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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

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

It’s that time of year again when my children start to remember there are old people in the world! That time of year when parents arrive in Dubai in their droves to escape the harsh winters of Europe and North America to spend time with their families. Read more

musandam-dibba8This year early October (approx 4 October) will see Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Adha (feast of the sacrifice).  Muslims start their day visiting the Mosque dressed in their best clothes and follow this with special foods being served such as lamb and sweet dishes. Family & friends visit one another, presents are exchanged and homes are decorated.  Eid money is also given to charities to help the poor.

This holiday is locally known as the ‘Big Eid’ and for the majority of residents in the UAE this will mean a few days off work.  Many residents may feel this is just too soon after the summer break to travel overseas and will take these few days to enjoy our great beaches, parks and water-parks with the temperatures dropping (slightly) enabling us to finally get outside and away from the shopping malls. Read more

It can be difficult enough to stick to your exercise routine without throwing travel into the mix. Here are some suggested exercises to do while you’re away.

1. TRX
This handy fitness tool can easily be stashed away in your luggage. Theses suspension belts can be attached to any firm anchor point for a full body workout using your body-weight as resistance.
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My Travel Journal” as the title explains is a travel journal to be used by children while traveling to other cities and countries around the world. Often children are not sure what to write about, “My Travel Journal’’ is filled with prompts and interesting facts to look out for and write about. The journal takes a child from when the family decides to take a trip, to what to pack, where to stay, foreign words they will need, their favourite moments, facts on the city and country they visited, money matters and a world map to highlight cities they visited. There are also many pages that allow the child to write freely about their daily activities. Dedicated pages are available for drawing, creating a collage and attaching items they have collected on their trip. Read more

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