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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…)

online-shopping-600x400Do you work long hours or is the commute to and from your workplace time consuming? If you’re one of the many singles, couples or families living in Dubai who have answered yes to the above – online grocery shopping may provide a much needed respite to you in terms of time and energy. The team has gone undercover yet again – and this time it is about online grocery shopping. Which online grocery store to pick ? We find out. Our team has picked the top three online supermarkets in Dubai: , and Geant Online. We compare them for pricing, delivery options and timeliness, payment methods, user-friendliness and we tell you how our experience was with each offering.  We compare them for pricing, delivery options and timeliness, payment methods, user-friendliness and we tell you how our experience was with each offering. Continue Reading on

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Moving from one place to another, with all your household items can be a highly demanding task. Look around your home. There are so many things to pack, from small items like dishes and books, to large pieces of furniture. And furthermore, it is not only the packing that would take so much time and hard work, but unpacking at your destination as well. Read more

Moving Tips 2When booking a mover please remember to read all the small print especially with reference to what is and what is not included.

At the time of receiving your quote you may not have found your home and the end destination.  However, when you eventually do and you are ready to have your goods delivered it may be the case that there is a restriction on large trucks or containers in your street.  In this instance the moving company will either have to operate a Shuttle Service which is when your goods are transferred on to smaller trucks which have access  but need to do multiple trips back and forth or the moving company has to do a Long Carry ie physically carry the goods to your residence because the van or container cannot get near.  Extra charges will also be incurred if your building does not have a working lift or a large item ie sofa, large table etc does not fit in the lift and the moving company has to carry it up or down the stairs.

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move-one-truckYou’ve taken the mammoth decision and you are leaving Dubai! 

Once you are over the shock how do you plan for that big move?  Expat Echo Dubai has decided to give you a few guidelines to follow:

Book the Moving Company

Before the moving company arrive at your house to give you a quote have a good think about what household goods you are really intending to ship.   Think about it seriously “do you really need to ship the gas bbq, how many bbq’s will you be hosting in Aberdeen?”.  Are your kids now teenagers, will they really be wanting their old bedroom furniture shipped will they not want some new stuff? Once you have decided on what you are taking and maybe what souvenirs you will be buying to take home get the movers in to give you a quote.  It is worth noting the summer months in Dubai are very busy for moving companies so plan and book well in advance. Read more

As you move into your new home you will likely be faced with many upgrades and changes, which you want to make in order to ensure you and your family is comfortable in your new surroundings; one of these Dubai necessities is glass window tinting.

Window tinting films are a clear layer of plastic that is professionally installed onto your existing glass windows and doors, to improve certain properties of your glass in terms of reducing heat gain, eliminating sun glare and blocking harmful UV rays. Available in a number of different shades, there is a strong focus on still allowing plenty of natural light to enter your home, but without the negative effects that the sun can bring. Read more

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

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