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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…)

declutter-meIs your store room, garage or even living room, piled up with a jenga pile of boxes currently? Being piled up can become a fire hazard plus do you know that little bugs like sleeping in them? Are you using up valuable areas in your home and office with these boxes?

I always find with my declutter session with clients, that the hardest items to dispose of are the boxes for electrical items. Many people keep these boxes thinking that they will come handy in the future. The reasons for holding onto the boxes usually evaporate when I explain that it can be a fire hazard, wastage of space, etc.

Today I want to share with you my tips for keeping boxes for your electrical appliances: Read more

Immigration officer releases visa in DubaiNew UAE tourist visas fees; only 30 and 90-day visit visas allowed.  Fees for the UAE tourist and visit visa have been increased, and the option of extending the stay by 10-days or 30-days have been cancelled.

“From January 1, 2015, the option to extend tourist visa by 10 days has been cancelled,” a representative at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai call centre confirmed to Emirates 24|7.

Even the one-month extension has been cancelled.

“Fees for tourist visa (single entry) have increased, and is approximately Dh250.” The earlier fees was Dh210. Read more

the-old-libraryReading is a favourite past time of many expats whether it’s a book about Dubai or the latest thriller.  Amongst the expat community there are many “book-clubs” which is a great way of meeting people and learning about new titles. Even with the popularity of the Kindle a favourite past-time of many expats in their home countries would have been to visit the local library and even in this ultra-modern city this is still possible at The Old Library.

The Old Library is Dubai’s leading English Language Lending Library with over 1800 family and individual members. It is a non-profit organisation which is run entirely by volunteers as a service to the Dubai community. The Library is part of the Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centre (DUCTAC) which is located at the Mall of the Emirates on Sheikh Zayed Road in Al Barsha. Read more

Moving Tips 2It is very important that you make time to get your contents which you are shipping surveyed.

If the contents are not surveyed and you book for example 15 cubic metres this is what you will be quoted.  However, when the packers come and the volume exceeds this amount you will be charged  extra.  Moving surveyors accurately measure your goods and provide a quotation based on this measurement.

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Santa’s sleigh was a bit lighter this year, as on the top of many Christmas wish lists were the latest electronic gizmo’s.

However, by now you (hopefully!) have figured out how to work them so what can you do with your old electronic items?  Here are a couple of organisations in Dubai which will help you get rid of your old items responsibly. Read more

If you are moving to Dubai with your children and they are going to be attending school in Dubai start collecting all the documents you will need to make the procedure hassle free.

Here is a list of documents needed when applying to a school in Dubai.

Make sure you also check the schools official requirements! Read more

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