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dog-and-cat-cuddle-150x150It is at this time of year that a lot of people are relocating families. Their most precious shipment is the household pet. When your furry friend boards a plane, you want to make sure they are in safe and competent hands. Move One Pet Transportation  is an accredited member of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), one of the first service providers in the Central/Eastern European region to hold this status.
When shipping your pet to join you at your new destination you will want to make sure they are going to be as comfortable as possible.  Move One Pet Transportation advises to let your pet get accustomed to the kennel before it travels, it usually takes two to five days to adjust to the kennel environment.  To avoid air sickness make sure you give your pet a small meal no later than 12 hours before the flight.  Avoid using sedatives or tranquilizers on your pet as they may lead to injuries during transport and lastly place a blanket, towel, or shredded paper at the bottom of the kennel for your pet’s comfort but do not include any chewable toys. Read more

ask-louiseQuestionI received an offer to move to Dubai but have 4 children and 1 of them are disabled  (cerebral palsy, wheel chair), I need to find out if there is schools that can cater for kids with disability and if so what is the going fees for such a school in Dubai.

AnswerPlease take a look at our comprehensive list of schools in our directory. Depending on whether your child is in main stream schooling or not will depend on which school you choose. A lot of secondary schools have several floors and not a lot of elevators so this might will narrow your choice down. There are also special needs schools in Dubai where schools fees are approximately 40,000 AED per year, one of which is The Dubai Center For Special Needs

wills-probate-The first Common Law, English wills and
probate service for non-Muslims in the Middle-East.

Everyone suffers when they have a death in the family, whether they are locals, foreigners, Muslims, or Arabs. Sharia had set fixed regulations to distribute inheritance among family members, namely parents, spouses and children.

The Wills and Probate Registry provides a first-of-its-kind service that allows eligible individuals the ability to register their wills according to the principles of testamentary freedom, meaning the freedom to dispose of their property upon death as they see fit.
The UAE is the first jurisdiction in the Middle East where non-Muslims can make a will under international-recognised Common Law principles. Read more

The summer holidays have just about started and if you are not planning to travel to a cooler climate, you will be looking for ways to entertain the children – at the same time, trying your best to avoid the soaring summer heat.

 How to survive the summer with a toddler.  Expat Echo Dubai has come up with a few ideas… Read more

80-kmh-Speed-Limit-150x150Don’t forget, on  June 1st the speed limit will changed! Be 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.

To pay or not to pay? That is the question.
This question keeps coming up so time to revisit it.
It is an inconvenient truth that no expat working in Dubai is immune to the risk of redundancy or job loss. Should these trials arise at the start of summer, when many expats depart on vacation and recruitment grinds to a near halt, an individual faces additional pressure. In this situation, it would cross many a person’s mind to board a flight with their family and vow not to return to the UAE, seemingly leaving their debts and troubles behind. Unfortunately for those that do make this unwise decision, there is rarely a happy ending. In this article we will consider the laws in relation to debt and debt recovery and how these apply to expatriates in the UAE. Read more

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