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There are numerous options for public transportation services and most of the drivers speak some English, but their language may be limited. It is therefore very important you know exactly the address of where you are going so you can give them direction if necessary.

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Having recently moved to Dubai and finally getting all your immigration issues in order, purchasing a car maybe now on the top of your list.   The car market in Dubai is very seasonal with the summer months being an excellent time to grab a bargain as expats depart Dubai.

However, driving around town you will be noticing that many expats in Dubai have stickers of rental car companies on the back of their cars indicating that renting cars is a popular choice for many expats.  So, should you buy or rent a car while in Dubai?  This is a dilemma that most people in the UAE face when they first decide to get a car.

Unfortunately, it does not matter which country you are living in it is hard to determine how secure any job will be nowadays.  Additionally, when moving to any new country time will be required to discover if you and your family will actually enjoy living there and for how Read more

If you’ve ever found yourself lugging a booster seat out of your car and into somebody else’s (or worse – into a plane!) I can almost guarantee that in the process you banged it on various parts of the car and yourself, and perhaps even uttered some language you weren’t entirely proud of. Why are they so enormous? Well, as it turns out, not all of them are…

Enter the Bubblebum. Read more

move-one-truckFor any expat, shipping the contents of a home to a new country is a nerve-wracking experience. There is always the worry that items might be stolen, lost or damaged by water or fire.

But in an age where companies can easily be named and shamed online, expats like to assume their belongings will arrive on time and in perfect condition.

But that is not always the case.

“I’d say one out of every three or four international shipments has some sort of claim for damage,” says Curt Clements, chief executive of Dubai-based Move One Inc, which has been in the moving business since 1992 and operates in 41 countries. Read more

If you have recently relocated to Dubai then ‘Welcome to Summer’. People back home often ask at this time of year,  ‘how on earth do you cope in that heat?’ and surprisingly you find yourself answering ‘fine – we just move from an air-conditioned house to an air-conditioned car to an air-conditioned office’ which is great when the air-conditioning works, but when it doesn’t you soon remember where you are living.

Expat Echo Dubai have stressed the importance and guided you through looking after your hair in the heat, the importance of sun-screen and how to look after your air-conditioning in the home, and now we urge you to look after your car. Read more

report-traffic-accident-dubaiNew app feature negates need to call police to minor accident sites, generate accident report faster

Reporting to police your own minor fender-bender car accident has never been easier.

Motorists will soon be able to report their own minor vehicle accidents on local roadways via smartphone rather than calling Dubai police officers on patrol to attend the scene, confirmed a senior police official.

In an interview with Gulf News, Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, General Director of Smart Services at Dubai Police, said the police service is set to launch next month a new feature of the popular app — dubbed ‘Report Minor Accident from Phone’.

After reporting their own minor accidents via the app, drivers will receive the police report for the accident, which they can then present to insurers. Read more

taxiThe next few months will see many of us attending leaving parties as many of Dubai’s expat community prepare to relocate.  Weekends will be busy and subsequently booking a taxi maybe frustrating.  Even if you’re organised and book a taxi early in the day there is no guarantee it will actually appear!

This lack of reliable and convenient taxi services in the UAE has seen the introduction of alternative services:

There are companies such as Careem and Uber which have satellite mapping systems enabling these companies to see at any time where their available cars are and to match them to a customer request. Read more

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