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go-people-logoLondon based theatre company Go People are creating a new wave in entertainment.

Since the company formed in late 2013, they have made having a group of actors come to one’s home to perform solely for a host and their guests an utterly unique reality. They offer the full theatre experience… without having to leave the house!!

The idea of Private Theatre stemmed from a fortuitous meeting with one of the company’s investors, in which she suggested in an throwaway voice that perhaps the company could stage a play in her living room one day. Founding members Lucy Eaton, Melanie Heslop and Freddie Hutchins then set out to find the perfect living room to guinea-pig the idea in. Read more

eflLitFest 2015 | 3-7 March | InterContinental Hotel Festival City

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is a celebration of literature in all its forms. As the Middle East’s largest annual literary festival, it offers residents and overseas visitors the opportunity to meet famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings and participate in workshops. Attendees can also enjoy the many exciting fringe and children’s events that are held as part of the festival. The 2015 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will take place over 5 days from 3rd – 7th March. Read more

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

raviWhat is ‘Highlife Dubai’?
Sponsored by Pan-Arabia Enquirer, ‘Highlife Dubai’ is a collection of 18 artworks inspired by vintage travel and tourism ads of the first half of the 20th Century.  In the same style, they tell the story of the ‘good life’ we lead here in Dubai. For westerners, middle class and those that enjoy the privileges that an ex-pat life in Dubai can bring, the collection aims to be tongue-in-cheek advertising of the places, services and situations that we all know and love around the city.

The Artist
Clare Napper is an artist and graphic designer who has lived in Dubai for 8 years.  Last year she quit her job in advertising to set up her own design studio and pursue independent art projects.  “Dubai offers a lifestyle that must be one of the best in the world, and as a designer I was keen to find a creative outlet for my time lording it up here! I wanted to create some ‘real’ souvenirs with a deeper insight into life out here that ex-pats can take away as fond memories; after all, many of us won’t be here forever.” Read more

When living in Dubai time seems to fly.  Over the past few years the UAE has become a popular venue for many of the worlds pop, sport and movie stars to add to their venue dates.

These maybe one off events but throughout the year Dubai (and Abu Dhabi) are host to many great events that take place annually. Many of these are so popular that tickets are sometimes hard to come by.  So don’t let this year be another year that flies by without you taking advantage of these world-class show stoppers – check out Expat Echo Dubai’s list below and put them in your diary now! Read more

eid-al-fitrIf you have recently moved to Dubai this may have been your first Ramadan and now first Eid so you may be asking the question “what is Eid al Fitr?”

Eid al Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan, the month in which Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Eid al Fitr is a time for special prayers, a time to congratulate each other, exchange gifts and donate Zakat al Fitr (charity donation). After prayers the day is typically spent visiting friends and family and enjoying time together.  Just like many other religious festivities throughout the world homes are cleaned, much cooking is undertaken and new outfits are bought for this special celebration.   Read more

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