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nyeveBurj Khalifa-Dubai Mall Metro station to be closed; free shuttle bus services will be available to and from Downtown area

With New Year’s eve and a three-day weekend around the corner the Roads and Transport Authority(RTA) has announced its public transportation master plan, involving metro, tram, bus, marine transportation services and taxis, in addition to parking options available in most crowded areas.

RTA is expecting 820,000 riders on New Year’s eve – the most crowded day on the emirate’s public transportation system – and an additional 490,000 riders the next day, according to Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency at RTA.

Earlier, RTA said a million riders are expected on Dubai Metro during the entire event. Last year, 748,377 riders were recorded using the Metro, of whom 60,815 riders were lifted from Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall station. Read more

dubai-rents-fallKey areas see decline, realty experts say rents will remain stable in 2015

Tenants can now breathe easy as realty experts predict residential rents to remain stable or fall slightly next year.

“Rents in Dubai are now close to their peak. They have risen 50 per cent in the last two years and the market is showing signs of slowing down. In the last three months, rents largely remained stable or dropped slightly in certain parts of Dubai. Even areas like Discovery Gardens, International City and Dubai Sports City which recorded particularly steep rent hikes over the last year saw marginal declines in October and November. Going forward, rents are likely to remain Read more

ask louiseQuestionHi Louise, we have recently moved to Dubai with two 13 yr old girls. One is interested in Athletics (400,800 & 1500M) and competed to a high level in Australia. The other is interested in Ballet (classical, contemporary & jazz) in which she followed the Cecchetti syllabus in classical and attended a competitive ballet school. Could you please recommend any places. Read more

brits-relocating-to-dubaiOne obvious attraction is exceptionally lucrative job market

It’s an increasingly common phenomenon to hear of British workers emigrating to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). But what exactly is attracting such a high proportion of British citizens to the other side of the world with their families, possessions, and ambitions?

It’s far from a simple move from one English locale to another; it’s a complex operation involving the transportation of large amounts of possessions (in many cases), as well as the necessity to establish new social ties and professional relationships.

In this article we’ll take a look at the primary catalysts for this Middle Eastern migration and, in doing so, achieve a better understanding of the attractiveness of the UAE to British professionals.

The centre of the migration boom in the UAE are its three major cities; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in particular, are now global centres for trade and commerce, leading straight into the first major attraction for British workers who are relocating to the UAE. Read more

ask louiseQuestionHi Louise, I need your help please. I need to meet people, right people, in Dubai so I thought it could be good to join a sporty club since I am a sporty person. There are so many clubs in the city and I live in Dubai Marina, could you please suggest me the best club to join and to meet friendly, healthy and qualified people? I am a 38 years old Italian lady, single so no family/children needs. Read more

taxiThe next few days will see many of us attending parties as Dubai’s residents prepare to welcome in the New Year.  Holidays and weekends are always busy and subsequently booking a taxi maybe frustrating.  Even if you’re organised and book a taxi early in the day there is no guarantee it will actually appear!  But there are alternatives to the normal RTA taxis.

There are companies such as Careem and Uber which have satellite mapping systems which enable these companies to see at any time where their available cars are and to match them to a customer request. Read more

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