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ask louiseQuestionI relocated to Dubai from Scotland with my pet dog diva. I rented a 1 bed apartment and was told that as long as she didn’t disturb the neighbors it was fine. Nothing is mentioned in the contract about pets which I believe is standard out here. After 3 days of living here the security stopped me and told me no pets are allowed and management are issuing eviction notices for anyone with dogs. Read more

With Dubai being the multi-cultural hub that it is, it is no surprise that there is a wide variety of activities for expats to participate in.  What do you like to do with your down time?  What relaxes you and takes your mind off every day life… a hobby!  Which particular hobby are you enthusiastic about and want to take part in? Read more

At this time of year, the weather is perfect and residents tend to spend more time outside enjoying the gorgeous weather but unfortunately this also brings it problems for your skin.  Here’s some tips from a specialist on how to protect and take care of your, and especially your kids skin.

This near perfect weather makes you want to be at the pool and on the beach even more than usual. This spring, make sure you and your loved ones are protected from the harsh United Arab Emirates (UAE) sun. Dr. Radmila Lukian from the Dubai London Specialty hospital answers some important questions, things you’ll want know in order to protect yourself and your kids. Read more

rental-disputes-in-dubaiBeing treated unfairly by your landlord?
How to deal with property rental disputes in Dubai

In a city where so many people rent instead of owning their homes, extreme annual increases are frequently a hot topic. In December last year, the Dubai government announced that it was introducing new laws that would give landlords the right to increase rents by up to 20 percent if the price currently being paid was significantly below the rental index of the area. According to figures from property firm CB Richard Ellis, average rental rates in Dubai have increased by 17 percent since 2012. There is often a lack of knowledge among many renters of their rights, but these three case studies should shed some light on how to take your dispute to the Dubai’s Land Department’s Rental Dispute Settlement Centre, and perhaps even win.

Out of the blue, my landlord told me he wanted me to move out because his son needed to move into the apartment. When I offered to pay 30 percent more rent, he agreed to continue renting the apartment to me. Under RERA laws the landlord can terminate a contract with 12 months’ notice if he genuinely wants the apartment for his own use or to sell it. Read more

hissah-enrichment-centreAs a client of ours so aptly put it the other day, “Your health is your greatest gift!”

It is so true! What is funny about thinking about health, however, is that more often than not we are usually talking about our physical health.

The Hissah Enrichment Center located in Dubai’s Media City know that there are many kinds of health and its your mental-emotional health that can be at the center of it all. For this they have services, specialists, assessments and a very bright and peaceful space for finding some relief away from it all, not to mention a room devoted entirely to your kids.

At the center you will find Ms. Lama Younis, the first Saudi female criminologist and forensic psychologist. An experienced practitioner, Lama has a passion for improving the lives of parents and their children everywhere and will make you feel at home immediately. You will also find her colleague Mr. Thomas Dyer, a former New Yorker and weathered career counselor and youth leadership development trainer. Read more

Missing CatPet’s Name or Answers To:  George
Last Seen or Found (when and where):  24 Feb 2014 street 71 in Mirdif
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Blue

Pet’s Description:  He is a big white male Russian cat answers to his name very gentle Read more

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