There’s power in numbers and when you’re an expat, there’s an unlimited amount of wisdom in a Facebook community group. It is safe to say that in the UAE, community is everything. From international cuisine inspo’ of foodie obsessed residents to Earth-conscious sustainable life hacks, we’ve gathered some of the best and most useful UAE based Facebook groups! Check them out and give them a follow; you’re likely to find a space kept just for you within a few.
♡ All Things Home Life & Gardening ♡
Our digital home away from home (our very own community Facebook group) is for all things ‘home life’. From cleaning hacks, easy to cook recipes and pet care help, to advice on home maintenance, and home décor inspo, nothing is left uncovered. This group also has resident experts that pop in now and again to offer tips, advice and answer all of your home life questions. Reviews, business promotions and special offers are often shared within the group too.
Made up of 4,412 members who all share a love of gardening and cultivation, this group gives its members the opportunity of selling and showcasing their plants and expertise. Have a green-fingered conundrum? This is where you’ll find the answer, from like-minded green-fingered friends all doing their best in the dry and humid desert heat.
♡ Parenting/Mum Groups ♡
A social community for mums in Dubai, the group is a large one with currently more than 17,000 members. Whether you are expecting a little one, trying to conceive or have a brood of 10, this group will have something for you. It not only offers support for mums but is a platform used by women to vent, rave and ask all sorts of questions related to family life, parenting and more.
♡ Expat Communities ♡
An online community created to cater to the needs of Dubai’s expats, especially aimed towards the English-speaking community in the UAE. The group is ever-growing and has over 55,160 members! It is an information-sharing melting pot for anything about Dubai and the Gulf region at large – A safe spot to find new friends and vent. To be part of the community, all you need to do is adhere to their rules – basically just to be kind to one another.
♡ Beauty/Fashion ♡
This is a female-only group of 6,972 members, aimed for fashion, style and make-up enthusiasts. Although we can’t go outside right now, most of us – still – go through online meetings and this group will have you looking your best to deliver the best. From individual questions about personal styling, outfit opinions or buying high-street and designer clothes, the group has it all. After all, even if you are not going through online meetings, we’ll all be released one day and when we are, you can ensure your debut to normal life is grand and stylish rather than the couch potato we’ve all been guilty of the past few weeks. The group will give you the motivation you need to stay glamorous, update your closet, and be the queen you truly are. There is a place for every woman in this group and with a great admin team, you are bound to enjoy the ride.
Another ladies only online spot for beauty lovers – With over 13,030 members, the group was founded to create a welcoming environment discussing everything beauty – sharing skincare routines, beauty tips advice and opinions. This group is the perfect getaway to achieve, your inner beauty as much as it is your outward aesthetic. It is a non-commercial community founded on a friendly basis by Vicki Ashlin, who has been in the beauty industry for over 23 years.
♡ Interiors ♡
A community of 11,283 members aimed at providing valuable insight to everything interiors and décor. It helps to give a refreshed perspective on home and office decoration and styling. A passionate page that will give you the motivation to renovate your space and make it hard for you to leave the house, even after the lockdown is lifted! This page is the right fit to create a visually appealing living space with a creative twist.
♡ Business & Entrepreneurship ♡
The 9,309 members gather in this power-house for the female entrepreneurial workforce in the UAE, offering advice and wisdom unique to business in the UAE – A group of fearless women, who are working tirelessly towards achieving their ambitions and fulfilling their dreams. During this time of quarantine, it could be the perfect opportunity to grow your business, create a new one, or get one off the ground and there’s bound to be a member with the answer here. A supportive community for women to move forward in society and to motivate them to advance in their career’s journeys.
A small but mighty business group with 241 members and over 9,605 followers on its Facebook page. Aimed towards the British business community in the UAE, this group links like-minded professionals and enables them to connect, not only in Dubai but throughout the entire Emirates. The group was founded in 1987 to encourage the development of British business in the UAE. Through the liaison of esteemed business communities in the UAE such as the Chambers of Commerce in Dubai and Sharjah through the Dubai-UK Trade and Economic Committee (DUKTEC) and the Sharjah-UK Trade and Investment Committee (SHUKTIC), the group can provide its members with creditable business tips and advice.
♡ Budgeting/Money-Saving ♡
A public group of 31,225 members, providing money-saving and thrifty tips and tricks on a variety of topics: from reducing electricity and water bills to shopping deals and DIY. The members are multi-national, from varied backgrounds, ages and phases of life. With a fast-growing community, the members can provide answers to just about all of your money-saving concerns. A budget-friendly group that will help you keep the money in your wallets for a longer time than usual.
♡ Mental Health ♡
Mental health is one of the most important elements for our overall well-being, therefore groups like Safe Space – which offers mental health support – are of great significance. Founded in May 2019, this community made a presence on social media with 539 followers and counting. Although it is a small online community, it offers great value. In such times, emotional support is rising in its demand and this community welcomes everyone who wants to be heard and vent.
A support group founded by expat mums who offer friendly emotional support for those who need it. It welcomes everyone to join and share their experiences – you do not have to suffer alone. It has over 2,241 members who are all ready to listen and share. Join the community and share your story in a safe place where there is a zero-tolerance policy for any abusive or aggressive behaviour – here, you are safe and in trusty digital hands!
♡ Foodie Related ♡
Made up of 756 members all ready to share cruelty-free food convo at any time of the day. This group is the perfect spot for foodies and those who want to eat vegan diets. They prove that you don’t have to have a salad bowl every day to remain healthy and kind to the Earth. This community will offer everything you need to know about buying, ordering and eating vegan food here in the UAE.
A group of 1,460 food fanatics that share their dinners for the world to see. All you need to do is to take photos and eat dinner – the perfect feast for your eyes with daily food inspo photos. An added bonus right now is its members sharing their meals with those who need it as a collective initiative to send meals to people who cannot afford it. A great way to spend your day, discovering new recipes, people and opportunity for good.
♡ Animal Protection ♡
A group that is aimed to offer medical help and assistance for stray cats. Not forgetting our furry feline friends, the group’s 35,848 members are ready to rescue and offer much-needed attention for cats and kittens lost and abandoned in the UAE. A beautiful community that is based on kindness and an open heart. Who knows, perhaps you’ll turn off your screen to find a new pet as an extra dash of goodness to your hum-drum days?
♡ Sustainability ♡
We’ve covered humans, food and animals, but what about the environment we live in? Well, we did not forget– this group of 4,482 members are set to raise awareness of the usage of plastic and its effects on our environment. With the world shutting down, the planet is finally breathing and regaining a better state of being. This group is set on efforts to clean up the plastic waste by sharing stories on how individuals and business are tackling the matter.
♡ Creativity ♡
Perhaps it’s the first time you’ve got the mental space and hours in the day to boost your creativity and learn a new craft. This group is made up of Dubai’s sewing community of 2,444 members. A place where you can share tips and receive advice on how to sew and where to buy the best, and cost-effective materials. If you have anything to ask about sewing, this group has the answer.
If you haven’t heard of Annie Sloace products, this group will wow you with their possibilities. Annie Sloane is a brand of trusted and easy to use paints and furniture renovation tools. This group started when two mums gathered artists and furniture renovation enthusiasts from all phases of life under the one roof to share and inspire with their ideas and creations. The group consists of 5,051 members with tips and valued experiences. Learn a new art/craft and polish a dusty talent and even side cabinet that you’ve neglected for years.
♡ Volunteer/Giving Back ♡
Re-ignite your faith in humanity and become a part of its kindness by joining this group. A community-built to help and aid in all aspects of day to day life, providing clarity and support for those who need it the most. The 3,401 members of this group are ready to help from care packages, contributions and emotional support. It ensures the well-being of our society through access to mental health care and co-operation in times of need.