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…)
There are two times each year during the spring and fall months when countries participate in daylight savings. This affects expats living in Dubai when they are trying to contact loved ones back home as for many with relatives in Europe and North America they will be one hour less behind us than in the winter months.
In general, the European Union countries typically adjust clocks the last Sunday of March and in October. North America and Canada participate in daylight savings on the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November. Egypt, Namibia and Tunisia are the only African countries who observe daylight savings. New Zealand and parts of Australia are the only countries in Oceania that currently put their clocks forwards and backwards. Read more
Whether it’s an emergency or quite simply to obtain a visa to explore further afield Dubai is lucky to be served by many consulate offices. The majority of them are located in the Bur Dubai area of Dubai near the Creek and it is worth noting their opening and closing times as some only open for a couple of hours.
Most foreign embassies in the UAE are located in the capital of Abu Dhabi.
Expat Echo Dubai have compiled a handy list below showing the contact details of Consulates and Embassies in Dubai.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced today that citizens of 13 European Union member states, who hold ordinary passports, will be exempted from the need to acquire pre-entry visas to the U.A.E. with effect from 22nd March, 2014, in implementation of the decision taken by the U.A.E. Cabinet in this regard.
The countries are: Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria.
As a result of the above decision, citizens of all 28 countries in the EU will be allowed to enter the U.A.E. without having to previously apply for a visa.
The Ministry statement added that all necessary measures have been taken by the Ministry of the Interior to implement the decision at all U.A.E. points of entry. Read more
Prime Dubai’s monthly fashion exhibition at Sunset Mall officially launches
The event features over 40 upcoming designers and new brands with various pieces on sale. Featured designer, Lia Staehlin, recently designed a unique jewelry set for Her Highness Sheikha Hana Al Qassimi
The parent company behind successful events such as the Safa Park and Uptown Mirdif Flea market, Green Spot Entertainment, established a new entrepreneurial exhibition aiming Dubai’s most stylishfashionista crowd. Prime Dubai Fashion Exhibition is a monthly event bringing together new talents and trends of UAE’s pioneering fashion industry and at the same time creating a platform for those with unique fashion related imports as well as those eager to discover innovative talent in design.
Visitors to Prime Dubai can look forward to a wide variety of international and local fashion newcomers from high-end couture, to Arabic styles ensembles, abayas as well as jewelry and accessories. Read more
With Dubai being the multi-cultural hub that it is, it is no surprise that there is a wide variety of activities for expats to participate in. What do you like to do with your down time? What relaxes you and takes your mind off every day life… a hobby! Which particular hobby are you enthusiastic about and want to take part in? Read more
Yes, it’s true, now you can wake up bright and early and head straight to this organized and clean outdoor market to pick up the days catch including lobster and crabs.
There are plenty of fishmongers and with so much competition it also means haggling is completely acceptable!
Another little useful tip is heading there in the evening when they are about to close because prices are generally lower. Read more