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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

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

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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