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Expat Chat Dubai – A forum for expats moving to or living in Dubai

A forum provides an online community for expatriates, whether they are considering relocating to Dubai, newcomers or expat veterans of Dubai.
Expat Chat Dubai is a platform for in-depth discussions, questions, answers and sharing of information amongst Dubai’s large, multicultural expatriate population. Read more

I was in a discussion recently about the age at which a young baby can fly and it made me wonder if there were any set rules governing this. The answer is that there is no standard regulation, so it entirely depends on the airline you wish to fly. Some airlines will allow a 2 day old to fly if you have a letter of clearance from your GP, others have a 7 day rule. Or it could even be longer if a baby was born prematurely or there were complications at birth. Mums may also require a letter of clearance from a GP especially if the baby was born via c-section, or if you had a particularly difficult labour. If you need to fly very shortly after your baby is born then the best thing to do is to check the airline’s policy and also check with your GP. Read more

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a holiday in America that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776. It is a day of family celebrations traditionally marked with picnics and barbecues. Activities associated with the day include watermelon or hotdog eating competitions and sporting events, such as baseball games, three-legged races, swimming activities and tug-of-war games. If you are an American living in Dubai and maybe feeling a bit home-sick at this time of year Expat Echo Dubai have found some venues across the Emirate where you can join in the celebrations. Read more

SalikRTA has removed the 24 AED maximum daily charge for the Salik tolling system; the decision will be effective starting from the 15th of July.

RTA has confirmed that the decision will only affect a small percentage of Salik users, and that the average user will not be affected, since around 95% of private vehicles do not exceed six trips per day. RTA clarified that the aim of this decision is to encourage drivers to use Read more

ask louiseQuestionHi, I’d like to know what are the top French pre-schools in Dubai. Thank you Read more

We are likely to move to Dubai in the coming months and will be moving with our dog. We are keen to know if pets are allowed in motor city apartments since we plan to stay in that area. Also could you recommend options for short term rental where we can stay with our dog? Read more

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