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Fatherhood in Dubai

Is Dubai good for fatherhood? Or does the expat lifestyle hinder the hands-on approach?

Debate team

• Originally from Holland, Patrick De Groot has been in the Middle East since 1995 and in Dubai since 2002. He lives with his wife and daughters, Chloe (six) and Jade (four) in The Meadows and is founder/owner of Dutchkid FZCO

• Dad to Cara, aged two, Mike White is a freelance watersports instructor who arrived in Dubai in 2003. He lives with his family in Rashidiya and is originally from Cornwall in the UK

• An executive coach and long-term expat, Nic Woodthorpe-Wright has been in Dubai for 18 years, has three sons aged 16, 12 and two and a baby daughter due in August. He and his family live in Umm Suqeim

• Ian Henderson has lived in Dubai for three years and is Managing Director of Rigships FZCO. Originally from Scotland, Ian lives with his wife and daughter, Rose (three), in Umm Suqeim

What got us talking…

While nobody debates the fact that parenthood is often tough, being a dad in Dubai undoubtedly has its pros and cons. Are you the kind of laid-back father who lets it all wash over you – or are you stressed out with work and struggling to fit parenting into the daily grind? Do you let the maid take on more than her fair share when it comes to taking care of the rugrats? Or, do you step in and make sure the little monsters know who’s boss? We discussed the pitfalls and peaks of fatherhood over a cracking lads’ lunch at the Irish Village.

By Joanna England
Time Out Dubai,

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