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e-gateAre you going on holiday soon and want to avoid the queues at the airport? Then perhaps you should invest in an e-gate card, with 2-year validity.
E-gate cards are especially good when arriving back into Dubai to avoid the long queues at immigration. Residents of the UAE over the age of 17 can get an e- gate card which works in all Terminals or added on the Emirates National Identity Card, however this only seems to work at Terminal 3 when travelling with Emirates Airlines. The fee for this is Dhs 200. Read more

As the thermometer has crept up thoughts turn to cooler climes, but if you don’t have the time to travel far look no further than Oman. “Is that not still unbelievably hot?” I hear you ask. Well the answer is yes, apart from a small corner of the Arabian Peninsula that catches the Indian summer monsoon from mid June through to mid September, transforming the land into a green oasis called Salalah. Read more

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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