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Hello Mum, It’s the summer of 2019! What are your plans for the months ahead? The July issue focuses on travels, to ensure you have a safe family holiday filled with great memories. Find out what you need to do before and on the flight if you’re pregnant (page 32); how to survive a longhaul journey with your toddler (page 33); handy travel services across the globe (page 35) and indoor play areas if you’re staying in the country (page 37). This month is a special one as it also marks our 100th issue. Over the years, we’ve interviewed incredible mums, built a close-knit community that continues to be a part of our growth and success, and worked with brands that have transformed our readers’ lives with their products and services (make sure you vote for your favourite brands on To celebrate this special issue, we met with mumpreneur Hannah Curran, CEO of 100 per cent bamboo-bio organic nappies Pure Born, to find out how she manages work-life balance as a single mum, continues to grow her brand rapidly in the market, and her keys to success. I’m constantly learning from mums, discovering brands, parenthood tricks, and nifty bits of information to make other mums’ lives hasslefree. Our 100th issue is dedicated to all the mums out there. To quote most mums I’ve interviewed, “Continue doing you. You’re doing great!”

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Editor’s Letter.................................................................. 03

Hassle-free Travel Services............................................35

On Our Radar................................................................. 06

Take it Indoors.................................................................37

Things To Do.................................................................. 08

Good Living....................................................................39

PARENTING ..................................................................11

What’s in Store.................................................................40

What to Expect When You’re Expecting.........................12

Style Files: Summer Fabrics............................................42

24 Hours in The Life of a Mumpreneur........................... 14

Mini Style Files: Travel Wardrobe................................... 43

Mom’s Little Black Book..................................................16

The Beauty Edit.............................................................. 44

The Boss Mum................................................................18

Tried & Tested Spas....................................................... 45


Dining in The City........................................................... 46

Wellbeing Talk................................................................ 22

Family Staycation............................................................ 48

Interactive Mum’s Morning?............................................ 24

Home & Garden.............................................................51

EDUCATION ..................................................................27

Sofas............................................................................... 52

The Effects of Bulling......................................................29

Cooking With Kids.......................................................... 53


The Right Diet For Your Pet............................................ 55

5 Travel Tips For Pregnant women.................................32

Competitions................................................................... 65

Travelling With a Toddler ................................................33 04 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

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Sustainable swimwear label Joseph & Alexandre have collaborated with Emirates to launch a sustainable and environmentally conscious collection of ‘father and son’ shorts, just in time for your travels. The Emirates Landing collection uses recycled fabric derived from ocean plastics and ecofriendly ink in the textile designs. The shorts are available with an aircraft design printed on, in light blue and turquoise shades, mimicking the natural hues found in the earth’s oceans. Dhs185 for boys and Dhs280 for men, visit

I always pack a pair of trusty Havaianas. This seasons’ flip flops are available in stunning bright tropical and floral combinations that complement just about any summer dress. You can also pick one with sparkly straps and souls, animal prints, nautical neturals or a classic style.

Your little one will love the cute prints from this swimwear range by Next Online. And mums, you don’t have to look far for affordable sun-protected pieces. The fabric provides protection against solar ultraviolet radiation and has been independently tested and given a UPF rating of 50+ which blocks more than 97.5% of UV rays.

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I’m making a conscious effort to reduce singleuse plastic and will be doing so with this Zero Waste Kit, whenever possible. It includes a reusable bamboo cutlery set complete with a fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, bamboo straw – with its own brush – and a reusable cup for both hot and cold drinks.


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If your children fall asleep in the car quite often, and you’re heading out on a road trip this summer, pack this Happy Hop Sleepy Head seat belt pillow. It offers extra comfort, can be fastened with buttons, and is a great way to ensure children rest comfortably while travelling. Dhs124.95 at

Travel in style with one of these gorgeous suitcases from the Essential colours collection. Each of the new RIMOWA Essential colourways are expertly matched, from handle and zipper to badge and wheel housing, for a monochrome presentation that’s contemporary and fresh. Choose your favourite colour - Coral, inspired by the Pink Lake in Western Australia; Slate, which takes its hues from the chalky, gradient grey hues of Indonesian mines; Sage, which reflects the green shades of the Lake District in northeast England; and Saffron yellow of Tuscany’s rolling fields of canola flowers. From Dhs2,2390-3,790 at and Rimowa stores



Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas are inviting kids for an exciting summer camp at Aladdin’s Cave. Your little ones will get to explore nature, learn all about Emirati heritage and culture, while trying out activities at the kids’ club including the lazy river, splash pool and water slide. Older children can enjoy time at the activity area and cinema-and teen-zones. Until August 29th, for children aged 4-13 years. The daily price is Dhs200, weekly is Dhs780 and monthly is Dhs2,900. The entire eightweeks’ camp is Dhs5,000 (inclusive of breakfast and lunch). Visit saadiyatrotanaresortandvillas for more information C









Novo Cinemas have launched a scarily good package for children who love anything related to monsters. The NOVO Kidz experience comprises a Friendly Monsters party which includes a movie screening made with a monster seat for little children, as well as food, beverages and party games – all within a private party screen. Kids can pick between a pizza, veggie burger, nuggets and fries as a snack, along with juice, soda or soft drinks. The birthday kid gets to cut a cake after a round of party games. Dhs99 per child. Each party host gets free invitations and the package above, along with add on treats (at an additional rate) such as ice cream, chocolate, balloons and adult platters and a special message before the movie starts. For party inquiries get in touch with the Cinema Team at Dubai Festival City Mall on +9714 232 8328 08 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD


Mums, if you’re planning a baby shower or want to treat a friend to an incredible afternoon out, do it at Al Bayt, Palace Downtown. You can indulge in a range of aromatic teas and sweet and savoury treats. The hotel has also partnered with Materna to design bespoke baby showers to match your décor requirements. You can choose from striking centre pieces to stunning flower bouquet arrangements and helium balloons in pink, blue and gold. From Dhs190 per person. Contact +9714 428 7888



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Six Senses Zighy Bay and Galeries Lafayette have collaborated for a summer filled with sustainable-awareness workshops for children. Children between 5-11 years can learn how to upcycle, recycle, and make items from natural products and plant. The ‘Little Green Fingers’ workshops take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, where the Six Senses team run a fun range of activities including soap making, marine biology, arts and crafts, and yoga, amongst many others. All workshops will help them connect with nature while teaching them how to preserve it. The workshops take place until August 7th from 11am to 1pm. One session is Dhs120, two for Dhs200, and the entire program is Dhs999 per child. Visit the website for the list of workshops



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The iPro Series is “hauck” new stroller and car seat series. Strollers, carrycots and car seats are sold separately and you can combine them to your liking. The iPro Series unites the latest safety standards with extraordinary comfort and individuality. In our iPro Series, you can combine the Saturn R stroller with the corresponding carrycot, as well as with the iPro Baby infant carrier - both without adapters. You can choose between the three available colours (Denim, Lunar or Caviar) and mix them to your preferences. In vehicles, iPro Baby can be installed with the car’s 3-point safety belt or by using the separately available iPro Base. The iPro Base is a car seat base that is to be connected with the vehicle’s ISOFIX connectors. This base can be used for the iPro Baby infant carrier, as well as for the following iPro Kids car seat. iPro Kids is a traditional rearward-facing car seat that is suitable for children up to 4 years. From a body size of 76 cm, the seat can be used in forward-facing position, too. Also, if your stroller has the latest “Maxi Cosi” attachment for infant carrier, you can combine it with our separately available iPro Baby Adapter and our iPro Baby infant carrier. SAFE FROM BIRTH. 04 239 88 55 10 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Find out how modern women, and pregnant mums, manage work-life balance. Our cover star discloses her journey and tips



Expecting About to become a mother for the first time? Here’s an honest month-by-month experience from a gorgeous mum-to-be


Following years of tests and treatments, after our second unsuccessful IVF attempt in April 2015, I told myself that I wasn’t capable of birthing a child and that it was for the best. We instead chose to follow the path to adoption, which resulted in us officially becoming parents to the most amazing baby girl from Ethiopia in December 2016. She was a dream come true, and finally we were a family. However, fast forward to summer 2018 and my rapidly growing toddler was making me increasingly broody. As one of four I had never imagined I would have an only child. But Ethiopian international adoptions had stopped and so we began making enquiries and looking at other countries. We booked our sessions to get the process and paperwork started once more, and patiently waited to begin our second adoption.


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(@leonieash), mum to Beatrix Ella Bontu and another baby on the way 12 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

One night, I dreamt that I had gone to the doctor, feeling unwell, and she told me I was pregnant. When I woke and realised, I wasn’t, I felt suddenly very upset, which took me by surprise. I checked my calendar and noted that my period was due that day, so I put it down to hormones. Two days later, however, and my period had still not arrived. Every bathroom visit I expected to see it. Then whilst working out I suddenly felt dizzy. I remember thinking, ‘How strange! Last time I felt like that during exercise was when we were doing IVF...’ and then it clicked. Could it be? Surely not?

The next morning, I had to run to the bathroom in the midst of reading my daughter a story and deep down I think I knew. But I still couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to break the spell, of the hope, of the possibility. I mentioned nothing to my husband and tried to act normal for the weekend. Then Sunday morning I went straight to the pharmacy and bought every pregnancy test they had. When the first one came up ‘pregnant’ I took a photo as quickly as I could because I was worried it might change its' mind and disappear. I needed proof that I had become pregnant. Finally, after seven years, even if only for a moment! That evening I presented my husband with a box. Inside was a long letter and hidden at the bottom were the pregnancy tests and a sesame seed (the size of the baby) stuck to a piece of card with a due date circled on a calendar. I expected tears (mine had been coming on and off all day, taking another test, just to be sure, every couple of hours), but he simply laughed in shock and disbelief.

air travel strongly advised against, as a precaution for the safety of the baby. My anxieties reappeared and from then on, every new symptom had me rather worried about my precious cargo. I did exactly as I was told and rested a lot.


It took us a long time to really believe we were expecting a baby. Our doctor was brilliant, providing extra scans and appointments as reassurance. I felt nauseous constantly which felt like a good sign. With each doctor’s visit I was given a little more hope, but I also wondered why I wasn’t getting excited or emotional about it all. This was huge news! And it was so hard to keep to myself. It wasn’t until a scan at nine weeks when the baby started to look more ‘alive’, waving at us with its stubby arms, that I broke down into sobs. We waited until Boxing Day lunch at our house, to tell family in person - we had hidden our secret in the Christmas crackers. There were so many tears and it was such a special moment. We had told our daughter only minutes before, as we didn’t trust her to keep the surprise.


We opted to do the HIPT genetic scan

as an extra reassurance that all was as it should be with the baby’s development. The results arrived while my husband was away on a business trip. After hearing all was normal, I had the gender emailed to our favourite cake maker who baked a gender reveal for us. We didn’t need a big party but finding out together as a family by cutting the cake, with our daughter assisting and seeing the pink frosting layers for a girl, was such a memorable occasion.


Finally, my nausea began to ease at around 19 weeks. Having expected the second trimester to be easier it had been getting me down and I had felt guilty for not enjoying the pregnancy I had wanted for so long. Then at my anomaly scan at 20 weeks we discovered that I had placenta previa. I was advised to stop my exercise routine and stick to walking only, with non-essential


Fast forward to May and I received the all clear – my uterus had grown, moving my placenta out of the danger zone. I started to relax and finally enjoy carrying our little miracle. I dressed in more fitted clothes, wearing my bump with pride. My nesting instinct kicked in early, meaning the house was more organised than ever before, and the nursery was basically ready. We started our hypnobirthing course with Jasmin Collin, which helped me overcome my fears for the birth and relaxed me further. The third trimester has definitely been my favourite part, finally rid of anxieties.


My baby shower came at the end of last month, and now I’m just on a countdown, excited for the arrival of our baby girl, ready to become a Mummy for the second time, but in a totally new way MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | JULY 2019 | 13


in the life of a Mumprenuer 6:00-8:30AM

My days are packed with meetings, drop offs, errands, etc. I have to be so efficient with my time as my days are very short. I wake up, get ready, feed the kids and leave the house for school drop offs. I usually head to the office if I don’t have meetings/ appointments.


ZEINA ABDALLA Founder of Fishfayce (a digital photobooth concept) and mum of three

My first son Zayn is 5-years-old, Hadi is 3-years-old and Ayla is 6-months-old. Zayn and Hadi go to different schools. They have Arabic classes, swimming and tennis lessons during the week, so I try to spend as much one-on-one time with them, when one of them is at an activity. Individual time is so important since they’re all small and need my attention. I usually reach the office by 8:30am. My work involves a lot of marketing and business development. I usually start the day with catching up on emails, liaising with graphic designers, suppliers and clients.


I love cooking and baking, so I don’t order out too much. If I do order, it’s usually over the weekend and mainly 14 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Iranian food, which I can’t make. I stay in the office until 1pm and then head to pick up my 2-year-old and my 4-year-old son by 2pm. He usually has an activity at school, so I stay till 3pm.

My days are actually more efficient now that I have kids, as I base my work around their schedule. I know when I can go to the office, hold meetings and spend time with the kids. Since the arrival of my baby girl, I now dedicate Thursdays to her and she either comes with me to the office or I take her wherever I need to go. She’s actually attended a few meetings and events with me and is always over the moon to be out and about. I usually have more work to catch up on once the kids are in bed, so I work for an hour or two and either go to an event or wind down/watch TV with my husband.

9:00-10:00PM 3:00-7:00PM

Once I’m home from work and school runs, I try to spend as much time as I can with the kids. I usually do my shopping online to avoid leaving the house and put work aside till later in the evening. I reach home and start preparing dinner. I play with the kids, take them to the park if the weather is nice and by 5pm, give them a bath, have dinner and read them a book before going to bed. If all goes well, they’re all asleep by 7pm.

Work/life balance is one of the hardest things for me and I do my best to not let my work affect me once I’m home. When I’m with the kids, I don’t open my laptop. I get them involved in the kitchen by baking cookies together, building Lego, and colouring. I’m quite strict with allowing my kids to watch TV or the iPad, so I need to always have them busy with something. Over the weekends, I like to take it easy, so we hang out by the pool, have lunch at our clubhouse or chill at my sister’s house.



I try to go to bed around 10pm every day but that doesn’t really happen until 11pm. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | JULY 2019 | 15


(@mumspalette), mum to three-year-old Zaydaan and one-year-old Hamdan

Time for coffee

My favourites are Gossip Café and L'ETO café.

Their favourite entertainment

Gadget I can’t live without

My phone camera, I'm a content creator and capturing beautiful pictures is important for memories as well as my work.

Zaydaan loves watching Number blocks - he is fascinated with numbers. He also loves painting and anything to do with Transformers.

Favourite fashion store for the kids

Zippy, Zara, Level Kids, Elli Junior.

Décor store I love

Pottery Barn, Caramel and Sun, IKEA

My last date-night

It was at Un Dimanche à Paris at Bluewaters. It’s actually very challenging for me to leave the kids and plan a date night, even though I know the importance of being out without them from time-to-time.

Books I’m reading to my children Thomas and Friends series and I love the baby animals Touch and Feel books for the little one.

Advice for pregnant mums Play areas they love Caboodles, Fun City, Mattel Play Town.

Enjoy your alone time. When the baby arrives, take every piece of advice with a pinch of salt. Also, say yes to help when its offered, because it does take a village to raise a child and it’s absolutely alright to get some assistance. .


Children ages 4months – 6 years


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Founder of Pure Born, Hannah Curran, discusses vision boards, eco-friendly nappies, and work-life balance as a single mum



hen we met with Hannah Curran, the chic mum was clad in a white suit and heels, looking every bit like a mumpreneur who knows what she wants to achieve. Hannah laughed and chatted while adorable baby Rocco - wearing leopard print Pure Born nappies - crawled around. One look at Hannah and you could tell the ambitious mum reaches for the stars. Hannah Curran relocated to Dubai in 2012, for a job opportunity, and soon found herself setting up a day nursery and working on the launch of Pure Born nappies in 2016. “My mum has always been in childcare and used to say, ‘The best thing about my business is that I have the same challenges every business will have, ups and downs, good days and bad days, but people always need childcare.’ Hannah tells me the same thought occurred with nappies in mind (diapers if you’re American), and whilst looking into this industry, the challenges with sustainability, green alternatives and affordability kept appearing. “I wanted to offer something greener and more affordable. Pure Born diapers are hypoallergenic, ultra-absorbent, and made with up to 43% organic bamboo. Since the launch, we’ve expanded into wipes and will soon be releasing baby care items.” Hannah doesn’t seem like the kind of woman who stops working. A typical day in her life begins with giving Thanks. “No matter what’s going on I remind myself of all my blessings, and this really helps me to start my day right. I get to the office early if there aren’t external meetings, meet with the team and vision board daily with goals. Inspiration can strike at any moment and I like to visualise,” says Hannah. At the moment, Pure Born is at a rapid growth stage, so the team are quite busy. “We’re at the product development stage which takes up to 12 months, so we’re under a lot of pressure with regulating bodies to get this right.


But we also want to get it right for our parents (clients) and we’re trying to give them the most natural alternative products possible.” Once Hannah is home, she spends her time with baby Rocco, orders takeout, gets back on email and finally tries to switch off. Obviously in between I fit in mani-pedis and friends.”

A strong network is crucial for mumpreneurs and Hannah attributes her emotional wellbeing to support from family and friends. “It’s so important to keep the real ones around, not the ones that tell you everything is rosy and easy. We have a hard-enough time with social media pressures. You need friends in the same situation that laugh with you through the screams and nappy changes,” she says. As for what Hannah envisions her future to hold, she says, “I hope Rocco has lots of siblings. I’ve been blessed with a calm baby and I want lots of children. I raise him alone, so I would of course want him to have a father figure eventually. I think it’s so important to choose the correct person for your kids with the same beliefs 20 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

I want fulfillment in life, for me this is the satisfaction I get from work, and purpose from my baby

When asked about how she manages her work and life, she says, “I ask myself this question of work-life balance a lot and I really don’t know what the correct split is, especially being a single mother. I’m lucky my brother is living with me and is around a lot for Rocco. When I’m not working, I try to be present and we laugh a lot. He’s a happy baby and I think that’s all that matters!” says Hannah. As we take in the view of the Burj Al Arab from the apartment, we discuss gender roles and purpose. “When we speak to men, we don’t ask them how they manage baby and career goals. I want fulfillment in life, for me this is the satisfaction I get from work and purpose I get from my baby. I learn so much from both and yes, it’s a balancing act, but isn’t everything in life?” says Hannah. “He brings so much goodness, so I have more balance than ever, because I don’t just work all the time. I’m very blessed that we have access to such good childcare in UAE. I have a live-in nanny (Ailyn) - which outside of UAE isn’t a given - she helps me raise him, gives him love when I’m not around and he’s still so young that I don’t think he misses me yet! He comes to the office sometimes and other than that I try not to guilt myself. I’m doing it all for him and he gives my life purpose.”

and morals.” Furthermore, she tells us Pure Born will continue to thrive. “We’re entering new markets this year. I just hope parents love our products as much as we do, that’s most important,” she says. Hannah is also launching the Pure Born foundation – a platform for giving back – which will be her main focus over the next year. “We already give 5 per cent of PureBorn proceeds to charity, but we want parents to see where they’re helping to make a difference,” she tells me. After all, life is all about making a difference.

Everything parents need to know about healthy eating habits and current trends.Turn over for wellbeing advice


WELLBEING TALK The latest in health and fitness trends


While not new on the scene, Cactus water is one to include in your diet this summer. It’s packed with electrolytes, may help you sleep better, give you energy and help women cramp less. The water also protects against pollution – it contains taurine – and fights against free radical damage and damage from UV/UB rays. In addition to this, it contains vitamins B and C, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. As for the skin benefits, cactus water decreases puffiness and redness in the skin thanks to its’ high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory content.


XFit 3-in-1, by Fitness First, has opened its doors at Town Centre, Dubai. The concept studio offers three studios in one place; also known as ‘The Box,’ which covers: LIFT, BOX and HIIT, all of which guarantee a unique variety of fun, high intensity and dynamic workouts. XFit members can choose from over ten specialist classes including X60, BOXX, Smash and Lift, that are proven to improve your cardio and overall agility so that you get lean and fit. Visit 22 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD


Petit Gourmet, a new children’s lunchbox delivery service, has launched in Dubai with deliveries to schools and nurseries. To ensure your kids don’t fuss over meals and eat everything they receive, send over meals such as roasted chicken with couscous salad, lamb pita, salmon fillet with noodle salad, turkey and vegetables, tomato cheese tart and plenty of other lunch, snack and dessert options. All meals are made with either premium or organic ingredients and delivered in sustainable containers. Visit for more information and packages

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INTERACTIVE MUM’S MORNING Discover what we learned at the latest Dubai London Clinic event Regional influencers, mums and their little ones gathered at Dubai London Clinic to explore dental treatments and learn tips and tricks on children’s dental care, from the experts. Little ones were supervised by Splash and Play babysitters as they painted porcelain models, snapped pictures with the tooth fairy from Cheeky Little Events, and nibbled on nutritious snacks.



Mums got to interact, and voice their concerns, with the experts. Key takeaways from the General Dentist Dr. Nuno Sarmento’s talk was that mums should take care of their baby’s teeth from day one by wiping their gums; and refrain from fruit juices and sugary drinks in water bottles and pacifiers. He also asked mums to encourage kids to brush their teeth twice a day and teach them how to use a glass from their first birthday. Special Orthodontist Dr. Gilda Behnam discussed treatments on offer for children, teens and adults. Invisalign was her recommendation for those who want to straighten simple dental issues, with an option for children, Invisalign First, who want to avoid metal braces. The event ended on a cheerful note with a raffle draw prize, certificates for kids, and goodie bags for everyone.


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Naveed Iqbal, Executive Principal of Creative Science Schools – Dubai, explains why parents need to address bullying

Bullying is not a new concept. It is a challenge that is being addressed world over, with numerous instances happening in the playground. It is vital for schools and parents to help guide children to prevent any trauma or distress. Both victims and perpetrators (and to an extent, witnesses) of bullying in childhood suffer across various dimensions, including personal social development, education and health, with negative effects persisting into adulthood. There are many different

types of bullying such as use of force to intimidate or impose domination on others - that adults need to pay heed to, written or verbal abuse (Name calling and jokes of an offensive or derogatory manner); violence (Physical abuse including threats of violence); discrimination (Racial, age, gender and disability discrimination due to unacceptance of people’s differentness) and cyberbullying (Harassment, flaming, exclusion and outing via social media or emails).

Being able to differentiate between mutual conflict, or single episode acts from deliberate and repeated attempts to cause distress, physically or mentally hurt another. Most children have been teased by a sibling or a friend at some point, and it's not usually harmful when done in a playful, friendly, and mutual way, and both children find it funny. But when teasing becomes hurtful, unkind, and constant, it is considered as a form of bullying and it needs to come to an end. It is imperative that all adults must recognise MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | JULY 2019 | 29

any abusive behaviour and be diligent in intervening effectively when necessary. Last year the Ministry of Education launched the National Bullying Prevention Week campaign to raise awareness on bullying across the UAE, in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood. This initiative was conducted in partnership with more than 20 local and federal entities. Schools across the UAE participated with initiatives that encouraged students to identify bullies and take the necessary actions when dealing with them. The initiatives also aimed to promote kindness and empathy across fellow peers. Here are some signs that a bullying victim suffers from: • Unexplained physical marks, cuts, bruises and physical complaints such as headaches, stomach aches and frequent visits to the school nurse station • Mysterious loss of toys, school supplies, clothing, lunch and money • Unwillingness to go to school or fear of riding the school bus • Nightmares, bed wetting and sleeping difficulties • Changes in typical every-day behaviour, eating habits and personality • Bullying siblings or younger children (Bullied children tend to flip roles and become the bully) • Sudden loneliness and unwillingness of being around regular group of friends • Sudden and significant drop in grades (Bullying can cause concentration difficulties) How do we as parents make stronger strives to prevent bullying and promote kindness and empathy instead?


Listen objectively to the child being bullied without judgement and provide a safe and supportive environment where the child can express his or her feelings. Sometimes children tend to avoid speaking to an adult fearing the consciences of the situation. Therefore, it is important to pay attention, maintain calmness and remain sensitive to the victim’s emotions. 30 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD


Most schools have anti-bullying policies and programmes in place. Educate your child on what is within their rights and on what is tolerated on school grounds. It is important for schools to support their students by providing them with the right platforms to help in educating them on how to deal with bullying. This empowers children, allowing them to stand up for their rights and address the situation as well, as it is a lifelong skill.

SUPPORT AND EMPOWER It is important to teach children not to respond to bullying by fighting back as it can lead to an injury. We must teach children to walk away from the situation and be assertive by using simple unemotional language, letting the

bullies know that they do not intent to be victimised. When coaching your child in the skills of assertive communication, it is helpful to practice using confident body language, eye contact and a smile showing you’re not going to be intimidated.


Emphasising kindness and respect for others at school and at home, essentially fosters positive behaviour in children to counter negative actions such as bullying. Embracing our differences is one way, to create an inclusive school and society. We must consistently teach kindness and empathy for others to encompass more than just academics, but also nurture the emotions and humanity within to promote a safe, inclusive environment.

Everything you need to know if you're travelling with your family this summer


5 TRAVEL TIPS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN Travelling during pregnancy can be quite a concern for many women, in particular when it is the first pregnancy. To ensure you maximise safety and enjoy your holiday, Dr. Suzanne Balfour, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at The White House Clinic shares her tops tips

The decision to confirm whether to travel or not can be quite challenging for a doctor, as the subject itself is a rather grey area. A pregnancy can be filled with surprises and therefore it is impossible to foresee the development of what lies ahead. But if the woman is healthy and enjoying a low risk pregnancy, then generally it is safe to travel at any time. Here are five tips Dr. Suzanne Balfour usually advices her patients:

minimise swelling and heaviness in your feet and legs. Aisle seats give you more space to move and better access to the rest rooms, so make sure you pick wisely.


Always choose a safe destination and avoid high-risk remote zones where vaccinations are required. You don’t want to jeopardise your health and the health of your unborn.


If possible, plan your trip ahead. The best time to travel is during the second trimester, as by this point, you will be more settled and the unpleasant symptoms of the first trimester like nausea, vomiting, tiredness and also the increased risk of pregnancy loss, will be a thing of the past. Avoid travel late in the third trimester of the pregnancy, especially after 36 weeks, as your baby can arrive at any time. 32 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD


The increased risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in pregnancy will exacerbate during travelling - whether by air haul or via a road trip. I strongly advise pregnant women to wear support stockings, especially on long haul flights, to keep blood flow in your legs intact and


If you are travelling by flight, make sure you keep mobile and frequently take a walk around the plane. It’s also important to drink plenty of water and avoid fizzy and caffeine-rich drinks.


Remember to keep in tune and discuss with your trusted health care provider before you travel. Let him/ her know, where, when and how you are travelling. Also, make sure you also take along your antenatal records.


Natasha Bajaj, mum to three-year-old Avi and founder of breastfeeding fashion label Nats & Jun shares a page from her diary along with tips to keep in mind The best gift you can give to your children is travel. When you travel with your kids you are giving them something that can never be taken away – memories, experience and time. But as beautiful as the thought sounds it’s not always easy to travel with younger kids. They can drive you mad, and you may just want to live on coffee and some carbs forever to survive. I’m mum to a lovable, super charged, soccer-loving toddler named Avi, who I love dearly, but he can surely drive me up the wall. I have been ignoring my trip to the US for just one dreadful reason, travelling with a toddler for 16 hours. Imagine this,

a toddler, no space to step out, time difference in sleeping, other people in the same place for 16 hours. Sounds hectic, right? That’s why I’ve decided to pen down my thoughts and share with other mums my genius hacks and tips to surviving with a toddler on a plane. I did it for 16 hours! First and foremost, always tweak the tips you get from any other parents, according to your little one, you know your baby best! For instance, Avi has been traveling with me since he was three months old and without him having a choice, he was born to travel-loving parents. Saying this, I had never covered a long-haul flight with him, so I wanted to prepare him and myself for

the same. The tips below worked for us and we survived the fight like a breeze. Hopefully you will too.


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that they feel responsible and learn – we usually stamp his passport with all the destinations he has covered.


Give them currency so that they can learn about the value of money and see what other currencies are like. We give him some money, allowing him to buy whatever he wants, but he has to think about why he really wants to buy it and tell us the reason. A budget of Dhs30 is more than enough.


them videos of the place you are traveling to, to get them excited well in advance.

When I play his favourite video, he stays put for 45 minutes.



Pack interesting toys. We usually carry a bunch of affordable new toys for him, which gets him excited. Give it to them one at a time, usually leaving an hour’s gap. Some of our favourites are the memory game, Lego (the small magnetic ones), a colouring book, and country flags which he colours in while I explain it to him. You can also carry Snakes & Ladders and games that you’ll can play together, story books, stickers for when they behave and you want to award them, and a torch. The last one is mostly to bribe them with. I picked up mine from Daiso recently and told him if he slept he could have the torch – it worked wonders.

TIP 6 Always pack in advance, and while doing so, show them what you are putting inside the suitcase but don’t give it to them - this keeps the excitement alive. Also have a bag dedicated to their clothes. Pack an extra jacket and keep at least two extra sets of clothes in your hand bag, and one pair of extras in your kids bag. I use cloth bags to segregate stuff and pack according to days. Do keep his favourite blanket handy in his carry-on bag, along with his sleep wear.


Pack a foldable potty seat if your child is toilet-training and some extra vitamin gummy bears. It’s always good to have a medical kit, and all their medication on hand if required.


Place a small piece of paper with your international/roaming phone number and the name of the hotel, in your child’s pocket or on the wrist. We made Avi memorise our number, and always tell him to be close to us and avoid running far.

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Pack as many snacks as possible. I usually take along homemade French fries, fruits, crudites with cheese, biscuits, sandwiches, chips and boiled eggs.


Talk to your children about your holiday destination. Take print outs of the places and make them colour in. You could also tell them stories about the place and show 34 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Download your child’s favourite video and keep it on hand. Avi doesn’t watch TV that much, so he gets bored pretty quickly.

Last but not the least, try to reach the airport early, check in your seats online, and always make sure you take a window seat. Also, remember to be patient. It’s fun travelling with your little ones, but your sleep is important too. So try to get a few hours in on the flight.

HASSLE-FREE TRAVEL SERVICES Leave your baby equipment at home. We’ve rounded up the best services across the globe, so you don’t have to cart along bulky accessories MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | JULY 2019 | 35

Ahlan Meet & Assist service Dubai International Hotel has launched a Wake Up at The Gate package that’s ideal for a family of four. The service includes a room for 12 hours at the hotel (Teminal 3), Ahlan Meet and Greet service, access to the hotel’s facilities including pool and gym, a complimentary fruit basket, tea and coffee facilities and quick check-out. The hotel even gives customers a wake-up call, and escorts guests directly to their gate in plenty of time for the flight, with a bag of healthy snacks for each child. Dhs350 for a family of four (on sharing basis). Visit or contact +9714 224 4000

Airtots Heading to central London? You can hire everything from a hire chair and toddler meal-time set to strollers, car seats, bath, play and sleep items. It takes two minutes to fill out the form, making your trip and life so much easier on holiday. All you have to do is order on the website, and the company will deliver it to your home (or host) so that your order is ready and waiting for you upon arrival. A digital instruction manual will be sent over for items, and the team are on call for help as well.

Baby Quip This website serves families travelling to the United States and Canada. To hire your equipment, enter your destination and travel dates, search through a range of quality providers, choose your baby gear and complete your reservation. Your goods can be delivered to airports, hotels, vacation rentals and private residences.

For an extensive directory of baby equipment rentals in each continent, visit 36 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

TAKE IT INDOORS Beat the heat at these play areas for children

WE ROCK THE SPECTRUM (WRTS) Ages: 1-10 years

This ‘play with purpose’ indoor playground offers suspended equipment with swings, crash pillows for motor and strength skill development, trampolines, indoor play structures (climbing), improved auditory processing and fine motor skills (through sensory-based toys), and an arts and crafts area. The kid’s gym also specializes in themed birthday parties, and classes including kids’ boot camp and art club. Located at Beach Park Plaza Centre, Beach Road. From Dhs60 per child, visit

MATTEL PLAY TOWN Ages: 2-10 years

Little ones can hang out with Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Thomas & Friends, Barney, and Fireman Sam. Budding ballerinas can put on their dancing shoes and dance with Angelina as she demonstrates discipline, strength, teamwork and dedication – the building blocks of success. Thomas & Friends take kids on an adventure, showing them a themed play structure and magical movies in the 4D cinema. And if your child has always wanted to take on a real-life emergency scenario, let them jump in on the action with Fireman Sam, as he saves the day, or fixes the town of Fixham with Bob the Builder. There are plenty of activities to keep them busy while you shop the mall. Located at City Walk. Tickets are available from Dhs99 online, visit



Ages: 1-12 years This fun play area includes a wide range of games and activities for children. You can find a play zone to develop motor skills, kiddie rides for those with a wild imagination, big rides for the older kids, skilled games, and an arcade that parents can have a go at as well. The venue is currently hosting a Funday Monday where games are just Dhs1. Several locations across the UAE, visit for their online exclusive packages

LITTLE EXPLORERS Ages: 2-7 years

This educational experience play area helps parents discover new ideas while kids laugh, play and learn in a safe and secure environment. The area has three unique main zones that help children develop their sense of individuality and social understanding, learn about spatial and time-related awareness, and increase their hunger for knowledge, science and technology. They’ll be moving around, playing and trying various activities, getting in a bit of exercise while having fun. Several locations across Dubai. Monthly membership is available from Dhs365 per children (inclusive of free adult entry, 10 buddy passes and 50 per cent discount of ticket entry). Visit


Ages: 0-8 years Your little ones can blow off some steam while playing around this three-story soft play area that includes slides, ball pit, trampolines, and a racing track. Kids can also celebrate their birthdays at the venue. Located on Umm Suqeim Road, Barsha 2. Various packages and summer deals are available on the website. Visit

INDOOR FUN GUIDE A few other play spots to try • KidZania ( • Le Petit Palais (


• Kids Zone at Souk Al Bahar and DIP (

• Cheeky Monkeys (

• Caboodle at The Dubai Mall (

• Play Point at Sustainable City (

• Stay and Play at Dubai Festival City Mall and Dubai Outlet Village

• Pixies and Ponies at Wasl Vita mall (

Read through for the latest in dining, spas, beauty and fashion. This section is all about catering to mums, and modern women, so we've highlighted only the best


PERSONALISED SOLUTIONS Dyson continuously work towards products that better are wellbeing. The latest launch features two individualistic products that are apt for just about any space you spend plenty of time at. For instance, your work desk, bedside table or home office. The Lightcycle task light improves your visual sharpness and provides just the right amount of light to suit the time of day. It not only increases/ decreases the light but also adjusts its colour temperature and brightness to suit the location, time and date. It has been engineered to maintain light quality for sixty years, so you don’t have to worry about replacing it and wasting light bulbs every few months or so.

To ensure you and your children breathe in fresh purified air, Dyson’s Pure Cool Me ticks all the boxes. The personal purifying fan is great for your child’s bedside table – especially if they suffer from dust and pollutant allergies – their study desk, your

living room side table, and even in the kitchen – to capture 99.95 per cent of ultrafine particles in the area. The unique HEPA also captures mould spores and bacteria, odours and household fumes. The dome at the top of the machine also

THE PERFECT SLEEP ROUTINE New parents may suffer from sleep deprivation if their babies don’t get sound sleep through the night. To ensure babies, toddlers and parents get plenty of shut eye, founder, Hana-Lia Krawchuk created the Love to Dream sleep system. The Newborn to Toddler 3-Stage Sleep System has revolutionised the swaddling solution, to help them sleep better. Unlike traditional swaddles that keep a baby's arms by their side or across their chest, the unique arms UP design of Love to Dream’s Swaddle UP replicates your baby's behaviour in the womb, allowing the natural arms up position and movement of their hands to the mouth to truly selfsoothe. The Swaddle UP 50/50 is designed to grow with your baby, and great for when they show signs of rolling, as you can zip off one wing so that the arm can be free, while allowing the other arm to be swaddled. Stage 3 children can do away with blankets and roam around in their sleeping bags or sleep suits. The Onesie wearable blanket is comfortable, warm enough and helps them sleep well. Visit 40 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

allows control over the precise angle of airflow and features 70-degree oscillation for greater customistion. In addition to this, you can also set a sleep timer – making it great for a nursery and your bedroom. Available at


RETAIL THERAPY A new e-commerce platform has launched for mums looking for one-of-a-kind clothing, toys and décor items for their children. Martin and Ella focuses on pastel and neutral hues, so that everything from the decor to toys blend in seamlessly with your current setting. First time mums can find gorgeous pieces such as a wooden crib, carry-ons, basket bedding sets, baby play gym, and essentials for a baby’s nursery.


The 21st century is an era of scientific and technological information, as well as seeing the rapid development of artificial intelligence, and education continues to stand out as a top priority. the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education concept has gradually emerged and gained high penetration around the world. Learn more about science with Junior Inventor range of Hape Toys. S (Science): Junior Inventor includes pulleys, levers, the principle of the persistence of vision and the law of the conservation of energy, as well as kinetic energy, potential energy, gravity, traction, friction and much more. This allows children to experience and apply various physical principles while they play.

T&E (Technology and Engineering): The bolts, nuts, pulleys, gears, etc. in Junior Inventor can be skillfully combined on the workbench. The five-hole, seven-hole and nine-hole wooden strips perfectly fit with the components like the hands and the frog. Children are free to build a unique experimental platform with various accessories, presenting diverse scenes and characteristics.


M (Mathematics): The scale and angle marked on the experiment workbench provide easy calculation and operation for children. The wooden strips contain three holes, five holes, seven holes and nine holes. Children need to measure the length of the wooden strips and the size of the accessory pieces in order to select the appropriate shapes and sizes. The geometric principles contained in the product, such as the instability of the parallelogram and the stability of the triangle are all rooted in the minds of the children, laying the foundation for future study. With “Junior Inventor” Experience the Charm of Science! 04 239 88 55

A (Art): The unique frog and hands, as well as the bell and the lantern, add a lot of beauty to Junior Inventor. Turning the handle, the jumping frog, the waving hand, the animated lotus, and the zoetrope (a simplified animation), as well as the ringing bells all blend into one, giving the children a little wonderful world. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | JULY 2019 | 41


Oversized t-shirt, Dhs475 at COS

Rose linen blend midi dress, Dhs91 at Next Online

Picky shorts, Dhs110 at Monki

SUMMER FABRICS Stay cool with these lightweight pieces

Chilla dress, Dhs1,800 at KAGE

Blazer and shorts set, Dhs265 at Springfield

Linen blend check blouse, Dhs199 at Mango


Nicole wrap pants at Facil Blanco


Printed sleeveless dress, Dhs225 at COS

Bonpoint Floral print top, Dhs529 at FARFETCH

Shorts, Dhs89 at Okaidi Obaibi


Dunagrees with large pockets, Dhs200 at COS

Casual, vibrant and comfortable clothing for little ones

Set, Dhs159 at River Island

Swimming Suite, Dhs440, at Little Marc Jacobs Mum & Me Peanuts t-Shirt, Dhs79 at MANGO



CARRY-ON LUGGAGE The newly launched travel kits from Aesop are ideal for those who like to pack light. For all your airport and in-flight essentials – the products comply with international restrictions for in-flight carriage of liquids - pick the Departure Kit which includes a rinse-free hand wash, the Aromatique hand balm, Blue chamomile facial hydrating masque, rose petal-infused mist, rosehip seed lip cream, toothpaste and mouthwash. At your destination, reach for the Arrivals Kit which includes the Classic shampoo and conditioner, Geranium Leaf body cleanser and Rind Concentrate body balm.

STAY FRESH! Humidity has us feeling all kinds of icky this month. Keep this Flormar body mist in your handbag as a midday refresher. Tropical notes of creamy coconut will instantly liven your mood as you get on with your day.

The Departure kit is available for Dhs225 while the Arrivals kit is Dhs160 at Aesop, Fashion Avenue – The Dubai Mall

Dhs30 at

THE BEAUTY BEAUTY EDIT This seasons' must-haves & lust-worthy buys



Harklinikken have introduced travel sized versions of their best-selling all-natural hair care products, so that you can travel without worrying about the condition of your hair. Pick up a balancing shampoo, daily conditioner and hair hydrating mask. All products are free from artificial colour, perfume, silicone, sls/sles, petrochemicals, parabens and other problematic preservatives, nourishing the follicle to the tip while protecting it from hair fall. Visit 44 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Vegetal Bio Colour, the world’s first PPD-Free organic hair colour, is now available in the UAE. If you colour your hair quite often, to do so safely and make sure the product is free from toxins, chemicals like PPD, ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. The 100 per cent natural and organic hair colour is powered with certified natural ingredients like henna, shikakai, amla and bhringraj. It also prevents hair fall and offers UV protection. This product is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women too. Take your pick from colours such as soft black, brown and dark brown. Dhs45 at leading supermarkets, hypermarkets and pharmacies

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ZIEDA BEAUTY LOUNGE SPA Nestled along Jumeirah Beach road is this standalone salon that’s dedicated to giving women a relaxing experience from start to finish. I headed there early in the afternoon and was greeted by the receptionist who took me to the juice bar upstairs to unwind with a refreshment. Once done, my therapist, Nezha directd me to the treatment room for my Paradise spa pedicure. My legs (up until my knees) were cleaned thoroughly and scrubbed with a glistening exfoliator that smelled fresh and fruity. For extra hydration, she slathered on a thick mask and covered my legs with saran wrap for a few minutes. Nezha then proceeded with a light massage along the legs to boost circulation. After cleaning away the mask with a warm wet towel, I instantly touched my legs to feel if they were soft and smooth, and they were, for days after too! Details: Dhs180 for the treatment. Contact +97150 883 7478 to book an appointment

MAISON LUTETIA You will feel like you’ve stepped into Louis XIV’s palace, albeit with a modern touch, as you enter this venue located across Dubai Festival City Mall. The Dubai outpost of the French clinic boasts treatment rooms, a barber and salon, all with a French flair and attention to detail. A relaxed haven for those who want to undergo a treatment, or simply unwind at the salon complete with pink walls, gold fixtures and lighting fit for Instagram photos. The service menu features everything from body to face and hair transplant treatments, for men and women.

taking place as the mixture bubbles up. Radio waves then penetrate the skin to make your facial structure firm, tighten the skin and stimulate collagen. And to calm it down soon after, an LED light is placed on for a few minutes, followed by deep hydration with hyaluronic acid. My skin was slightly red after the treatment; however, it did dissipate after a few hours to reveal

fresh, squeaky clean skin. My complexion looked incredibly bright the minute I stepped out of the clinic, and that evening I did see a few dead skin cells peeling off – I was told this would happen and that I needed a hydrating moisturizer and SPF. Details: The facial is priced at Dhs1,000. Contact +9714 706 4000

If you’re prepping your skin for a holiday or need to revive it soon after, we highly recommend the Expert Cellular Facial. It begins in the consultation area that leads to the treatment room ‐ fitted out like a one-bedroom suite. The treatment begins with aquabrasion to bathe skins in acids suitable for your skin – glycolic acid was applied on mine for a brightening effect – followed by suction to remove impurities from the pores. A rejuvenating serum is then applied all over the face, which reacts with the C02 capsule to plump your skin with oxygen. You can actually see this MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | JULY 2019 | 45

Dining In The City


Hotspots ideal for all ages


Gather a bunch of friends or plan a mum’s afternoon out at this fun Tiki spot. The concept is sharing style, beginning with a selection of hot dishes brought to the table. Tuck into crispy deep-fried cheese balls, shrimp cooked over fire - on the table – potato patties and crab wantons. You may hear a bell at some point, notifying you of the massive fresh tuna that is getting ready to be sliced up. Head over to the seafood bar for some sashimi,

ceviche, poke and cold crustacean delights. For a wide selection of cold starters, try sushi and nutritious salads. There are plenty of other options apart from seafood, with a tender roast and chicken served along with veggies. For refreshments, the DIY drinks station is where you can get creative. Grab one and head on over to the dance floor to sway along to Latin tunes from the band. We

highly suggest leaving room for desserts too, featuring a warm and decadent crepe Suzette, ice cream bars, chocolate fountain, and coconut mousse brought to the table. It’s a fun afternoon out for mums who want to unwind, relish good food and dance away the stress of the week. Details: Every Friday, from Dhs325 per person. Contact +9714 318 2530.


MALL OF THE EMIRATES Your children will love the presentation of these contemporary Indian dishes, at this casual dining restaurant. The next time you’re at Mall of the Emirates, stop by Farzi café for a fascinating food show. We began our meal with a selection of refreshing cocktails, all beautifully presented in a boot and a locked box filled with liquid nitrogen. To whet our appetite, we started with a fresh kale salad topped with pine nuts and fried garlic that packed in flavour; small plates of chilli beef kulcha (warm pockets of Indian flatbread stuffed with a mediumspicy beef mixture); butter chicken tartlets; and bhel puri (Bombay street food) served with little yoghurt spheres and frozen bhel sprinkled all over to give the dish extra crunch. For mains, the lamb shank is a must-try, with a moreish gravy poured all over the fall-off-the-bone meat – cooked for eight hours – that’s best 46 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

eaten scooped up with the accompanying fluffy butter naan. The dum biryani with saffron and onions is worth a try too, packed with robust flavours. Indian desserts here serve up a hint of nostalgia for those from the country. The Ras Malai tres leches showcased the traditional milky ras malai served in layers, with

flavours of carrot halwa, combining two popular desserts; while the Kunafa nest was a play on the Arabic dessert, with saffron balls placed over kunafa and warm rabri (a sweet condensed-milk) poured all over. Details: Contact +9714 409 9000


For a substantial meal after a gym session, day at the beach, or if you fancy a casual brunch, head over to Taqado/Nutri Bowl at Dubai Studio City. The Park House brunch includes three-courses and a beverage, combining breakfast and lunchstyle dishes to suit all palates. The options include Mexican specialties such as an incredibly-filling breakfast burrito, blueberry pancakes, avocado toast with sweet potato or beetroot, potato hash, acai bowl, eggs benedict, and baked treats such as carrot cake, croissants and more. There’s plenty for everyone and you get a cup of coffee, tea or juice as well. Children have their very own menu selection including eggs with soldiers, pancakes and sandwiches, with a juice pack. Details: Every Friday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Dhs55 per person, contact +9714 876 7556


Sited along Jumeirah Beach road is this super-chic café and concept store. Curated to showcase various cultures under one roof, the brand focuses on a menu brimming with Middle Eastern dishes, American favourites, and wholesome options. Try their Kulture Smash burger for the ultimate cheese burger or opt for an all-day breakfast option such as the acai bowl, avocado toast, labneh shakshouka, or burrata salad with a delish pumpkin puree and crisp corn. Quench your thirst with an organic press juice, mocktails, matcha or golden latte, or a coffee beverage – the coffee is sourced from renowned local café Sum of Us. Don’t forget to order the fried Oreos to end your meal with. These deep-fried biscuits are topped with a vanilla sauce – your kids will definitely want to come back for these scrumptious bites of goodness. Once done, walk around the store, admire the gorgeous interiors, and shop for everything from clothing and swimwear to textiles, home décor, table ware and natural beauty products. Details: Contact +971563288817 MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | JULY 2019 | 47


The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert combines heritage vibes with the natural beauty of the desert 48 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

REVIEW A winding path leads you to the main entrance of this desert resort in Ras Al Khaimah. After over an hours’ road trip from Dubai, you’ll be ready to walk, explore, cycle around the resort, and cool down in your private villa pool. Marriott Bonvoy and VIP guests get in-room check-in, making it ideal for those with babies and little children, who may be a bit restless after the drive.


The Al Rimal Pool Villa opens up to a grand foyer, with the walk-in closet in front, the expansive bathroom on the left – complete

with Asprey bath salts to soak in the standalone tub, dressing room, and a walk-in shower – and the bedroom and study on the right. Desert-tone hues, thick blackout drapes and dark wood furnishings blend seamlessly with the Bedouin-style surroundings. The plush bed makes you want to jump right in, but a look further out to the sun deck and you will notice the glistening infinity pool. Head outdoors to dip in the pool, admire the old trees that surround the villa and spot the occasional gazelle. It’s incredibly peaceful outdoors, so do take a book along to relax on the sunbed while you tan.

CULINARY OFFERINGS We highly recommend dinner at Farmhouse, for their farm-totable menu. The venue boasts high ceilings with wooden panels, ambient lighting and old-school hits that make you feel like your dining in a cosy cabin in the middle of a forest. The menu features something to suit every palate, from Josper-grills and steak to pasta, fresh fish, crustacean varieties and duck. Leave room for the decadent Oreo cheesecake that’s good enough for two to share. For breakfast, cycle or take a buggy to Kaheela, the all-day dining breakfast that serves an international buffet spread with Arabic and Indian specialties. Grab a plate and get your five a day, order eggs, try Indian delicacies such as idly and sambar, Chinese noodles, or Arabic dips, fatayer and foul medames. An extensive selection of local honey is also available along with cheese, cold cuts and pastries.



ACTIVITIES There’s plenty for all ages at this desert resort and we can guarantee your children won’t get bored. Make sure to place falconry high up on your list of experiences, followed by pony splash for the kids, nature walk for mum and dad, horseback desert rides, sunset camel caravan, stargazing, dune bashing, yoga, tree planting and/or archery. The list includes over 20 activities, including city and mountain experiences. All guests receive a map upon arrival, so do carry it along to identify mammals (Arabian oryx, desert hedgehog, Arabic red fox), trees (Ghaf, firebush, Sodom’s apple) and birds (Green bee-eater, purple sunbird and Indian roller, amongst others). If your children are exhausted from all the outdoor activities, drop them off at the Ritz Kids Club to relax and mingle with other kids. A fitness centre, jogging track, bicycle/ walking track and The Rainforest spa are some of the other things to try during your stay.

BOOK YOUR STAY Villas are available from Dhs1,275 per night (inclusive of breakfast). Visit to make a reservation. 50 | JULY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Everything you need for a happy home and family life. Read through for decor and gardening ideas, pet care tips and summer recipes your kids will love

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Pick the perfect piece for your living room and family needs Lisbon Sectional White at Home and Soul Lexington, Shadow Play Nob Hill sofa at Interiors

San Diego Sofa at KARE Melrose sofa at Ethan & Allen

Brando sofa at Selva


Can’t decide between a leather or fabric couch? Narita Mangaran, Interior Design Manager at Indigo Living shares top tips to buying a piece that suits the space Whether you go for a sectional sofa or a linear one depends on the size of your room and how you want your space to feel. Do you want to go for a formal look or an informal one? An L-shaped couch is more informal and relaxed. If you prefer a formal, elegant look – and you have the space for it – why not consider two sofas in leather or velvet, facing each other across a coffee table? Whichever one you choose, make sure you allow 40-60cm around your sofa for items like a side table or a floor lamp, as well as people movement through your living room.


This is often more durable than fabric and it lasts longer. It’s also easier to clean - just wipe down or dust it. Lighter leathers can be less resistant to stains, but even then, they’re easier to clean than a pale fabric would be. For those with allergies, leather 52 | MAY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

is also a better choice as it tends to be hypoallergenic, since it doesn’t gather hair and dust the way fabric does,” she says. Leather is a particularly good choice if you want your sitting room to feel more formal. It’s easier to make a leather sofa the focal point of your living room. Leather’s living nature also means it’s susceptible to temperature changes. Keep it away from direct sunlight so it absorbs less heat. A big advantage of buying a fabric sofa is that it will cost you less than a leather one.

Fabric also gives you plenty of freedom when it comes to size, shape and style. You can choose between cotton, linen, silk or velvet (which look elegant but are less durable than other fabrics), wool (strong but costly), and synthetic microfibre (a stain-resistant blend of the likes of acrylic, nylon and polyester). Fabric sofas also give you the option to have a patterned material or to go with a block colour. I highly recommend buying a sofa in a neutral or low-key hue – it’s like a blank canvas and easy to accessorize. Bear in mind that fabric couches are less durable than leather ones and will fade over time, especially if it sits in direct sunlight. It can also be high maintenance, more so than leather. When choosing fabric, it’s worth investing in a high-quality product, as low-quality fabrics are difficult to clean and stain easily. For a real, deep clean, seek out professional service providers who can steam clean.



Jeri Willmott, Founder of My Wild Tribe (@my_wild_tribe) and mum to three adorable children, demonstrates how to make her kid’s favourite travel-friendly snacks

SUPERFOOD SCONES • 4 cups self-rising flour

• 30g caster sugar

• Pinch of salt

• 300ml milk

• 100g butter

• 1 tsp pink pitaya (optional)

Prep 30 mins

Cook 15mins

• 1 free-range egg, to glaze (alternatively use a little milk)

• 1 tsp blue matcha (optional)

• 1 tsp blue spirulina (optional)

• Silicone moulds, to shape


Heat the oven to 220C. Lightly grease a baking sheet or use baking tray. Mix together the flour and salt and rub in the butter.


Stir in the sugar and then the milk to get a soft dough. Separate the dough into three parts.


Prepare three small dishes for your superfood powders – one for the pink pitaya, one for blue spirulina and one for blue matcha. Add a drop of milk to each dish to dissolve the powders then add to dough, mixing it well until the colours are mixed evenly. Turn on to a floured work surface and knead very lightly.


Place the dough in silicone moulds or cut your dough to whatever shape you want and place on baking sheet/tray.


Brush the tops of the scones with the beaten egg or milk. Bake for 12-15 minutes until well risen.


Cool on a wire rack and serve either plain or with butter, jam and clotted cream. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | MAY 2019 | 53



Serves 24

Prep 10 mins

Cook 30 mins

• 8 eggs • ½ red pepper, chopped • 2 cups kale, slightly boiled • I cup baby spinach • ¼ cup frozen peas • ½ cup milk • 1 cup mozzarella cheese • Pepper, to taste (optional)







Preheat oven to 200 C.

Carefully stir well.

Beat the eggs.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Mix all the ingredients together.

Allow it to cool down slightly and serve with their favourite condiments.


The silicone mould and superfoods are available at Use the code wildtribe to get a 10% discount. For family-friendly recipe inspiration and step-by-step videos, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages (mbcmagazine) 54 | MAY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD




Dr. Erica van Dijk, Technical Manager at Hill’s Pet Nutrition shares everything you need to know about your pet's diet MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | MAY 2019 | 55



For each individual pet there is a specific food that would suit your animal best. A high-quality diet for your animal contains high-quality protein, purified sources of carbohydrates, good fat and preferably antioxidants. It should be made out of natural ingredients, which provides optimal nutrients for your pet. It is very important that the nutrients are well balanced and that the food provided has these, including minerals and vitamins. Therefore, as a veterinarian my advice, is always go for high-quality pet food. At Hill’s, are pet food is a 100% precisely balanced nutrition, made with natural ingredients, added vitamins, minerals and amino-acids. Additionally, it has great taste and no added artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. Hill’s pet food has the brands Science Plan and Prescription Diet. Science Plan is a maintenance food that suits all dogs and cats in different life stages or based on different activity levels. Hill’s Prescription Diet is only prescribed by veterinarians in case a pet has a specific disease and needs some nutritional support to target the body’s demands to conquer the disease.


It is very important to target specific life stages, and/or certain diseases or predispositions to diseases. In Hill’s Science Plan there are different life stages: puppy, adult and mature, or kitten, adult and mature for cats. Based on the size of your dog, you would choose either small and mini, medium or large. The reason the food is divided in these categories is because different life stages require different nutritional needs from the food. For instance, a growing pup or kitten should have food that supports healthy development of bones, joints, eyes and brain. Hill’s Science Plan Puppy Healthy Development has lean protein to help build and maintain lean muscle and natural omega-3 and 6 fatty acids from fish oil and optimal mineral levels to support brain, eye and skeletal development. Mature dogs need more support with supplements like glucosamine & chondroitin to maintain healthy joints and a higher percentage of fatty acids to support brain function. An indoor cat has, on average, less activity than an outdoor cat. Therefore, the food should have a lower calorie intake. An

overweight dog should be on a diet with a lower calorie count, high-fibre and low-fat percentage. Dogs with sensitive stomach and skin should have enriched levels of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat, and a mixture of soluble and insoluble fibers to support intestinal health. Pets who are prone to dental diseases will get protection from plaque and tartar buildup in Science Plan Oral Care, as the kibbles have a specific fibre matrix that works as a mechanical ‘toothbrush’ to clean the teeth and freshen the breath. Small dogs have different predispositions, so are more prone to develop certain diseases. Large breed dogs should have a balanced amount of calcium and calories to manage their rapid growth of bones and joint development.


Once yearly your animal should be examined by a veterinarian to ensure his health and wellbeing. If you see any changes in activity levels, behaviour, physical appearance or appetite you should consult your veterinarian right away.


Check the nutritional content on the back of the package. Good quality pet food will have high-quality protein as the first ingredient, followed by a purified source of carbohydrate. And it should also have added antioxidants. It should not contain added preservatives, food colouring or flavouring, but have natural ingredients. If a packaged food does not look fresh anymore, don't give it to your pet.

Hill's Pet Nutrition is now available in the UAE. 56 | MAY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD




One lucky winner can get their hands on a clean beauty kit from the newly launched Aspire Beauty Co e-commerce platform. The body changing journey pre-baby and post-baby is rocky for all mums, luckily Aspire Beauty Co has you covered by delivering all the essentials you need. The winning mum or mum-to-be will receive an Aspire Pamper Kit comprising body buffers, face masks, makeup brushes, nail care and lipsticks. All products are either/ or all organic, cruelty-free and vegan, tried and tested by the team, easy and quick to apply and designed to make you feel relaxed and incredible.



Drs. Nicolas & Asp, the well-known group of dental and medical centers, is set to open a new branch at The Springs Souk. The new state-of-the-art centre will offer a wide range of dental and medical services. Dental treatments will include general and pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, emergency dental care, oral surgery, as well as the treatment of more specialised conditions such as cleft palate, TMJ disorders, oral cancer screening and gum therapy. Medical services will include family and general medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and gynaecology, orthopaedics and physiotherapy, ENT & Vaccination Clinic, as well as complementary medicines like medical acupuncture therapy, remedial therapeutic massage and well woman and well man packages. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | MAY 2019 | 57






One mum can win this incredible toy bunde from Lego for their children. Little ones will love the Spider-Man vs. Electro construction toy where SpiderMan slings his web to stop Electro from robbing the bank; the DUPLO Toy Story train set; Police Bike which includes role-play fun and scenarios where they get to control traffic; and the Plane, where your little one can let his/her imagination run wild as the propellers spin through the air.



Head down to Valiant Clinic at City Walk, for an upscale dental experience. The clinic is affiliated with Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services, the international arm of the world-renowned Houston Methodist Hospital, located in Houston, Texas, and brought to Dubai by Meraas. They provide ethical, evidence-based, highest standard care through their board certified, multispecialty clinicians. 58 | MAY 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD

Newly opened London Slide is giving two lucky winners the chance to win a teen brunch for six people. Each guest can indulge in a serving of sliders or baos of their choice, a delicious side, a 0% coctail such as the ‘Orange Spritz’, pineapplelavender sparkler; or the choice of a milkshake in signature flavours including Bannoffee and Cotton Candy Treat or a generous serving of decadent ice-cream.

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