Top Family-Friendly Areas in Dubai

Everyone wants to provide the best lifestyle to his or her family. It’s not difficult for an individual to overlook a number of things when living alone, but the same person doesn’t get ready to compromise over the comfort of his family.  There are different amenities and factors you have to consider when want to shift your family in a place. Dubai is among one of those amazing cities that take good care of their citizens and help them to live an ideal lifestyle. If you are looking for a best residential area in Dubai for your family, then you have landed at right place as we have jotted down a list of top five family-friendly areas in Dubai.

1. Al Barari

It’s a lush green and environment-friendly community that is perfect for families with small kids. 60% area of the community is dedicated to greenery and you see botanical theme parks, gardens, lakes, and streams everywhere in Al Barari. As it’s away from the main city, there is no noise issues like noise pollution and hassle of unnecessary traffic. Your kids can stay closer to nature and observe different types of flora and fauna.

The place offers a number of family entertainments among which family parks are the most recommended option.

There is no school present inside the community as it’s far from the city, but the nearest school is also not far from the residential area. Kings’ School Al Barsha and GEMS First Point School are located at a distance of 30-minutes while Kent College Dubai and Dubai Silicon Oasis are within the orbit of a 20-minute drive.

2. Arabian Ranches

Arabian Ranches is another awe-inspiring community full of natural beauty. It’s also a distant community from the fast pace of city and hosts a number of events range from barbecue parties to family fun activities. Arabian Ranches Golf Club lets young players explore their skills and provide recreational facilities to old men.

It has some amazing schools nearby which provide quality education to young minds. Jumeirah English Speaking School, GEM Metropole, and Ranches primary school are outstanding schools situated in the proximity of the Arabian Ranches.

3. Emirates Livings

The place is a combination of different communities including The Springs, The Lakes, The Meadows, and Emirates Hills. It’s jaw-dropping beauty impresses every eye while the place also offers limitless luxurious amenities to its residents. Well-designed homes, landscape, and green places give prove it a perfect place to grow kids while school, pharmacy, supermarket, and retail center are also situated at arm’s distance.

Some of the popular schools which are present closer to the community include Emirates International School, Dubai International Academy, and Dubai British School. Outstanding security service and gated community are some other reasons as to why you should choose it for your family.

4. Jumeirah

Those who love beach style must consider Jumeirah for the investment. Beach front apartments give you charismatic views of beach and lets your family enjoy barbecue and beach activities together. Iconic Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Hotel are at walking distance while you can reach Jumeirah Mosque and Dubai Offshore Sailing Club within a few minutes. The well-established area is perfect for expats who want luxurious lifestyle and all the amenities of a city.

Jumeirah hosts a number of events every year among that the 3D Art Festival, Sunset Mall, and Dubai Canvas are the most visited festival locations. Small World Nursery and Royal Beach Nursery, Jumeirah College, and Modern Alternative Education are some prominent and nearby educational institutions in Jumeirah.

5. Victory Heights 

The award winning golf community is well-crafted by excellent amenities and services. It’s developed in the western half of the Dubai Sports City and features luxurious villas and apartments. The major amenities include landscape green spaces, swimming pool, cycling tracks, and basketball courts. The community is known for its memorizing landscape adorned with exotic plants and superb meadows.

The place is good for families having grown as well as young kids as it features quality schools and nurseries.   The nearest education institutions include Victoria Heights Primary School, Bradenton Prep Academy, and Nord Anglia International School Dubai. Emirates British Nursery Motor City and Building Blocks are good options for young kids.

All the above-mentioned communities are quite good for families, but one shouldn’t ignore his budget. Remember, they are luxurious communities where you need to invest a good amount for renting or buying a property. Discuss your family needs with a real estate agent and let him suggest the best community for you if you can’t decide on your own.

Your Guide To ‘The Purim Festival’ in Israel

The Purim festival is on of Israel’s most widely celebrated festival, this is a deeply important festival in the Jewish calendar and today we are going to take a look at why the festival holds such importance, and how it is celebrated.

The Significance of the Celebration

If possible, we will try to break the history of the celebration down in a nutshell. At its most basic level, this festival is to celebrate the survival of the Jewish people after a decree was issued by the King in the 4th Century BC to kill all of the Jews.

King Ahasuerus was the ruler of Persia during this time and when his wife, Queen Vashti disobeyed his orders, he had her executed. During a kind of beauty pageant to search for his next wife, he decided upon a Jewish girl named Esther who would become the new Queen, she never divulged her religious beliefs.

There was a man named Haman, an anti-Semite who rose to become the Prime Minster of the Empire and in one incident, the leader of the Jews, Mordechai, also the cousin of Esther, refused to bow to the Prime Minister because of his hatred for the Jews. Enraged and embarrassed, the Haman convinced the King to issue a decree that all Jews would be killed on the 13th day of the Adar – Interestingly this is where the name Purim or ‘lots’ comes from as the day was chosen by way of a lottery.

The Jews gathered behind Mordechai and Esther revealed her identity to both Haman and the King during a feast. The King reneged on the decree, had Haman killed and put Mordecai in his place as the Prime Minister. On the 14th day of the Adar, the Jews feasted like never before.

How it is Celebrated

To this day the Jews celebrate this festival on the 14th day of the Adar and there are 4 keys to how they celebrate

Hear the Megillah

Jews head to synagogues all over Israel to hear the Megillah ( The book of Esther ) which tells the story of the Purim. When the name Haman is mentioned, it is customary that the Jews stamp their feet to eradicate his name

Give to Those in Need

Jewish unity is a key theme here and during the celebrations for Purim it is customary to give to the needs. Jews must give food or money to at least 2 people during daylight hours and they must place at least 2 coins in a collection box.

Send Food for Friends

The importance of togetherness and friendship is marked by sending food gifts to friends. Men send food to men and women to women and the food packages must contain at least two food items.

Feast

What better way to celebrate survival than to feast, and that is exactly what happens during Purim. The table should be well decorated and the food be plentiful as the Jewish people celebrate with friends and family in a great feast.  Songs from the Torah are sung as they enjoy various meats and wines.

This sis the biggest festival in the Jewish calendar and if you are in Israel during this time then you can expect to see some grand celebrations.

Your Guide To ‘The Nowruz Festival’ in Iran

For over 3,000 years, the Iranian people have been celebrating a festival called Nowruz which is their New Year. The festival takes place each year between March 20th-23rd and signifies the first day of the Spring and the rebirth of nature. The Persian and Iranian New Year is one of the biggest celebrations of all the Persian festivals and is made up of various different customs as part of the overall celebrations. Let’s take a look at the past and the present of this incredible festival. The word Nowruz quite literally means new year and this is how the celebrations go down.

The Origins

For thousands and thousands of years, this time in the calendar has long been a celebration for many different religions and peoples, from the Zoroastars the Babylonians and to the Proto-Indo-Iranians as a celebration of the end of the winter. The vernal equinox signifies the beginning of the spring in the Northern Hemisphere, the rebirth of nature and the time when crops can once again be sewn. This is a celebration that is enjoyed by many different people’s and religions to this day but the largest by far is by the Iranian people by way of Nowruz.

Celebrations

There are many different parts of the overall celebrations and we are going to take a look into a few of the ways in which the people enjoy the festival.

Haft Sin

Some days before the New Year, a special cover called the cloth of seven dishes is placed on the Persian carpet or table in the household. The number 7 is sacred in Persian tradition and seven dishes are placed on the cloth to represent the seven angelic heralds of the life-rebirth. Sprouts, Samanu pudding, Apple (Seeb), Senjed (fruit from the locust tree,) Garlic (Seer,) Somaq berries and vinegar (Serkeh) are all laid out n the table. Other items can be placed on the table which represent hopes for the future, these range from coins for wealth, eggs for fertility, a mirror for reflection and sometimes an orange floating in a bowl of water to represent the Earth in space.

Chaharshanbe Souri

The actual beginnings of the celebration are on the eve of the final Wednesday of the year. Many bonfires are made and family members will jumping over the bonfire and chant “Give me your redness and take away my wintry sallow complexionˮ. When the fires go out, the ashes are collected and planted in the fields to represent the burial of the previous year.

Haji Firuz

The heralding of the New Year is this character who signifies a fire-keeper, a man from the village will dress up in a red get-up complete with black face and red hat. People will gather around Haji Firuz and chant, sing and play the tambourine to celebrate the New Year.

Sizdah Bedar

This occurs on the 13th day of the year and sees families take to the great outdoors to celebrate nature. They will take picnics and enjoy games in the fields. The sprouts (sabzeh) which have been kept on the tables or in the homes will be thrown into the fields to rid bad luck form the house and to make the nature greener.

And that is the celebrations of the Iranian New Year or Nowruz.