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While Halloween is no where near as popular in Dubai as it is in North-America, we still have our fair share of fun parties and events to please the homesick expat!  Trick or treating is getting increasingly popular in Dubai’s expat communities such as The Springs, The Meadows, and Arabian Ranches.  Many parents choose to host Halloween parties at home with their little ones and friends.  The shops are already filling up with Halloween decorations, sweeties and costumes! Are you ready for a freakishly good time? Read more

ask louiseQuestionAny ideas to help my shy daughter (18 year) to meet teens and make friends? At the moment she is attending an English course in the morning but all the students are women 10-20 years older than herself.  We live in Dubai Marina. Read more

ask louiseQuestionPlease advise requirements for sponsoring both parents if I set-up my own business in the UAE.

AnswerHere is the answer from the experts at Move One Relocation

Should bring both of parents, otherwise attested death/divorce certificate or any other reason to be submitted. Such certificate must be attested from UAE Embassy in home country and Foreign Affairs in UAE.

Parent(s) should be in UAE on Visit/Tourist visa while applying residence visa for them. This condition may be exempted if parent(s) had visited UAE before

It is not allowed to combine between the parents and parents-in-law, means should choose either parents or parents-in-law. Read more

people talkingRelocating to a new city means meeting and making new friends.  If you have children of school age meeting people is slightly easier but many people relocate to Dubai without kids so that expat has to make an extra effort to meet people. A great way to do this is do join a social club!  There are a variety of social clubs in Dubai from hobby clubs, women’s clubs, sports clubs, etc.  This directory will focus on Nationality specific social clubs as well as women’s clubs.  Nothing better for a homesick expat then to make a few new friends from “home”.

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garden-in-dubaiWhen renting a villa with a garden in Dubai usually the maintenance of the garden is the tenants responsibility. Often when new tenants move into the villa the garden has died off due to the villa being left vacant for a few weeks or months and so the garden has not been watered.

The up keep of a garden is something to be put in your budget when searching for a villa as it can be expensive because of the amount of water they ‘eat up’.  Don’t be fooled by that corner villa with a huge lawn – remember this will need to be watered and sometimes of the year twice a day!  In reality there is also a limited amount of time you and your children will spend in the garden.  From May to October the balcony doors will be kept hermetically sealed  due to the intense heat and the garden will only be for looking at.

It is worth thinking about putting an irrigation system into the garden (many will come with one) as it is more efficient.  The plants around the borders can be watered through a ‘drip irrigation system‘. Read more

ask louiseQuestionI was wandering, is there any programs in Dubai for women football. I am 18. Read more

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