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Melltoo_mom_profilePic_smallThis week’s Into-yous features Singaporean expat Sharene Lee

Tell us a little about yourself:
I am the co-founder of Melltoo, social classifieds market, a mobile app for iOS and Android. I am also an educator (English teacher) and researcher (PhD student researching mobile instant messaging and student engagement). But most importantly, I’m a mother of 5, ages 3 months to 10 years.

When did you move to Dubai and what brought you here:
I first moved to Dubai in 2005. I moved to Saudi Arabia in 2010 and returned to Dubai recently in Jan 2014. A number of things brought me here, including the fact that Dubai is very family-friendly, compared to other big cities in the world where I’ve lived. (Try renting a place to live in L.A. with 4 children!) Read more

Older Couple Walking Along BeachThe National Health Insurance Law is coming into effect in stages
Health insurance will be mandatory for expatriates who, after retiring, wish to continue living in Dubai.

The new Health Insurance Act makes health insurance mandatory for all citizens and residents, said Dr Haider Al Yousuf, Director of Health Financing, Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

Speaking to Emarat Al Youm, Dr Yousuf was quoted as saying that a health insurance policy will be required for issuing a residence visa to an expat who has retired, but wants to continue to live in the emirate.

Also, visas will not be renewed without health insurance in place for the applicant. Read more

therapistChoosing your therapist.

Once you have decided to see a therapist regarding your problem you need to decide if it would be more comfortable talking with a man or a woman. There is no one therapist who is perfect for everybody and the choice must be yours, to whom you can open up, be frank and totally honest about what has happened and what is happening in your life.

A doctor would not tell a patient he must see a particular psychological therapist he/she will give a list of therapists who might be able to help, or suggest the patient do an internet search for someone in his local area. The patient would then do telephone interviews with the therapists, looking at the tone of voice, the feeling of empathy and their availability. Importantly it is the nature of the therapist’s relationship with the client that enables change. Read more

aerial 7On the 22nd of March 2014, four Move One teams (7 members to each team) participated in the Daman Hercules Trophy UAE corporate challenge for the fourth year in a row. Over 50 companies participated making up over seventy competing teams at this fun, physically and mentally challenging day. We had a blast, performed well and worked hard against some really tough teams. Thank you to all those who participated and thank you to all who came out and supported Move One. Check out the awesome, attached video to see how great Move One looked on Saturday at the Sevens Stadium. Read more

Missing CatPet’s Name:  Cloud or Cloudious
Last Seen:  JVC – Seasons Community, near Seasons A on 27th March 2014 evening
Microchip Number:  n/a
Municipality Tag Number:  n/a
Collar Color:  n/a

Pet’s Description:
Male, 2 years old – Mainly black with a white patch of fur on his chest and light greyish belly.  Resembles a Persian cat, i.e long haired and fluffy. He usually answers to his name, but is sometimes a rebel. He is very vocal and has the cutest purr as he doesn’t do it like a normal cat but you can actually physically see him forcing himself to purr through his mouth and nose. He makes birds noises occasionally and is the absolute love of my life. He was last seen in JCV area near Seasons A community, he could have been found in his cage (light beige with a black base) as my friends moved him out of the car as they were packing the boxes in and forgot to put him back. Read more

red-wineThe other day my husband went to  renew his liquor license. As before I wanted to be included  on the license. When he went to drop off the application form for the renewal of his liquor license they informed him at the liquor store that as of January 1, the wife needs to apply for her own license.

If your wife is working it is exactly the same procedure and forms as for yourself.

If your wife is not working, and here under the husbands visa, she needs to fill out the application form for herself, but she omits the section ‘Details of Employment’, and instead she has to submit the following documentation: Read more

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