Kid confidential

Robert Gex, 11, and his sister Laura, 8, are raving about living in Arabian Ranches


What’s so good about living in the Ranches?
Robert: The shops are really nearby so you can cycle or walk. And there are lots of public pools, in fact there’s almost one on every street, which means you don’t have to go out and buy your own, which I imagine is quite expensive. Where we live there are four pools so even if one is busy or not working, you can just go to another one.

Laura: It’s close to Brownies. I’m in the squirrel pack and I have quite a lot of badges, like my toymaker badge. And tonight I’m doing my hostess badge. We’re going to be serving drinks and food and the squirrels will be icing the cake and serving it.

What do you do when you come home from school?
Robert: I usually do my homework, watch a bit of television then maybe go to the pool. I used to take tennis lessons at the courts here but I’ve stopped now.

Laura: I play my violin. I’m quite good but sometimes I go a bit squeaky. My absolute favourite tune to play is ‘Clair de Lune’.

Robert: I have a bike but at the moment it has a puncture on the front tyre. I’ll have to get it fixed.

So where would you cycle if your tyre was fixed?
Robert: To the shops where there are loads of cafés.

Laura: I like to cycle to get ice cream. We go to Häagen-Dazs and I love the toffee-flavoured ice cream, with sprinkles on.

Robert: Sometimes we go out to Häagen-Dazs, but I have to say the Al Arrab Lebanese restaurant is my favourite. I love the kibbahs – they’re like meatballs with bean things inside and all crispy on the outside. They also do really good shawarmas.

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