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Many expats in Dubai are very used to being relocated and moving on, and this time of year sees many of us giving up all our scheduled activities to go through all the junk we have gathered over the past couple of years – where did it all come from?

Some people may not be moving internationally, they may just be moving locally to a new villa or apartment due to an increase in rent or to another location nearer their place of work.  But whether we are moving thousands of miles or just around the corner, there is always ‘stuff’ to get rid of. Read more

Summer in Dubai is hot on our heels, so now is the ideal time to dust off your outdoor furniture and spruce it up before the hottest months burn down upon them.

Wood is a natural product and as such, will react to the environment in which it is stored. The appearance of the wood will change as it acclimatizes to being exposed to the atmosphere, never more so than during the summer months here in Dubai. There is a naturally occurring process of protection which the wood undergoes and as it does, it changes to a silver-grey colour, or patina. This patina or silvering is unavoidable. However, the process can be slowed and the original colour of the wood maintained by applying teak oil sparingly, once or twice in the lead up to summer. Read more

pet-cagesAs a follow up from our article ‘The Real Costs of Owning a Pet’, we wanted to help answer the question: “Well how much will it cost me to take my pet back to my country?”

The truth is, it’s dependent on a whole lot of factors and owners should get an exact quote for their pet. If you are looking to adopt a cat or dog, it never hurts to pick up the phone and have a chat with a pet relocation company to get a guideline on price and requirements for the animal, should you return home.

But that doesn’t answer the question.

Unfortunately, we can’t provide details on the cost of every animal, of every weight/size, to every country. However, to provide a ‘ball park figure’ to those relocating with a pet, we decided to create an ‘Example Family’ and we contacted Move One Pet Transportation & Services to get some figures. Read more

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