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As you move into your new home you will likely be faced with many upgrades and changes, which you want to make in order to ensure you and your family is comfortable in your new surroundings; one of these Dubai necessities is glass window tinting.

Window tinting films are a clear layer of plastic that is professionally installed onto your existing glass windows and doors, to improve certain properties of your glass in terms of reducing heat gain, eliminating sun glare and blocking harmful UV rays. Available in a number of different shades, there is a strong focus on still allowing plenty of natural light to enter your home, but without the negative effects that the sun can bring. Read more

The other day I had to call the maintenance to investigate a water leak.  When they arrived we all walked into that part of the garden one never really explores – the area with old rusty bits of gardening tools, plant containers dried out pieces of piping left over from the irrigation and …the water tank.  As we unscrewed the top of the water tank I was horrified to see how much dirt and sand was lying at the bottom and then it hit me – this is the water my family is cooking and cleaning with.  We may drink bottled water Read more

stk63654corMoving to a new country can be very stressful for all members of the family and sometimes it is good to discuss your anxieties and emotions with a professional who will hopefully develop strategies and solutions to get you through.  Clinical Psychologists will be a licensed health professional with the clinical knowledge to understand, prevent, and relieve psychologically based distress or dysfunction aiding you with your well-being and personal development.

Many centres also offer assessments for ADHD, Learning Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurological or neurodevelopmental disorders.

Expat Echo Dubai have put together a list of clinics with Psychologists. Read more

aticArt Therapy International Centre (ATIC) is a creative arts therapy centre dedicated to using creative art therapy approaches to help people. This includes arts therapies, play therapy and counselling. We integrate the creative arts with a neuroscience approach.

Our therapists are trained, licensed practitioners that are experienced with working with a wide variety of people from different cultural backgrounds. Our centre is licensed by the Community Development Agency. The Dubai Government Authority.

ATIC sees people with a wide variety of needs, children, adults, families, couples and older people. We also run a variety of group creative art expression programmes and workshops and training. Other specialised areas include addiction, eating disorders, learning difficulties and anxiety/stress management. ATIC’s space includes a private therapy rooms for adults, an art studio and a children’s play and art therapy room. Read more

There are a number of things to think about when you are pregnant in Dubai and the UAE. It is of utmost importance for a woman to be married if pregnant in the UAE. At the hospital when you go for your first check-up, you will need to show an original marriage certificate along with copies of your passport and visa. If you are unmarried and pregnant, you should either get married or expatriate unmarried expectant mothers should return to their home countries for the delivery. Also note that abortions in Dubai are illegal unless there are medical complications and the abortion is sanctioned by the hospital.

Another thing you should do is to contact your insurance company and ask if they cover all your maternity costs. Find out if they cover the whole amount or if you have a limited budget. It’s quite common that you have to pay and claim the money from your insurance company. Read more

Dentists in Dubai are plentiful. Just take a drive along Jumeirah Beach Road and you will witness building after building with sign boards advertising clinics with dentists, and orthodontists. The best way of finding a dentist in this town is by recommendation from friends and work colleagues. Prices vary a lot so it is best to shop around. The most expensive is not necessarily the best it may just be that they are having to pay very high rents for their location.

Fortunately, as Dubai is such a cosmopolitan city it attracts Dentists from all around the world bringing in expertise and new techniques so no resident in Dubai need have bad teeth.

We have put together a list of some of the dentists in town that have been recommended to us! Read more

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