As British Mums we are always on the look out for new clubs and activities to keep the kids entertained however it can be especially difficult to find something that caters for older children whilst encouraging them outside and away from their devices.

That’s why we were super thrilled to hear a new adventure cadet force based in Arabian Ranches and aimed at 9-16 year olds has just launched here in Dubai with the aim of building resilience and defying limitations in our teens.

A hybrid of both the Scouts and Army Cadets and open to boys and girls, The Overlord Academy has been designed by ex- British Army instructors to offer our youngsters the opportunity to thrive and develop using principles from the illustrious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the institute where both Prince William and Prince Harry trained.

Ex-Army - The Overlord Academy

Meeting weekly as a troop, you’ll be taken through lessons, drills and learn new skills collectively as a unit. There is also two weekend expeditions throughout the year, where these new skills can be put into practice against the backdrop of the beautiful UAE mountains and desert. To make these expeditions even more exciting there will usually be a fictional military scenario played out for the cadets too.

A lot of focus is placed on our children’s education, but it is often the soft skills that are overlooked. The Overlord Academy aim to promote and hone these skills in our children, focusing on how to become inspirational leaders, effective team players, confident decision makers and more resilient individuals using topics such as leadership training, survival skills, first aid, fieldcraft and the theory of tactical soldiering.

Places are limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. Prices start at AED 7,780 for the full school year, covering more than 96+ hours of coaching which can be split and paid by term.  To find out more or reserve your place for this coming September term, please visit or contact

If you would like to hear a talk from the founder directly about the benefits of the academy, please send an email to with the subject heading ‘TOA ZOOM’. There will be a new ZOOM webinar on Wednesday 25th August at 7.30pm UAE time.


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