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I have been an expat nearly all my life. I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but my early years were spent on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad. As a family, we relocated back to the UK for a few years but the call of expat life was never too far away and we once again relocated this time to Hong Kong. I returned to Scotland to finish my education and attend University where I met my husband who had also been an expat child and after a few years of doing the 9 to 5 job in the UK we returned to Hong Kong, moved to the Philippines and then 15 years ago ended up in Dubai.

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ask louiseQuestionHi Louise, there is a really strong possibility that my husband and I will be moving to Dubai later in the year, however we have a 2 year old Golden Retriever and our main concerns are how he will cope with the heat and what opportunities there are for his exercise.

Any information you can provide on how dogs thrive happily, and best places to live that would provide some outdoor walking area would be extremely helpful. Read more

ask louiseQuestionWhat is the procedure of exporting from Oman my personal car to Dubai in the event I have to take a employment in Dubai. Read more

ask louiseQuestionWe are my wife 2 kids 7 and 10 and I are from Mumbai India and are relocating to Dubai this academic year i.e 2015-16. We are looking to move in a community where the kids come out and play in common amenities. We are ok with apartments and villas. The kids have got admissions in JBS which is in Jumeriah. We would prefer something around, but that is not a necessary condition. Our clear priority is that the kids should play after school within the community along with other kids. kindly help… Read more

Q Hi Louise, Are you aware of any good (and available in the next 3 months!) dermatologist in Dubai. I am really struggling to find someone who has good recommendations but they seem to be hard to find or are booked up for ages. Even the well known hospitals cant get me an appointment in the next 6 weeks…. Any ideas would be great! Thanks in advance. Read more

ask louiseQuestionMy maid is going on leave and she is asking me for her ‘vacation salary’. I will pay her her normal monthly salary as usual when she is away but this is an additional monthly salary as she is going on holiday. Is this usual? Do you know the laws around this? Read more

ask louiseQuestionIs EJARI required for rental contract renewals if it was done when the lease started? Read more

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