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With Ramadan likely to be called on Thursday here are some or the do’s and don’ts during the Holy month.

There’s no doubt that for non-Muslim expats life in Dubai changes during Ramadan, but it’s equally true that this annual observance provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the traditional culture and cuisine of our fair Emirate. Tolerant though it is, Ramadan serves as healthy reminder that Dubai remains a predominantly Muslim city. As such, it is vital to understand the rules of public conduct during the Holy Month. Here are some essential do’s and don’ts to steer you in the right direction. But remember, Muslim or not, all can appreciate the overarching themes this month, that of of tolerance, compassion, gratitude and above all charity. Read more

driving too closeBeware from July 2015 Dubai police will be using radars to catch motorists who do not keep a safe distance away from the car in front of them.

Beginning from next month, July 2015, Dubai Police will use radars to catch motorists who don’t keep enough distance between vehicles, an offence also commonly referred to as tail-gating.
Fines and black points for violators will also be issued, according to Major General Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Assistant Commander, Operations, Dubai Police.
The fine for not maintaining a safe distance is Dhs 400 and four black points.

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Summer Camps  4Take time this weekend to have a look at our updated list of Summer Camps for 2015  Read more

Ask LouiseQuestionWe have recently moved to Dubai and want to know if it’s better to buy or rent a car here 

AnswerYou need first to find out if you and your family will actually enjoy living here and for how long.  For these reasons many expats  start off by looking at the short-term option rather than taking on the long-term financial commitment of purchasing a car.  It is worth noting that renting in the UAE is relatively cheap compared to renting in the UK or the States. However, the car market in Dubai is very seasonal with the summer months being an excellent time to grab a bargain as expats depart Dubai and Ramadan offers this year may mean buying is a better option for you. Here you can find out how to purchase a car and a list of car hire companies.

National insuranceAn interesting article by our friend Jessica Cook about British expats and maintaining your National Insurance contributions.

It is important that British expats understand the rules in relation to their eligibility to the state pension.
The purpose of paying Voluntary National Insurance contributions is to secure entitlement to various UK National
Insurance benefits like the basic State Pension. It has agreements with Reciprocal Agreement Countries and European Economic Area (EEA) regarding special benefits.
Living abroad and not paying UK National Insurance Contributions (NICs) may restrict your access to these benefits Read more

Screen-Shot-2015-06-09-at-5.03.23-PM-300x203UAE animal welfare groups warn of ‘worst summer’ ever for abandoned pets. 

At least 25 pets are being abandoned every day on UAE streets in what volunteers have branded the ‘worst summer’ they have seen in six years of rescuing animals.

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