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school busParents are bracing themselves for another round of fee increases as schools reopen after the summer break at the end of this month. A total of 117 private schools will increase their fees after they received approval from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) earlier this year.
This fee increase has already been implemented in Indian schools from April. It will be implemented to the rest of the private schools in the emirate on August 30. Read more

keep-calmThe burning question asked by every expat facing re-entry (and every repat in its throes) is this: “How long does it take?”
It’s a good question, but it’s tough to answer definitively, for a couple of reasons. First, every expat (and therefore, every re-entry) is different. Second, repatriation isn’t an event. It’s a process.
Yes, it can be quick. In fact, some lucky souls re-integrate almost immediately. Of the 539 repats who answered this question on my repatriation survey last year, 11% of first-time returnees said they started to feel at home right away.
I’ll confess to gnashing my teeth with envy when I read that. My experience was quite different. For me, it took about two years and involved a lot of dancing, of the one-step-forwardtwo-steps-back variety. Eight years later, I still have occasional relapses. But again, everyone’s journey is unique. Read more

ask-louiseQuestionI received an offer to move to Dubai but have 4 children and 1 of them are disabled  (cerebral palsy, wheel chair), I need to find out if there is schools that can cater for kids with disability and if so what is the going fees for such a school in Dubai.

AnswerPlease take a look at our comprehensive list of schools in our directory. Depending on whether your child is in main stream schooling or not will depend on which school you choose. A lot of secondary schools have several floors and not a lot of elevators so this might will narrow your choice down. There are also special needs schools in Dubai where schools fees are approximately 40,000 AED per year, one of which is The Dubai Center For Special Needs

Are you planning a big Christmas dinner but don’t want to actually do the cooking? By ordering a festive takeaway turkey dinner you can have the best of both worlds. There are several places in Dubai that offer prepared meals for the holidays.  Few offer home delivery, while most require you to pick up the order on location. Read more

move-one-truckLife as an expat in Dubai is a strange thing. No matter how settled you feel, you have to live with the knowledge that the UAE won’t be home forever – that one day you’ll leave, and that that departure may not be through choice. As an insomniac, it’s one of my top worries at 3am: when the time comes for my family and I to leave, will we go happily and as planned, or will it be sudden, traumatic and dramatic?

Will one of us put a foot wrong, upset the wrong person or unwittingly break a law, and be deported? Perhaps the government will slowly start reducing the country’s expat quota. Or will one of us die, leaving the other to gather up the family and start again somewhere else? Maybe it’ll just be that we can’t stand the idea of our children being teenagers here, or I’ll start yearning for the authenticity of life back home and slowly persuade my husband that he’s actually always wanted to live in a cottage in the country? (It seems unlikely.)

As I waved off another batch of friends who left Dubai for good this week, I asked them what it was that made them go. One had been here long-term, but for Read more

Smiling boy holding a baseball tball batIt’s almost that time again: the start of the annual expat migration back home. Some of you will be going home to stay… but we’ll talk about that another day. Today I’d like to focus on home leave instead.

Home leave is a divisive topic in the expat community. Some people love going back home; others hate it. My best friend Deb lived in Belfast for seven years, and relished the intensity of her visits back to Toronto. “I packed in everything I could,” she says. “Everybody wants to see you, and it’s vibrant and exciting, because you’re cramming all the visiting and running around into three weeks. I never felt like it was too much.” Read more

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