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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

ask louiseQuestionMy rental agreement states that maintenance of air-conditioners, plumbing etc is included in my rent however, every-time something goes wrong and I phone agent up who looks after the villa they send maintenance company out to look at job and send them the cost then wait for the money to come from the landlord who is overseas.  This sometimes takes weeks or in recent cases never – meanwhile leaving me with air-conditioners that don’t work or toilets that don’t flush.  Is this normal practice? Read more

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

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