drama to fantasy we have a great list for you to plan a night out at the cinema. Don't forget the popcorn and 3D glasses as some of this month's hits are pure delight whizzing by you and pulling you into the plot. We've got films for all the family- for the younger kids, bigger kids, tweens, teens and the adults too of course! We keep an eye on those not to be missed big screen hits that are coming out this year.

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  • Air Travel with Kids

    Air Travel with Kids- top tips from our experts!”

    Most expats will be travelling at some point over the summer, away from the burning sun and heat, to visit their home countries or for an exciting holiday. Taking a trip with your little one? With a bit of know-how, travelling with babies and toddlers will not be a hassle.Read our ExpatWoman tips and information how to keep the kids happy and safe en route.If this is your first trip with your children, plan for a slower pace than you might usually attempt. Read as much as you can about your destination. Guide books, magazines and tourist offices are all excellent sources of information. The more your children are involved in the planning, the more excited they'll be about the trip.

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  • Planning a Birthday Party

    Planning a First Birthday Party?

    We can help you out... A first birthday party isn’t a celebration for your child alone but for all of you– a high five for getting through the sleepless nights, having your life turned upside down and coming out the other end all the happier for it, with more photo albums for the past year than the previous six put together, and wonderful memories to cherish.It's a really special time for you and your little one. So whilst your little one will remain oblivious of all the fuss, take the time to mark the occasion in a way that you, your family and friends will enjoy – especially older siblings – and record the event as a time you’ll be happy to relive long after the baby stage has passed...

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  • Perfect Pirate Party

    Have A Perfect Pirate Party!

    "So it’s party time again and your little or not- so- little- one wants to have a fun and active pirate theme for their birthday party. It’s a really fun and exciting theme with lots of possibilities."We’ve got some top ideas for you on the invites, locations, costume ideas, decorations, themes, games to play and everything you will need to host the perfect pirate party... pieces of eight anyone? Luckily living in the Middle East you could plan to have your pirate party on a beach and pretend you are on a deserted island for the party. Or you can have in your back garden or inside your home- that’s what is great about a pirate party- you can hold it anywhere! All you need is a little imagination and some props.

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    Pass the Bloomin’ Parcel!

    It's that time that every parent dreads- THE BIRTHDAY PARTY!! What are you going to do? How do you make it special? How do you make your's "better" than the one last week- it's a minefield!Here we have some great advice on throwing the "perfect" birthday party for your child and how to survive it with grace and poise and no jelly on the ceiling! They only happen once a year but our darlings’ birthday parties do strive to tip us towards the edge! As I reached towards child number three’s fourth birthday I was beset with fear. Right this time, this time, this birthday party will be perfect. My little one will love it, his friends will love it and he’ll love me even more after all this thought and care.

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  • winter holidays

    Wondrous Winter Holidays

    Winter in Abu Dhabi is not really winter as we may know it. EW looks at some fabulous warm and cool winter destinations for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season.We examine both the conventional and unconventional winter destinations that will appeal to mom, dad, teens and toddlers. So if you are a snow bunny or a dune basher read on for some winter holiday inspiration. The holidays are fun and exciting for families. Whether there are little ones, tweens or teenagers in your brood we have some amazing holiday ideas for you. The fabulous thing about living in the Middle East is that we are literally in the middle of the map and travel is easy, whether you choose to go North or South this winter.

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  • Food Shopping in Abu Dhabi

    Food Shopping in Abu Dhabi

    Food shopping - grocery shopping in abu dhabiWith such a large mix of nationalities living in Abu Dhabi there are foods available from many parts of the world.The most common local food eaten is Biriyani a hot spicy rice dish usually made with mutton, camel (!) or chicken. Originating in India and the surrounding regions, it is now very commonly eaten here by the locals. There are several Indian restaurants that serve extremely good food at very low prices and will home deliver for no extra charge. Indian Palace on Al Salaam St. is popular choice for many, as is Foodlands on Airport Rd. Not all the best restaurants are found in the Hotels!

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    Special Needs Facilities

    Abu Dhabi in general has a very family-friendly environment.Baby changing rooms, play areas and access for those with special needs are commonplace in malls and hotels alike. Kids’ menu, high chairs and play areas are not uncommon in restaurants across the emirate. Most hotels provide paid child care services, and wheelchair services also come standard in most hotels. The Abu Dhabi International Airport is also easily accessible to physically challenged travellers. There is a special check-in gate with direct access from the car park, as well as lifts and toilets for those with special needs. The Golden Class meet-and-assist service (Tel: +971 2 575 7466) is available to provide personal assistance.

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    Hiring A Maid

    For a live-in maid, it’s imperative that you sponsor their domestic worker visa (employment visa in other words). It should be displayed in their passport whenever they are entering or exiting the country.You will have to apply for the visa from the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Department (02 4462244). There is a fee of AED 5,000 a year to the immigration office; and you will need to prove that your monthly income, after the cost of accommodation, is not less than AED 6,500. There will be a service charge of between AED 3,500 and AED 5,300 if you are selecting a maid through an agency, along with the cost of the air ticket. You will need a residence form filled in Arabic, except for your name which must be in English and Arabic, a letter of No Objection from your sponsor, four passport photos, a copy of your passport and your maid’s passport. You will also need to apply for a labour card for your maid and a medical certificate, which includes health insurance and medical treatments. This costs around AED 600.

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