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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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