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Q  Need desperately to get the windows in my villa cleaned.  Can you recommend any good window cleaning companies?

A You could try a company called Clearwater who use lightweight telescopic poles that can reach to heights of 60ft.  I used them the other week and they had a special offer on cleaning windows (2 for 1).

It’s the end of term and most children have just about made it to the last day with uniform intact all be it with paint decorating their shirts but for most a new uniform will definitely have to be purchased on return from holiday.

The thought of that uniform shopping day used to fill me with dread – Mothers and children all squeezing into one shop trying to get their reluctant children to try on trousers, skirts & P.E. kits and then leaving the shop disgruntled with only half the required list as they were “out of stock” again!  Read more

Q Hello Louise. Would you happen to know of a swimming pool where public can access and where ladies are comfortable to swim? preferably close to Warqaa, Mirdif, International City. If not these places where else?

A There are swimming pool facilities at Al Nasr Leisureland 04 337 1234, Mushrif Park 04 288 3624 and many of the city hotels will let you use their pools at a charge such as Le Meridien Airport 04 217 0000 & Radisson Blu, Deira 04 222 7171 however I do appreciate that this can be quite expensive.  If any reader knows of any other  swimming pools that are a reasonable cost and ladies will feel comfortable,  Expat Echo would love to hear from you.

Are you relocating to Dubai in the next few months and would like to know more about the cost of living? We bet you’re wondering what your weekly groceries will cost, how much it will cost to furnish your home and what about curtains, garden furniture etc.? Over the next few weeks we will publish informative articles to help you work out how much it will cost for you to live in Dubai. Read more

Q Hi Louise I have heard that there are free Arabic lessons over the summer do you know where they are held. If not can you recommend any suitable classes for a beginner. Thanks

A No, I am sorry I do not however I know Eton Institute  (800 3866) often have special offers so you could contact them plus The Arabic Language Centre (04 331 5600) is also very good for beginner lessons.

This week’s Into-yous features Indian expat Jency Varghese.

Tell us a little about yourself
I have an engineering background and am currently working with Thomas Bell Wright International Consultants as Controls Engineer. I am highly patient, focused and determined to find solutions in whatever I do in the most efficient way be it from finding a good beauty salon around Dubai to developing engineering solutions at office. My career started with selling books to corporates and then being a sales executive. Read more

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