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  1. Jillybean

    Vaccine requirements

    Hi RC - both the school and HAAD were supportive and understanding of my request to opt out of the additional MMR vaccine. I don't know if this is is because it was an additional vaccine, and she has already been vaccinated, or whether they will be like this all the time, but they were really good - managed expectations, communicated clearly, and handled it well. Congratulations on your marriage :)
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    Cranleigh vs BSAK

    Hi Senorta - my daughter is at Cranleigh, and I have nothing but good to say about the school. However, I can't compare it to BSAK as she never went there. So not much use to you, sorry :(
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    Vaccine requirements

    RC - well, I can answer some questions! I'm not sure if vaccine exemptions owing to health or religious reasons are accepted at schools. However, I would suggest calling Abu Dhabi Education Council and asking this, as the rules will be the same for all schools. Schools, at the the behest of HAAD (Health Authority Abu Dhabi), do run vaccination programmes during the school day. I have always been contacted ahead of time, and given the option for my child not to participate. I am not anti vaccinations per se, but I like to avoid unnecessary vaccinations / exposure to chemicals where possible. Last year my daughter was exempted from the additional MMR vaccination at my request. I am absolutely not criticising your choices, as I understand entirely where you are coming from, but just want to flag to you that the herd immunity that may be relied on in other countries is not present here, as there is a large labour force from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc, and measles and other sicknesses are not unknown. There is a large home schooling group in Abu Dhabi. I don't have contact details, but an internet search should get you started off. I hope this helps!
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    Vaccine requirements

    My DD wasn't born here so I can't say if you have to vaccinate in the hospital. I can confirm that vaccination details are required when registering a child in a main stream school, though. Hope this helps.
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    Arabic lessons in KCA

    Hi Clover - see this link about posters' experiences with Arabic lessons. Berlitz is located in KCA. Hope this helps :)
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    Congrats to New leaders on the Leaderboard

    Sorry, DD - working hard this week! Thank you, TG :)
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    Man With A Van?

    Pulling up an old post to get some advice on costs. Can posters who have moved furniture items before give me a ball park figure for costs? I am moving garden furniture - an outside tables and chairs, plus a swing seat, from Sas Al Nakheel to KCB. What do you think would be a reasonable price to pay?
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    Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival 2017 -al Wathba

    Thanks for the heads-up on this, DD. We went last year, and it was utterly amazing - so many incredible stalls and wonderful local cuisine. Just a reminder to ADW members to take cash! Most of the stall holders don't take bank cards, understandably, and we ran out of money last time (much to my annoyance and DH's relief )
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    Delivery Service for Remote Areas

    Tangerine - I don't know about a specific delivery service, but having lived in KCB for ten years, I can say that when we started out here, India Palace was the only restaurant that delivered to us, whereas now, nearly all the restaurants in Bawabat Al Sharq mall and KCA deliver to KCB (or Shakbout City as we now are). I know that most city restaurants don't deliver out here, but could you find a local equivalent? We now have Chinese, Arabic, Indian and junk food (KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut) all delivered in KCB. Which bit of KCB do you live in? What I have found to be a life saver is sending a location map via WhatsApp. Previously it was very difficult to give directions to delivery drivers, especially as streets in KCB are often not signposted, and those that are often have the same name (i.e. we have four or five 33rd Streets). Good luck in your quest :)
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    When Shopping be aware of the following...:

    Things will only get worse when VAT comes in - someone in the supply chain is going to lose out, and I suspect it will be the customer! Recently at a supermarket I was charged the incorrect price on an item that was advertised as being on a special. When I asked the cashier to check he said, "There's nothing I can do - you can leave the item behind, or pay this price." I said that was unreasonable, and asked to see a supervisor. He said that no supervisor was on duty (!) so I chose to leave the item behind, but then he made a mess of deducting it, so had to call a supervisor to finalise the receipt (funny how the supervisor was then magically available!) When the supervisor came I made a complaint, and then he tried to give the item to me for free. I said no - all I ever wanted was to pay the advertised price for the item - surely that's not too much to ask?! As well as a little bit of customer service, which seems sorely lacking in all companies these days.