Miranda was born in the region, and has been living in and out of the Middle East for her entire life, so making Dubai her home was a natural move for her and her husband Simon. Holding the title of ‘Chief Mum’ at Babysouk.com, purveyors of all things gorgeous for little ones, she’s tasked with sourcing the coolest babies’ and kids’ items from across the globe. We caught up with Miranda and her daughter Mia, three, at their home in The Meadows to find out more about life in Dubai.
Why did you choose to live in The Meadows?
We really love this area and we are creatures of habit to be honest – it was where we moved to when we arrived in Dubai four years ago. We love the little Town Centre with the Fitness First that’s just around the corner, and use the pool and Spinneys there a lot (as well as Milk & Honey!). The area is centrally located and has easy access for Dubai and also to get to Abu Dhabi, which is great for our work.
Did you have your daughter here? If yes, how was the experience?
Yes, at Medcare Hospital. I think the standard of medical care here I have found to be excellent. You definitely felt like one of a number at times but when it came down to it, the caregivers were there when we needed them and they got us through a very tricky day so we have no complaints. We definitely did miss having our family and friends here then as we had only been here for under a year, in 2009, but that’s now changed and we have a lovely network of close friends now.
How do you find raising a child here in Dubai?
Very easy and enjoyable. In comparison to other countries we have lived in, we both feel that the UAE provides a very safe environment. I love the cross-cultural exposure which Mia gets here which she just wouldn’t get back in Australia. The weather, outside of summer, means you can constantly be in the pool or by a beach – it’s a little toddler’s paradise and the communities have lovely parks around here which she really enjoys.
Have you found it easy to meet other mums?
I find it tricky to get to know other mums in the neighbourhood as I work full time but if I walk around the lake or take Mia to the park, everyone is always very friendly. Through my job, I get to talk to mums all the time on the phone and I do love the fact that motherhood is very uniting – you can connect with so many mums across so many cultures as we all go through the same experiences.
How have you put your own stamp on your home?
We only just moved in but I tend to do everything all at once, so I’ve been busy shopping at Pottery Barn’s sale and in IKEA, making sure furniture was delivered the day we moved in. I love ‘beachy’ themes so the kitchen and family area is quite beachy; the living room, warm and snuggly! Mia’s room is my favourite – she got the biggest room out of all of us (not sure how that happened!). We also had the garden landscaped to make sure there was a good play area.
Just being with her – I miss her so much during the week with her at nursery and me at work. But, I love reading in bed to her at night, and we all have to dance to Mia’s favourite song at the end of a day – it’s normally All the Single Ladies by Beyonce or a Barbie song.
Kids’ play areas
We have been to Mini Monsters a few times and it’s been great – we normally meet friends with their kids there and all have a coffee while the kids have a ball. Now the weather’s getting nice again, we’ll be at the pool or beach enjoying the outdoors.
Family meals out
We love eating breakfast out at a weekend and go to either More, Jones the Grocer or LimeTree. Limetree has a great kids menu and a little selection of toys which is nice; Jones the Grocer is more for us – we love the coffee and produce there.