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Earth Hour | 29 March, 2014 | 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday at 8:30pm, show your support and join hundreds of millions of people across the globe in switching off your lights for one hour – Earth Hour, the world’s largest public environmental action. By taking part in this global ‘lights out’ event you we will be celebrating with the people of the world your commitment to the one thing we all have in common – the planet. Read more

offshore-bank-accountAs daunting as it may be, the prospect of opening up yet another bank account to add yet another card to your wallet, and remember yet another set of pin numbers this really should one of the very first things you do when you become an expatriate.

It used to be the case that offshore banks were traditionally used by the ultra-wealthy. Secret bank accounts in Switzerland or the Cayman islands spring to mind. To most they probably seemed like a bit of a pipe dream. If only you were rich enough to open such an account, to stash your millions! But that really is no longer the case and offshore bank accounts are readily and easily accessible.

You will benefit from an offshore account if you live outside your home country, frequently move between countries, or are perhaps thinking of retiring abroad. You will especially benefit from an offshore bank account if you are a resident here in the UAE.

Of course we all need some sort of deposit account locally as this is usually where ones salary is paid into, where cheque books are issued from and where local bills such as your DEWA bill are paid. However if you are only going to take one step towards looking after your money as an expatriate here in the Middle East it should be to open up an offshore bank account.

But why is it so important? Read more

melltooWhen asked to describe what Melltoo is, Khaled Elsayed, an early adopter, replied: “Dubizzle on steroids”. Buying and selling is social, quicker, and easier on this mobile app for iOS and Androids. The key is the built-in instant messaging platform that allows buyers and sellers to communicate. No calls, no mails, just chat to buy and sell.

Co-founder, Morrad Irsane, was trying to buy a car on Dubizzle when he came up with the idea for Melltoo in Feb 2013. “I couldn’t get the sellers on the phone during the day and Read more

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