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With the weather hotting up, it’s not unusual for people to race home and leap straight into their pool to cool off. Of late the team at Expat Echo Dubai has been known to do just that, however instead of a casual dip we got to thinking about how much it costs to maintain a home pool in Dubai. After all, pools are not nearly as common in some of our home countries as they are here and if you were new to Dubai or thinking of relocating you would no doubt want to know how much a pool (blessing though it is) will cost you to clean and service – especially if you’ve never had one before. Read more

grocery-cartRecently having relocated to Dubai you have probably been pleasantly surprised by the amount of supermarkets.  Most communities have a small or sometimes very large supermarket on their door step.

Over the next few months you will no doubt find yourself visiting a variety of supermarkets as you may like the bread from one supermarket and the meat from another.  Or you will also soon discover that the stock ordering system in Dubai is  a bit hit or miss and your local supermarket that you always got a certain cereal from may run out for months – miraculously re-appearing months later.

In addition if you like to have your bacon sandwich on a Friday morning you will need to shop at the supermarkets which have a dedicated ‘Pork Section‘ and that might not be your local supermarket.  Chains which do have pork sections include  include Spinneys, Waitrose, Choithrams and Park’n’Shop. These supermarkets are very popular with western expats but can be quite expensive so for your weekly bulk shopping try  Carrefour, Union Co-Op, Lu’Lu and Geant.  Read more

The basic essentials of a wardrobeDubai, being a desert, has a radical change in climate, so when it comes to clothes, it’s important to have a mix for both seasons. The weather here is primary divided into two, summer, which lasts from May to Oct, and winter that extends from November to April.

For summer, it’s nice to have plenty of light weight and natural fabric co-ordinates, such as, shirts, t-shirts, and a few flirty blouses for the night. On a bad day, the temperatures can rise as high as fifty degree centigrade. These tops, teamed with jeans, light weight trousers, shorts, and a few skirts, will pretty much have you covered through summer. A few light-weight dresses for the day and night will have you ready for all occasions. Keeping in mind the beautiful beaches of Dubai, do not forget to pack swim-wear, a cover-up, beach sandals, and a stylist tote, to throw in your sun block and towel. Read more

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