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Chances are you’ve moved to Dubai for the same reasons as everybody else; the opportunity to move a few rungs up the career ladder, to enjoy a better lifestyle thanks to your tax-free earnings, year-round sunshine and low crime levels.

Moving to a foreign country however can be overwhelming under the best circumstances. The team at Expat Echo Dubai has compiled a list of top 10 tips for living in Dubai to help you adjust to your new home and make sense of the social quirks, local traditions and taboos. Read more

eidConcerts, Circus Acts, Fireworks: Eid Extravaganza

Sneak a peek into Dubai’s Eid Al Fitr extravaganza and it just may be advisable to slip into those comfy shoes for the 72-hours of planned festivities.

Star-studded concerts, live entertainment acts and, of course, everyone’s favourite fireworks display will tee off the loaded calendar of events organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment. Read more

Eid 2015

Dress codeHow should I dress in the UAE? Dubai Police answer your questions

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Ramadan night mkt 2015To share in the giving spirit of the Holy Month, the annual Ramadan Night Market is a 10-night, one-stop shopping event featuring products and brands from around the region. With over 400 vendors, shoppers will find irresistible offers for their Ramadan and Eid shopping needs. Shoppers will have no trouble finding the perfect gift for loved ones in this bustling marketplace with discounts and bargains on clothing, jewellery, health & beauty products, perfumes, food, home appliances, electronics, toys & baby items, automobiles, and festive souvenirs and collectibles.
To make it easier for shoppers, the market will be divided into product-themed pavilions for clothes, accessories, food, and a special grand Arabic-themed Majlis. The Ramadan Night Market is truly a family event with a massive area designed specifically for little ones (should they still be up). Children will have a great time at their own large play area that features face painting, prince and princess dress-up, a children’s fashion show, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, a movie theatre just for kids, and a photo booth with famous cartoon characters! Read more

Begging Ramadan 2015If you’re new to Dubai, do you know that begging in the UAE is illegal? 

Ramadan is a time of giving for most but for some it is a time for ‘taking’. Don’t be taken in by these women’s and men’s stories, learn what to look out for to make sure you are not being conned.

It appears Dh20,000 is short change for beggars duping residents across the UAE, with several arrests in the recent weeks unearthing hordes of stashed cash and a high-flying lifestyle of five-star hotel stays and easy living. As local authorities cracks down on gangs of beggars weaving their way through the bleeding hearts and benevolent souls across the country, the holy month of Ramadan sheds light once again on the growing menace of easy money avenues, where once person’s charity becomes another’s opportunity.

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Residents are urged to report beggars on 800 243.


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