Meet the neighbours

Stacey Turnbull lives with her husband, Colin, and children Amelie, eight, Isla, six and Imogen, one, in Baniyas East in the new Bawabat Al Sharq development. The family have lived in Abu Dhabi for three years. Time Out Kids gets the lowdown on family life in a new part of town...

Meet the neighbours

1. Why do you think Abu Dhabi is good for families?
There is an overall family-friendly culture – children are welcome in most restaurants and facilities and there are
so many activities here for families from the waterparks, bowling, ice skating, cinemas and many little parks. We still have so much to discover despite being here three years.

I have also found that in times of crisis there are many people to help you out – you may not have related family over here but your friends act like your family.

2. Why did you choose this neighbourhood?
We chose Baniyas predominately as it is within walking distance of my children’s school. We love living here as
it’s so close to the mall and with a young child this is invaluable, especially when you realise you have forgotten to get something out for dinner!

3. What family-friendly activities are nearby where you live?

We have a few small parks on our development which are child-friendly and there are lots of green areas for the cooler months. Living next to the mall there is the obligatory soft play area and a small bowling alley and cinema. There are also a number of restaurants and eateries within the mall as well as cafés such as Paul, Starbucks and Costa.

4. Have you found it easy to meet other mums?
I initially met most mums through my children’s school, but have broadened that since having my youngest and now meet many mums at playgroups and activities such as Music Monkeys. Also when I was pregnant with Imogen I discovered an amazing Facebook group set up by a now very good friend of mine, Lisa Irwin, which bought mummies together who were due to give birth the same time as I had Imogen.

5. Did you have your kids here? How was the experience?

I gave birth to Imogen in Burjeel in the City and had an amazing experience. The staff were very kind and caring and the care I received was exceptional. I would not hesitate to recommend the Burjeel to anyone.

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