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How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
The only public places where one could change diapers would be in most major shopping malls and some restaurant/hotel bathrooms. Abu Dhabi is a city that tailors to family life with parks and playgrounds available.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
Usually, the most reliable childcare providers/nannies are sourced through word of mouth.
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Abu Dhabi is a very safe city. However, as most expats live in the city center, children should be taught the perils of busy city streets.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Most major malls have entertainment zones complete with video games, movie theaters, etc.
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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Going to the beach is by far the most popular activity (either public or private). Sporting activities, such as soccer, are also popular.
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What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Teenagers in Abu Dhabi are not much different from those in the Western world in that they delight in going to local shopping malls.
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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
Most schools will offer some sort of extra-curricular activities for teenagers.
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I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?
There are several museums that detail the Arabic culture of the UAE. (Heritage Village is one example.) Arabic is widely taught at schools in Abu Dhabi. They will get the best picture of local culture during the holy month of Ramadan.
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