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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Al Ain, UAE
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
1) Al Ain Toastmasters Club 584495 to meet other professionals (while developing other useful skills). Check out www.toastmasters.org to find the club.

2) For those who like to sing, join the Al Ain Choral Society.

3) Join in at social activities at lounges/pubs in the local international hotels, such as trivia contests, karaoke, etc.

4) Go to the cafes (Starbucks, Coffee/Bean/Tea Leaf, etc.) in the local malls on weekend afternoons (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.). You'll be certain to see people you know or make new friends. (Evenings it gets too crowded.)

5) Join one of the clubs are the local international hotels where other westerners go to swim, exercise, dine, tennis, etc.

6) For sports enthusiasts, especially men, you can find rugby and other intramural sports.

7) Join the Emirates Natural History Group (www.enhg.org), an interesting way to not only meet people but have an opportunity to explore the natural histories of the UAE and Oman.

8) Your workplace may organize social activities including trips to the other Emirates for shopping, sightseeing, etc. You may also be able to join activities at some of the other organizations/companies in the area. (Continue)

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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of MADAR International School in Al Ain, UAE
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
It is the only school that we know about that has its own (very effective) staff development IT department. The school has a green field, a landscaped KG garden, a number outdoor play areas, two swimming pools (one for seniors and one for juniors), an indoor airconditioned basketball court (multipurpose), a library, sophisticated completely equipped laboratories with all international standard safety requirements, indoor airconditioned play areas, a cafeteria, a theater, a puppet minitheater, a local area computer network in every grade 3 and above with a computer at every desk and Interactive boards are being introduced. There is an active student society that organises interschool and intraschool sports, social and arts events and runs various clubs. (Continue)
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Madar International School has two branches. One in Al Ain (KG to Gr 12) and the other in Al Hayer (KG to Gr 5, but moving through to Gr 12 over time). Both schools have spacious, attractive and functional facilities and grounds. All staff have the relevant qualifications to work in their subject areas and they work hard to provide suitable learning expereinces for students. Most classrooms are equipped with different types of electronic technology to support teaching. There is a favourable staff-student ratio. Students generally respect their teachers and value their knowledge and dedication. Extra support is given to students who need more assistance with their learning. The school system emphasises continuous assessment of student learning and consequent steps to retify any learning deficits.
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Expat Report Living in Al Ain, UAE was published
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What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Major international hotels are (in order of my preference) the Intercontinental, Hilton, Rotana, Mercure Jebel Hafeet.

The Palm Resort has a Rugby Club and Golf Club and both are good value.

Have a look at the Living in Al Ain thread on the British Expats site in the Middle East Forum, it is a very popular thread and full of information about events, schooling, life in general. (Continue)

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