Many of our readers will be moving into new villas as we write this. Hopefully you will have finally received your villa freshly painted and moderately clean! However, it is worth remembering that the majority of these villas will have been left vacant over the hot summer with no air-conditioning running. Landlords and agents will state that the a/c units have been cleaned before you moved in but this just means a quick dust down of the vents and the filters will have been run under a tap to get a summers worth of dust storms off and slotted back in (damp). However, when you actually run you a/c do not be surprised that the cool air coming out has an essence of smelly socks! This pungent damp smell may soon result in runny noses, sneezing and watery eyes. Read more
We’re planning a series of cool events to keep you active and entertained whilst supporting this fantastic cause and it all kicks off with the IGNITE SWIM:RUN at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa.
For all IGNITE Pink is Punk event details 2014 Read more
Introducing RIPE, a company passionate about fresh, healthy and local produce, a company intent on spreading the benefits of going organic. It’s all about getting back to basics by growing local, eating local and supporting local. RIPE aims to provide you with organic fruit and vegetables that are local, fresh, tasty and affordable. Read more
My residency is under-way. This morning a Move One immigration coordinator came and picked me up at our serviced apartment at 8:30am for my Medical Fitness tests. The medical examination is one of the first steps of the immigration application and it is a screening service for infectious diseases (HIV, HBV, TB, and syphilis). I was a bit unsure about what to expect so for all of you future UAE residents, this is what it entailed. Read more
Our daughter was diagnosed as a strong possible Celiac (Coeliac) in the beginning of April. Going gluten free is not an easy thing, no matter where you are in the world. For us here in Dubai it was a bit harder due to the way the health system works. If you are not with a good doctor you may find yourself – like us – without being given vital information. We were simply just given our diagnosis and sent on our merry way. I say we, because even though it’s our daughter who is the Celiac, as she is just two it’s really not up to her to deal with any of it. We had to take it on as a family! As a stay-at-home-mum, it has been mainly me doing the research, the shopping and the searching etc. Our lives have changed 100% since the diagnosis, and yet I can’t even remember what it was like before. Being gluten free has become a way of life. Read more