Yesterday, Bill Clinton visited Dubai. He was in town to launch the Varkey GEMS Foundation in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative. GEMS is the world's largest privately owned kindergarten through grade twelve education organization and has its headquarters in Dubai. The owner, Sunny Varkey, has been working with groups such as the Clinton Global Initiative and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to give educational opportunities to underprivileged children.
Because my kids attend a GEMS school in Abu Dhabi, my family was invited to the event. I would have loved to go except the event was deemed "not suitable for small children." With all the security protocals and waiting around involved, I don't think it is something that our kids could have handled, especially with a 2-hour drive both ways. With my attraction to the glamor surrounding career politicians it would have been nice to go. Also, the thought of my kids causing an international incident makes me chuckle.