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Education fair targets Dubailand residents

New Dubai neighbourhood boasts 23 schools and 17 nurseries

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Families can scout for schooling and after-school activity options under the same roof at the fair
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Dubai: The fifth Education Fair dedicated to residents of New Dubai communities in Dubailand will be held at The Villa on March 2.

To be organised at St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club between 10am and 4pm, the fair is targeting residents of communities located on Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road and 611 Road, from Jebel Ali/Dubai Investment Park to Mirdif.

“This is the only education fair dedicated to residents and companies located in this area, offering parents with children aged 0-18 years information on formal and informal education ranging from nurseries to primary and secondary schools as well as afterschool activities, home schooling and tutoring,” said Clementina Kongslund, founder and organiser of The Education Fair and directory Education&Afterschool.

Afterschool activities

She said, “Parents are always looking for nurseries, schools and after-school activities for their kids, or help with tutoring. So I came up with the idea of organising an education fair.”

She said there are around 100,000 people living in the Dubailand area which has 23 schools, 17 nurseries, 10 sports companies, eight companies offering music and dance activities, and about seven companies offering tutoring. So the fair would help bring them under one roof for the benefit of families living in these areas.

“Regardless of the number of education and after-school clubs on offer, the demand is still high in the area,” she added.

Kongslund said Sharjah residents too look for schools in Dubai that can be easily accessed from 611 Road. Sharjah companies would also be present at the fair for the convenience of these residents.

“We have received so much positive feedback about the event in the past, and the residents of the Dubailand area found the event very useful as it helped them collect all the information they need for their children, in one place. Let’s not forget that Dubai is a transient country and new people arrive every year, so they definitely need access to the information.”

She said as the fair is a community event, it also gives high school students a chance to explore community work by getting involved in the fair. “There are various roles available for them to be involved in such as event organising, photography and filming, and entertaining the younger children while parents visit the fair.

Last year, our master of ceremonies was a 15-year-old girl from one of GEMS schools, and we had students from DESC and other GEMS schools in Dubai enrolled for the work experience,” said Kongslund.

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