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After waiting for a long while, we finally got indication that we would be moved from Mirdif to A-Waha, ie behind Arabian Ranches. The houses are apparently ready and allocation process is expected by this weekend.

We greet the news with a bitter sweet feeling. While it would be great to move away from the aircraft noise, the new place is so much further away from everything else. It would also mean finding new schools for the twins as a 120km journey up and down would not be something that they should be subjected to.

Thus, the first thing that we did this morning, after dropping off the twins at nursery, was to visit their planned school, Uptown Mirdif, to inform them that we are looking for a new school due to the new circumstances.

We had some research and narrowed it down to three schools, Dubai International Academy(DIA), Emirates International School (EIS) and Greenfield Community School (GCS). The first choice of JESS Arabian Ranches is still on the cards, but we have been on the waiting list for the last 6 months, and it does not look like any change can be expected soon.

We dropped over to GCS first as it comes highly recommended by our neighbour, Mark. They gave us a nice short tour and we were impressed by the facilities that they had. A football field, swimming pool, indoor gym and nice looking classes.

The only thing about GCS is that its expensive. Even after the education allowance given by the company, we can expect to top up the amount by quite a bit. The thing is, off the 3 schools that we have short-listed, GCS is the only IB curriculum school and the only one classified as in the “Good” category in the Dubai list of school review.

Tomorrow we need to go over the other 2 schools and make a decision…

In the evening we set out to Dragon Mart to get some stuff for the kids. Dragon Mart is amazing. Just off the suburbs of Dubai, off a highway, sits a large factory like building, about a kilometre long, single story and of course air conditioned.

It has everything, from curtains, clothes, furniture, metal works, buggies etc etc! The amazing thing is, as its name suggests, everything is from China, including the shop-owners. Possibly the highest concentration of chinese in the whole of middle east.

A small section of the Dragon Mart

A small section of the Dragon Mart

The twins had wanted their own scooter for sometime now, especially looking at the neighbour kids playing with the same around the pool behind the house. So, we decided that since it will be good for them to play around with it after the sun starts setting a bit, we got them what they wanted.

The twins with their new transportation system. Dina kept tripping over the thing, and covered line by saying that she just wants to sit down!

The twins with their new transportation system. Dina kept tripping over the thing, and covered line by saying that she just wants to sit down!

Of course, lots of bags and clothes come from China, and Linda could not resist the impulse to buy a bag, “to keep my gym clothes” is the excuse this time!

So many bags, so little time!

So many bags, so little time!

For some reason or another, Linda brought her LV bag along for the trip, and the shop lady asked ” how much you buy this?”. When Linda said it was the real thing, the shop lady shook her head, and proceeded to open the bag zipper and looked inside. She then, turned to Linda and said” ya! ya! real thing!” The look on Linda’s face was priceless 🙂

The bargaining for the bag that Linda choose did not go well, the shop lady kept saying after the LV, the other bags are no match for price!

Cheap Cheap ma...Linda's bargaining tactic is to say " Malaysia mari, no money", but with 'that' bag in hand, the poor Asian tactic did not work too well this time!

Cheap Cheap ma...Linda's bargaining tactic is to say " Malaysia mari, no money", but with 'that' bag in hand, the poor Asian tactic did not work too well this time!

After the Dragon Mart exercise, we stopped over to the Outlet Mall for some shoes and swimming stuff for the twins. Lots of things on sale, but since it was getting late and Dina started up her “Abah, I tiiiireeed” bit, we did not stay too long. The “Chucke Cheese” beckoned the twins, but it will have to wait for another day.
"Abah, we want to go there...."

The day was really breezy and that left a lot of dust on the front porch. The road was also obscured and the wind was not very nice for a high speed drive. Am getting used to driving really slowly these days.Also 3 more days till Linda’s driving test…

Author: madnoor

An expat family in Dubai.

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