5 weeks after giving birth to my first child, I received a surreal call from the Emirates Woman magazine team saying that I’d been nominated for the Emirates Woman of the Year award in the Achiever category, which celebrated women who have made strides in the business world. Emirates Woman magazine hosted these awards annually as a way of recognising the work of special women in different walks of life and nominates 5 women in each of the following categories: The Visionary, The Humanitarian, The Achiever, and the Artist. As I was currently feeling immensely overwhelmed with being a new mother, the call was both shocking and needed to remind me of my job roles other than mommy (which is more tiring than a full time job!).
The other nominees in the category were Becky Balderstone of Ripe Market, Mona Mirza of Biolite Clinic, Susan Gorman of SARUM, and Sophie Toh of Toh PR so I was definitely honored among such high caliber company. After an open voting process throughout September and October 2014, the exciting experience culminated in a gala event at The Address Montgomerie on November 5, 2014. Due to the immense voting support of my network of friends, family, and fans of The Curve I was named as the winner of the Achiever category! I am so thankful for this experience and award as it is community support and recognition that really make the path of an entrepreneur a rewarding one.
When we launched The Curve over a year ago, our original objective was to help adults in the UAE to break out of the rut they were in (a rut we ourselves were stuck in too!) and find something new to learn. It was difficult to find interesting classes and courses in the UAE, and we aimed to make discovery simple and online booking even simpler.
A year on, we have realized that these adults face the same issues with finding classes for their children. As we continuously strive to be the leading destination for classes and courses in the UAE, we want to help solve that problem by adding children’s classes and courses to our site! Dance, art, and even stand up paddling – we’re working on having it all! You can search, compare, and finally book the best classes, courses, and camps for your kids!
You can check out the first selection here and if you are a company that offers children’s classes that you would like to list on our website, please shoot us an email at info[at]thecurve-me.com!
In May we received an email from Good Magazine’s editorial team that really blew us away. In all honesty, we had to read it a few times to make sure we understood properly! In the email, we were being asked to feature in Good’s anniversary issue as part of a feature called Home Grown Heroes that aimed to “celebrate some of the UAE’s most exciting people and small companies.” Without a moment’s hesitation we confirmed and are so delighted with the outcome of the feature. Not only do the photos look fabulous, but we are also so humbled to be featured alongside other great tech startups like Careem, Lime & Tonic, Little Majlis, and more!
Growing a startup is a tough and often dark road, so acknowledgements like this are the little beacons of light that keep us going. Big thank you to Helen, Cherith, and the rest of the Good team for including us, and we’re so proud to be a part of your Home Grown Heroes!
When we first had the idea to create The Curve, we knew it was important to actually understand if adults wanted to learn new skills, and if they did why they weren’t already pursuing them. To find the answers, we conducted an online survey and had so many interesting responses that really opened our eyes. One of the most striking statistics was that 73% of the respondents said that they did “not have time” to take up a new hobby.
Hmmm…let’s think about that for a minute. How much time does it take to learn something new? 1 hour a week? We spend more time than that watching mindless television on a daily basis!
We strongly believe that the “lack of time” excuse is simply a perception, and to tackle it we have created a new workshop series that we call the 15 Minute Lesson. The concept of this series is that it actually does not take much time to learn new things, and we can prove it. The workshops all include 4 speakers, each with a 15 minute allocated speaking spot. They are given the task of teaching the audience something new about a selected theme in this short slot. With this structure, attendees learn at least 4 new things in only an hour. We hope that this will put into perspective for people what they could really be doing with the hour (or hours…) they usually spend browsing social media!
Our first event is The 15 Minute Lesson for the Mother to Be and is happening next Monday May 5, 2014. In this inaugural event, we hope to address some of the biggest questions that pregnant women have during their first pregnancy. All the details are in the below flyer. Join us!
Oops, we’re a little late in uploading this one! Had a great time chatting with Anita Buys from MyDubaiMyCity.com about The Curve, our story, and why we believe that lifelong learning is essential. We love that she even attended one of our workshops! Thanks Anita!
There always seems to be a good excuse to not head to the gym. Tight deadlines at work, kids’ homework, budget constraints – the list is endless. To help encourage all us slackers to get off our bums and get started on our resolutions (that are already two months overdue, ahem), The Capella Club in Dubai Marina is offering some EXCLUSIVE packages to The Curve users. With a minimum of 50% discount on these packages, can’t really ask for much more to get us to put away the biscuits and pick up the weights!! Check them out and get moving!