Dubai: It’s not something these men had anticipated when they got into a relationship.
However, many men in the UAE find themselves raising their children by themselves. XPRESS spoke to three Dubai-based single dads to understand the challenges they face and how they tackle them.
I live in Dubai with my teenage daughters - Tanya, 19, and Simi, 14. Raising a child as a single dad is no mean task, but if you’re a single dad who is raising two teenage daughter, then the experience can be quite overwhelming.
For me, the hardest part is having to explain my daughters why their mom doesn’t live with us. They are not kids anymore. On my part, I try to spend as much time with them as possible. At times, I even play girly games with them as I don’t want to appear underskilled for the task of parenting alone.
I share the custody of my two sons Tariq, 11, and Rayhan, 8, with their mother. We separated about three years ago. I love my kids but am hardly able to spend quality time with them.
As any single dad can tell you, balancing work and quality time with your child is not easy.
Yet I wouldn’t trade being their dad for anything in the world. So I try to make up for everything on weekends by taking my boys swimming or shopping. Sometimes we just stay at home and play the Xbox for hours. When the three of us are together it feels like time stops.
I live with my son Maximus who will turn six in a few days. He was only two years old when his mother and I decided to part ways. Since I have a full-time job, Maxiumus whiles away his time at a day care centre after school. As a father that is something I look forward to changing. Luckily my parents visit me often and he gets to spend the evening with them. Maximus and I share a strong bond. There is nothing more beautiful in the world than watching your child grow and I relish every moment I spend with Maximus. I am learning cooking so that I can prepare his favourite dishes.