There is certainly no set rule that says that you must tip in Dubai however the general consensus amongst expats seems to be a resounding you should indeed tip. Perhaps the happy residue of stringent tipping stipulations in many of our home countries. The expat voice of reason however is slightly more muffled when one posses the questions; how much should you tip, when and which services (if any) are excluded from our strongly held belief in tipping. So what on earth shall dictate our social and financial decorum in the absence of hard and fast rules to follow? Answer, majority rules, empathy and common sense of course. The team at Expat Echo Dubai summarizes… Read more
Would you know what steps to take if your pet is lost? Most likely you think it won’t happen to you. You’re too careful; he’s too well-behaved.
Visit any animal shelter and you will realize quickly that you are wrong. An open door goes unnoticed, a dog gets frightened by a thunder storm, you’re traveling and your pet is staying with a friend who lets him out. There are so many scenarios and as a result, so many lost pets.
It can happen to you so be prepared, and act fast if your pet goes missing.
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Dubai and Abu Dhabi have risen in the ranking in ECA’s ‘Cost of Living’ survey
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are continuing to witness increase in cost of living as rents soar, but the emirates still remain quite cheaper for expatriates compared to other global cities, according to a new survey.
ECA International’s latest ‘Cost of Living’ survey places Dubai at 171st position globally, while Abu Dhabi is placed at the 181st position of 440 cities surveyed. In its June survey, Dubai was placed at 174th position.
“The price of items in ECA’s cost of living basket for expatriates has gone up significantly and both Dubai and Abu Dhabi have also risen in the ranking,” the survey states. Read more
Make sure you buy and sell all your furniture before having a moving survey. It is not advisable to go on a shopping spree a few days before the movers arrive and purchase that longed for Omani coffee table or Indian wardrobe. Moving companies need an accurate volume before quoting and any additional volume sent WILL BE CHARGED FOR! Read more