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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…)

thumbnailUK Boarding School Exhibiton | 13-14 November | Grosvenor House |

UK Boarding School Exhibition – Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina. 13 & 14 November 2015. From 2 – 7 pm

The exhibition, now in its 11th consecutive year, enables families living in the Gulf region to meet Heads and Representatives of 30 UK boarding schools and talk to UK boarding school specialists.

Entrance FREE, collect a FREE copy of the UK Boarding Schools Directory. FREE valet parking for all Exhibition visitors!

Are you a nervous parent wondering if your child will get the grades to make it into their final years at secondary school in Dubai or are you nervous your husband’s job will finish before your 16 year old has sat their GCSE’s? If so then get down to the Grosvenor House Hotel on 13-14 November to visit the Sue Anderson UK Boarding School Exhibition. Read more

3d illustration of house with ckecklist. White background.The property search is over. You have now decided which property to go for. Next step? Get yourself ready with what documents you need to provide and to receive when renting a property in Dubai with the help of this checklist.


For individuals:

• Passport copy with signature page
• UAE residence visa or letter from employer/sponsor that visa is under process
• UAE bank account and cheque book

For the company:

• Trade License
• Passport copy with signature page of the signatory
• Proof that signatory is authorized to sign on behalf of the company (i.e. Board Resolution or POA)
• Passport copy with signature + UAE residence visa of occupant


• Title Deed (if not available, Oqood and/or Affection Plan)
• Passport copy with signature page of all listed in the Title Deed
• Trade License and passport of autorized signatory (if under company name)
• Proof of ownership

It is important that these documents are all valid and in hand before making any payment. This is to ensure that no issue will occur later on. For example, if Title Deed or Oqood is not available then it may be possible that tenancy contract will not be registered in Ejari. The Ejari registration is a must if you need to sponsor family member(s) and/or a housemaid.


• Security Deposit – 5% if unfurnished/semi-furnished, 10% if fully-furnished
      ◦ To be refunded by the landlord upon move out of the tenant in the property
• Rent Amount
      ◦ Terms of Payment can be negotiated with the landlord (i.e. 2 or 4 cheques)
      ◦ Agency fee – 5% of the total rent amount payable to the real estate agency representing the landlord

View our helpful checklist for guidance.


We extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Royal Family, UAE and the people for the loss of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the eldest son of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. May he rest in peace.

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&MaxW=640&imageVersion=default&AR-150909639Just when you thought a new location will be a fun adventure, both frustration and confusion often come along to those who may not be prepared or properly assisted. Find the essentials in the article below on what documents are needed to be a legal UAE resident, what to do to be financially protected, your housing requirements and more. Knowing these early on can help save you from the stress and hassle of relocating and settling into a new environment. Read more

petrol pricesThe price of petrol will drop in the UAE for the month of September.
Petrol will be sold to consumers at Dhs1.89 per litre for E-plus (Octane 91 petrol), Dhs1.96 per litre for Special (Octane 95 petrol) and Dhs2.07 per litre for Super (Octane 98 petrol).
All petrol stations in the UAE will retail diesel at Dhs1.86 per litre next month.
In August, UAE fuel stations charge Dhs2.07 per litre for E-Plus 91, Dhs2.14 per litre for Special 95, Dhs2.25 per litre for super 98 and Dhs2.05 per litre for diesel. Read 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

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