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…)
Although it is by no means mandatory in Dubai, tipping certainly seems the norm amongst expats. Whether you are new to the UAE or have lived here all your life, you will probably still find dining out a different experience every time you step through the door of a restaurant. Should I leave a tip? How much and how do I know where the money will go? Is it OK to complain if I’m not happy with the food or service? What happens to the leftover food at buffets, brunches…etc? And what is that mysterious ‘service charge’ lurking at the end of the bill? Then, of course, there is the issue of whether the food is halal or the venue is licensed. So to help you manoeuvre the menu minefield, Naim Maadad, CEO of Gates Hospitality, has some tips. Read more here.
There are several places that take volunteers, at Expat Echo Dubai we have compiled a list of places that accept volunteers, take a look here, however, you will need to contact them directly. Kids Summer camps are also on, they may require extra help, you can take a look at our Summer Camp Directory which has all the contact numbers.
Are you staying in Dubai this summer but feel like you need a mini break? How about trying a yoga retreat.
Yoga Instructor and Nutritionist Suzanne Cork is holding a Summer Recharge Yoga Retreat taking place just a 40 minute drive from the centre of Dubai at the ultra-luxurious Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.
A 3 day, 2-night retreat starting on Thursday, 6 August (6pm) and concluding on Saturday, 8 August (midday). Daily meditation and yoga classes will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help you grow in your own personal practice. The focus this weekend will be on using the heat to assist with deep restorative opening of the body, perfect for athletes with tight muscles or those who have been sitting at a desk for too long! Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced. Read more
Each year, thousands of seasoned expats either move house within Dubai or leave the Emirate altogether. One of the downsides of being an expat tenant is that we can often be exploited, especially in the case of having to leave Dubai in a hurry. Some, but not all landlords are unscrupulous and we all know that landlords here in Dubai can be quite unique. So to ensure you get your deposit back here are some helpful tips and advice you can follow. After all, many tenants have had little or no choice but to improve the landlord’s property, at their own expense! Why risk losing your deposit as well? Read more
General guidelines to shipping art from Move One
If your piece is incredibly unique, fragile, or of significant size or shape, you may want to contact a professional packer. At Move One Fine Art Shipping, we fully understand the value of art and antiques and the specialized handling that they require. We offer a bespoke service to each customer that ensures that proper movement techniques are employed. Our global network consists of over 50 offices on four continents, and through our Preferred Partner Network, we are able to provide worldwide coverage.
However, if you think you can do it yourself for less valuable pieces, here are some tips: