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hananeThis week’s Into-yous features French Moroccan expat Hanane

Tell us a little about yourself:
I come from Morocco and I lived in France for 15 years where I studied Finance in a management business school. I have spent 6 years working in a consulting company.

However, my passion for the culinary art and my desire to make it discover crept up on me. So, I renounced to my career as a Financial manager in order to live fully my passion.

I had the opportunity to open my own restaurant in Paris, where I have been able to share my passion for the Moroccan authentic cuisine and to reveal its secrets through the organisation of private courses and publication of recipes in local magazines.

Actually, I am living in Dubai, married and mum of a little boy and I am continuing my activity but with an other version: I am organizing Moroccan cooking classes and catering services. Read more

twitter360,000 Twitter users in UAE who share around 2.5 million tweets per day
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority,TRA, has launched a white paper regarding Twitter usage which comes as part of ‘The UAE Social Media White Papers’ collection.

The series of awareness documents are designed specifically to highlight the terms and conditions of the most popular social networks in use in the UAE. The latest release focuses on Twitter, which has around 360,000 users in the UAE who share around 2.5 million tweets per day.

The laws of the UAE prohibit the publication of content which is contrary to public morals, the principles of Islam and the social and moral welfare of the State or any content that contains irreverence towards Islam and any other heavenly religions. The content must also respect the UAE Government, its leadership, political institutions and ultimately the country’s cultural heritage and social norms and customs. In reference to ‘Twitter’, the white paper highlighted the following information as a priority for all respective subscribers: Read more

Missing CatPet’s Name or Answers To:  Ginger

Last Seen or Found (when and where):  Springs 7, July 13th evening

Microchip Number:  Not sure

Municipality Tag Number:  Unknown, but registered

Collar Color:  Not wearing

Pet’s Description:

Ginger is medium sized male cat, not neutered, very friendly and chatty, loves cuddles.
He left our house at Springs 7 on Sunday evening ( July 13th) for his regular night ventures, but has not returned back. Read more

first-aidMake safeguarding your family a priority this summer and learn core first aid skills such as CPR, choking techniques and the recovery position along side how the laws here in ‪Dubai could affect you as an expat.

Come to the KIDS Initiative FREE first aid and family safeguarding workshop tomorrow, 10am at The Jam Jar behind the Dubai Garden Centre off SZR.

Reserve your place now via the website – places are limited: Read more

Q  Where can I get a international driving license from. My family and I are traveling to in three weeks and only have a UAE license.

A Hi, You can obtain an international driving license from DNATA on Sheikh Zayed Road next to the Marriot Marquis Hotel. Documents required include passport copy,  Visa copy, 2 PP sized photos and your valid UAE license.

livfreshrThose moving to the emirate will find themselves floating in a fantastically vibrant social atmosphere. Dubai dishes up a heady dose of everything in its supersized form, from water parks to world-class restaurants. For the expat whose idea of fun is cruising the aisles, the city center can be exhilarating; with selections of malls, souks and specialist stores everywhere you go.

Surrounded by the sultry heat of desert, expats will find that the lifestyle in Dubai largely revolves around activities that leave us all strapped for time as we try to balance work with our ever growing social endeavors. As a result it can be difficult to take a hard look at what we are putting into our body to fuel our ambitions and excited lifestyles. A common trap that many moving to the emirate will fall into, one that I was most unfortunate to fall into myself, was the ease of which I could have anything delivered to my doorstep. With the stresses of relocating, making headway in your new position, uprooting your families and beginning over again, it is easy to take advantage of the huge array of different fast food (even McDonalds delivers to most areas now!). One of the biggest culprits when it comes to piling on those killer kilos is the extravagant brunches that play a big role in expats social lives. Read more

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