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frane-ladies-dubaiFrench Ladies Dubai was created over a year ago, and now has over 1,600 lady members. Yes! It is a group 100% for women, with the objective to help each other here in Dubai and the others Emirates, share information, tips and so on. We all know that Expat life is not that easy, especially for women!

As well as helping each other out the group organizes events.  When possible they hold an event once a month for  newcomers, to socialize and share their experiences. However, if any member lady wants to meet with the others at any other time, she can do so and post it on the page. Read more

Well, I guess that depends on whether they are professionals or the ‘Jack of All Trades’ type that turn up all too frequently with only a hammer – no matter what the job is that you need!
Very few people understand what actually takes place as part of a proper service of an Air Conditioning (AC) system, as there isn’t much to see, apart from either the legs of a technician with his head in the ceiling or an empty ladder once they have disappeared onto the roof.

Colin Thomas, Business Partner at Jim Will Fix It Services, takes us through what actually should happen when the technician disappears out of site (and sometimes out of mind). Read more

raviWhat is ‘Highlife Dubai’?
Sponsored by Pan-Arabia Enquirer, ‘Highlife Dubai’ is a collection of 18 artworks inspired by vintage travel and tourism ads of the first half of the 20th Century.  In the same style, they tell the story of the ‘good life’ we lead here in Dubai. For westerners, middle class and those that enjoy the privileges that an ex-pat life in Dubai can bring, the collection aims to be tongue-in-cheek advertising of the places, services and situations that we all know and love around the city.

The Artist
Clare Napper is an artist and graphic designer who has lived in Dubai for 8 years.  Last year she quit her job in advertising to set up her own design studio and pursue independent art projects.  “Dubai offers a lifestyle that must be one of the best in the world, and as a designer I was keen to find a creative outlet for my time lording it up here! I wanted to create some ‘real’ souvenirs with a deeper insight into life out here that ex-pats can take away as fond memories; after all, many of us won’t be here forever.” Read more

ask louiseQuestionI work in Al Barsha 2. My wife and kids, 2 years and a newborn will be shifting in with me early next year. I am struggling to decide on settling down at Al Barsha, Tecom or JLT. My wife prefers JLT because the facade looks good, and due to the close proximity to the beaches. I on the other hand, prefer to get it in Al Barsha to be able to walk to office. I intend to get a car eventually,but am waiting for my emirates ID to do the conversion. I am keen to find a place that is nearby to the Metro and has Nurseries nearby for my eldest kid. My budget is 75K. Read more

Bansko1If an afternoon on the Ski Dubai slope isn’t enough to satisfy your snow cravings, now that Winter has arrived in Europe it could be time to explore a different destination. Wizzair is offering direct flights from Dubai to Sofia, Bulgaria where the snow is already falling.

Bulgaria’s largest and newest ski resort, Bansko is a 2 hour transfer from Sofia airport and is a unique ski resort if you fancy a break from the norm. The resort was built in 2005 with all modern lifts and infrastructure, on the mountain above a UNESCO Heritage site. After a day on the slopes you can wander around the winding cobbled streets, discover hidden taverns and see traditional Bulgarian life carrying on in the old town. Read more

dubaisustainibilityjam-logoThe Sustainability Jam is a design-based approach to creativity that will meet at locations all over the world. The Jam was initiated by service designers, and the aim is to think about new services from the point of view of sustainability – perhaps designing new services to help people be more sustainable.

Everyone is welcome – service designers, object designers, sustainability experts, professors, business people, teachers, hackers, makers, artists, students, kids, mums and grandpas – you will form teams and work together for 48 hours to create brand-new real-world ideas which can make a difference. Read more

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