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Where will my family live? As an expat family begins their relocation process to Dubai these five words may cause some anxiety and undue stress. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an understanding prior to arriving to Dubai? What are the community areas like in Dubai? Where are they located in respect to my job and possible school options for my children? What do the properties look like? How much is the rent? What schools are nearby? How about medical facilities, shopping, and community amenities? Is this neighborhood worth my time to visit based on my family’s interests, needs, budget and lifestyle? (more…)

stock-footage-parked-car-letf-direction-indicator-onWhen I first moved to Dubai, it was very difficult for me to get used to the unique style of driving found around the UAE. It is most likely the result of blending so many different cultures together. When I get on the road, it’s all defense as many drivers tend to veer in and out of lanes without using any indicator, pass on both the left and right and ride on each other’s bumpers (too close for comfort). Often drivers’ lane changes do not appear intentional and I wonder if they have been distracted, or worse, fallen asleep at the wheel. This survey sheds a bit of light on many other drivers’ impressions of driving here:

school busAre you looking for school places for your children for September 2015?

Admissions are now open for applications to  a new school, Ranches Primary School.  Ranches Primary School is located in the heart of the Arabian Ranches community offering places in Foundation Stage 1 to Year 5 in September 2015, and to Year 6 in September 2016.  In addition to the Primary School is a Nursery School offering places for children from 18 months onwards.  Registration can be done on line by visiting our website, where you also find full details of the admissions process as well as details about the school, curriculum etc.
The Admissions Center is currently located in the Arabian Ranches Golf Club and is open from:
Sunday to Thursday 8.00am until 4:00pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00am until 4:00pm
Admissions Coordinator: Gina Smele
+971 4 800 1777

Gems has several schools that have places for September 2015 Read more

dubai-tramThe Dubai Tram is schedule to open to the public on November 12th.  The majority of JBR and Marina residents who have witnessed the tram being constructed have had to live patiently through all the traffic chaos that this has brought with it. For other Dubai residents the Marina and JBR restaurants and hotels have always been popular evening hot-spots however, in recent months residents have tried to avoid the area for fear of being stuck in a traffic jam all night!

It has been constructed to link up to the Dubai Metro, water taxis and the Palm Monorail in the hope that commuters will be encouraged to leave their cars at home.  Expat Echo Dubai have put together some facts to help you use the new Dubai Tram.



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Victory Heights is a villa community near Dubai Sports City just off of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.. The Els Club Golf Course is located next to Victory Heights. The community has a mix of sporting, recreational and community facilities including green landscaping and lush gardens.

Victory Heights villa rental prices for a three bedroom townhouse villa are on average  200,000 AED and for four and five bedrooms the price ranges from 300,000 to 400,000 AED annually. Read more

While Halloween is no where near as popular in Dubai as it is in North-America, we still have our fair share of fun parties and events to please the homesick expat!  Trick or treating is getting increasingly popular in Dubai’s expat communities such as The Springs, The Meadows, and Arabian Ranches.  Many parents choose to host Halloween parties at home with their little ones and friends.  The shops are already filling up with Halloween decorations, sweeties and costumes! Are you ready for a freakishly good time? Read more

Al Barsha is now a very established residential development in Dubai. It is located in West Dubai between Sheikh Zayed Road and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road. It has several sub communities including Al Barsha I, Al Barsha II, Al Barsha III and the very new Al Barsha South compounds. Read more

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