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dubai-tramThe Dubai Tram is schedule to open to the public on November 12th.  The majority of JBR and Marina residents who have witnessed the tram being constructed have had to live patiently through all the traffic chaos that this has brought with it. For other Dubai residents the Marina and JBR restaurants and hotels have always been popular evening hot-spots however, in recent months residents have tried to avoid the area for fear of being stuck in a traffic jam all night!

It has been constructed to link up to the Dubai Metro, water taxis and the Palm Monorail in the hope that commuters will be encouraged to leave their cars at home.  Expat Echo Dubai have put together some facts to help you use the new Dubai Tram.

 

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IMG_6359150 Students from Dubai’s Jumeirah College volunteered their time on the 11th year of the UNWTO World Responsible Tourism Day to clean up the Dubai desert whilst learning more about the local Bedouin’s connection to the desert along with their traditions, customs and cuisine.

The activity was the brainchild of Platinum Heritage Tourism, a Dubai based desert safari company specializing in authentic safari’s that showcase Dubai’s environmental and cultural heritage. “The desert is such a fragile environment” says Adam McEwan, founder and Managing Director of Platinum Heritage. “The effects of dune bashing, litter and modern development has significantly endangered the flora and fauna of the desert. Unless we educate people about how we can reverse these effects, we may lose this environmental heritage forever. Students are the voices of the future and they have become our enthusiastic conservation warriors”. Read more

dubai-writers'-centreA new cultural landmark celebrating the written and spoken word opens its doors today in the historic heart of Dubai. The Dubai International Writers’ Centre (DIWC), the first of its type in the Middle East, will be an international hub and a focal point for creativity, whilst also fostering an appreciation of the ways in which different cultures express themselves in the written and spoken form.

The DIWC was officially launched at a grand opening ceremony held in the Centre’s home in the picturesque Al Shindagha Historical Neighbourhood. Attendees, including superstars of the international writing world, top Arab authors and local dignitaries, were given a glimpse into the history of the region and treated to Nabati poetry recitals and cultural performances to commemorate the opening.

The DIWC provides a space for visiting writers and writers-in-residence, who will lead courses in creative writing in all its disciplines – fiction and non-fiction; poetry; lyrics; play-writing; film scriptwriting and calligraphy. Read more

quoz-art-festivalAlserkal Avenue and ArtintheCity are pleased to announce the third edition of the Quoz Arts Festival, the first and only arts festival of its kind in the UAE, on 8 November 2014. The community-based event returns with an expanded programme, which will offer public events spanning design, music, art and film, across 45 creative spaces in Al Quoz’s arts district. Running from 10am till 10pm, the festival is free to attend and is open to all, making it a great initiative for the community to get involved in the local arts scene.

This year’s line-up will include live art and public murals by local artists, workshops, film screenings, gallery openings, live music performances and a street food market. Dedicated family-friendly events and workshops will take place through the day catering to children and parents alike. Read more

runway-dubaiRunway 2015 is an event that everyone is talking about and looking forward to. Held on Thursday 27th November 2014 at the Sofitel, Palm Jumeirah you will even have to travel underwater to get to this exclusive event (via a tunnel at least!) Arrive early so that you can soak up the fun atmosphere that only a carnival inspired fashion show can bring! RWD is a multi-cultural platform that has been created to feature who are hiding somewhere! This event provides the opportunity for otherwise ‘hidden’ talent to be pushed to the forefront.

Unusually the first of it’s themed kind, RWD 2015 is set to be unique. Guests will be expected to adhere to the strict black and white dress code if they wish to watch and enjoy the show without receiving a 500dhs fine. Be on the look-out for the fine-giving RWD Fashion Police! These proceedings will be donated to fashion students at the Campustar Design College featuring in the show, to help fund their studies. The monochrome dress code also serves a dual purpose in terms of bringing awareness of the preservation of the local dress; Kandora and Abaaya, the cultural attire of people in the region. Read more

You’re all excited as you have finally clinched that great job in Dubai. Sunshine all year long and great hospitality on your doorstep but it is the search for schools that is on your mind. Dubai is lucky enough to be served by many excellent schools, some attaining outstanding results but with so many listed on the Internet, how do you choose? Well, if possible try not to sign on a property until you have secured school places for your child as you could find yourself traveling unnecessary kilometers each day, driving children to and from school and activities. Read more

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