Classes, Courses, and Camps for the Kids!

Children's Classes in Dubai

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!

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June 2014 | Good’s Home Grown Heroes

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!

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{Monday Musings} From the Office to the Great Outdoors

Can your hobby become a full time career? This is a question we pondered a few weeks ago, and today our first guest writer for Monday Musings gives us another resounding YES. Circumstances pushed Noura El Imam, founder of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai, from a corporate role in marketing to a more ‘flexible’ career, and the results have been beyond her expectations!

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Waking up everyday to doing something that you love to do is a complete blessing, but it’s definitely not an easy ride. I took my 6 years background of marketing and business (with a sprinkle of psychology) and my passion for health, fitness and wellness to bring about Yogalates Bliss in Dubai, offering a fusion of outdoor yoga and pilates classes on the stunning private terrace at Fraser Suites where the ocean, stars and sunshine is our setting. I’ve also been hosting top caliber Yoga Teacher Trainings and workshops led by international Yoga expert teachers from the US, North America and further. Connecting with yoga experts registered teachers across the world to invite them to our sandy shores is such a rewarding experience when you meet the people who inspire you the most and even better, watching your trainees walk away as confident & happy yoga graduates (teachers).

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I love yoga and pilates as my company represents, but I also balance it all out with more active hobbies such as horse riding, SUP, wall climbing, trekking, swimming in the ocean, and going for long midday walks with friends. I also love creating new recipes! It’s my therapeutic outlet and sharing it with clients through my food blog is very rewarding when they comment and recreate the dish at home. Photography is another passion of mine and recently I have started yoga photography snapping my trainees in visually stunning settings, poses to enhance their portfolio which has been received very well!

While I don’t work a strict 9-5, I make sure at this stage that I balance out my personal and work life in a healthy manner. I have to confess, I appreciate that my weekends are workdays in Dubai and vice versa. If I need to break at 1pm on a workweek and step out to the beach, it is nice and quiet!

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I honestly believe that if you put your heart and hard work into your passion – you’ll get the rewards back when clients enjoy their experience with you, when other businesses want to collaborate with you, when a company wants to sponsor you for their brand, and when simply you wake up challenged with work which is what fuels real passion.

Noura El-Imam is the founder of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai, brand ambassador for eco-friendly Carrot, Banana and Peach yoga apparel and partners with Greenheart Organic Farms.

{Monday Musings} What is the 15 Minute Lesson?

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!

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January 13, 2014 | MyDubaiMyCity.com

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!

See the full interview here.

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{Monday Musings} Can You Turn a Hobby into a Career?

“Do what you love, love what you do” is advice that I have heard so often over the years. It seems like such a simple concept, but what if what you love isn’t something conventional like advertising or finance? Is there a way to turn something that you’d resigned to just being a hobby into a career?

I posed that question on our Twitter page a few months ago, and received a few interesting stories in return. The most unconventional one by far was from Shelina of Decluttr Me, who started an organization consultancy for homes and offices. When she found herself rearranging her friends’ homes for fun, she knew it was time to take her love for order from a pastime to a full time job. Read how she took the leap and her advice to others below.

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Tell us a little about your background – schooling, past work experience, places you’ve lived. 

I was born and brought up in Kent, England by my East African Indian parents.   I went to university in London to study law and eventually went on to work as in-house Legal Executive in London for a book club company. After 5 years working in London, I applied for a job to work as an in-house lawyer for Emirates, got the job and moved to Dubai in 2005. In 2006, I decided to study once again to become a Solicitor and returned to London for a year. In 2007 I returned to Dubai, as I missed it so much and took on roles as Legal Counsel for various companies in the city.

What was the hobby that made you think to change your career course?
I have always been a neat and organized person. I had reorganized all the legal filing systems hard and soft copies in the companies I worked for. I also had an annoying habit (according to some friends) of visiting them at home and then reorganizing. I would be at my happiest when decluttering for myself or for third parties.

Was your intention to eventually turn this hobby into a career or was it unexpected?
I had a recurring dream of starting a business of decluttering for years. I started reviewing websites last year for decluttering and found it was a proper business model in the UK and USA and that you could turn the dream into reality.

When did you make the leap of faith?
After discussing the idea with my close family and a few friends, I took the plunge and created the website, Twitter account and Facebook page to start gaining interest in Dubai and the UAE. I left my position as Legal Counsel at the end of September 2013 to work on Decluttr Me fully.

So how did you turned your hobby into a money making business?
The concept for Decluttr Me is to go into people’s homes and declutter certain areas within the home in [paid] sessions. I have been testing the concept in various homes over the last few months for free to gain experience and also to see if this is a concept that could work here.  I have started gaining clients in the last few months and been decluttering areas such as their kitchens. The business also collects uncollected clothes and small items to sell and then donate the proceeds to charity. There have been various people interested in us collecting their goods to either donate or sell on their behalf.

How has your experience been so far?
The experience so far has been interesting. The decluttering service is a completely new concept in the region and I do have to explain what happens when we provide the service on a regular basis. Once the person understands the concept there is a wonderment and excitement in this service being provided. However, due to the nature of the service that is provided, it does take a while for people to be comfortable enough to allow you to enter their homes and organize their spaces. It can be a psychological problem that has led to the hoarding of stuff in their homes so we cannot push anyone to become our client until they feel safe and secure that we will provide the service confidentially and delicately (but with a bit of force to help them remove the clutter from their life).

What is your advice for someone who is looking to power their hobby into a career?

  • Save your money and don’t have any outstanding debts so that you can start your new venture with a clean slate.
  • Research, research and research – everything about your hobby, similar businesses globally and in the region, developments in the industry, etc.
  • Learn how to use social media for businesses especially on Twitter and Facebook. Start gaining followers personally as they will be the ones that spread the word for you when you start your business account.
  • Pinterest – great ideas and pretty pictures; what more could you ask for.
  • Find out early where is the best place to form your company within a free zone and start the process as soon as you can once you are ready to form your business.
  • Create a business plan and budget. It is incredibly boring and hard work but it is needed to provide to the banks when forming a bank account, potential investors and you can take the wording from your business plan to include in interviews. Also it is a document you can re-read when you require inspiration of why you pursued this crazy dream.
  • If you have no idea how to form a company talk to friends who have started SME’s
  • Tell limited friends and family as you don’t want your idea to be stolen but gain their support and get their (free) ideas for the business.

If you have turned your hobby into your dream job, get in touch with us at info@thecurve-me.com and share your story!