Originally from the UK, Michelle has lived in Dubai since 2005 and currently resides in Mirdif with her husband Dan and their daughter Alexandra, three months
How long have you been in Dubai?
Nine years – goodness has it been that long! I can’t believe where the time has gone!
What’s the best thing about bringing up your children in Dubai?
Dubai is a multicultural, vibrant city, full of energy and it’s great to live in a safe haven where the sun shines almost every day. It has everything we could possibly need right on our doorstep really. What more could you want?
How long have you lived in Mirdif?
Six years. I lived here for three years when I first arrived and have since moved back because I liked the area so much.
Why did you choose this neighbourhood?
We chose this area because the rents are cheaper here and also we have a good network of family and close friends living nearby. Shopping is super convenient since the opening of Mirdif City Centre and Arabian Centre and we have some really great parks in the area - Uptown Park and Mushrif Park.
Did you have your kids in Dubai?
If yes, where and how was the experience? Yes, I had my daughter at City Hospital. I would highly recommend them, I had a fantastic Doctor and the midwives were brilliant. I even had a view of the Burj Khalifa in the delivery suite – doesn’t get much better than that I’d say!
Where do your children go to school and why did you send them there?
My daughter is 12 weeks old so we’ve not got to that stage yet. Nursery will be next on our agenda.
Have you found it easy to meet other mums here?
I think there’s a great support network of Mums in Dubai. There are a lot of online networking groups and Facebook groups like Mirdif Mums which have recently popped up and are really useful. I’m lucky to have close friends and family around me anyway but you can get advice and support in seconds from these groups if you want or need it.
What family friendly facilities are nearby?
Lovely parks, Al Mamza Beach and the local malls. We’ve not yet really ventured much further than that though as we’re still finding our feet with our little one.
Are you planning to stay put in Mirdif?
Yes, we love it here but we are now looking to move to a villa.
What do you do in your free time away from the kids?
My husband and I like to cook together and we also like also like to perhaps see a film when we can.
Our activities are done at home at the moment but I hear there are so many great groups such as swimming, music and even mother and baby yoga which we’re looking forward to trying out.
Family hang outs:
There’s not a huge amount you can do with a three month old baby but we’ve been making the most of the winter weather and fresh air. Taking a picnic to the park with friends at the weekend is my favourite thing to do at the moment.
At the moment getting fit is a major hobby. I also really enjoy cooking, and like to try different recipes that I find online. Annabel Karmel has been a great find as she provides great recipes for pregnant ladies and toddlers.