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mini-exchange-dubaiMini Exchange is a new concept providing an on line marketplace for parents to buy and sell new and like-new kids’ clothing, accessories, fancy dress & school uniform. Mini Exchange does the hard work for sellers and gives buyers easy access to discounted branded and designer clothes. Items are collected from sellers for free and quality-checked by the team. They are then professionally photographed, described and listed on the site. When they sell, Mini Exchange deposits the profits directly into the seller’s account. Buyers can order from the comfort of their own homes and are assured that items purchased are nothing less than perfect – genuine, freshly laundered and in great condition.

Mini Exchange launches with over 500 products and with prices starting from as low as 50 AED. The site stocks a diverse range of labels and items from GAP pyjamas to luxury Dior dresses, catering to a wide range of tastes and budgets. Read more

photo-holidaysA holiday has been announced for the public sector as well as private sector workers who have a two-day weekend (Friday and Saturday) to mark the birth  of Prophet Mohammed.

In the private sector employees who work a 6 day week will have Saturday (11 Jan) as a holiday and those who work a 5 day week will have Sunday (12 Jan) as a holiday.

Moving Tips 2A month before your big move put a day in the diary to get into the depths of your food cupboards and go through all your supplies.  Dispose of all those items which are past their ‘sell by date’ (we all have those cake making ingredients we only used once in 2008!).  For the next few weeks aim to run down the rest of your food stocks including your frozen foodstuffs as moving companies will not move food as they cannot give a guarantee on the health & safety of food stuffs.  Read more

university-studentsWhen it comes time for students and parents to research global universities for undergraduate study, families in Dubai typically look to the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and Singapore. While American universities continue to dominate the global rankings lists, many families choose to apply exclusively to British universities, because they are perceived to be less expensive, particularly for international students, than their American counterparts. In many cases, this is not true and, increasingly, pursuing an undergraduate education in the US is less costly than the same course of study in the UK.

According to a recent study by HSBC, Australia is the most expensive destination for overseas students, with a total cost of attendance exceeding $38,000 per year, followed by the US at $35,000 and the UK at approximately $30,000 per year, respectively. Since the Read more

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARents across Dubai’s major master communities have risen by 8-20%

Rents across Dubai’s major master communities have risen by 8 to 20 per cent in the first rental index update of 2014 compared to the last rent index of 2013, Emirates 24|7 can reveal.

The index is updated by Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera), the regulatory arm of Dubai Land Department, every four months.

Lease rates for studios in International City, Dubai Investment Park and Discovery Gardens have gone up by 16 to 20 per cent in the new index compared to the final update of 2013.

Studio rents in International City now range between Dh30,000 to Dh35,000 per annum, while rents for studios in Dubai Investment Park, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Discovery Gardens are currently between Dh25,000 and Dh35,000 pa, Dh35,000 and Dh40,000 pa and Dh40,000 to Dh45,000 pa, respectively. Read more

ask louiseQuestionDo dogs  need passports to enter UAE? I have a Dog, his breed is lhasa Apso. He’s in the Philippines right now and I would like to bring him here. All I have with me now is his birth certificate and his vaccination book is with him. Read more

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