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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…)

1184728485There are certain life skills that expats need to learn when they arrive in Dubai. The ability to mind-read when driving would be a good example. How to arrive at a meeting in July without sweat patches showing through your clothes. How you need to turn on the hot tap to get cold water in summer. When you’ve lived here some time, these things become normal – that’s life in Dubai.

I was reminded of a key “Dubai life skill” that I’ve learned since moving here when my mum was visiting last week. As we drove to the behemoth that is Dubai Mall, I quizzed Mum about where she’d like to have lunch. Why, she wanted to know: why did I need to know? Couldn’t she just enter the mall and then decide?

Of course she could, I explained, but, like the Pan-Arabian Enquirer’s fictitious tourist who was “lost in Dubai Mall for 13 months” we may not emerge for some time. Oh no: what I like to do on an efficient visit to the shops in Dubai is to practice tactical parking. Read more

dirhamsWhether you have been living in Dubai for a while or you are just about to make the transition to this fabulous hub of expat life, looking after your money is essential. Thousands of people are lured to Dubai for the bright lights, great shopping and fantastic career and investment opportunities, but whatever the reason for your big move to UAE, there are some things to bear in mind when dealing with currency. Read this quick guide so that you can ensure you avoid the most common currency ripoffs and make your money go further.

Find An Money Transfer Specialist And Stick With Them

At some point during your move to Dubai you will need to make a money transfer. This could involve transferring savings from your offshore account to your new Dubai account or it could be that you need to lay down a deposit on accommodation in the city. Read more

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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As school breaks up for spring break and all you hear in the playground as you pick up your children is the exotic holidays your friends are about to embark on don’t be left feeling too depressed as this time of year is the best to be in UAE  -  the weather is perfect! Warm enough to swim in the sea with gorgeous cool evenings to sit outside and have a BBQ. Take advantage of it as it won’t be here for long. Read more

join-our-teamMove One is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic animal / pet-friendly person to join the Pet Relocation team as our Pet Move Coordinator in Dubai, UAE.

The position requires a highly organized and articulate professional who can serve as the main point of contact for pet owners while coordinating the extensive logistics involved with transporting their pet(s) domestically or internationally. Read more

tyres“Are these used tyres?” we ask. “Yes, all the tyres that are wrapped in plastic are used tyres, the other ones are new,” answers the salesman.

Under the pretext of being customers interested in buying a tyre for the Honda Civic that we parked outside, we take a closer look at the used tyres, which clearly show cracks in the rubber.

“Isn’t this a problem?” “No, a new tyre will look the same after two months of usage,” the salesman answers. He insists that the sale of such ‘used’ tyres is not forbidden, and that nobody has ever inspected his shop. A set of four tyres will go for Dh400, about the same price as one new tyre of the kind.

The sale of tyres that are non-compliant with the standards applicable in the UAE is banned. Although there are plenty of reputable companies with honest salespeople, the shady tyre sales and repairmen are tarnishing the business. Read more

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