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uae-residence-visa-cancelledOfficial says no visa cancellation without payment of all traffic fines

Expatriates who have committed road offences will not be allowed to leave the UAE unless they pay all their traffic fines in line with new Interior Ministry measures.

The ministry said the new rules would be later expanded to cover all other financial obligations by expatriates seeking to cancel their visa and leave the country.

“We have linked procedures to cancel visas for expatriates with the payment of all their traffic fines. Read more

Aspergers1-638x358As an author of six books on Asperger Syndrome, it is natural that I am asked by friends and acquaintances, and complete strangers who found my name on the web, how well Dubai caters for those on the autistic spectrum and for special needs generally. Unfortunately, in the past, I was unable to give an informed answer. My children left Dubai schooling years ago, and I had not set foot in a special needs centre in Dubai in a very long time. However, I do know that when I last looked, about six years ago, there were a few very dedicated overworked people, struggling on limited resources, who tried their best to cope with the ever increasing number of autistic and special needs children and adults living in, and coming to, Dubai. Many families were forced to leave Dubai to get expert help. I would have said, back then, that Dubai as a whole did not cater all that well for special needs.

This all changed when the staff of Kinokuniya, that huge bookstore in the Dubai Mall, approached my UK publisher, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, at the London Book Fair. Kinokuniya wanted to give back to the Dubai community by helping to highlight Autism Read more

Ripe-DubaiEvery Friday morning Ripe will host their Food and craft Market at Safa Park, close to gate 5 by The Archive. They will have over 100 stall holders participating each week!

Each week you will find Ripe’s fresh organic fruit and vegetables as well as a wide selection of other local foodies selling delicious gourmet and speciality ingredients. Be sure to bring your picnic blanket and hamper ready to fill.

There will be arts and crafts, plenty of activities for the kiddies to enjoy, music, live cooking stations, workshops for the artistic, athletic and culinary alike!  In addition to all these activities there will be friendly and fun Open Air Yoga classes hosted by Phoenix Rising. Read more

ask louiseQuestionHello, we are a newly arrived European couple in our mid-40s looking to meet others in Dubai for social meetings, events, weekend lunches, etc. How best to hear about any such events. Read more

CNFC Gala Dinner BThe Legendary CNFC Gala Dinner Brings Glamour to the Game on Thursday 28th November

The hottest event of the year is almost here. Yes, the Dubai Rugby 7s will be drawing crowds from all over the world to bring together top sports stars and the very best in entertainment for all to enjoy. This fantastic sporting weekend will kick off with the legendary CNCF Gala Dinner, brought to you by Urban Events.

You can join the most exciting party in town in the company of some of the biggest international names in rugby. Make sure you dress to impress for the paparazzi as you grace the red carpet, whilst indulging in rugby banter. The dress code this year is Black Tie Glamour with a Blues Brothers Twist! So, be ready to ‘Shake Your Tail feather’ on the dance floor as you rub shoulders amongst stars such as Will Greenwood, Percy Montgomery, Austin Healey and Scott Robertson to name a few! Read more

Moving Tips 2Check your dog & cats Rabies vaccinations are kept up to date to avoid delays.

In the UAE dogs and cats should be vaccinated against Rabies every year. Rabies vaccinations should not have any gap when given for example a dog vaccinated on the 12th of March 2013 must be re-vaccinated on or before the 11th March 2014 and not 13th March 2014.  If the rabies vaccination has already expired and you intend to  travel the vaccine will have to be administered and the pet will have to wait 21 days before it can leave the country.

Before travelling some countries (eg Singapore & Australia) will require dogs and cats to get a blood serum test done to ensure the pet has rabies antibodies in their system –  the test should state the following:   ‘A test titre of .05 iu/ml or above indicates that the dog or cat has an acceptable rabies antibody level’ Read more

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