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UAE Money What most people don’t know about end of service gratuity in the UAE.

Even if the contract was not updated the end of service will be calculated based on the actual salary, and not on the amount which is listed on the contract. Any regular bonus or regular commission will be added as part of the basic salary and will be calculated in the end of service calculation. If the bonus or commission it is not a fixed amount, and varies from month to month the average of the bonus/commission will be added to the basic salary. Read more

relocating childrenThird Culture Kids are resilient creatures, but like adults, many find the move back to their passport country especially difficult. As parents, it’s our job to help them readjust. It takes preparation, patience and sensitivity, and I know from experience that it’s not always easy.

(While it’s normal for children to struggle with this final relocation, kids who have a worrying amount of trouble adjusting might benefit from professional counselling, preferably with a therapist familiar with Third Culture Kids.)
Grief is common among repatriating TCKs

Children aren’t always able to express their grief in ways that adults understand — they may not understand it themselves — but they have a right to mourn the end of the familiar. By not acknowledging children’s grief, parents send the message that their feelings aren’t important. Read more

ask louiseQuestionWhen a property changes owner with a sitting tenant inside. What should the new owner be doing according to UAE law? Read more

Moving Tips 2When 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

Back to school in SharjahRevised school hours primarily affect Year 1 until Year 13

Schools in Dubai have announced reduced Ramadan timings this summer.

Many schools have started informing parents about the revised school hours, which primarily affect Year 1 until Year 13.

“Please be aware that Ramadan is scheduled to commence on Thursday, June 18, 2015.  School operating hours will be from 8am to 1 pm.” Read more

attested-documents-in-dubaiMaking the move to a new country will inevitably involve a little bit of hassle. In addition to the emotional stress of leaving close friends and family behind, it should involve undertaking some necessary practical steps in order to make your transition as smooth as possible. For example, which documents will require attestation for use in your new chosen country of residence? Many travelers tend to skip this vital step in the preparation process, only to find that they could have saved themselves much difficulty and delay. The following article will explain how you should go about attesting documents required for a move to the United Arab Emirates, concentrating specifically on marriage certificates and educational certificates. Read more

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