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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…)

As a new arrival in Dubai or even as a seasoned expat having lived in Dubai for many years when it comes to choosing the right curriculum for your child it can be overwhelming as school and their curriculums have probably changed a lot since you were at school. So here is a brief explanation of the various international curriculums you will see on offer at schools in the UAE.

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Moving Tips 2When moving always insure your goods  to cover all inherent risks as accidents do happen and some items may be lost or damaged during shipment.  Goods can be damaged for example during customs inspection or from heat and damp.

It also important to insure your items as the Moving Company does not know how many times your items have been moved or how stable they are it is only you who knows this so you need to insure your items.

However, it is important to remember to insure your goods for the amount it would cost you to replace that item at your end destination. Read more

Is your little one is finally ready to start nursery school?

Don’t fret, there are plenty of wonderful nursery schools available in Dubai to help you with this new transition in childhood. Expat Echo Dubai has compiled a list to help you on your way! Read more

bookshopWelcome to Bookshop in DIFC!

We are a new cultural space within the DIFC area, specialising in bringing in carefully curated books about the Middle East and North Africa region. Offering an alternative to popular literature stores, we source a mixture of rare, used and well-known titles spanning from fiction, design, architecture, history, astronomy and more. All of the books are for sale, and we are always on the look out for interesting reading material, so you are more than welcome to suggest something great to us!

We have a large and spacious table where you can read quietly, bring a friend along to study with, have a business meeting, or hold a talk, event or a workshop. The space is designed to be a place to get things done in a relaxed and spacious open area. We also provide free Wi-Fi connection!

Like our other great sister spaces, The Archive, The Magazine Shop, The Space and Creekside, we have a great selection of light food and coffee. Come try out our cronuts, salmon bagel, egg croissant and cookies and more. We’ll also soon have new selection of salads available, so stay tuned! Read more

Living overseas can sometimes be difficult, especially if your host culture is dramatically different from the way things are “back home.” Many new expatriate spouses feel overwhelmed and disoriented by the shock of a novel cultural environment. Some respond by clinging to the familiar: they make a point of socializing only with other expats, and maintain minimal contact with local people. Others rise to the challenge of living fully in the unknown culture, embracing the uniqueness of the land and its citizens.

When your world feels topsy-turvy, it’s easy to slip into the welcoming arms of the expat community. There’s nothing wrong with building a support network of like-minded people; after all, no-one will ever understand an expat’s life like another expatriate. However, Read more

celine-bag-Empty your wardrobe now

Get rid of your preloved designer clothes and accessories for women and men in Dubai

Here is your chance to get rid of your designer clothes, shoes and handbags that have never been worn. So Chic is a boutique concept that sources pre-loved designer items based on the European concept ‘Vide dressing’ popular in Paris, Milan etc.

Bring out your never worn exclusive, trendy finds and let So Chic sell them at a mutually agreed price. Once the sale is done, they will take a 30 percent commission off the selling price, and you get to pocket the rest of the money.

So, start raiding your own closet for brands including Zadig&Voltaire, Isabelle Marant, Ba&sh, Maje, Sandro, Balenciaga, Missoni, Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Celine, DVF, Chanel …to name a few. Read more

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