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dirhamsWhether you have been living in Dubai for a while or you are just about to make the transition to this fabulous hub of expat life, looking after your money is essential. Thousands of people are lured to Dubai for the bright lights, great shopping and fantastic career and investment opportunities, but whatever the reason for your big move to UAE, there are some things to bear in mind when dealing with currency. Read this quick guide so that you can ensure you avoid the most common currency ripoffs and make your money go further.

Find An Money Transfer Specialist And Stick With Them

At some point during your move to Dubai you will need to make a money transfer. This could involve transferring savings from your offshore account to your new Dubai account or it could be that you need to lay down a deposit on accommodation in the city. Read more

Dubai is a very tolerant and welcoming place for foreigners where expats are free to follow their own religions; but at the same time the rich history of the Emirate also provides a culture deeply rooted in Islamic traditions.

Expat Echo Dubai has put together a directory of places of worship for the more spiritually minded expat.

* We have excluded mosques, as they are quite easy to find within every community.

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There are loads of Easter activities planned for the Easter weekend.  Easter Bunnies will be busy entertaining children in various locations throughout the city.  It will be an egg-citing time for the entire family!

Here is a listing of the Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday brunches happening over the Easter weekend in Dubai…

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Q Hi Louise, Are you aware of any good (and available in the next 3 months!) dermatologist in Dubai. I am really struggling to find someone who has good recommendations but they seem to be hard to find or are booked up for ages. Even the well known hospitals cant get me an appointment in the next 6 weeks…. Any ideas would be great! Thanks in advance. Read more

As school breaks up for spring break and all you hear in the playground as you pick up your children is the exotic holidays your friends are about to embark on don’t be left feeling too depressed as this time of year is the best to be in UAE  -  the weather is perfect! Warm enough to swim in the sea with gorgeous cool evenings to sit outside and have a BBQ. Take advantage of it as it won’t be here for long. Read more

abbi-kentThis week’s Into-yous features British expat Abbi Kemp

Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a lifestyle photographer born in London and raised in Hertfordshire. Ever since I can remember I’ve been on the move. I spent a short stint living in Antigua as a child. I spent 4 years living by the English seaside in Brighton. I moved to Rio de Janeiro for a few months working on a photography project and now I’m the Middle East. It’s was this variation in my surroundings that lead to my love of photography. I love seeing things beyond the obvious and capturing the essence of whats around me.

Aside from photography & travel, I’m interested in literature, films, skiing, horse riding, diving and graffiti. Read more

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