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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…)

ask-louise QuestionI have a gas bbq and have run out  of the propane gas (grey bottle) and no idea where to get a replacement bottle. I’m having a bbq this weekend.  HELP!

AnswerUnfortunately you might have to delay your bbq until Sunday! The only solution for this weekend would be to call your usual gas company and have them change the fitting on your gas bbq so that you can use the orange bottles, however, most bottles are too big to fit inside the bbq. If  you can wait, there are two companies in Dubai who refill gas bottles.  Al Nooryani Gas, whom you can call and they will come to your villa to pick up the bottle but it takes 2 full working days to get it back or Lahej & Sultan where you will have to go to Karma to drop off your bottle and can collect it 2 working days later. Read more

facebookThings you should not be doing on Facebook in the U.A.E.
From 7 Days Dubai.


Following the TRA white paper that warns tagging people without consent could land you in trouble with the law, 7DAYS looks at eight other things you must know if you are a Facebook user in the UAE. Read more

ask-louiseQuestionI am leaving Dubai in the summer to take my kids back to University and boarding school. If I stay out of Dubai for more than 6 months will my residency visa be automatically cancelled?


If you stay out of Dubai for more than 6 months and you have not cancelled your visa, it is usually cancelled automatically and you may get a fine as well as you re-enter Dubai. If you were employed, you might also be registered as an absconder, so you may also get a ban. The best place to check is with the Ministry of Labour and the Department of Immigration before you leave.  Read more

11174875_781095592006022_2698054641687995500_nThe weather is heating up and our pets can no longer have the run of the garden during the day, or can they? Whether you work or your dogs just love to be outside even though its hot, Dog House UAE solves your pet problem. Their houses have been researched thoroughly to give our dogs the best possible house in the Emirates. It takes into consideration all the requirements of the dog, the owner, and the local weather. Read more

gas bottleMost homes in Dubai use gas from bottles for cooking. You will see orange gas trucks driving around. Some of the companies will post stickers under your door so you know who to contact. The service is very prompt and you’ll usually get a bottle within an hour if not quicker.
If it’s your first time ordering one and you need a new bottle and you will have to pay a deposit for the bottle, after that when yours runs out you just swap it for a new one that is filled with gas and you pay for the gas only.
If you’re leaving Dubai or moving to another Emirate you will need to call them to come and take the bottle away and then you will be able to get a refund. Make sure you’ve kept the receipt from the first purchase!
Here is a list of all the Emirates Gas Dubai suppliers with phone numbers for you… Read more

UAE Money What most people don’t know about end of service gratuity in the UAE.

Even if the contract was not updated the end of service will be calculated based on the actual salary, and not on the amount which is listed on the contract. Any regular bonus or regular commission will be added as part of the basic salary and will be calculated in the end of service calculation. If the bonus or commission it is not a fixed amount, and varies from month to month the average of the bonus/commission will be added to the basic salary. Read more

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