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ask louiseQuestionWe are my wife 2 kids 7 and 10 and I are from Mumbai India and are relocating to Dubai this academic year i.e 2015-16. We are looking to move in a community where the kids come out and play in common amenities. We are ok with apartments and villas. The kids have got admissions in JBS which is in Jumeriah. We would prefer something around, but that is not a necessary condition. Our clear priority is that the kids should play after school within the community along with other kids. kindly help… Read more

move-one-truckThere is a little bit more paper work to do now before moving in or out of some of Dubai’s more popular communities.  Emaar one of Dubai’s largest property developers now has a new ‘Move In Move Out Policy‘.

The objectives of the policy are to ensure: Read more

tyres“Are these used tyres?” we ask. “Yes, all the tyres that are wrapped in plastic are used tyres, the other ones are new,” answers the salesman.

Under the pretext of being customers interested in buying a tyre for the Honda Civic that we parked outside, we take a closer look at the used tyres, which clearly show cracks in the rubber.

“Isn’t this a problem?” “No, a new tyre will look the same after two months of usage,” the salesman answers. He insists that the sale of such ‘used’ tyres is not forbidden, and that nobody has ever inspected his shop. A set of four tyres will go for Dh400, about the same price as one new tyre of the kind.

The sale of tyres that are non-compliant with the standards applicable in the UAE is banned. Although there are plenty of reputable companies with honest salespeople, the shady tyre sales and repairmen are tarnishing the business. Read more

PET TAXIS DUBA1 Fridge-page-001Pet Taxis Dubai, were formed in late 2013 to supply a service to all animal lovers in the UAE. Due to animals being banned from travel on all forms of public transport Pet Taxis Dubai collect, transport and deliver pets to any vets, day care centres and spas etc. All drivers are UK expats who have had experience in a veterinary practice or in some other professional capacity working with animals. “Our drivers are all from a culture where animals are treated as an important member of the family which gives our customers real comfort in knowing that regardless of any eventuality the animal’s safety and comfort will be given priority”. Read more

Q Hi Louise, Are you aware of any good (and available in the next 3 months!) dermatologist in Dubai. I am really struggling to find someone who has good recommendations but they seem to be hard to find or are booked up for ages. Even the well known hospitals cant get me an appointment in the next 6 weeks…. Any ideas would be great! Thanks in advance. Read more

my-second-homeTHE world’s largest indoor dog park opens its doors over Easter to welcome guests of all shapes and sizes looking for an alternative to short walks around communities where they’re becoming less and less welcome.

My Second Home is the brainchild of a group of dog-loving marketing and sales specialists who’ve spotted a need to bridge the gap between boarding kennels and restrictive outdoor community play areas.

Situated in Dubai Investment Park and spread across the equivalent of 18 tennis courts – with two thirds indoors, the luxury pet resort and spa will eventually offer 200 luxury rooms and high-end suites together with indoor and outdoor pools. Guests can have their hotel room customised with favourite toys and comfort possessions and families will be able to keep an eye on them via webcam while away. Space-age 24/7 surveillance will also add peace of mind. Every room has a flat-screen tv and orthopaedic mattress. Read more

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