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Buying Vs Selling 2015Are you thinking of moving? Have you thought about buying property in Dubai instead of renting?

A slew of off-plan project launches in Dubai over the last 12 months has driven prices of secondary market properties down by 15 per cent, according to a new report.
Initially, off-plan (project) launches were at systematically higher prices than what was prevailing in the secondary market. This trend has reversed in the last 12 months where off-plan launches have been at levels that have averaged 20 per cent below the secondary market rates.
This has caused prices to soften in the secondary market by approximately 15 per cent on a city-wise basis, Unitas Consultancy and Reidin.com said in a report titled, ‘Killing them softly: The impact and incidence of off plan’.
Dubailand has topped the list of maximum number of off-plan project launches followed by Dubai Silicon Oasis, Jumeirah Village Circle and Downtown Dubai. The report states that rise in off-plan project launches, since 2012, sucked out liquidity from the secondary market, as investors and speculators rushed to the primary market to capitalise upon payment plans, resulting in a 26 per cent year-on-year decline in secondary market activity.

Read more from Emirates 24/7 here

 

 

 

The National Ramadan KareemWe round up a list of registered local and international charities and non-profit organisations, one for every day of the holy month, through which you can give back to the community.

Day 1: Adopt-a-Camp Foundation This registered non-profit organisation has been working with more than 57,000 labourers living in 53 camps. Its volunteers are busy all year round giving English lessons, organising sports tournaments and scheduling counselling and hygiene sessions. Every year, Adopt-a-Camp also organises Iftars. Visit www.adoptacamp.ae; email info@adoptacamp.ae

Day 2: The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund PCRF was established in 1991 to provide medical support to Palestinian youth affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East. It has now extended its services to all children in need of treatment and aid in the region.

Read more from the National here

ask louiseQuestionI have an 11 month old daughter and am looking for mother and toddler playgroup or classes which will enhance the baby’s brain development and promote interaction with other babies. Looking for classes in Al Barsha 1 preferably. Can u help please.

AnswerWe have lots of Directories to help on Expat Echo Dubai. Please take a look at our Playgroup directory here.

 

Fasting and diabetes 2015If you are fasting with Diabetes here are some things to consider:

1)   People with diabetes need to go on a special diet during Ramadan

Myth! The good news is if you are already following a balanced diet, as is recommended for everyone, living with Type 2 diabetes or not, then there is a big chance that you do not have to change the ingredients of your diet. In fact you should eat as you normally do, with the only difference being the time you eat your meals, rather than quantity or type of food consumed.

It is very important that anyone living with Type 1 diabetes understands that they are at a higher risk compared to those with Type 2 diabetes when fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

In general, people living with Type 1 diabe­tes are strongly advised to not fast during Ramadan.

Anyone living with diabetes should consult their doctor before deciding to fast. Read more

ask louiseQuestionI would like to know where to start looking for a time-to-time nanny for my 6 and 3.5 year old daughters. We would prefer to look at companies that people refer for babysitters.

 

AnswerIn Dubai you can only legally employ part time nannies from companies. We have Directories which can help you find all manner of services in Dubai. Our list of babysitting services is 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 www.rpsdubai.com, 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
Tel:
+971 4 800 1777
Email:  admissions@rpsdubai.com
Website:  www.rpsdubai.com

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