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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…)

Did you draw the short straw by volunteering to host the New Year Party?  Take some of the stress out it and hire a party planner to take care of the  party from A to Z.

Better yet, hire an entertainer. Dubai has a variety of party entertainers from magicians, clowns, dance instructors, and more!

Have a look at the options: Read more

For many expats the nectar of the gods is considered near essential to mark momentous occasions, be it celebrating Christmas, ringing in New Year’s Eve or a birthday bash. Many of us cook with it or enjoy a nightly drop with dinner after all, red wine is widely touted for its health benefits. As an expat new to Dubai however you will soon realise that reaching for a glass of your favourite tipple is not nearly as straight forward as you may have thought or hoped. Not only is whetting your palate likely more expensive in Dubai but you also require a license to purchase liquor. Add to this a liquor store in Dubai is a rather sneaky and illusive oasis that tries to hide from you. To help, we’ve put together a directory of where to buy liquor in Dubai. Read more

girl-christmas-angels-praying-colombia Dubai is a very tolerant and welcoming place for foreigners where expats are free to follow their own religions; but at the same time the rich history of the Emirate also provides a culture deeply rooted in Islamic traditions.

Expat Echo Dubai has put together a directory of places of worship for the more spiritually minded expat.

* We have excluded mosques, as they are quite easy to find within every community.

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public-holidays-in-uaeLuckily for UAE residents, several holidays next year seem to lead to extended weekends

Employees in the UAE’s government sector are likely to have 14 holidays in 2015 while their counterparts in the private sector are expected to enjoy 11 days off.

It must be noted that most of the UAE’s national holidays and festivals are based on the sighting of the moon rather than having fixed dates in the Hijri Calendar. Due to this, the actual dates may vary from those listed below.


Here’s the list of UAE’s expected public holidays in 2015: Read more

google-street-view-in-dubaiNow navigate Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai and more online

Browse through major streets, roads and highways as Dubai now available on Google’s Street View

Google today announced the arrival of Street View in Dubai, a feature by Google Maps that allows users to view and navigate 360-degree street-level imagery of major streets across the city. This is the first time Street View is made available on a street-level in the Arab world.

Street View was launched in May 2007 and is already available in more than 3,000 cities across 63 countries around the world. Google Street View imagery provides users with a rich, immersive browsing experience and allows users to explore world landmarks, view natural wonders, navigate a trip or other points of interest.

Some of the main areas captured by Street View in Dubai today are: Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, Business Bay, Bur Dubai, Deira and more. In these areas, users can access street level images by zooming into the lowest level on Google Maps, or by dragging the orange “Pegman” icon on the left-hand side of the map onto a blue highlighted street. Read more

As a new arrival to Dubai you have probably pushed  the Christmas decorations to the back of the storage cupboard as that was the last box you wanted to even think about or unpack back in August!  But now as the festive season is fast approaching it is time to dust off those boxes  and start unpacking your treasured decorations ready to decorate the tree. Read more

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