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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

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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