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…)
Dubai and Abu Dhabi have risen in the ranking in ECA’s ‘Cost of Living’ survey
Dubai and Abu Dhabi are continuing to witness increase in cost of living as rents soar, but the emirates still remain quite cheaper for expatriates compared to other global cities, according to a new survey.
ECA International’s latest ‘Cost of Living’ survey places Dubai at 171st position globally, while Abu Dhabi is placed at the 181st position of 440 cities surveyed. In its June survey, Dubai was placed at 174th position.
“The price of items in ECA’s cost of living basket for expatriates has gone up significantly and both Dubai and Abu Dhabi have also risen in the ranking,” the survey states. Read more
Make sure you buy and sell all your furniture before having a moving survey. It is not advisable to go on a shopping spree a few days before the movers arrive and purchase that longed for Omani coffee table or Indian wardrobe. Moving companies need an accurate volume before quoting and any additional volume sent WILL BE CHARGED FOR! 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
Are you planning a big Christmas dinner but don’t want to actually do the cooking? By ordering a festive takeaway turkey dinner you can have the best of both worlds. There are several places in Dubai that offer prepared meals for the holidays. Few offer home delivery, while most require you to pick up the order on location. Read more
Health insurance has been made mandatory for all the residents in Dubai, under a new law passed on Tuesday.
The long-awaited Health Insurance Law, endorsed by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, stipulates that it is the responsibility of employers to provide all their employees with health insurance schemes.
The law ensures better healthcare for Emiratis, expatriate residents and visitors and will strengthen “the competitive status of Dubai locally, regionally and internationally,” said Eng. Eisa Al Maidoor, director General of Dubai Health Authority.
The law comes into effect next year, and it is expected to take three years for the emirate’s entire population to be covered. Currently, only a third of the city’s population of three million is insured.
Once implemented, residency visas will not be granted unless applicants have a valid health insurance. Read more