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So, you are new(ish) to Dubai or possibly planning to relocate to Dubai in the near future? We are happy that you have found our blog, Expat Echo Dubai. Hopefully, you will find it a helpful resource during your settling in process into this unique city.
First of all, let me start by the obvious. Dubai is unlike any other city in the world. It’s very likely that you will be relocating here from some place very, very different. Do not fear. Don’t let the glitz, glam or size scare you. (more…)

Apps and websites 08_2015A  list has been complied by good magazine  showing apps, websites and services that will make life in Dubai a walk in the park. From RTA Smart Parking    which allows you to pay for parking either through the app or by SMS, reminds you when your time has expired, and will even inform you on how many vacant parking spaces are left, To  The Healthy Home for the health-conscious homeowner, which provide sanitation services for your surfaces, sofa, mattresses and everything in between ….. This very informative list goes on…. Read more

moving tips 08_2015If you are in the process of moving to Dubai or have just arrived, take a look at some hints to help you settle in better.
Firstly, getting yourself a house or apartment.
So obvious but maybe the most annoying part, as it’s difficult to know where to start. Make sure you take the time to get the ‘feel’ for an area and ask for help by using a company such as Move One they know that when moving into a new home it is perhaps one of the most difficult and stressful aspects of an international relocation. Read more

cars racing 08_2015His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, has issued Decree No. 29 of 2015, on impounding of vehicles in the emirate to safeguard lives and property, and to ensure traffic safety and reduce accidents.
The decree specified cases of administrative and obligatory impounding of vehicles.
Dubai police shall seize vehicles that participate in races on the road without prior permission.

 

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baby 2015Congratulations on the birth or impending birth of your new baby. A few procedures are necessary to regularize your child’s birth from the Dubai Health Authority.
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The hospital your baby is delivered in will issue a ‘notification of birth certificate’ in Arabic. All expatriates must get both the Arabic and English certificate attested by the Ministry of Health (at Al Baraha Hospital) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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tv decodersAre you aware that it may be illegal to have some decoders in Dubai? The Dubai Court has imposed a fine of Dh50,000 on a distributor of UKTV (British broadcasting television network) Abroad packages, an unlicensed and unauthorised internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service in the UAE.
Following a copyright infringement complaint filed by OSN TV network against the merchant, the Dubai Criminal Investigation Department (CID) conducted a raid on the provider and presented evidence before the court. Read more

lockWe are increasingly moving from brick and mortar banking to mobile and online banking. Unfortunately hackers and cyber criminals are keeping stride.
In 2012, the UAE faced as many as 5.1 million cyber-crimes that led to losses of around USD 420 million, according to Symantec. The need for enhanced cyber security cannot be undermined. Against this backdrop, banks are taking many steps to keep your money more secure. These include Read more

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