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DEWA-Housing-FeesWhen moving to Dubai and looking for property it is important to budget for the ‘Housing Fee‘ which needs to be paid for on top of your rent.

This fee  is imposed by the Dubai Municipality.

Dubai Municipality is one of the largest governmental institutions  in charge of cultural and heritage development, apartments and buildings regulation, food control, drainage network, sewage treatment, public parks, public health and safety, and various other municipal affairs and services.

The Housing Fee is calculated as 5% of the yearly rental charges which is then divided into 12 equal installments and added each month to your DEWA (water and electricity bill).  Dubai Municipality base your annual rent on the Dubai Rent Index so if this is too high you must contact the municipality and advise them of your rent. Read more

Every year in Dubai there are hundreds of dogs (both young and old) that are abandoned and often euthanised. Many people who abandon their dogs in Dubai are expats who come to Dubai, get themselves a puppy and, upon leaving the country, decide not to/realise they cannot take their dogs with them.

Sometimes the reason is financial, other times the dog may be subject to long quarantine periods or unable to be brought back into the country for environmental reasons (massive climate changes etc…) and sometimes people are just plain irresponsible. Irrespective of their reasons, Dubai’s transient expat population is a large contributor to the homeless dog population in the UAE and as such there is a definite need for better awareness of this issue. Read more

Beach in dubaiWhen you move to Dubai one of the most pleasant surprises to greet most new expats is how lovely the beaches are. Miles and miles of golden white sand and apart from the weekend they are practically empty.  Thanks to the Dubai Municipality they are regularly cleaned and the water is crystal clear.

The main downside to the beach is come May it is just too hot to enjoy them and even the ocean is like stepping into a luke warm bath.  However, from mid-October through to May they are well worth a regular visit.  The best bit is they are FREE so what are you waiting for throw a beach chair, and cooler into the back of the car and off you go!  Expat Echo Dubai explains where all these beaches are. Read more

Missing CatPet’s Name or Answers To:  Jewels
Last Seen or Found (when and where):  29 September 2014
Microchip Number:
Municipality Tag Number:
Collar Color:  no

Pet’s Description:
British short hair. 2 years old. Last seen 55b street, near small Spinneys  in Mirdif (next to Emirates British nursery). Indoor cat. Read more

Dubai-Airport-Freezone-DAFZAQ. What is a free zone? Why do some companies opt to set up their business in free zones?

A. In general, a free zone or free trade zone may be described as a portion of a city or a clearly designated area in a country apportioned for business activities such as the receipt and storage of goods without any import duties, and where commercial/industrial operations may be carried on and certain taxes or restrictions on business or trade do not apply.

What makes free trade zones attractive for business is the tax exemption they offer; and, especially in the UAE where regular companies are required to have a UAE national sponsor, the fact that businessmen get to enjoy 100% ownership and control of their business. Read more

For many new residents it maybe a couple of months since you moved to Dubai.  The home has finally been found, furniture has arrived and curtains hung.  The children seem settled and are busy with their new friends and your husband is busy getting to grips with his new job and probably a lot of travel.  However, at this moment in time it maybe you the trailing spouse who is suddenly left feeling a bit lonely and unsure of how to meet new friends.

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