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Have you got house and contents insurance? Taking out a policy has crossed most peoples minds, several times even since moving to Dubai but somehow no one gets around to doing it, it  just keeps getting putting off. Living in ‘other’ countries, it’s one of the first things people get, as being burgled can be  devastating. Why then the neglect now? Read more

MudonIf you are thinking of moving with your family to Mudon you may want to think again. People living in the Mudon Community, off Al Qudra Road, are upset about a notice sent by the property manager advising children should only play in areas equipped for them. The notice, Game Activities in Common Areas, warned that damage to landscaping or plants would be charged to the occupant. Read more

Bu-Qutair-fish-restaurant-in-dubai-mcpDubai means five-star (and seven star) hotels, lavish limos, outrageous gold cocktails and luxury dining doesn’t it? Yes…and no. This city is home to all nationalities and budgets with a wealth of eateries to match. Since we arrived in Dubai in 2000 we’ve had a steady stream of visitors, many returning again and again. Their favourite places to go are not the sparkly, glitzy ones (although they like those too) but the street cafés, holes in the walls and other unique eating haunts. So when you’ve maxed out your credit card at the Skyview bar, in Dubai Mall or at Dubai World Cup, here are the top three favourite budget places to eat as road-tested by my friends and family. Highly recommended whether you’re a tourist or resident – just don’t expect linen napkins. And I better mention that they are all Read more

You need to renew your car registration once every year. If you have purchased a new vehicle, the dealer will handle all formalities for the first year. From the second year onwards, you will have to renew your car registration.  Car registration takes place at the Dubai Traffic Department/other emirates traffic department or online and the vehicle testing at Tasjeel Centre Al Barsha, Tasjeel Centre Al Twar, Wasel Belhasa Vehicle Testing Centre in Al Jaddaf and Quick Registration in Al Ghusais (all open 24 hours).

It is worth noting if  a vehicle is not older than three years, it does not need to be tested. It is, therefore, not necessary for the customer to visit the service centre as the whole process can be done online.

Half an hour from start to finish! That’s how long it took me to renew my car registration at the traffic department in Al Barsha this morning. Remarkable when I think back to 15 years ago when I dared not go to get my car registered without our office PRO (Public Relations Officer) to guide me through every step, all the queues and manic hand waving. Read more

We are now a few steps closer to moving to Dubai with my husband having his UAE residency permit, driver’s license and liquor license (very important).

My residency is under-way. This morning a Move One immigration coordinator came and picked me up at our serviced apartment at 8:30am for my Medical Fitness tests. The medical examination is one of the first steps of the immigration application and it is a screening service for infectious diseases (HIV, HBV, TB, and syphilis). I was a bit unsure about what to expect so for all of you future UAE residents, this is what it entailed. Read more

Our daughter was diagnosed as a strong possible Celiac (Coeliac) in the beginning of April. Going gluten free is not an easy thing, no matter where you are in the world. For us here in Dubai it was a bit harder due to the way the health system works. If you are not with a good doctor you may find yourself – like us – without being given vital information. We were simply just given our diagnosis and sent on our merry way. I say we, because even though it’s our daughter who is the Celiac, as she is just two it’s really not up to her to deal with any of it. We had to take it on as a family! As a stay-at-home-mum, it has been mainly me doing the research, the shopping and the searching etc. Our lives have changed 100% since the diagnosis, and yet I can’t even remember what it was like before. Being gluten free has become a way of life. Read more

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