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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…)

cost-of-livingNearly 1,000 business school graduates from 35 countries have voted Dubai as the best place in the world to live and work. And, really, I can’t argue with them: the emirate is dynamic, it’s politically stable, it’s warm and sunny, salaries are generally higher than they’d be back home, there’s no income tax and it has lovely beaches – for a business graduate with good job prospects, what’s not to love?

Dubai has all the “excitement of an emerging market and all the perks of an international city” Sam Barnett, CEO of MBC group, told Gulf News. Add to that fantastic job opportunities with top multinationals and a high quality of life, and it sounds like the ideal country in which to kick-start your career. Read more

christmas-gift-guide-mycustardpie-com-1Have you been to a party on Christmas eve, come home with a head dancing with Champagne and then had to stay up to do last-minute wrapping while everyone else is asleep? I broke my own rules last year and found myself wrapping stocking presents after I’d vowed to never be in that position again. Get organised and you can trip off to all the parties in December without a care in the world. Plus you’ll feel assured that friends and family near and far have all felt just a little bit special.

1. Christmas cards

I love receiving post from friends and family abroad. The best way to receive is to give and my Christmas card list has a core of friends I’d like to keep in touch with. The round Robin letter is abhorred by some but I rather like reading them – unless of the ‘thinly veiled boast ‘our children are so high achieving’ type. There are online options if you want to save a few trees. Get round the expensive postage by picking up a large amount of stamp books next time you are home. The ones in the UK say ‘1st class’ or ‘2nd class’ so leftovers will last indefinitely. Get your cards written early (I’m doing mine this weekend) and have them ready addressed and stamped then look out for friends traveling home. A quick call out on Facebook works wonders. If they have a stamp on them most people don’t mind shoving them in a letterbox at the airport. Read more

In my house, letters to Santa are all ready written and pinned onto the refrigerator with pictures!

Even though Christmas shopping in Dubai can be a much more pleasant experience than pounding the cold, damp and crowded streets of our home countries, on-line shopping is increasingly for a lot of people be a much, much better experience.  Not only is it hassle free but on many website there are  many bargains to be had or  some-times there could be that quaint specialty store in your home country that your would like to buy gifts from. Unfortunately many of these on-line companies will not deliver overseas or their shipping costs are outrageous. Read more

Moving Tips 2When moving remember to ask about STORAGE CHARGES.  If exact delivery dates are specified you could incur storage charges if the shipment was to arrive before you are ready to receive your goods.

Ask what the storage charges are at both ends of your journey ie storage charges in Dubai maybe cheaper than they are in the UK so it may well be worth storing your goods in Dubai. Read more

As a new arrival in Dubai or even as a seasoned expat having lived in Dubai for many years when it comes to choosing the right curriculum for your child it can be overwhelming as school and their curriculums have probably changed a lot since you were at school. So here is a brief explanation of the various international curriculums you will see on offer at schools in the UAE.

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Moving Tips 2When moving always insure your goods  to cover all inherent risks as accidents do happen and some items may be lost or damaged during shipment.  Goods can be damaged for example during customs inspection or from heat and damp.

It also important to insure your items as the Moving Company does not know how many times your items have been moved or how stable they are it is only you who knows this so you need to insure your items.

However, it is important to remember to insure your goods for the amount it would cost you to replace that item at your end destination. Read more

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