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what-to-eat-and-drink-at-the-dubai-rugby-7s-mycustardpie-com-7The Dubai Rugby 7s is one of the biggest weekends in the calendar, especially popular among expats. I remember first visiting in 1995 when you could stroll along the open sided main pitch and find your place in the sparsely filled stands. The side pitches were all sand and the teams mainly local and from around the region. These days it’s a huge event with international teams as well as local, women’s tournaments and school teams battling it out. It used to be all about the rugby, the dressing up and the drinking. Food was an afterthought with huge queues for a cheap burger or greasy fish and chips – except for in corporate hospitality where everything is a bit too fancy (although we’d sneak in for the shawarma stand). Now, thank heavens, food has improved a lot even in the cheap seats – OK it’s not Masterchef but there are some reasonable choices and even healthier nosh. I did a good trawl round of the eating and drinking options last time and have snaffled a sneak peek of what’s coming up this year. Whoever is the ultimate tournament winner, 2014 looks like the best yet for grub. Read more

Are you planning a big Christmas dinner but don’t want to actually do the cooking? By ordering a festive takeaway turkey dinner you can have the best of both worlds. There are several places in Dubai that offer prepared meals for the holidays.  Few offer home delivery, while most require you to pick up the order on location. Read more

I have a friend who has 2 small children. We were wondering where in Dubai would a person find child Psychologists. Read more

missing-dogPet’s Name or Answers To:  NYX
Last Seen or Found (when and where):  AL BARSHA 3 STREET 42 VILLA 13, 27 NOV 2014 BETWEEN 11PM AND 1AM
Microchip Number:  900182000602823
Municipality Tag Number:
Collar Color:  BLACK

Pet’s Description:  WHITE MINI BULLTERRIER, FEMALE , 1 YEAR OLD,VERY FRIENDLY  REWARD WILL BE GIVEN IF FOUND

If found please contact:  eman.binmeshar@gmail.com | Mobile Number:  +971 55 842 8888 Read more

cost-of-livingNearly 1,000 business school graduates from 35 countries have voted Dubai as the best place in the world to live and work. And, really, I can’t argue with them: the emirate is dynamic, it’s politically stable, it’s warm and sunny, salaries are generally higher than they’d be back home, there’s no income tax and it has lovely beaches – for a business graduate with good job prospects, what’s not to love?

Dubai has all the “excitement of an emerging market and all the perks of an international city” Sam Barnett, CEO of MBC group, told Gulf News. Add to that fantastic job opportunities with top multinationals and a high quality of life, and it sounds like the ideal country in which to kick-start your career. Read more

christmas-gift-guide-mycustardpie-com-1Have you been to a party on Christmas eve, come home with a head dancing with Champagne and then had to stay up to do last-minute wrapping while everyone else is asleep? I broke my own rules last year and found myself wrapping stocking presents after I’d vowed to never be in that position again. Get organised and you can trip off to all the parties in December without a care in the world. Plus you’ll feel assured that friends and family near and far have all felt just a little bit special.

1. Christmas cards

I love receiving post from friends and family abroad. The best way to receive is to give and my Christmas card list has a core of friends I’d like to keep in touch with. The round Robin letter is abhorred by some but I rather like reading them – unless of the ‘thinly veiled boast ‘our children are so high achieving’ type. There are online options if you want to save a few trees. Get round the expensive postage by picking up a large amount of stamp books next time you are home. The ones in the UK say ‘1st class’ or ‘2nd class’ so leftovers will last indefinitely. Get your cards written early (I’m doing mine this weekend) and have them ready addressed and stamped then look out for friends traveling home. A quick call out on Facebook works wonders. If they have a stamp on them most people don’t mind shoving them in a letterbox at the airport. Read more

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