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Tickets bought, hotel booked, dog stay at the kennel arranged and suitcases packed (nearly!). If only life were that simple when leaving Dubai for your summer holidays.

Most expats in Dubai take longer than the normal two weeks for their summer vacation, with a few lucky ones being away for a couple of months, so additional items need to be added to the final check list to ensure you don’t arrive back to a disaster. Expat Echo Dubai have listed a few items below that really ought to be on your holiday check list when preparing to shut up the house and escape the summer heat. Read more

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surviving air travel

If you are afraid of turning into one of those families we’ve all seen on board planes with unruly children, don’t worry. With a little forethought and preparation you can get to your destination with minimal stress and a happy family.

Planning your trip

The details of your vacation can mean the difference between success and disaster. Keep these ideas in mind as you plan
1. Aim for direct flights so you can avoid changing planes. If you have to make a change, avoid short layovers that give you too little time to get from gate to gate; conversely, avoid long layovers that require lots of idle time in airports. If your child is restless before they get on the plane, the flight will be a disaster.
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Bubble Bum 3If 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

south-african-flag-vector_66894-150x150If you are travelling to South Africa this summer from Dubai are you aware of the new rules and regulations for entering the country if you are with children and not your partner?
As of tomorrow Monday, June 1, 2015, anyone arriving in South Africa in the company of a child will have to prove parenthood or guardianship, while lone adults flying in with their offspring will have to show that they have the consent of their non travelling partner, this also applies if you are travelling with a child who is not yours ie a family friend.
The change in the rules, which was supposed to come into force in October last year, was postponed by eight months,  is supposedly designed to counter child-trafficking operations on the African continent.
Parents will have to be able to demonstrate that any children, aged under 18, in their company are their own, by providing their birth certificates to immigration officials, passengers may be turned away from getting on their flights too if they don’t have the correct documents.
The full regulations can be found here

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As school breaks up for spring break and all you hear in the playground as you pick up your children is the exotic holidays your friends are about to embark on don’t be left feeling too depressed as this time of year is the best to be in UAE  –  the weather is perfect! Warm enough to swim in the sea with gorgeous cool evenings to sit outside and have a BBQ. Take advantage of it as it won’t be here for long. Read more

For many expats living in Dubai the holiday season will soon be upon us. Much time will be spent in the upcoming weeks discussing what exotic destinations each of us would love to visit. Most expats when relocating to Dubai take advantage of the fact that they are now located in what appears to be bang in the middle of the world, with flights available to almost any destination imaginable – the world is our oyster! But before you plan these epic journeys be sure to check the validity of your passport! Read more

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