Meet the neighbors: Emily Madghachian

Founder of drama company Kids’ Theatre Works, Emily Madghachian lives in Umm Suqeim 2

Interview, Community

How long have you been in Dubai?
I moved to the United Arab Emirates in October 1982. We lived in Sharjah for a few years before moving to Umm Suqeim 2.

Why do you think Dubai is good for families?
I am lucky to have moved here with my family over 30 years ago and we took full advantage of the outdoor life that the weather offers, especially at the beach and sailing. My family is still here today, so we now enjoy the wonderful modern day city that Dubai has become, sampling all the fabulous restaurants during our family meet ups; we love food!

How long have you lived in Umm Suqeim 2?
I’ve lived in this particular villa by the glorious beach for almost three years.

Why did you choose this neighbourhood?
It’s a great location, close to the Madinat Jumeirah complex of hotels and restaurants, and we have lots of friends nearby.

Did you have your kids in Dubai? If yes, where and how was the experience?
No, Skye was born in England. However, our obstetrician was based at Welcare Hospital and she was amazing.

Have you found it easy to meet other mums here?
Yes; I run a kids’ drama business so I talk to mums all day long!

What family friendly facilities are nearby?
Aside from the beach where my daughter dreams of being a surf champion one day, we spend time at the cinemas in the various malls, and there are some great parks nearby too.

Are you planning to stay put in Umm Suqeim 2?
Yes! We would love to stay in this villa for a while, although I may need to build an extension for all my daughters stuff, she is a hoarder!

How do you juggle family life and a successful business?
I am lucky to have my family here; my brother and his wife as well as my father are all on hand to be with Skye when the business requires my time. However, I do my best to ensure that when Skye isn’t at school that we spend time together – and when she does homework, I do my work at the same time, so both of us have our computers out at the dinner table and help each other out. It’s a team effort in our house!

Why did you decide to start Kids’ Theatre Works?
The world is a different place to what it was when I grew up; kids have so many distractions nowadays that prevent them from engaging with people in a healthy, positive way. I set up Kids’ Theatre Works because I believe 100 per cent in Drama’s power to engage with children and gently encourage them to explore their unique potential amongst peers. I have seen many examples of this over the past 12 years and watched lots of very shy, frightened children blossom into creative communicators through various Kids’ Theatre Works classes.

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