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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…)

If you have recently moved to Dubai you maybe looking to buy some furniture especially as many of the homes we move into here are much bigger than we had back home.

The range of furniture for sale in Dubai is extensive ranging from your functional value for money flat-pack furniture to hand crafted Italian designer furniture.  Being a very International city, Dubai also has an a great choice of furniture designs from all around the world.

However, to save you trawling the malls looking for all these great furniture options Expat Echo Dubai has put together a list of some of the most popular furniture shops and their locations in Dubai.

Don’t forget to also look at the classifieds as there are many great bargains to be grabbed in the second-hand market too.

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aticArt Therapy International Centre (ATIC) is a creative arts therapy centre dedicated to using creative art therapy approaches to help people. This includes arts therapies, play therapy and counselling. We integrate the creative arts with a neuroscience approach.

Our therapists are trained, licensed practitioners that are experienced with working with a wide variety of people from different cultural backgrounds. Our centre is licensed by the Community Development Agency. The Dubai Government Authority.

ATIC sees people with a wide variety of needs, children, adults, families, couples and older people. We also run a variety of group creative art expression programmes and workshops and training. Other specialised areas include addiction, eating disorders, learning difficulties and anxiety/stress management. ATIC’s space includes a private therapy rooms for adults, an art studio and a children’s play and art therapy room. Read more

You’ve bagged your dream job, sourced a beautiful villa and your kids have been offered a school place – Dubai here you come! Now for the packing. One of the most popular questions people ask the team at Move One Relocations is what they can and cannot bring into the UAE.

The following items cannot be brought into the UAE – so don’t put them in your shipment or suitcases. Your belongings are certain to be checked using x-ray etc. and any banned items uncovered are sure to be confiscated, cause lengthy and inconvenient delays, and may even result in fines. Some items on the banned list may seem obvious to you but others may surprise you. Read more

Watch our informational guide before relocating your beloved friend

If you are about to travel with your pet, watch this informational video. Move One’s Pet Transportation department gives you step-by-step instructions on how to correctly measure your pet before transportation. The video also includes tips on choosing the right size kennel for your dog, whether it is for a short trip or for a relocation across the globe. Read more

Bu-Qutair-fish-restaurant-in-dubai-mcpDubai means five-star (and seven star) hotels, lavish limos, outrageous gold cocktails and luxury dining doesn’t it? Yes…and no. This city is home to all nationalities and budgets with a wealth of eateries to match. Since we arrived in Dubai in 2000 we’ve had a steady stream of visitors, many returning again and again. Their favourite places to go are not the sparkly, glitzy ones (although they like those too) but the street cafés, holes in the walls and other unique eating haunts. So when you’ve maxed out your credit card at the Skyview bar, in Dubai Mall or at Dubai World Cup, here are the top three favourite budget places to eat as road-tested by my friends and family. Highly recommended whether you’re a tourist or resident – just don’t expect linen napkins. And I better mention that they are all Read more

ChefXChange-2-300x147When I first started FooDiva all of four years ago, I also had another idea – an online community showcasing chefs for hire. Since then, a week does not go by when I am asked to recommend a private chef or boutique caterer, and we have so many in Dubai now. Well someone beat me to it – meet ChefXChange – a website that spotlights chefs who can cook for you at home taking care of the menu development, grocery shopping and of course cooking, and even washing up! These are not just private chefs for hire, but restaurant chefs are on their books too – covering all different cuisines, whether it’s a special dinner party, an informal soirée, or even weekly meals. What I love about at-home entertaining is the cost saving in alcohol, avoiding the premium prices Dubai hotels and restaurants demand. Dubai aside, ChefXChange’s reach extends to London, Geneva and Washington DC. Read more

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