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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 louiseQuestionMy husband and I are going through an amicable divorce.  He is currently employed in Dubai and agreed to support  me financially in staying on in Dubai.   I am currently working but with a NOC from my husband.    My employer doesn’t sponsor any employees.  How do I go about finding another sponsor without changing jobs or can I obtain a work visa by myself? Read more

ask louiseQuestionHi Louise, we’re moving to Dubai in 2 weeks and I need to buy a car, I’d love to know if you have any advice for me. I have 2 daughters, 8 and 6, and we’d like something small-medium sized that will stand out in a car park, something fun yet safe. We were thinking of a convertible but not sure it’s a good idea in the heat. Any recommendations would be gratefully received! Thank you. Read more

ask louiseQuestionGood to find a site like this…
I have received an offer for a job in Dubai as General Manager of a company. The company is located in Dubai Investment Park. I have two really small children (1 and 3 years old) and would like to have an house close to the office and need to find a kindergarten for them too. Could you recommend some locations for is? What are the yearly average costs for housing, kindergarten, getting a car? Read more

ask louiseQuestionI am moving to Dubai by next week and am currently looking for a small studio for residence with a budget around AED 50k per year…I will be working on Sheikh Zayed Road next to Mall of the Emirates so looking within this zone . Please advise me what neighborhoods I should look into within this budget to be with walking distance or access to public transport. Read more

ask louiseQuestionHi Louise, We are moving from Ontario, Canada to Mirdiff, Dubai in the near future.
My main concern is my son who is 16 years old is going into grade 11.  How do we go about finding him a school?  I would like a school close to Mirdiff.  Hoping school mates would be living near us as well.  Friends at this age is important.  His career goals at this moment are: Culinary/Hospitality, Police, Carpenter (he has quite the range).  He is also a defenceman for football, rugby and hocky player. (mind you he can’t do sports until March 2015 as he just went through an ACL replacement).
He’s had a rough year with friends. His friends have been on drugs and therefore he hasn’t had any friends for about a year due to this. He is against drugs and finds it extremely frustrating when he hangs out with them.  As a parent, I’m hoping this change will bring him to meet good friends.  Once I get him settled in a good school and he starts making friends I will be one happy mom. Read more

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

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