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Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five Pillars of Islam. The fast is observed each day from sunrise to sunset. Muslims rise before dawn to have a pre-fast meal which is called Suhoor and after dusk, they break their fast with the Iftar meal. Celebrating the holy month of Ramadan has become a fusion of culture and religion. Come Iftar and Suhoor families can be seen heading to either tents or popular restaurants in different hotels across Dubai. Most Iftar venues in hotels are bedecked with Arabic and Ramadan themes, others have gone beyond that by putting up special tents overlooking the most tranquil of surroundings and they all have their own special way of wooing families, with Iftar food specialties playing a major role. Read more

Summer Camps  4Take time this weekend to have a look at our updated list of Summer Camps for 2015  Read more

ask-louise QuestionI have a gas bbq and have run out  of the propane gas (grey bottle) and no idea where to get a replacement bottle. I’m having a bbq this weekend.  HELP!

AnswerUnfortunately you might have to delay your bbq until Sunday! The only solution for this weekend would be to call your usual gas company and have them change the fitting on your gas bbq so that you can use the orange bottles, however, most bottles are too big to fit inside the bbq. If  you can wait, there are two companies in Dubai who refill gas bottles.  Al Nooryani Gas, whom you can call and they will come to your villa to pick up the bottle but it takes 2 full working days to get it back or Lahej & Sultan where you will have to go to Karma to drop off your bottle and can collect it 2 working days later. Read more

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Following the TRA white paper that warns tagging people without consent could land you in trouble with the law, 7DAYS looks at eight other things you must know if you are a Facebook user in the UAE. Read more

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ask-louiseIQuestion am a tenant and this is my first DEWA bill. I was charged for the housing fees and sewerage. Should I pay for them because at the time of booking I was charged 5% as a commission fee, now I am confused!!!

AnswerHousing fees for expat tenants is calculated on 5% of the unit’s annual rent, while expat owners must pay 0.5% of the value of the property as determined by RERA’s (Real Estate Regulatory Agency) rental index. These amounts are divided by 12 months and each month invoiced in installments. DEWA is requiring expats both living in freehold and non-freehold properties to register their accommodation details on the municipality’s portal in order to assist them to calculate the associated housing fee and to enable the invoicing of DEWA’s monthly utility bills.
It is important for expats to clearly understand this process as you could risk paying a higher housing fee according to the RERA index, which may not be equal to the actual rent being paid. In addition, if you have negotiated a lower annual rental amount on a lease renewal it would be beneficial to take your documentation including most recent DEWA bill, copy of tenant’s passport and the new tenancy contract to the DEWA office to negotiate housing fee adjustments. Read more

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