Family life in Tecom

Time Out Kids meets Lilian Yordi, her husband Maher, and their two sons, Kareem and Samer

Interview, Bumps and Babies

How long have you lived in Dubai and why did you move here?
We have been living in Dubai for over six years now. We moved here in 2006 when my husband, Maher, was offered a position with Standard Chartered after his MBA.

Did you think you’d still be here now?
We never thought we’d be in Dubai for this long! We always thought we would move around with Maher’s work to another place – but so far it’s been a blessing. It’s comfortable living in Dubai and our boys, Kareem and Samer, really enjoy their school, DESS, and have made some great friends here.

Kareem is moving on to DESC this year. Time seems to fly so fast here. I can’t believe they’ve grown up this quickly! I recently founded Drawings By Me, a fundraising programme I run with many schools, nurseries and other organisations – so we’ll probably stick around a bit longer.

Why did you choose to live in Tecom?
We live in the TECOM area as it was just across the bridge from Kareem’s earlier school and it has easy access to the Sheikh Zayed Road. We were also lucky at the time as the demand was very high, and someone had cancelled on moving in. We just happened to call the agent soon afterwards. We never moved out, our building was one of only a handful of buildings in the area and we lived through the construction boom.
What family friendly facilities are nearby? Unfortunately nothing within a walking distance, but Mall of the Emirates is a short drive away where the boys enjoy activities at DUCTAC such as their hip hop dancing classes!

What do your kids think of the area? Is it safe for them to play in?
We live in an apartment building. There isn’t much for them to do close by but they enjoy the rooftop pool when they want to let off some of that energy. There is a beautiful park in Al Barsha, just a five-minute drive away, where they can play and ride their bikes.

Has it been easy to meet other parents there?
Yes, we meet many of our neighbours in the elevator and at our building’s gym or pool on the weekends.

Are there any social groups nearby?
Not really. I’m mostly tied up with Drawings By Me but usually make it to some of the coffee mornings that the school and other mums arrange.

Where do you go for a family day out?
We love the beach – we tend to go early to our favourite spot on JBR, next to the Ritz Carlton. The boys enjoy the waves, swimming and just chilling out with friends on great sunny days! It’s one of the things that keeps us attached to Dubai!

Where do mum and dad have a night off?
We love to go out for a nice dinner every once in a while, either just the two of us or with friends. And sometimes salsa dancing afterwards!

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