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move-one-truckFor any expat, shipping the contents of a home to a new country is a nerve-wracking experience. There is always the worry that items might be stolen, lost or damaged by water or fire.

But in an age where companies can easily be named and shamed online, expats like to assume their belongings will arrive on time and in perfect condition.

But that is not always the case.

“I’d say one out of every three or four international shipments has some sort of claim for damage,” says Curt Clements, chief executive of Dubai-based Move One Inc, which has been in the moving business since 1992 and operates in 41 countries. Read more

There’s no doubt that for non-Muslim expats life in Dubai changes during Ramadan, but it’s equally true that this annual observance provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the traditional culture and cuisine of our fair Emirate. Tolerant though it is, Ramadan serves as healthy reminder that Dubai remains a predominantly Muslim city. As such, it is vital to understand the rules of public conduct during the Holy Month. Here are some essential do’s and don’ts to steer you in the right direction. But remember, Muslim or not, all can appreciate the overarching themes this month, that of of tolerance, compassion, gratitude and above all charity. Read more

ask louiseQuestionI am thinking of moving to Arabian Ranches but don’t drive.  Will I be able to get back and forth from the commercial center where the shops in the Ranches are located by public transport. Read more

Summertime can be challenging enough for you and me during the sizzling summers in Dubai, but for our furry, four-legged, best friends it can be downright dangerous if they are not cared for properly. Risk factors include dehydration, heatstroke and even drowning. Do not fear! Below is a list of key tips to aid you in keeping your family pet cool, happy and healthy during the blistering summer. Read more

dubai-sports-worldStaying in Dubai for the summer but worried your fitness level will drop, and all that hard work you have put in the past year will go to waste? Well it won’t!

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced its partnership for the forth year running with leading professional sports academies and clubs for Dubai Sports World 2014, which will be held from 11 June to 30 August in the cool of the air-conditioning of the Dubai World Trade Centre halls.  Dubai Sports World is the largest indoor sports event in the Middle East. Prominent sporting establishments and renowned athletic trainers including IFA Sport, California Tennis Academy, G Force Cricket Academy, Original Fitness C, Rage Indoor Skateboard Camp and many more will provide an outstanding experience for visitors this summer, through training, mentoring, competitions and fitness programmes. Read more

difcDubai decree provides mechanism for calculating maximum increase permitted upon renewing a lease

The Dubai decree on rental increases issued at the end of last year has significant implications for the current practice of landlords in the DIFC. Previously, there was no rent cap law in the DIFC.

Now, Decree No. 43 of 2013 — on ‘Determining the Increase in the Real Estate Rentals in the Emirate of Dubai’ — also determines the extent to which rents may be increased in the free zones, and expressly refers to its applicability in the DIFC. As a whole, the decree applies to landlords in all of Dubai.

The decree provides a mechanism for calculating the maximum rent increase permitted, if at all, upon renewing a lease. The calculation is determined by reference to the average rental value in the area where the property is located and the percentage to which the rent pre-renewal falls short of that.

Article 1 of the decree sets out the maximum increase in rent allowed, depending on the difference between the rental amount and the average rent paid in the area. No rent increase is permitted where the rental amount is up to 10 per cent less than the average rental in the same area. Read more

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