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So, you are new(ish) to Dubai or possibly planning to relocate to Dubai in the near future? We are happy that you have found our blog, Expat Echo Dubai. Hopefully, you will find it a helpful resource during your settling in process into this unique city.
First of all, let me start by the obvious. Dubai is unlike any other city in the world. It’s very likely that you will be relocating here from some place very, very different. Do not fear. Don’t let the glitz, glam or size scare you. (more…)

dubai-caresVolunteer Emirates is part of a series of local initiatives launched by Dubai Cares to offer UAE residents opportunities to give back to their community here at home by dedicating their time and effort to support a worthy cause.

Dubai Cares will be organizing 4 Volunteer Emirates trips throughout the year, with each dedicated to providing the selected non-profit/charity school in the UAE with its required needs. Two trips will be organized in Quarter 2 and Quarter 4 respectively of 2014.

Dubai Cares is holding the third edition of “Volunteer Emirates 2014”, which is sponsored by Al Tayer Group, on Saturday November 1, 2014 from 8 AM – 2 PM at National Charity School in Dubai, and we’re looking for 100 volunteers to join us on the day to help us enrich the learning environment for the students.

Volunteers will be required to assist in the following areas:

Assemble over 1,000 new school desks
Renovate the school library with new educational resources
Replace existing blackboards with white boards
Build a shade roof-top

To be part of this experience, please send an email to volunteer@dubaicares.ae with the following information: Read more

If you have recently moved to Dubai you maybe trying to understand why all your friends and colleagues have suddenly become rugby mad and are insisting you come and watch (or even play) rugby at the beginning of December. It’s the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens – a Dubai Institution!

Now in its 45th year the most anticipated event in Dubai’s sporting and social calendar is set to take place from December 4th to December 6th. With massive crowds once again expected to converge on The Sevens Stadium for the  tournament tickets are now on sale and spectators are urged to buy their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Read more

Moving-tipsYou’ve just heard you’re moving….but not till Christmas.  Don’t put off what you can do now till tomorrow start getting organized for the move NOW.

The first step can be to ‘declutter‘.  Walk around the house and look at what you’ve got and think about what you will really need in your new home.  At weekends (or even the up coming half-term holiday) get the kids to get under those dusty beds and pull out the boxes with a million bits of transformers, cars and lego and ask them ‘do they really still play with these toys?’  Go out to the garden and have a look at the old garden furniture and ask yourself is it worth transporting all that back – especially if you are moving back to a cold country.  Begin the task of going through the paperwork and shredding what you will never need again such as DEWA bills dating back 5 years ago etc. Read more

Move One are once again proud to be supporting The Shangri-La Abu Dhabi Dragon Boat Festival which is taking place this weekend October 17th & 18th 2014 at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi.

This is a community festival bringing together corporate, university, school and community groups from across the UAE including a team of colleagues from Move One Relocations & Move One Logistics. The team have been training hard and are all looking forward to competing once again in this fun competition.

Dragon Boating is a thrilling water sport, full of adrenaline, sportsmanship, strategy and technique. It is also a sport that is all about positive team spirit, being healthy, making friends and having fun. It’s a great day out for all the family so take a trip to Abu Dhabi and watch the dragons roar. Read more

run-for-your-wifeAuditions at the Playhouse this Saturday 5pm

The Courtyard Playhouse is casting for our second full length production! It’s a great, fast-paced, farce by Ray Cooney: ‘Run for your wife‘. We’re particularly looking for male actors. Please get in touch!

London cabby John Smith has two homes, two lives and two wives! He’s been juggling Mary and Barbara for years, arousing everything but suspicion. But how long can he keep it up? When a bump on the head lands John in hospital, his two addresses get mixed up and he has lots of explaining to do. A joyride of double lives and double entendres, belly laughs and bigamy!

“Run for Your Wife should run for life!” – Sunday Express

“Virtually continuous laughter.” – The New York Post

CASTING FOR THE ROLES OF:

Mary Smith, Barbara Smith, John Smith, Det Sgt Troughton, Stanley Gardner, Det Sgt Porterhouse, Bobby Franklyn, Reporter Read more

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

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