Being an expat in a foreign country involves a steep learning curve (that much you can expect) and sure, Dubai will leave you scratching your head more than once when you first arrive. But it is also true that you have many aha! moments to look forward to, the kind that will lead you to revel in your own resourcefulness. So whilst you should proceed with the quiet confidence that you will inevitably adjust to your new life with the wisdom of time and aided (of course) by the essential reading on Expat Echo Dubai, we know there are just somethings you’d rather ask someone and know immediately! Read more
There is certainly no set rule that says that you must tip in Dubai however the general consensus amongst expats seems to be a resounding you should indeed tip. Perhaps the happy residue of stringent tipping stipulations in many of our home countries. The expat voice of reason however is slightly more muffled when one posses the questions; how much should you tip, when and which services (if any) are excluded from our strongly held belief in tipping. So what on earth shall dictate our social and financial decorum in the absence of hard and fast rules to follow? Answer, majority rules, empathy and common sense of course. The team at Expat Echo Dubai summarizes… Read more
The Cultural Night Market will have an artsy local and cosmopolitan atmosphere where you can embrace local emerging talents in music, painting, sculpture, dance, and theater, while enjoying a world of flavors with food from around the world. There will be family and kid’s oriented art activities, vintage & second hand shopping and much, much more! Read more
There’s never a dull moment in Dubai. One of the best things about living in our fair Emirate is that throughout the year, on any given day, there is always something new or exciting to see and do. Whether it is the official opening of yet another world’s largest for Dubai, an annual festival, a street parade or a market fair there is bound to be something that tickles your fancy.
Here are just some of the things happening in and around Dubai this month… Read more
Since moving to Dubai, does your hair look or feel differently? Is it drier than you remembered? Does more seem to shed in the shower or when brushing than used to? The team at Expat Echo Dubai hears this from those new to Dubai all the time, many of whom write to Ask Louise to inquire why that is. It seems a lot of expats living in Dubai want reassurance that they are not alone in this and to know how they can remedy the effects and maintain their lustrous locks. So we asked an expert to set the record straight, once and for all – what affect does living in Dubai have on our hair and what can we do about it? Read more
Bringing up teenagers in any city in the world has it’s trials and tribulations but for a huge expat community being a parent of a teenager suddenly means a whole new set of responsibilities. And while our children were little, no one will deny that having a maid to help out with the domestic drudgery meant we had more time to explore stimulating classes and play sessions but no amount of staff (well maybe a driver would help!) can provide respite from the often fraught path of teenage life.
Many of us have spent part of our summers back in our home countries where often teenagers can dress differently, behave differently, speak differently and importantly the repercussions of their behaviour are dealt with differently by the authorities than they are here. That’s not to say one system is better than the other, there are problems everywhere but this is where we live so we need to work within the confines of the norms here. Read more