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

ask louiseQuestionI wanted to ask if anyone knows where I can find a company that can spray paint kitchen cabinets in Dubai.  Thanks. Read more

ask louiseQuestionHi, I have moved into a villa which has a pool but I have small kids and want to know where I can get a pool fence? Read more

ask louiseQuestionI am having a baby at the end of August and am looking temporary help to help with my 2 year old for the first month – can you recommend any companies that offer this service? Read more

Q  Where can I get a international driving license from. My family and I are traveling to in three weeks and only have a UAE license.

A Hi, You can obtain an international driving license from DNATA on Sheikh Zayed Road next to the Marriot Marquis Hotel. Documents required include passport copy,  Visa copy, 2 PP sized photos and your valid UAE license.

ask louiseQuestionMy name is Charlotte and I have recently moved to Dubai. When living in the UK I took part in numerous amateur musical theatre productions. I’m really eager to get involved in musical productions again now that I’m in Dubai. I have searched for amateur companies who put on musicals but I can’t seem to find any.

I would be very grateful if you could let me know of any forthcoming shows or amateur groups.

AnswerThere are a couple of companies that put on shows in Dubai and are always looking for cast members.  These include Popular Productions (combination of professional and amateur – shows such as Wizard of Oz) and Ductac (put on shows like ‘Cats’).  Visiting theatre companies also visit Dubai and put on shows and put a call out for extra cast members.  Sometimes this is just for children and sometimes for adults too.  Watch the press for more details of shows coming to Dubai.  There are other amateur drama groups that do not do musicals but you may also be interested in them – Dubai Drama Group & Backstage.

 

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