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Last week I anxiously sat next to my 11 year old son as he bravely ate scrambled egg! Why was this such a big deal I hear you say. Well this was the first time he had eaten egg since suffering an anaphylaxis shock aged six at his friends birthday party. The news was great he is not allergic to eggs anymore so Friday mornings before rugby training he can now look forward to a plate of bacon, black pudding, baked beans and a fried egg (sunny side up!!). Unfortunately I still have to carry an Epipen around with me as he is still highly allergic to sesame and peanut. I do not require just one Epipen but four as he needs one on him at all times at school, one in the nurses room, one that I leave at home and one that I carry with me.  Read more

hidden-costsWhen moving to Dubai it is advisable to negotiate your relocation package carefully and really investigate all the hidden costs of setting up home in Dubai before signing on the dotted line.

The thought of constant sunshine and a tax-free salary maybe very attractive to people looking at jobs in Dubai however the salary will soon disappear if you don’t take into account  all costs not just rent and a flashy new car.

Here are some of the cost to help you negotiate the perfect package. Read more

ask louiseQuestionIs EJARI required for rental contract renewals if it was done when the lease started? Read more

Arabian Ranches was one of Dubai’s first freestanding developments. The Ranches is a gated community located within the heart of the desert on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road leading to Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai. Arabian Ranches offers 12 different subdivisions with different properties including townhomes, semi-detached and freestanding villas of 2 to 4+ bedrooms. Yearly rent ranges from the low end at 170,000 AED for a 2 bedroom home to 500,000+ AED for a larger 4+ bedroom villa. Read more

im_estate_agent_complaintsThe months of August & September witnesses many new arrivals trailing the city looking for that perfect family home.  Gone are the days of the expat posting where one stepped of the plane into fully furnished accommodation.

Today most expats are usually given an allowance and told to look for a home – easier said than done – be prepared for days if not weeks viewing hot and dusty properties as many will have been left vacant over the summer with no air-conditioning on. Even to the most seasoned renter Dubai can be a nightmare.

Viewing and renting properties nearly all the times means dealing with real estate agents. Internet sites, news papers and notice boards are full of agents offering ‘Professional,Transparent and Quality services for their customers’. However,  more than often finding the agent that fits this description can be a challenge. Read more

eid-al-fitrIf you have recently moved to Dubai this may have been your first Ramadan and now first Eid so you may be asking the question “what is Eid al Fitr?”

Eid al Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan, the month in which Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Eid al Fitr is a time for special prayers, a time to congratulate each other, exchange gifts and donate Zakat al Fitr (charity donation). After prayers the day is typically spent visiting friends and family and enjoying time together.  Just like many other religious festivities throughout the world homes are cleaned, much cooking is undertaken and new outfits are bought for this special celebration.   Read more

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