Jane Victory, Founder of kids’ party planning company, Cheeky Little Events, lives in Layan Community with her husband Dan and their one-and a-half year old son Phoenix.
How long have you been in Dubai?
We have been in Dubai for four years. We moved here from London.
Why do you think Dubai is good for families?
For one, the weather is great; we are such an outdoor family meaning we can spend quality time doing fun things in the sun. There is also a great focus on children here and so many things for families to do.
How long have you lived in Layan Community?
We have been here for two years now and we have no reason to move as we love where we live.
Why did you choose this neighbourhood?
Our best friends live here and it’s such a lovely community - everyone looks out for each other.
Did you have your kids in Dubai? If yes, where and how was the experience?
Yes, Phoenix is now one-and a-half, he was born at the Medcare in Al Safa; I had a great pregnancy and delivery. Dr Nataliya from Cooper Health Clinic was my gynaecologist; words cannot describe how amazing this woman is!
Have you found it easy to meet other mums here?
Very easy, I am a bit of a chatter box and so is Phoenix.
What family friendly facilities are nearby?
The beach is 20 minutes away; we love to paddle board and swim there. Al Barsha Park is not so far away either and we go to Extreme Fun a lot with Phoenix at Motorcity, it’s really friendly and has fun staff.
How do you juggle family life and a successful business?
Not that easily to be honest, but I guess it just happens and falls into place. I have to do it: working mum and all that jazz! I just try and make it look easy; smiling is the key!
Why did you decide to open Cheeky Little Events?
We started the company seven years ago in London. I used to be a professional dancer and did a lot of dance parties on the side, and one day I thought why not open a party company of my own. So with our London experience we ended up here four years later! It has been amazing; the girls I employ are fantastic and the people we work with come back year after year. I love my job - to see those little people smiling back at you truly makes my day.
What top tips can you offer other families for saving money in Dubai?
A great money saver when it comes to planning parties in Dubai is to team up with another parent and do a joint party, splitting the cost between you. If you have the space, do the party at your own home to save on venue costs.