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TV Presenter, Voice over artist and mum to two little boys
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September is all about new beginnings and to be honest, it always feels like this is the actual start of the year – I think my mind is still tuned to the academic calendar. Now that the children are back at school, mum, you may have a little more time on your hands. Why not join a group and meet other mums? (page 37) or enjoy a trip to the spa (page 50) and afternoon tea with the ladies (page 54) – you know you deserve it now that the holidays are over. The September issue focuses on Exploring Dubai with your family. The special section features child-friendly cinemas (page 38), fitness ideas for kids (page 40), party venues (page 44), and car safety tips for road trips to the mountainous region and wadis (page 46) or a staycation in Ras Al Khaimah (page 56). Our cover star, Dina Butti (page 18) shares a glimpse of her media career and life with two adorable boys, and you can also explore nifty tips and tricks from mums in the city (from page 14). As for family life, turn to the health and education section for the latest happenings, trends and things to know about. Don’t forget to try our delish selection of after-school snacks (page 60) and go shopping after perusing our décor finds (page 59).
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ROAD SAFETY TIPS
ALL THINGS MEDIA AND MOTHERHOOD
COOKING WITH KIDS
Catch a Show
On Our Radar
Fitness for Children
Things To Do
Unique Birthday Party Ideas
10 Road Safety Tips
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
24 Hours in The Life of a Mum
What’s in store?
All Things Media and Motherhood
Tried & Tested Spas
The Beauty Edit
Style Files: Autumnal Tones
Style Files: Ready For Fall
Dining in The City
HEALTH22 Wellbeing Talk
An Overview of Gait
Ask the Principal
The Future of Education
Learning English the 21st Century Way
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HOME & GARDEN58 Spotlight : Mirrors
Cooking With Kids
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Bum bags (fanny packs) are still all the rage and perfect for school runs or trips to the store, when all you need is your card, phone, keys and some change. I love this versatile sky blue colour Hippie Lux bag from the Summer Collection. On #MeatlessMondays, I’ll be reaching for this delish, vegan Margherita pizza from the Plant Kitchen line. The new selection of food products includes Mexican-inspired burgers, sausages, meat-free nuggets, falafel, dahl and more. Available at Marks & Spencer 06 | SEPTEMBER 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
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SAVE THE DATE Youâ€™re invited to our interactive Mummy Wellness Morning at Dubai London Clinic. Come along to mingle with mums and let the team of experts guide you on everything from breast health to the significance of immunization. At the end of the session, feel free to ask any questions that have been on your mind. Plenty of entertaining activities are planned for little ones, and mum, you get to go home with a goodie bag too. The event will take place on September 24 at Dubai London Clinic. Register online before attending.
A GUIDED TOUR OF DUBAI AQUARIUM & UNDERWATER ZOO Get the All Access Pass (designed for four to six people) for a one-hour private guided tour with access to the Aquarium Tunnel, Underwater Zoo and the Underwater Observatory. You can also try the Submersible simulator, be treated to a Glass Bottom boat ride, feed Archer fish and witnesss behind the scenes tours of baby shark and baby crocodile experiences. Dhs400 per person for the 60-minutes tour. Visit thedubaiaquarium.com 08 | SEPTEMBER 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
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REGISTER FOR A DANCE PROGRAMME Emirates School of Dance, the popular dance programme by Bodytree returns for its fall term in September. The programme helps children develop a solid foundation in dance technique while fostering their sense of artistic self-expression. The curriculum is aligned with global dance standards allowing Bodytree to offer classes that adapts to each individual child or community that they work with. Boys and girls between ages 2-12+ can try Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Dance Prep. The new fall term also sees an introduction of four new classes to the roaster such as Irish Dance, Boys-only Hip Hop, Mommy & Me and Latin Rhythms. Contact +9712 443 4448
BECOME A FASHIONISTA AT KIDZANIA Got a little one who’s interested in fashion and styling? Namshi has teamed up with this child-friendly attraction for its first ever Fashion Studio Runway. The 20-minute experience can accommodate up to eight little guests per session, inviting children to put together a spectacular fashion show to flaunt their style and personalities. It’s a great way to give your children a sneak peek into the glamourous fashion industry with a quick overview of what goes behind putting on a fabulous show. The experience begins with a KidZania Zupervisor, who also plays the role of a Fashion Designer, welcoming the kids to put on a fun and engaging fashion show. Kids will get their bracelets scanned at the entrance of the studio, and KidZania CitiZens will get their PaZZport stamped. Kids can choose from three roles – a stylist, a photographer and a model. Each child will receive a quick training on how to master their respective roles, after which they are led to a ‘fitting and styling area’ where they can put together looks and models can get their hair and make-up done for the show. The fashion show will take place at the theatre, where parents and guardians are welcome to watch their little stars perform.
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Find out how pregnant women and mums manage work-life balance. Our cover star discloses her journey and tips
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12 MUST-HAVES FOR YOUR HOSPITAL BAG September to December are popular birth months in the UAE and if your baby is arriving soon, read on to find out what to pack in your pregnancy hospital bag for you & your little one! It’s a truth universally accepted that when pregnant, packing your hospital bag is one of those things it’s hard to get around to. But worry not, we’ve compiled a hospital bag checklist so you can see what you need, to feel prepared for your big day (and the good news is – it really isn’t that much).
WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR PREGNANCY HOSPITAL BAG – FOR MOM WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR PREGNANCY • Your maternity notes, birth plan and UAE documentation HOSPITAL BAG - FOR YOUR BABY So the healthcare professionals and midwives are clued up on what you want and need. Don’t forget your passport, Emirates ID, attested Marriage Certificate and Insurance card for any hospital processes.
• Comfortable PJs and slippers You may like the idea of wearing new silk pyjamas when receiving hospital visitors, however, comfort is the only thing you’ll care about post-birth. (Tip – take a couple of PJs for different temperatures as you never know whether the maternity ward will be cold or warm). • Underwear Big cotton underwear (disposable paper ones are uncomfortable) and maternity pads, plus nursing bra and breast pads. • Music/tablets/books It’s a good idea to have something to pass the time and/or help relax you during labor. Listening to your favorite tunes or reading a good book will help soothe those nerves. • Toiletries Just some travel-sized essentials will do - shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and brush, moisturizer and lip balm. • Snacks/drinks A couple of healthy snacks and drinks at hand will satiate your hunger pangs, if any.
• Clothes, bonnets and a blanket A couple of newborn baby clothes and bonnets, along with a pair of booties, mittens and a blanket – cellular ones are a good idea – are must-haves. • Baby wipes The closest alternative to cotton wool and water, WaterWipes are the world’s purest baby wipes; the number one choice for newborn skin. These wipes contain only two ingredients – 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract making it safe to use on sensitive and premature babies’ skin. • Muslins and Diapers A good stock of diapers in the bag will be beneficial, as well as the muslin cloth for cleaning up the various fluids there’s sure to be.
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• Going-home outfit The clothes you arrived to the hospital in might be a bit worse for wear, so something clean and comfy for going home in is a good idea. • Phone and charger Because how else are you going to let everyone know ‘MY BABY HAS ARRIVED!!’?
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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING About to become a mother for the first time? Here’s an honest month-by-month experience from a gorgeous mum-to-be
A sports physiotherapist, spartan race global brand ambassador and a rescue scuba diver
Quite a month full of accomplishments on so many levels. I finished my second Trifecta in Spartan race in Oman, won the podium position and after all these active months, I couldn’t wait to enjoy my Holiday season. Christmas Jingles came on, decorations prepared, and a quick fun Santa gift run was on my calendar. Christmas Day came by and I enjoyed the miraculous vibes and the festivities, the food, the laughs and all the family fun. After that, of course, preparation for New Year’s Eve. I had a lot on my mind and was feeling bit tired and sleeping often, for a longer time, with a little sense of nausea once I woke up. In my head, it was all probably from the long racing season and the Trifecta competitions (around 60 km of obstacles course racing in 14 | SEPTEMBER 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
48 hours) and the long season of racing and completing two marathons and countless numbers of runs and races, so, it made sense.
JANUARY New Year’s Eve was amazing, my husband and I were out celebrating and welcoming the New Year having fun, dancing and enjoying the moment. Caught in the moment of festivities I almost forgot that my last period was somewhere at the beginning end of November and we were at the first week of January and nothing in the horizon except the weird sleeping. I wondered if it was possible. Must’ve been the Christmas blessings and a mark of an amazing new year for both of us. First things first, I thought, let me check. I ran to pharmacy got three types of pregnancy tests
just to be sure, tried them all and all confirmed my suspicions. Yes! I was pregnant. Now, to tell him or not to tell him, that was the question? I decided to but had to figure out how and when. His birthday was around the corner and what could be more surprising than this joyful news. With a heart flooded with joy and eyes filled with tears we celebrated my husband’s birthday.
FEBRUARY-MARCH The first detailed scan of our little bundle of joy, My doctor was very articulated and detailed in her first scan - I had a mixed feeling of joy and fear. I was going to see this little one, I was expecting to see a full fledge baby, but the moment the scanner touched my belly I started to have goosebumps in this happily anxious way to see my baby for the first time. I saw a round dark shape, with nothing of what I had in mind. That shape had two tiny leg and hand shapes, and was jumping in my belly, and then to add another layer of emotions I couldn’t get a grip of myself when she put the volume on loud to hear the fast heart beats "dom dom dom". It was just exhilarating. I was very happy to know that everything is normal and just as it should be.
APRIL – JUNE Despite what I heard from my family and friends about morning sickness, nausea, and other pregnancy syndromes, I did well for a first-time pregnancy so far. My nausea was to the minimum and I felt active. In early April, I saw there was a Spartan Race in Abu Dhabi, for Stadium Edition, so after I consulted with my husband and checked with my doctor, I decided to participate and yes I did it, but I was very careful and took it easy. I was so happy and felt the satisfying sense of accomplishment. After this amazing experience it was time for a detailed scan for the baby by which we had the choice to know the gender of the baby. It’s a boy! My husband and I were so happy and joyful, for the fact that the baby is doing well.
JULY-AUGUST During this period of time in Dubai, it’s very hot and humidity reaches its peak, so technically
we barely go out and do any outdoor activity. I managed to keep my active life by adopting the indoor TRX excising and some yoga in addition to some walks every now and then, when the weather allows. I started to be more maternal in my instincts, I have this urge of preparation and of what is known as nesting urge, so I bought baby clothes, covers, the crib, stroller and all the possible accessories that you might think of, and you might not think of, as well. I cannot wait until September, and guess what, I am a September girl myself too. Baby Noah and I will be born in the same month and if we are lucky, we might even be born on the same date which is September 2. Now I am anxiously waiting to see this little one and be ready to hug, kiss, smell and take care of him (Yes, my hormones are talking now) and I am very emotional yet very reasonable and cautious by all means. PREGNANY Rocks!
The moment the scanner touched my belly I started to have goosebumps in this happily anxious way to see my baby for the first time
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24 HOURS IN THE LIFE OF A MUM AMY POWER
Owner of Namaste Baby (Parent & Baby Wellness classes) 16 | SEPTEMBER 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
I usually wake up around 6am (sometimes earlier!) and begin the day. I start by getting my eldest daughter’s breakfast ready and then make a start on everyone’s snacks and lunches for the day. After that, I sit down, give my baby Alma her milk and breakfast, before having a quick coffee and a bit of brekkie for myself.
so I have plenty of freezer stock to pull out when I don’t have time to cook.
May heads off to nursery at nine, so on the days where I have a class, I use this time to set the room for when the parents arrive with their little ones. A quick once over with the hoover and moving of some furniture and the room is then ready for the mats, treasure baskets, handouts and refreshments. Before everyone arrives, I try and squeeze in a quick meditation to prepare myself and get in the zone.
Class time. I welcome the mamas and babies and wait for them to get settled and comfortable on their mats, we have a little chat and then begin the massage. At the end of the routine I like to do some self-care for the mums either in the form of a guided meditation or muscle relaxation. We end with drinks and snacks and discuss any concerns or hurdles they may have encountered in motherhood. On a class-free day, I use this time to spend some quality time with Alma.
I collect May from nursery at 3pm and we spend the next couple of hours playing, at soft play or in the pool. From 5pm onwards it's dinner, bath time and then bedtime. I usually manage to get back downstairs after putting the girls down at around 7:30pm.
Study time. I am currently doing a diploma to further my services at Namaste Baby, so I try and squeeze in an hour of study time in the evenings, if I’m not too exhausted from the day.
This is my time to sit down and unwind, spend some time with hubby and catch up with our favourite T.V. shows. I usually end up falling asleep around this time too.
While the baby has a long lunchtime nap, I cook our evening meals. My slow cooker is my best friend at the moment! My go-to meals are chillies, curries and stews - all packed with lots of veggies and beans/pulses. I like to batch-cook MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | SEPTEMBER 2019 | 17
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ALL THINGS MEDIA AND MOTHERHOOD Dina Butti takes us through her life off set and discusses why Dubai is the best city to raise children in
gyptian/Canadian Dina Butti has German roots, was born in Greece and has since, lived all over the world. Married to an Emirati-American, the first thing she’s quick to point out is how confused her kids are about their nationality. “Honestly, my husband and I are both still confused about our own traditions and culture too, so we're a bit of a 'celebrate it all' kind of family.” As a child, Dina moved around every couple of years, but as much as she learned from roaming the world, she’d love a chance for her own kids to grow up a bit more settled. "Living in Dubai is already so multicultural, so hopefully they'll gain similar experiences to my own just by being here. We take it for granted that we can just let them mingle with strangers and roam around MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | SEPTEMBER 2019 | 19
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places we go without being worried - that is invaluable and a big reason as to why we may never leave Dubai,” she says. Dina’s parents moved to the UAE - while she was still in university in Montreal - just as her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Dina spent her breaks in Dubai, to help take care of her, and interned at INTV and CNN Arabia. "Those internships were massive opportunities for me and gave me lots of firsts. My first on-air reports, first red-carpet coverage and first celebrity interview! Once I graduated, it was an easy decision to move to the UAE where I landed my first job at MTV Arabia,” she tells me, while her two boys play in the background. A quick look at Dina’s social media pages, and you will spot the mummy hilariously entertaining her children with dance videos, doing chores with them – with superhero masks on (brilliant idea!) – and out and about with her family. “Most of my career life was spent presenting for Dubai One TV (where I also met my husband), but I transitioned into the freelance life during my pregnancy. I still present and
produce tons of videos alongside my boys for social media, do voice overs and occasionally emcee events like award ceremonies,” says Dina.
Like most mamas, I’ve discovered the idea of achieving the perfect balance is a fantasy
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Finding that career and home life balance took ages for Dina, but luckily, she has carved a successful career that allows her to bring her boys into work. “Depending on their moods that is, it’s either my biggest accomplishment or my biggest mistake. Like most mamas, I’ve discovered the idea of achieving the perfect balance is a fantasy and that no matter what I do, I somehow feel guilty (working on that),” she says. Dina gets to manage her hours, a position she feels quite lucky to be in, but she also finds herself up at night editing videos and finishing up work. Most days she gets woken up around 6am, by loud yelling, and the parents find themselves in a mad rush to get everyone ready for the day. “We drop off Mush (the older child) to school, while Smush (little one) usually hangs out with our awesome nanny Norma so that he can take his nap at home. I try to do any voice overs or
editing during this time and reserve any family filming for later or weekends when the hubby is there to help,” she tells me. The family love hanging out at the park, followed by messy bath time for the kids, a debrief of each of their days during dinner, a couple of tantrums about not wanting to go to bed and then finally sleep. Once the boys are tucked in, Dina and her husband zone out in front of a solid session of Netflix while munching. While she hasn’t scored any good shortcuts for motherhood as yet, she has learned overtime that becoming super comfortable and asking for help has been her saviour. “All pride has been tossed out the window since this journey started,” she admits. “I figured that when I became a grown-up, I wouldn’t rely on my parents so much, but I feel like I need them now more than ever. There is no way I could do even half as much as I do if they weren’t there helping me run errands, picking up the kids and filling in as production assistants whenever we’re filming. Also, the emotional support.” She reveals an account of one of her weekends, where she burst into tears in the middle of Dubai Mall and the only thing that calmed her down was her mother. “Just because I’m in my 30s doesn’t mean I don’t need some mama cuddles too, right?” a statement most mums would agree with. Overtime she has also realised that kids often think of their parents as perfect and it sets unreasonable expectations. "Even though my eldest is only four, lately I’ve been letting him see me cry more, I share my flaws and I put myself on timeout when I need it. I’ve noticed it’s developed his compassion and I hope it’ll eventually teach him to be more forgiving with himself, as well as with me when I make mistakes,” she says. "Whenever times are tough, I try to remind myself that there are lessons I am meant to gain from these experiences that will ultimately benefit me." Dina is quite a spiritual person and believes that if you are compassionate and offer kindness to others, that the universe will reward you. These beliefs give her faith that even if it may not be what she envisioned for herself, she is carving out the perfect journey.
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H E A LT H
Everything parents need to know about healthy eating habits and current trends. Turn over for wellbeing advice
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TALK The latest in health and fitness
A NUTRITIOUS FIX The Daily Prep Co has launched in Dubai, fueling your body with clean ingredients while on the go. Mums, if you are rushed for time, these pre-portioned and flash frozen smoothie mixes will be a life saviour. Each one is made from real fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains and seeds – no added sugars – and are substantial enough to be a small meal replacement. They are available in eight flavours: PB&J, Rose Beet, Chia Chai, Pineapple Lime, Berry Crumble, Golden Mylk, Tropical Green, Hazelnut Mocha and Mint Cacao. All you need to do is remove the frozen smoothie cup from your freezer, add milk or water to it, blend and place back into the cup before you head out the door. Each smoothie is Dhs29 individually, or can be purchased in a box of two, four, six or eight pieces. thedailyprepco.com
CUSTOMISE YOUR KIT Children love personalising their items as much as adults too. Let them take on the new academic year with the latest collection from adidas. They can personalise their football boots or backpacks with a stamp of their name and unique colours, to make their items standout. Mums, you also get Dhs50 off for every Dhs250 spent. Customisation is available at adidas Performance stores in Mirdif City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, Yas Mall, The Dubai Mall Young Athletes stores
The K-pop Diet
This whole-foods-based diet is inspired by traditional Korean cuisine and has been promoted as an effective way to lose weight. It also claims to help clear your skin and boost immunity. The rules to follow include being on a stringent daily calorie intake; relying on Korean recipes. soups; K-pop workouts; lowering fat intake – no oily foods and sauces – minimising added sugars and snacks. A sample menu features a vegetable omelette or Korean pancakes with veggies for breakfast, kimchi-veg soup or bibimbap (rice dish with eggs, veggies and meat or tofu) for lunch, and japchae (stir-fries glass noodles) for dinner. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | SEPTEMBER 2019 | 23
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AN OVERVIEW OF GAIT Dr Charlotte Hawkins PhD, Founder & CEO of Infant Club Foot Appeal advises mums on paedatric lower limb development and gait
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“Gait” is the clinical term used for “walk”. There is so much that happens in the foot and leg as the child's limb develops, but not all of it goes according to plan. Parents usually take their children in for a check-up with concerns that their child's feet looks flat, turns inwards or outwards, or that they experience pain in one or both legs after exercising. Often, this pain can be worse at night causing the child to wake up, which is quite distressing for both parents and the child. “This used to be termed "growing pains" by those who had no idea what it was,” says Dr Charlotte Hawkins PhD, Founder & CEO of Infant Club Foot Appeal. Dr Hawkins has been in practice as a consultant in Harley Street, London, UK, for the past 30 years and specialises in paedatric lower limb development and gait. In simpler terms, her focus is on how a child's foot and leg develop and how that child walks. If anything is not right with that development, Dr Hawkins helps the child’s foot function in order to stop it from merely existing, or future foot and leg pain. “I spend half of my time treating the most povertystricken children in Africa, through my own charity the Infant Club Foot Appeal. So far, we have treated 2,500 children within the past nine years. It’s wonderful to be able to treat children in such great need, it provides a good balance in life.”
These aches and pains should not be ignored and without treatment, could go on to cause further, more complex issues during development
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not thousands of children who suffer with leg pain during their development, due to a poor understanding of lower limb development and the growing pain myth. “Many of my patients are from the Middle East, as there is an awareness of these "growing pains " and its true meaning is better understood now than ever before,” she says. “I can’t fail to be impressed by all of the Middle East and UAE families that I see. They are not afraid to seek the right treatment for their children, they have a real ‘can do’ attitude.” These aches and pains should not be ignored and without treatment, could go on to cause further, more complex issues during development. The list is extensive and includes Osgood Schlatters disease, Chondromalacia patellae, Anterior Tibial Syndrome, Plantar fasciitis, Severs Disease and Juevenile Hallux valgus. Other common issues relate to hypermobility or ligamentous laxity, "stretchy tendons" - often a paediatric bespoke orthotic can provide the correction that is needed. If you are worried about the way your child walks or if your child has foot and leg pain, Dr Charlotte suggests taking your child in for a gait test. “This is usually something that requires attention, not pushed aside in hope. Be sure to seek the correct advice and approach your GP or Paediatrican for guidance and don't take ‘growing pains’ as an answer,” she firmly advises.
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Take your child's education in your hands with advice from these professionals
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LEARNING ENGLISH THE 21st CENTURY WAY Looking for an English course for your children? English alone is no longer enough to prepare your child for the job market and challenges of the future, according to the British Council With workplaces undergoing change at a pace never seen before, this generation will require English alongside highly developed soft skills like creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and communication, to enable them to succeed in a world that will be very different from today. Aimed at developing children’s confidence in communicating in English as well as important 21st Century life skills, British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, has launched Primary Plus, a new experiential English course for kids aged 6-11. Primary Plus was researched and developed thinking about how to start laying the foundations for the changes your child will tackle in future – such as the transition from childhood to adulthood and from education to work. Using the latest teaching techniques and specially formulated activities, Primary Plus helps develop important 21st century skills naturally. Key life skills include: • Creativity and imagination • Leadership and personal development • Citizenship • Critical thinking and problem solving • Digital literacy • Collaboration and communication
Gareth Newman, Director English Language Services at the British Council, says, “In order to future-proof their skills and develop into successful and confident individuals, children today need more than English proficiency. They need to learn how to be agile and resilient, so they can explore higher education opportunities abroad and become part of a highly mobile and competitive labour market, as well as enter into jobs which do not yet exist.” Investing in the early year’s education of your child has the biggest impact. There is strong scientific evidence that shows that this is the period when the brain undergoes its greatest development, and investment in early education facilitates children’s long-term success on their academic journey and later life. Give your child a head start by equipping them with essential life skills for future challenges. Primary Plus provides an inspiring environment with interactive classes and creative projects that spark a love of learning and promote expertise in English. By incorporating real-life topics that relate to children’s personal experiences, the programme aims to improve their language naturally and arouse an interest in exploring the world using English. Taught by British Council specialists who are world experts in English language teaching, Primary Plus is a module-based, six-level series of courses with ageappropriate themes and topics that match stages of child development. Classes are designed to be lively, fun and challenging, with teachers encouraging freedom of expression in a safe and conducive environment. Courses are now open for registration. Visit britishcouncil.ae/en/english/children/primary-plus to find out more. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | SEPTEMBER 2019 | 29
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DR. CHRISTINE JACOB
Head of Languages at Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD) How did you get into teaching? I grew up in a family of teachers. My parents and many of my cousins are/were teachers. I loved going to school and decided that I wanted to be a lifelong learner. As I decided to follow into the family tradition, I realised that I had been right: as you sit on the other side of the classroom, as a teacher, you never stop learning.
What excites you about your role? After more than 25 years in education, I still thrive on being surrounded by young people. I am inspired by their curiosity, their capacity of enquiry and their contagious enthusiasm. I’m convinced that a good education and broad general knowledge are essential keys to success. As Head of Languages and as a Language teacher, I like to think that I’m contributing to better communication between people. I strongly believe that speaking foreign languages and valuing different cultures enriches life and makes it easier.
Your great achievement over the course of your career? Getting Swiss German students to love French literature and educating them to read and appreciate texts – and not only those on movies with subtitles.
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to communicate. Many mother tongues are disappearing. Language and culture are closely related. It’s important to maintain and promote the diversity of languages, in order to uphold your intrinsic values.
How do you get students interested in the subjects that you teach? As a teacher, you need to stick to a program – which is not always compatible with the students’ interests. It’s important to make the students understand why what they are learning is important. Away from the traditional way of teaching, it’s also important to consider the students’ own interests and motivation, and to rely on them while teaching. Additionally, I would say that teachers must also show some understanding of students who are not interested in their subject. In such cases, it is useful to set precise learning objectives adapted to the student’s learning preferences and abilities.
One thing you would change about the educational system? Regarding language teaching, I would promote exchanges with other schools, and students speaking another language. Languages can’t be learned only in books, practice is important. The immersion into another language and another culture makes the additional language acquisition more effective, e.g. students learn vocabulary because they need it to understand and be understood. They develop openmindedness and grow up as world citizens.
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ASK THE PRINCIPAL EMMA DEAKIN
Nursery Director at Willow Nursery, Dubai Marina How did you begin your career in education? I first started my career back in the UK when I was only 16 years old (I`m now 33). As soon as I left school, I knew I wanted to work with children. I firstly worked as an apprentice to gain my qualifications in childcare. This took me nearly three years. I then worked my way up in the same nursery group to be a Deputy Manager, and after six years at the company and more training, I took on the Nursery Manager at another nursery, and have been a Manger/Principal ever since.
How long have you been at this nursery and where were you prior to this? I have worked at Willow nursery in the Dubai Marina for three and a half years and love every minute. Before Willow, I was a principal for a brand new nursery in Dubai at the time and was part of the set up team, which was very exciting.
What curriculum is on offer? We follow the British curriculum â€“ the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
What sets your nursery apart from others in the city? I know that most principals say this, however I honestly do feel that the team you build together sets you apart. The knowledge and the kindness we show our families at Willow shows through in everything we do. We have mutual core values that are shared within our Willow community. I feel that the trust we build with our families is of upmost importance and why we have children coming back year after year.
Any specific activities offered at the nursery? As we are in the Dubai Marina, we do pride ourselves on the fantastic outdoor space we
have. It is very unusual to have a nursery with a big outdoor area. We also have a unique service using our `Willow Buggies` which allows parents to drop their children off at certain places. We then bring them to nursery in our buggy. The buggies are from the UK and are very safe and of course, fun for the children.
What should parents keep in mind when enrolling their children at your nursery? We are part of a group of nurseries called
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Kids First Group, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We follow the Reggio Emilia approach alongside our curriculum. We have babies from 45 days old until FS1 and are open all year round - great for working parents. Additionally, we have flexible timings and a unique induction program that allows both parent and child to settle in their own time, which builds trust and has proven to be successful. Throughout the year, parents can join in on our many stay and play sessions and be part of our activities. At Willow Marina, you really do become part of our family.
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THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION
Barry Cooper, Deputy Head Academic at Brighton College Dubai discusses the influx of tech in education and how itâ€™s paving the way to the future
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With the advancements of technology being introduced at an increasing speed, every day brings another innovation in the classroom. The best of these are those that supplement traditional teaching in a way that gives the children a new perspective. â€œEducation relies on good, old-fashioned learning, but it is delivered with every modern technique and tactic we can find. From laboratories to robotics, iPads to iMacs, smartboards to software; we value and utilise technology, using it to help our students achieve the most out of their studies. Technology for some learners is a tool that significantly reduces barriers that they may have to learning. This has given greater confidence and capacity to some pupils to present and develop their work to a much deeper level. There must also be a focus, not only on tech being used in the classroom, but also on tech being taught in the classroom as a subject. We need to give children the tools that they need to use the ever-advancing technology that is available to them, as it is inevitably going to be a huge part of their personal and professional lives. It is worth pointing out, that tech hasnâ€™t taken
over classroom leaning as yet. In the best schools it hasnâ€™t, and it never will. In the modern word we are facing a danger of technology replacing or becoming a substitute for teaching techniques. Technology should always be used as a tool that only supplements this. The iPad is simply the chalk and slate of the twenty first century, not the replacement of it. Children need to learn skills from people in real life so they can adapt and apply the skills themselves. There are emerging trends that add value to the classroom. Virtual Reality technology, for instance, will be the next big trend in schools. VR promotes curiosity and wonder and opens doors to so many experiences both in the past and the present for children to access. For example, VR gives children the opportunity to travel all over the world, experience careers, develop empathy, explore the ocean and the vastness of space, and even explore the human body - making it an important supplement to any curriculum. In order to encourage children to pick up a device, I highly recommend parents to learn with their children. Asking children to help and to explain things about technology will always persuade them to learn and develop their skills. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | SEPTEMBER 2019 | 35
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Plan out the perfect after-school schedule and weekend outings for the family
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JOIN A GROUP
Feel like you spend most of your time indoors or with the children? It’s time to head out, meet other mums and make new friends
THE REAL MUMS GROUP
DUBAI MUMS HELPING HANDS Created for those who wish to aid a positive change, the group mainly focuses on spreading love and resources wherever and whenever possible. DMHH is a grass roots organisation that sponsors a project that supports the labour community, by providing end-to-end logistics in seeing that the project’s objectives are coordinated and distributed with your help. They support any objective that brings goodness to others and can be found distributing meals to labour camps, hosting donation drives for overseas workers and those affected by natural calamities, and occasionally host breakfast mornings for workers – the most recent one was at Times Square. If you are looking to be a part of a positive initiative, look no further. Visit facebook.com/groups/ DMHelpingHands
This private member forum has over 13,000 vetted and approved UAE based mothers. The mummy group believes in the motto "It takes a village" and allows mums to connect with each other through its platforms. Since the UAE is such a cosmopolitan city, the founders decided to build their own little virtual village, a place where women would support each other. It’s a medium where mums can vent about daily struggles without the fear of being judged. You can ask a question, take advice from other mums with older children, and be a part of the conversation if you have expert advice to offer. realmumsofdubai.com
RANCHES LADIES GROUP
Need a restaurant recommendation, activity review, or literally any questions answered, reach out to this community. The Ranches Ladies is a club that encourages friendship and understanding between ladies of all nationalities. Their calendar is incredibly active with talks, clubs, trips and excursions. You can explore the city together and get to know your neighbours here. Dhs120 per year. The Golf Club's weekly charge is Dhs25 for 4 - 12 years and Dhs50 for age 12+. The rate is inclusive of coffee/tea and a buffet breakfast. Benefits of membership include receiving the Sunday Post, a weekly email of the week's events. Members have set up groups catering to special interests such as Walking, Yoga, Art, Book Groups, and more. Visit facebook. com/pg/ranchesladies
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CATCH A SHOW
These UAE cinemas offer a special experience for little ones. Besides, isnâ€™t a movie the best way to spend your time indoors?
KIDS, VOX CINEMAS This unique, colourful cinema is built specifically for children. The vibrant indoor area boasts a family-friendly environment and adjoining party rooms (for birthday celebrations) to ensure your kids have a great time and donâ€™t feel left out while catching their favourite action, animation and adventure movies on screen. uae.voxcinemas.com
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REEL JUNIOR, REEL CINEMAS Beanbag seating for a comfortable viewing experience, special combos and merchandise - your children will love watching a movie here. Adults can sit in comfort at the back of the theatre, while keeping an eye on their little ones. Mums, you can even save money on tickets and dining, as Reel Junior have ongoing promotions. This experience is only available at The Springs Souk and The Dubai Mall. reelcinemas.ae/en/experiences/reel-junior
NOVO KIDZ, NOVO CINEMAS A cinema specifically for children who love monsters. This cinema offers three party packages to celebrate your child’s birthday. It boasts speciallymade monster seats, a meal with music and games in the party room, and special additions such as free invitations, party host, e-slide on the screen before the movie begins – you can book the screen exclusively – adjustments to sound, audio levels and lighting, and ice cream, chocolate, balloons and adult snack platters (additional charge). From Dhs99 per child, visit uae.novocinemas.com/kids
COMING SOON Cinépolis, Meydan One The Cinépolis megaplex – first-ever in Dubai – is scheduled for completion in 2020. The 9,527-square-metre megaplex comprising 21 screens and an exclusive VIP lounge with a total seating capacity of 3,035 will be in partnership with Meydan One and feature theatre concepts, such as Luxury, Premium, Macro XE, 4D E-Motion and family-friendly Cinépolis Junior. The children’s cinema will offer a jungle gym, bean bag seating, and 15-minute intermissions halfway through the film to allow children to take a break. meydanone.com
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FITNESS FOR CHILDREN
Afraid your little ones will become couch potatoes? These childfriendly venues will keep them active FIT REPUBLIK
This all-in-one fitness centre stems inspiration from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Their mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of young citizens in the UAE. Children can choose activities such as swimming, martial arts, wall climbing, Kung-fu yoga, cardio, kickboxing and plenty more. Once done, they can head to the hammam and spa, and experience everything mum does, with their friends. littlegladiators.ae
This facility in Dubai Sports City offers an extensive range of classes for children of all ages. Send your little ones (aged 3-14) for dance, taught by a professional dance instructor from LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts NYC; or enroll them for Martial Arts, Gymanstics or Aquatic fun. For a circuit-style programme, register children between the ages 10-15 for the Fitcamp for Teens. fitrepublik.com
THE LITTLE GYM, IBN BATTUTA Parent and child classes, Pre-K gymnastics and grade school gymnastics are all on offer at this familyfriendly gym located at the mall. The parent and child classes promote early development for babies below three. If your toddlers and grown-up children (until the age of 12) love tackling new challenges, performing back flips, and enjoy the flexibility of movement, the gymnastics classes are perfect for them. The venue also offers parties and camps. thelittlegym.com 40 | SEPTEMBER 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
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A safe, nurturing and fun environment for children to explore. Through a selection of obsctacle courses and activities, they help kids in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behaviour modification, social interaction, and self-care skills. The unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development. werockthespectrumdubai.com
WE ROCK THE SPECTRUM KID’S GYM
JUNIOR GYM This leading children’s gym and fitness center in Abu Dhabi offers a wide range of gymnastics and interactive programs designed to enhance children’s physical fitness and mental development. It’s open seven days a week, for children aged 2-16 years old, and they can try everything from yoga and Zumba to dance, obstacle adventures, circuit training, arts and crafts, reading, cooking, boot camps and outdoor adventures. juniorgym.ae
ROUND 10 BOXING
If your children want to learn basic boxing skills and techniques, this gym is the place to head to. Skills such as stance, guard, movement and punch combinations are taught by instructors in a well-equipped facility. Round 10 Boxing Club Kids classes are focused on core strengthening exercises to develop self-defense skills as well as self-confidence while keeping children physically fit. round10boxing.com
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WIN A BALI FAMILY VACATION WORTH AED17,000! Now in its 8th year, we will be awarding the mums’ favourite products and services that excel at serving both families and the community, as voted by UAE mothers themselves. The only awards of their kind, the Mother, Baby & Child Awards give mothers the opportunity to help shape the vital industries that are part of their daily lives and recognise the brands that support mothers and their families. Cast your votes now and enter our draw to win an amazing three-night stay for a family of three at Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali– including daily breakfast, spa treatments and airport transfers worth over AED 17,000! To enter all you need to do is hit the ‘share’ button after you have cast your votes online.
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UNIQUE BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS Want to throw your child a one-of-a-kind birthday party? Here’s a list of activities and venues little partygoers will love
SPA DAY Your little princess will love getting her nails done at the adorable Hello Kitty beauty spa. She can walk in on the pink carpet with her friends, before they enjoy a bit of karaoke, cut the cake and try out all the fun activities on offer – prepared by the party organiser. For a small bash, you could book the BFF Package for two which includes a manipedi, Hello Kitty bows, makeup or facial, cupcakes and a drink. Contact +9714 344 9598 or visit hellokittybeautyspa.com
Create the perfect sleepover with the range of handcrafted tents and themed accessories from Kids Party Palace. Simply choose from one of their creatively designed themes and let them handle the rest. You can include teepees, bedding, mattresses, breakfast trays and styling pieces to turn their sleepover party dream into a reality. You can also add on doughnut walls, candy carts, custom pj’s, photography packages, breakfast buffets, hot chocolate bars and much more. Visit kidspartypalace.com
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Oli Oli is a great space for all ages. Filled with eight galleries including Water, Air, Cars & Ramps, Toshi’s Nets, Creative Lab, Future Park, Toddlers and Forts & Dens. Three party packages are available to choose from, offering access to three, four or all the galleries. The venue offers a healthy party food menu, decorated private party room, personalised e-invites, party facilitator and 30-minutes add on workshops. Kids will love exploring this museum. From Dhs147 per child on Sunday to Thursday and Dhs168 per child over the weekends. Contact +9714 702 7300 or visit olioli.ae/birthdays
DISCO FEVER Party planning can be quite stressful, so leave everything in the hands of these experts. The Disco Party package includes fun chorepgraphed dance routines, arts and crafts, an enterainer, face painting, party host, helium-filled balloon for each girls, organised games, karaoke, Ds2dio birthday ceremony, special lighting and plenty more. Packages are available for a minimum of 15 children. Just bring the cake along and let them enjoy. From Dhs109 per child. Contact +97155 8496 193 or visit ds2diokids.com
CULINARY FUN If you’ve got a budding Jamie Oliver on your hands, he/she will love getting their hands dirty with dough. Head over to Jazz at Pizza Express (Dhs68 per child, pizzaexpress. ae) for a two-hours pizza-making party where they can don a chef’s hat and apron, hone their culinary skills, get creative with ingredients and quench their thirst with a glass of apple or orange juice. For an immersive kitchen experience, little ones can head to Culinary Boutique for the Micro (Kids) Cooking Class, and learn how to make dishes including fish and chips, chicken pot pie and several other options (culinaryboutique.com). MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | SEPTEMBER 2019 | 45
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This time of year is often spent in the car, driving to take that long-awaited staycation, or catch up with friends and family. Travelling with a baby can make this journey slightly complicated. Here, Suzanne Brown, Co-founder of ClevaMama ( baby products retailer) has put together her top tips to make the journey enjoyable for everyone
PREPARE YOUR CAR
Make sure your vehicle is safe and ready for the long ride. Fill up the tank, check the tire pressure, change the oil if needed - the last thing you want is to break down with your baby in tow.
MAP OUT YOUR REST STOPS No one likes to be cooped up in a car for too long, and it is very important to be prepared to stop every couple of hours to take your baby out of the car seat for a break. You might want to schedule your stops around baby's feedings to make planning easier.
CAR SEATS CAN GET HOT
To keep your baby safe and help him/her in case of a crash, modern car seats are now being made padded and heavy. This can cause an issue with car seats getting too hot, particularly on a sunny day. Always make sure to travel in the morning or evening to avoid the worst of the heat. Dress the baby very lightly, and in layers (not many), which can be quickly and easily removed and remember to cool down the car before you head out - run the air-con for a few minutes. Itâ€™s also advisable to get window shades to protect baby from the sun, pat your baby down with a damp cloth before your journey, and pull over for hydration breaks.
4 CONSIDER BUYING A BABY MIRROR Set it up so you can see your baby clearly from the front seat and they can see you.
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PACK WATER AND SNACKS FOR YOURSELF Particularly if you are breastfeeding, you need to eat, and drink water regularly to hydrate and fuel milk production.
FOCUS ON ENTERTAINMENT You want to keep your baby happy during this trip to avoid on-the-road meltdowns. Try decorating your windows with some brightly coloured removable images – careful not to choose anything so large that it interferes with your ability to see. Bring their favourite toys and books, but don't let them have all of them at once. For older babies and toddlers, let them enjoy their favourite shows on a tablet.
8 FEED AND CHANGE YOUR BABY BEFORE YOU LEAVE Take care of your baby’s basic needs before you start driving. If your baby is warm, dry, and fed, he or she will be more likely to tolerate the drive. Moreover, you’ll be able to get a good start and drive without having to stop prematurely.
7 BRING A FIRST-AID KIT It's always wise to be prepared just in case a mishap occurs. Take any prescription medications that your baby requires, medicines in case a fever occurs or the baby is teething, diaper rash treatment, and, of course, bandages and first-aid ointment.
KEEP IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS HANDY
PACK WISELY AND IN A LARGE CHANGING BAG (SEPARATE FROM YOUR LUGGAGE) On top of the usual baby stuff you'll need during the trip (diapers, wipes, etc.), bring along a change of clothes, a blanket/lovey (or anything that helps your baby sleep well), snacks, and a rubbish bag to toss things like dirty diapers and empty cups.
Make sure you have phone numbers for your paediatrician and emergency services handy. You probably won’t need them, but just in case your baby gets sick or an emergency arises, it’s nice to have them on hand.
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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
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WHAT'S IN STORE? WIDE SELECTION Mumzworld have launched an extensive selection of Back to School products that are perfect for every style and budget. This year’s top three themes are Unicorns & Llama, Glitter & Sparkle and Superheroes School, which feature bags and lunchboxes. Offerings include items for all age groups starting from nursery to pre-teens. Visit mumzworld.com
THE YEAR AHEAD
IKEA has launched its 2020 Catalogue and we’re loving the products in store for the Autumn and Winter range. Expect affordable product ranges, items that are high in quality and sustainable in nature, for each season. For the IKEA solutions to resonate with people, five different homes were designed with people from various backgrounds and markets. Each of these homes showcase solutions and illustrate five emotional needs – Belonging, Ownership, Comfort, Security and Privacy. Check out the collection in store. ikea.ae
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Cinq Mondes Spa Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai
The architecture of this hotel doesn't reveal the opulence indoors. Inspired by 18th century palaces in Europe, the palatial lobby features intricate gold details and a chandelier with over 40,000 Swarovski crystals - you will be at a loss for words! Take a left and head to Cinq Mondes Spa, where you are transported to a world of complete serenity. The Parisian spa features the most gorgeous entrance, with symmetrical corridors and soft lighting. At the reception, I’m treated to a cold towel, fresh fruit and water, while I pick my treatment – the Deep-Relaxing Balinese massage. The sprawling space is one you can wander around for hours, with walls opening up to treatment rooms. After scrubbing my tired feet with a reviving scrub, I was taken to the heated bed to knead away tension from my legs and shoulders. Having walked more than my usual steps per day, while travelling, my feet were swollen, aching and in desperate need of a massage. All products used combine state-of-the-art cosmetology and are free from parabens, silicone and mineral oils.
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My organic and natural Tropical Nuts Melting body balm had a subtle scent and was incredibly nourishing for my parched skin. The treatment began with the sound of a bell, two deep breaths, a gentle press and rotations of the arms and feet. The masseuse began with my upper back – as it was taut with tension – pushing out the knots with slow movements and acupuncture. The relaxing massage moved downwards, to focus on my legs, drain the water retention and soothe my feet. The masseuse pressed her elbows and arms slowly into my thighs and calves, moving along with long strokes to correct the issue from deep down under the surface. I snoozed while the head massage took place, before it ended with another bell. I headed straight for the sauna and warm room facilities, while taking in every gorgeous aspect of the spa. I’ll be taking my swimmers along next time, to make use of the hotel’s indoor pool – the largest in the UAE. Dhs550 for 50-minutes treatment. Contact +971 4 248 8800 to make a booking.
THE BEAUTY EDIT This months' must-haves & lust-worthy buys IN OUR MAKE-UP BAG SUSTAINABLE AND ECO-FRIENDLY
Three top picks
Contemplating a switch from tampons to a menstrual cup? We know we have been for a while now. The launch of Lunette – a menstrual cup company – got us thinking about the standard menstrual support products that add a serious mileage to our carbon footprint – a year’s worth of disposable pads and tampons leaves a carbon footprint of 5.3kg CO2 per person.
BECCA Collector’s Edition Shimmering skin perfector highlighter powder – C Pop, Dhs195 at Sephora
This fully recyclable vegan cup - the ‘window’ is made from vegetable cellulose – lasts two years with proper care and can be burned to ash when it needs to be replaced. Easy and safe to use, the cup is made of soft, toxin-free medical-grade silicone and can last up to 12 hours per use. By using Lunette, you also eliminate up to six hundred tampons (two years-worth of period products). Dhs157 at Boots, Spinney’s, United Pharmacy stores and online at Amazon.com
Kiss Kiss Lipstick, Dhs153 at Guerlain
Argan Liquid Gold has finally launched in the Middle East. Made with 100 per cent pure, organic first grade Argan Oil and enhanced with 24 carat gold, it helps to fight signs of aging while revitalising and healing skin. It also provides cellular protection and promotes new cell growth. The range comprises six products, including this 100 per cent pure and organic oil with properties such as Vitamin E, carotenes and fatty acids. Dhs290 at arganliquidgold.co.uk
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AUTUMNAL TONES Pourpe top, Dhs745 at ba&sh
Dress, Dhs495 at COS
Printed retro dress, Dhs449 at MANGO Skirt, Dhs129 at Springfield
Blazer, Dhs1,950 at Sandro
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Wide Leg ankle grazer, Dhs235 at Marks & Spencer
Pink floral dress (3mths-7yrs), from Dhs86-103 at Next Online
Dress, Dhs149 at Zara
Fox backpack, Dhs149 at MANGO Kids
READY FOR FALL
Padded jacket, Dhs290 at COS
Comfortable pieces for picnics and play dates
Jonior Camo Pullon jogger, Dhs69 at Babyshop Boyâ€™s shorts, Dhs99 at Zara
Marks & Spencer
Fringed leather boots, Dhs249 at MANGO Kids
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DINING IN THE CITY Hotspots for all ages
BOMBAY BRASSERIE, TAJ DUBAI The warm, vibrant interiors will have you and your family taking in the surroundings before exploring the new menu. Chef Vikas has brought to life a series of dishes to tantalise tastebuds, beginning with the Aash soup (classic Persian speciality) and deconstructed samosa chaat. For mains, feast on kale and smoked cheese kebabs, pathar ka gosht (a rare Hyderabadi specialty showcasing tender lamb escalopes) and smoking rib eye in a typical Rogan Josh-style gravy. The chicken biryani, and herbed prawns served in raw bamboo are must-try items too. If you do have room for dessert, try the cooling Kulfi. Contact +9714 438 3222
99 SUSHI BAR & RESTAURANT Discuss business matters over an Omakase business lunch. ‘Omakase’ is a Japanese dining tradition which literally means "I’ll leave it up to you,” encouraging guests to entrust their dining experience in the hands of a chef, who prepares a seasonal, elegant and artistic meal. The nine-course menu begins with starters such as edamame and the signature ‘Capumiso soup’ – the 99 Sushi version of miso soup presented like a cappuccino, followed by plates of spicy tuna tartar and salmon flambé nigiri, Wagyu flambé nigiri and baby lamb gyozas. End with homemade mochi ice-cream and coffee or tea, while taking in the panoramic view of the Arabian Gulf. Dhs149 per person from from 12pm until 3.30pm. Contact +9712 672 3333
SOCIAL HOUSE, THE DUBAI MALL Poke bowls have been added to the menu for those looking for a nutritious meal. Originally a Hawaiian dish, the Poke Bowl is a mix of rice, proteins and veggies that’s nutrient-packed, fully natural and unprocessed. Take your pick from three bowls: Salmon (served with jasmine rice, grilled salmon and a medley of veggies including kale leaves, fresh corn, sliced cucumbers and red cabbage); Crab (veggies, 54 | SEPTEMBER 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
roasted pumpkin, edamame, fresh corn, sesame seed and crab salad tossed with soy sauce), and the avocado bowl ( jasmine rice, diced raw salmon tossed in dynamite sauce, topped with togarashi, avocado, red radish, shredded cucumbers and carrots). +9714 339 8640
SOUL SANTÉ Vegan restaurants are gradually on the rise in Dubai, making it easier for us to order a nourishing plantbased meal. Add Soul Santé to your list. The eatery recently opened its doors at Dubai Marina offering dishes such as a grilled peach salad, beetroot sliders, pulled jackfruit tacos and their signature eggless omelette. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in guilt-free treats including lemon cakes, peanut butter cups, chocolate cupcakes and banana pancakes. +97150 783 7685
BELUGA, MANDARIN ORIENTAL JUMEIRA, DUBAI Gather the mums for an Afternoon Caviar Tea at this elegant setting. Beluga’s latest offering is a seafood-lovers’ dream, including a selection of scones, caviar delicacies and sweet treats. Tuck into smoked salmon blinis, sturgeon shrimps and beetroot praline with Kaluga caviar, smoked eel sandwich, scones with Royal Baerii Caviar and an extensive selection of tea choices. The restaurant also serves a fine array of desserts including spiced caramel and chocolate tart, blueberry muffins and macrons.. Contact +9714 340 8882
CARINE, EMIRATES GOLF CLUB For a lazy morning breakfast, head to French Mediterranean eatery, carine. Their newlylaunched breakfast menu features savoury specialties including Oeufs brouillés aux truffes noires (scrambled egg with black truffle) and Tartine à l’avocat (avocado tartine). Fancy something sweet? Try the classic pain perdu à la confiture fait maison et Chantilly (French toast with homemade jam and whipped cream). Contact +9714 417 9885
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Family Staycation Take a trip to this Northern emirate for a relaxing stay at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa
An unwinding path leads you to the palatial grounds of this seaside resort. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa boasts a selection of guest rooms and suite villas with direct access to the beach, offering up to four bedrooms and a pool in some – for those who want complete privacy.
CULINARY OFFERINGS Authentic Italian fare is served at Placeri de Gustare, making it a great spot for couples looking for an intimate dinner while the children tuck into freshly prepared pizzas. Children are kept entertained with the action in the open kitchen, while nibbling on the buffalo mozzarella salad; a classic served with marinated cherry tomato salad, avocado and lemon dressing. Share a pizza – the bresaola came in highly recommended and was incredibly mouthwatering. For the pasta course, go simple with the cacio e pepe. The sauce has the right amount of flavour, highlighting each ingredient, with textures such as toasted breadcrumbs coming out to play every once in a while. Leave room for their decadent tiramisu. Breakfast is served buffet-style at Maeda; a casual eatery filled with natural sunlight. The usual offerings are on offer, with views of the Arabian Gulf – dine al fresco if the weather permits.
ACCOMMODATION The Deluxe Suite Villa with beach access is spacious enough for a family of four. Located in a villa of the resort, the suite opens up to the washroom with a large bath tub and walk-in shower on the left, a private living area with a terrace that sprawls out to the sun beds and beach, and a sliding door that separates the living room and bedroom. The setting is incredibly homely, with a 42-inch LCD flat screen TV, plush furniture and coffee and tea-making facilities.
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BOOK NOW! From Dhs400 per night. Contact +9717 228 8844 or visit Hilton.com
FACILITIES The Spa at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa is a tranquil haven nestled in a building between the suites and the main reception. An extensive range of therapeutic spa treatments are available, from massages to customised facials. Since climatic conditions and summer travels dehydrate skin, opt for the 60-minutes Hydrating Facial. Esse products are used, for a natural treatment to replenish parched skin. The facialist begins by cleansing the face thoroughly with a sensitive cleaner, followed by a gel cleanser to remove every trace of dirt and makeup. A cocoa exfoliator sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal fresh skin. The facial focuses on fueling your skin with probiotics and botanicals to restore the moisture for a plump, dewy complexion. A cream mask is then applied on to penetrate the skinâ€™s surface and reveal that inner glow along with an eye contour mask to tackle fine lines. After the toner and serum, a facial massage cream is applied all over to boost circulation, with certain techniques for lymphatic drainage. The treatment ends with eye and lip treatment, and you can head straight for the relaxation room to feel invigorated. The resort offers plenty of services and facilities for little ones including a kidâ€™s club and pool and babysitting. Adults can try kayaking, paddle table tennis, and a range of activities at the water sports centre. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | SEPTEMBER 2019 | 57
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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 58 | SEPTEMBER 2019 | MOTHER, BABY & CHILD
Uttermost Zevon mirror, Dhs4,800 at Interiors
Carol Sukkar, Founder of Home and Soul discusses mirror placement tips
Blow the budget
Palazzo rectangular mirror, Dhs4,299 at KARE
MIRR ORS Damasco Mirror in matte grey (30cm), matte optic white (60cm) and matte red (90cm). Dhs 595, 995 and 1,500, respectively at Western Furniture
Round Wall Mirror (100cm), Dhs749 at 2XL Furniture & Home Décor
HÖNEFOSS Mirror, 8x21 cm (10 pack), Dhs 49 at IKEA
Mirrors have many unique abilities. They can expand a space, reflect beauty, and double or multiply the energy of an area. The energy of a room is vital to comfort - a good mirror placement can reflect and disperse incoming energy to its surroundings. Believe it or not, the most suitable place for mirrors is in your dining room, ideally, placed on a large wall above the buffet. A Feng Shui rule says that this placement increases abundance and wealth as it reflects the food on your table. In the case of living rooms, we recommend placing mirrors above the sofa or a smaller one on a side wall. Not only will this give extra depth into your living space, but also beautiful dimension. When hanging a mirror, you never want to have a mirror that is wider than the sofa below, as it will overpower the piece. We love the look of mirrors at the entrance of a home, ideally on top of a console. It adds an extra touch of decor to the space and of course, great for a quick touch-up before heading out for the day!
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COOKING WITH KIDS Jeri Willmott, Founder of My Wild Tribe (@my_wild_tribe) shares her children’s favourite after-school snacks
Prep 5 mins
• Store-bought pretzels, mixed • Cheddar cheese, cubed • Grapes • Pears, sliced • Crackers
STEP 1 Place the ingredients on a plate and make it look pretty. Your children will love tucking into their own cheese platter..
Prep 5 mins • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
Heat the berries and agave syrup together. Make sure you cook it without mashing the berries.
• 1 tsp corn flour
Cook 5-10 mins • 1 tbsp agave syrup
Dilute the corn flour with little cold water and add to the fruit and syrup mixture gradually.
Mix well and set aside.
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ANIMAL FACES Prep 5 mins • Rice cracker • Almond butter • Homemade jam • Bananas, sliced • Blueberries • Strawberries • Raspberries
Top each rice crackers with almond butter and the homemade jam.
Add the bananas and mixed berries shaping them into animal faces or simply place them on top of rice crackers
You can also make a fruit-loaded cracker for yourself. Enjoy this nutritious snack.
Prep 5 mins
• Greek yoghurt • 2 bananas, blended • Berries • Mango, scooped• Watermelon, scooped • Pink pitaya and blue spirulina (optional) • Granola (optional)
Mix together the Greek yogurt and blended bananas.
Add in pink pitaya and blue spirulina.
Place the mango, watermelon, berries and granola on top for a bit of crunch.
For family-friendly recipe inspiration and step-by-step videos, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages (mbcmagazine) MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | SEPTEMBER 2019 | 61
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READY FOR A ROAD TRIP WITH YOUR PET? Pets are family and they would thoroughly enjoy a day out to Hatta or the beach with you. Hitesh Thawani, Pet expert and Managing Partner of Precious Paws (a Thai spa-themed pet boutique) reveals a few useful tips while planning a road trip with your pet
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PETS Whilst you think the process of taking your pet out might be exhausting, with just a few tips, you could possibly have an amazing experience with your four-legged ball of fur. As you include pets in your holiday plans, it is important to tick off a few boxes including checking the hotel’s pet policy and packing the right equipment. Keep these in mind:
A SEAT FOR YOUR PET While you may think of giving plenty of room to your pet in your car, a carrier for smaller pets and a seat belt is of utmost importance considering their safety. Giving them a confided space will make them more comfortable than letting them slide unstrapped in the backseat of the car. Moreover, irrespective of the place you are enjoying your little staycation, it is better to carry a travel bed for your pet as they are more accustomed to the usual routine. A carrier is perfect for smaller pets as this will encourage them to relax in a specific place and will not give them any sort of motion sickness.
MEET THE VET Checking with your pet’s vet and getting all the necessary vaccinations done right before travel is always smart. In fact, make sure to get your pets microchipped as you never know when they might sprint away while halting at a rest stop. Also, don’t forget to carry some motion sickness meds as long road trips can make your pets extremely nauseous, anxious and restless.
MAKE FREQUENT PIT-STOPS If you are planning to hit the road with your pet, it is necessary to make a few pit-stops every one to two hours, depending on how well your pet is house trained. In these small halts, ensure to walk your pet for at least five to ten minutes so that they don’t get restless or cranky. Also, make sure to carry a small amount of food and constantly feed your companion with loads of water to keep them hydrated at all points.
ENGAGE YOUR PET WITH TOYS While you gear up for some great road trip games and jamming to music, you cannot expect your pet to stay idle on a multi-hour road trip. It is best to keep your pet occupied with some activity toys. A chew toy or a dog-safe bone would be just perfect. However, if you aren’t very comfortable taking your pet to explore Dubai, Precious Paws offers day-care and night facilities. So, while you enjoy a little vacation-time, your pets will be well taken care of and occupied with their friends. MOTHER, BABY & CHILD | SEPTEMBER 2019 | 63
ONE-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TO THE DAILY PREP CO, WORTH OVER DHS50
One lucky winner can try this newly launched concept in Dubai. Focusing on revolutionising fast food, The Daily Prep Co will soon become your go-to smoothie cup, especially if you’re always in a hurry. Each cut is filled with fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds and all you have to do is take out the frozen contents, blend it, put it back in the cup and head out the door with your nutritious beverage. The winner gets five smoothie cups deliveries once a week for four weeks. Delivery in Dubai only as the smoothies are delivered frozen and need to be stored immediately in the freezer.
TICKETS TO THE MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS FOR THE FAMILY, WORTH DHS500 Two lucky winners can head to this attraction at Al Seef which features the largest collection of optical illusions in the Museum of Illusions’ worldwide portfolio. Housing 80 exhibits of all shapes and sizes, the Dubai museum offers a unique visual and sensory experience. Unlike more ‘classical’ museums, visitors to Museum of Illusions Dubai encourages visitors to interact with the exhibits and take as many photos as they can during their visual and educational adventure. Each winner gets two adult passes and two children’s passes. For a chance to win one of these amazing prizes, visit motherbabychild.com/competitions
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OKAIDI OBAIBI GIFT VOUCHER, WORTH DHS500
One lucky winner will receive a Dhs500 voucher to spend at Okaidi Obaibi; the French ready-to-wear brand for children. The selection on offer, for children aged two to fourteen years old, features casuals, formal and occasion wear in a range of colours and trends your children will love. The gift voucher isredeemable at any Okaidi Obaibi store in UAE including outlets at The DubaiMall, Mall of the Emirates, City Center Deira and also City Center Mirdif in Dubai and Yas Malland Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi
TWO-MONTHS' SUPPLY OF PURE BORN ECO-FRIENDLY NAPPIES, WORTH DHS600
Pure Born’s plant-based nappies are carefully formulated to protect the environment and children’s sensitive skin. The brand uses sustainable materials and organic bamboo, which is eco-friendly and great for your baby too – bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial and these properties help to protect your baby's skin against rashes, germs and infections.
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A FAMILY STAY AT ZABEEL HOUSE BY JUMEIRAH, THE GREENS, WORTH OVER DHS2,500
This quirky, vibrant staycation is apt for those who want to experience life in a New York City loft setting. Nestled in The Greens, the hotel features interesting Arabic-inspired artwork and fun sights in every nook and corner. One lucky winner can take their family along for a stay in a suite (with an interconnecting room for the children), tuck into a sumptuous lunch at Social Company, and enjoy dinner at the relaxed pan-Asian kitchen and bar, LAH LAH.
A WAITROSE & PARTNERS LUNCHBOX HAMPER, WORTH DHS500 Most mums will agree that coming up with healthy lunchbox ideas can be quite challenging. Waitrose & Partners are giving one lucky winner the chance to get inspired, with a hamper filled with goodies, so that you can create the perfect lunchbox fillers. Whether you like to get creative or prefer to keep it super simple, these pantry staples are sure to spark ideas for lots of delicious (and healthy!) lunchbox meals that the kids will love.
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