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ask louiseQuestionWe are going to Dubai for 2 years in October and I will be the trailing spouse. I have heard that utility companies will only deal with a man and because I will not have a work visa they won’t deal with me either.

Is this true? If so, how can we get round this problem? Read more

My Travel Journal” as the title explains is a travel journal to be used by children while traveling to other cities and countries around the world. Often children are not sure what to write about, “My Travel Journal’’ is filled with prompts and interesting facts to look out for and write about. The journal takes a child from when the family decides to take a trip, to what to pack, where to stay, foreign words they will need, their favourite moments, facts on the city and country they visited, money matters and a world map to highlight cities they visited. There are also many pages that allow the child to write freely about their daily activities. Dedicated pages are available for drawing, creating a collage and attaching items they have collected on their trip. Read more

ramadanThe start of the Holy month of Ramadan will fall on Sunday, June 29, 2014, the Sharjah Planetarium has confirmed.

Sharjah Planetarium said that the New Moon of Shawwal 1435 AH will be on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 2:42 (local time) for the UAE. Therefore, Monday, July 28, 2014, will be the start of Eid al-Fitr and the lunar month of Shawwal.

The daylight hours at the beginning of the month of Ramadan will be 13 hours and 45 minutes while the fasting period will be 15 hours and 15 minutes.

Towards the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, daylight hours will be 13 hours and 25 minutes, and the fasting period will be 14 hours and 55 minutes. Read more

If you have recently moved to Dubai or are intending to relocate soon, you may be wondering what activities the kids can do when temperatures hit the 40’s? Most of the schools are geared up for the heat and offer after school activities such as gymnastics, ballet, drama, basketball etc. that can all take place in-doors but what do you do with the kids at the weekend and holidays? Babies and toddlers can keep cool in the excellent play centres that are dotted all over town, but ever wondered how to entertain the older child? Can’t bear to see your child wasting hours in the arcade areas of the malls or worse – staring blankly at the TV? Expat Echo Dubai have put together a list that will help you so that, hopefully, you’ll never hear the words “Mum I’m bored!” Read more

ask louiseQuestionI have been living in Dubai for sometime, however where I live is still kind of desert area where No Buses are available and I’m looking for a Summer Camp for my 5.5 yr old son, but unfortunately can’t find any solution yet? I live in Layan Community, which is behind Arabian Ranches/ Motor City and looking for a Summer Camp for 2-3 weeks before we can go for a holiday as we both are working and unable to arrange the Transport for any camp? Read more

If you have recently moved to Dubai this maybe your first Ramadan in the Emirate and you may have lots of questions about this special time of year. A great place to get many of your questions answered is the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in the Bastakiya area of Dubai.

From 1st July until 26th July (approx) SMCCU will be hosting Iftar. Held in the courtyard of their beautiful wind-tower house in the heart of the historical Bastakiya, Old Bur Dubai, your evening will commence after the Read more

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