Roshni Shewakramani lives with her husband, Nilesh, and their two children Saesha, seven, and Shivraj, six, in the Jumeirah Lake Towers area. The family have lived in Dubai for eight years. Time Out Kids finds out what life is like for them living in a built- up part of town.
1. Why do you think Dubai is good for families?
Dubai is super child-friendly. I feel it even more when I travel to other metropolitan cities. Every community has areas specific to kids, keeping them happy and stimulated is a priority. Dubai is definitely kid-friendly. There is so much to do around the city – it really is a great place to live.
2. Why did you choose this neighbourhood?
It’s a fantastic area for kids. The JLT park has something for every age-group, along with indoor play areas, stores and supermarkets, plus there are cafés and quirky bars too. There is a great community feel and we really have everything on our doorstep.
3. What family-friendly activities are nearby where you live?
The park has this amazing zip line – which my kids are obsessed with going on. They have so much fun at the park. The hill in the park, below my cluster, is also perfect for rolling down and getting messy in. The kids love playing outdoors. Going to the park is one of our favourite things to do with our kids.
4. Have you found it easy to meet other mums?
Yes, absolutely. I’ve met lots of mums in the café close by – where we tend to hang-out while the kids play.
I also started up my company The Smitten boutique, here in Dubai, so I have lots of interaction with lovely customers and visitors. In the store we offer families a diverse selection of products including baby and home gifts.
5. Did you have your kids here? If yes, how was the experience?
Yes, I had both kids at the American Hospital of Dubai. My parents are based here and so is my husband’s family, so Dubai is definitely home for us. I couldn’t have imagined giving birth anywhere else.
The experience was good and I would definitely recommend the hospital to an expectant mum. The service and staff were very helpful and friendly.