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Archive for July, 2014

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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