Do you ever feel like you’re living on a roller coaster? When I was an expat I careered from exhilarating highs to disheartening lows — sometimes in the same day. And especially around the holidays, when heightened expectations and the ache of missing family and friends made for some stressful moments.
I’ve written before about the ingenuity required to recreate family traditions during St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Christmas. Of course it’s comforting to observe the familiar rituals you remember from back home, but that’s not always possible. It’s funny, though — it’s often what you do to fill in the gaps that make these times so special, not what you’ve been forced to leave out.
Doing Easter the fusion way
Although it might seem that time-honoured traditions are carved in stone, they actually Read more
The TwinsPlus Festival 2013 is now bigger and better than ever!
This one of a kind occasion is the place to be for families and friends of Multiples to meet, share their experiences, get tips and have a fun day, filled with entertainment and activities. The TwinsPlus Festival is scheduled to take place at Zabeel Park on the 22nd of March, 2013 from 10 AM to 7 PM. The venue was chosen after taking into consideration factors such as ease of access, with the metro, being one of the factors. Read more
One of the wonderful things about living in Dubai is that it’s a cultural melting pot. The UAE provides exposure to new people, traditions and experiences on a daily basis. Although many of our backgrounds are different, it is fair to say that financial advancement was the motivator for many of us as we set out for the Middle East.
One of the dangers is that we start to neglect the investments we’ve left at home, especially our retirement nest eggs. Many expats make the natural assumption that their pension plans are safely locked away until they decide to put their feet up. However, there are some very good reasons to keep a close eye on your pension – especially if you are from the UK. Read more
Prices for one-bed apartment in Discovery Gardens at Dh35,000-45,000 pa
It’s official. Rentals of apartments in The Greens rose the highest, outperforming Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai, the two communities that saw the highest transaction activity and price increases last year.
Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Agency’s (Rera) latest rent index update for 2013 reveals that the cost of renting a studio, one- and two-bed apartment in The Greens, a community developed and managed by Emaar Properties, jumped by 22 per cent, 15 per cent and 28 per cent, respectively.
The index, which is updated thrice a year, puts current rents for studios between Dh45,000 and Dh55,000 per annum compared to Dh35,000 to Dh55,000 stated in 2012’s last index update. Read more