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dave-charnleyThis week’s Into-yous features English expat Dave Charnley

Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a 53 year old married man with two children – Mia, 25 Doctor in UK, Samuel, Head of Schools Curriculum for Cricket at the ICC Academy Dubai.
I love all sports, outdoor life and Sunshine. I am having a second lease of life here in Dubai feeling 23 not 53.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here:
I moved here 9 weeks ago and the reason for moving to Dubai apart from being closer to my son is to have a real blast in a new environment in a new field of work in a new country. I feel like I have a good 10 years ahead of me and wanted to go back to the beginning and start again – and I love it !! Read more

This is not a topic that anyone likes to talk about, write about or even read about. A will or testament is a legal declaration that someone puts together that indicates what will happen to their home, finances, children and other personal belongings upon their death. When my husband and I started having children, we decided it was time to draft up our will. It’s a challenging topic to discuss as we had to chose guardians for our children in the case of our death. Choosing someone to raise your kids in your absence is not always an easy decision. The allocation of your finances, properties or inheritance is also something that needs serious consideration. Read more

The Ignite fitness & wellness PINK IS PUNK campaign is back, bigger than ever, better than ever and ready to raise funds and support for the Safe & Sound Breast Cancer awareness campaign.

We’re planning a series of cool events to keep you active and entertained whilst supporting this fantastic cause and it all kicks off with the IGNITE SWIM:RUN at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa.

 

For all IGNITE Pink is Punk event details 2014 Read more

RIPE. Organic. Local. Farm Fresh.

Introducing RIPE, a company passionate about fresh, healthy and local produce, a company intent on spreading the benefits of going organic. It’s all about getting back to basics by growing local, eating local and supporting local. RIPE aims to provide you with organic fruit and vegetables that are local, fresh, tasty and affordable. Read more

With the weather hotting up, it’s not unusual for people to race home and leap straight into their pool to cool off. Of late the team at Expat Echo Dubai has been known to do just that, however instead of a casual dip we got to thinking about how much it costs to maintain a home pool in Dubai. After all, pools are not nearly as common in some of our home countries as they are here and if you were new to Dubai or thinking of relocating you would no doubt want to know how much a pool (blessing though it is) will cost you to clean and service – especially if you’ve never had one before. Read more

For those new to Dubai, staying cool and hydrated in the desert can present a challenge with year round temperate conditions. Needless to say keeping the family fully hydrated during the hotter summer months (May to October), when the mercury can rise to temperatures of 40 degrees plus, is of paramount importance.  For easy accessibility, availability and as an economical option to meeting your family’s demand you may consider installing a water-cooler in your home. To help you keep your cool Expat Echo Dubai has put together the following directory of all the bottled water companies in Dubai, making it easier for you to weigh your options and contact them for a quote. Read more

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