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When living in Dubai time seems to fly.  Over the past few years the UAE has become a popular venue for many of the worlds pop, sport and movie stars to add to their venue dates.

These maybe one off events but throughout the year Dubai (and Abu Dhabi) are host to many great events that take place annually. Many of these are so popular that tickets are sometimes hard to come by.  So don’t let this year be another year that flies by without you taking advantage of these world-class show stoppers – check out Expat Echo Dubai’s list below and put them in your diary now! Read more

steph2This week’s Into-yous features French expat Stephanie Duriez

Tell us a little about yourself:
Mother of 3 children, I am the founder and managing director of Secrets Fine Food. Even though I go back to France very often and I love my country, I enjoy my life as an expat. Being in contact with people with totally different backgrounds and histories fascinates me. Since childhood, I wanted to live abroad and I have been blessed to be able to realize this dream. Dubai is an extraordinary city where everything is possible. There are very few cities in the world offering so many opportunities and I am proud to be part of this development with my company Secrets Fine Food. Read more

ask louiseQuestionHello I am hoping you can help me. I am looking at taking a position with a major company near the Jumeirah beach, alas at the moment I don’t know the slightest thing about where too start with the general life things. I am married and have a seven year old child, who is fluent in both English and French. I am unsure if I will be given accommodation or not. Assuming I don’t get accommodation, where would be a good place to rent (I don’t mind commuting and would prefer my wife and daughter to be in a good area, near a good school). Next, what sort of school is good. My wife is concerned about crime and things for each of us to do. My list could be endless as you can imagine, I am just hoping for advice and general ideas.  Many thanks in advance. Read more

Whenever expats move to a foreign country for yet another expat assignment, they deal with the same problem, finding themselves wondering how to meet new people, make friends and get in touch with the international community. In some cities it may not be that easy to meet people from abroad. Read more

ask louiseQuestionHi, my son wants to celebrate his 7th birthday based on football theme, any thing indoor would be better.
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This subject always creates a lot of emotive conversation when brought up amongst expat parents. Since the creation of the Knowledge & Human Development Authority (KHDA) the teaching of Arabic in foreign private schools has become a huge focus and the amount of hours the children get taught Arabic has increased. The KHDA state that any private school that has non-Arab students shall teach four Arabic Language classes per week for all grades through to Year 9 (age 13-14). The private schools are allowed to use their own language books after obtaining approval from the Authority. Read more

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