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ask-louiseQuestionI have just got a new Emirates I.D. card  which is valid for 1 year and want to add my E-gate to it. I live in Abu Dhabi. Where can I go, to have the E-Gate feature ‘added’ to my I.D. card? (My wife is getting a new card as well so I will change her card at the same time).

AnswerI presume you have Abu Dhabi residency if you live there and not Dubai. Either way it is a very simple process to add the e-gate to your ID card whether you are in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. There are many centers which will do this for you, follow the links to find out where is nearest to you Read more

1step propertiesAre you thinking of moving within Dubai? A survey has been done and shows more people are moving out of town and into the suburbs
The results of an online survey of 200 Dubai residents conducted by Movesouq.com, a comparison site for home services: 82 per cent experienced an increase in rents when they last renewed their rental contracts, even though we are told rents seem to be stabilizing. Read more

ask louiseQuestionIf I have a drivers license from Canada that expires in August 2016, can i get it transferred to a UAE license?
I was a student there when I obtained it but I do not have residency there anymore.

AnswerI’m sorry to say but as you are no longer a citizen of Canada you cannot transfer your license to a U.A.E. one.

You may be eligible to transfer your existing driving license, without having to take a driving test or going to a driving school, if you have a valid driving license from some countries. You have to be a citizen of the country given with current resident status in UAE. This means that former residents from these countries who may be holding permanent driver licenses are not eligible and you will have to follow all the steps to get a new license.

Canadian citizen’s require a letter from the Canadian Consulate in Dubai to verify that the license is genuine, before transferring your license. Read more

Image_ 01Take a look at this interesting article by Ruth Mendez. Ruth is a working mom of twin girls who works as a Community Manager for Afterschool.ae, the leading after school activity planning platform for kids and moms in Dubai.

A Snapshot of family expenses. In the latest survey done by the Statistics Centre in Abu Dhabi, there were 8,000 households that served as respondents for their efforts know the average income and expenditure of each household in UAE. Abu Dhabi is home to 55% of the total population of UAE and therefore, it’s a great location to understand and reflect the majority of the Emirati and Expat lifestyle. Read more

80-kmh-Speed-Limit-150x150Be warned the speed limit on Umm Suqeim Road and Al Qudra Road will be standardised at 80kph from June 1.  It is said it has been implemented to reduce and prevent accidents.
The limit will cover the sector from Sheikh Zayed Road to Emirates Road (formerly Dubai Bypass Road), according to the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority. Read more

mjobsHave you heard about the mjobs app?

This is a new app  that was launched by the Dubai Smart Government Department (DSG) on April 27th and has been downloaded by 15,700 users during the three weeks of its launch. It started from the Careers UAE Fair at the end of April 2015. If you’re looking for a new job this could be a great place to start.

The statistics revealed by DSG showed that 67,740 various operations were processed through the app from 18 government entities so far participating in the app and offering their job vacancies through it. As many as 3,000 people registered through the mJobs app itself, while 12,700 people applied for the announced job vacancies. Read more

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