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plane_sunsetGoing home. Back to family, friends and all those little things you missed while you’ve been away. It’s an exciting time. But there are a lot of things you need to organise – including your finances.

To help you move back home, and make the most of the opportunities available to you, we’ve listed some of the main things you should think about below – and explained how we can help. We’ve also provided a range of tools, videos and articles to help you find out more about repatriation – and how it affects you.

  • Moving back home can affect your tax situation, your savings and your investments – so you should talk to a financial expert.
  • Your retirement planning and pension arrangements could be affected too, so you’ll need to think about whether you want to continue paying into these – or make new arrangements back home.
  • If you closed your bank account in your home country, you may no longer have a credit history – so it may be worth keeping an offshore account open until you arrange a new account back home.
  • If you’ve been earning in a different currency from your home currency, and you’re planning to repatriate some or all of your wealth, you may not be aware of the foreign exchange solutions available to you. Read more

If you have recently relocated to Dubai then ‘Welcome to Summer’. People back home often ask at this time of year,  ‘how on earth do you cope in that heat?’ and surprisingly you find yourself answering ‘fine – we just move from an air-conditioned house to an air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned office’ which is great when the air-conditioning works, but when it doesn’t you soon remember where you are living.

Expat Echo Dubai have stressed the importance and guided you through looking after your hair in the heat, the importance of sun-screen and how to look after your air-conditioning in the home, and now we urge you to look after your car. Read more

Each year, thousands of seasoned expats either move house within Dubai or leave the Emirate altogether. One of the downsides of being an expat tenant is that we can often be exploited, especially in the case of having to leave Dubai in a hurry. Some, but not all landlords are unscrupulous and we all know that landlords here in Dubai can be quite unique. So to ensure you get your deposit back here are some helpful tips and advice you can follow. After all, many tenants have had little or no choice but to improve the landlord’s property, at their own expense! Why risk losing your deposit as well? Read more

HARTLAND YOUNG CHEFJamie’s Italian restaurant partners with Hartland International School and launches the Young Chef Award

One of Dubai’s most exciting new schools, Hartland International School is raising awareness for healthy cooking for children by launching the ‘Young Chef Award’ competition in partnership with the famed restaurant, Jamie’s Italian, located at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

The competition invites children to participate in a kitchen cook-off to re-create a healthy meal using fresh ingredients and creative cooking methods. Those that are shortlisted will then be invited for a final cook-off to win a spot to showcase their winning creation on Jamie’s Italian Weekend Special Boards, as well as the chance to win many other prizes such as laptops, book vouchers, dining vouchers and a day tour of Jamie’s Italian with an exclusive cookery class. Read more

Moving Tips 2When moving always insure your goods  to cover all inherent risks as accidents do happen and some items may be lost or damaged during shipment.  Goods can be damaged for example during customs inspection or from heat and damp.

It also important to insure your items as the Moving Company does not know how many times your items have been moved or how stable they are it is only you who knows this so you need to insure your items.

However, it is important to remember to insure your goods for the amount it would cost you to replace that item at your end destination. Read more

With Dubai being such a transient society this time of year witnesses the beginning of the leaving parties.  If you are in the midst of moving out of your home we are sure the last thing you want to be thinking about is catering for your big farewell party.  Here at Expat Echo Dubai we believe you should enjoy the party so have put together a list of outside catering companies which will rescue you from days spent in the kitchen filling canapés and polishing the glasses & cutlery.  These companies will arrive at your home with the food, tables, chairs, table cloths and even the waiters.  Many of the companies can provide anything ranging from a five course sit down dinner to the Shawarma man (secretly everyone’s favorite!). Read more

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