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80-kmh-Speed-Limit-150x150Don’t forget, on  June 1st the speed limit will changed! Be warned the speed limit on Umm Suqeim Road and Al Qudra Road will be standardised at 80kph from June 1.  It is said it has been implemented to reduce and prevent accidents.
The limit will cover the sector from Sheikh Zayed Road to Emirates Road (formerly Dubai Bypass Road), according to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.

To pay or not to pay? That is the question.
This question keeps coming up so time to revisit it.
It is an inconvenient truth that no expat working in Dubai is immune to the risk of redundancy or job loss. Should these trials arise at the start of summer, when many expats depart on vacation and recruitment grinds to a near halt, an individual faces additional pressure. In this situation, it would cross many a person’s mind to board a flight with their family and vow not to return to the UAE, seemingly leaving their debts and troubles behind. Unfortunately for those that do make this unwise decision, there is rarely a happy ending. In this article we will consider the laws in relation to debt and debt recovery and how these apply to expatriates in the UAE. Read more

south-african-flag-vector_66894-150x150If you are travelling to South Africa this summer from Dubai are you aware of the new rules and regulations for entering the country if you are with children and not your partner?
As of tomorrow Monday, June 1, 2015, anyone arriving in South Africa in the company of a child will have to prove parenthood or guardianship, while lone adults flying in with their offspring will have to show that they have the consent of their non travelling partner, this also applies if you are travelling with a child who is not yours ie a family friend.
The change in the rules, which was supposed to come into force in October last year, was postponed by eight months,  is supposedly designed to counter child-trafficking operations on the African continent.
Parents will have to be able to demonstrate that any children, aged under 18, in their company are their own, by providing their birth certificates to immigration officials, passengers may be turned away from getting on their flights too if they don’t have the correct documents.
The full regulations can be found here

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ask-louiseQuestionI have just got a new Emirates I.D. card  which is valid for 1 year and want to add my E-gate to it. I live in Abu Dhabi. Where can I go, to have the E-Gate feature ‘added’ to my I.D. card? (My wife is getting a new card as well so I will change her card at the same time).

AnswerI presume you have Abu Dhabi residency if you live there and not Dubai. Either way it is a very simple process to add the e-gate to your ID card whether you are in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. There are many centers which will do this for you, follow the links to find out where is nearest to you Read more

1step propertiesAre you thinking of moving within Dubai? A survey has been done and shows more people are moving out of town and into the suburbs
The results of an online survey of 200 Dubai residents conducted by Movesouq.com, a comparison site for home services: 82 per cent experienced an increase in rents when they last renewed their rental contracts, even though we are told rents seem to be stabilizing. Read more

ask louiseQuestionIf I have a drivers license from Canada that expires in August 2016, can i get it transferred to a UAE license?
I was a student there when I obtained it but I do not have residency there anymore.

AnswerI’m sorry to say but as you are no longer a citizen of Canada you cannot transfer your license to a U.A.E. one.

You may be eligible to transfer your existing driving license, without having to take a driving test or going to a driving school, if you have a valid driving license from some countries. You have to be a citizen of the country given with current resident status in UAE. This means that former residents from these countries who may be holding permanent driver licenses are not eligible and you will have to follow all the steps to get a new license.

Canadian citizen’s require a letter from the Canadian Consulate in Dubai to verify that the license is genuine, before transferring your license. Read more

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