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Latest post on 31 July 2019 - 09:00
I second Artist Pals Dubai - a friend and I have been before and really enjoyed ourselves! Very well organised, good teaching and drinks too!
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Latest post on 10 October 2018 - 08:36
My favourite go-to for lovely dresses is Reiss, you should find something within your price range. Alternatively my bridesmaids had their dresses from Monsoon - so definitely worth a look for something graduation worthy there. If I were to choose between hair or makeup, I'd pay for my hair - and do my make-up myself. You know what you're most comfortable in and trust me, you'll be so focused on your daughter on her graduation you'll probably forget what your make-up looks like
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Latest post on 10 October 2018 - 08:33
Motor City is a lovely place and with the new addition of the First Avenue Mall, it's really got a lot of options and things to do now... i don't live in MC but know the area well, and the gated communities are really lovely. The area is split into 3 places; uptown, green community and business park... The latter is incomplete but the first two are popular choices. Green community is rather expensive and filled with villas/townhouses, whereas uptown motor city is much more affordable with apartment options. There's lots of food options, supermarket, ACE hardware, Nando's and it's a lovely spot to hang out in cooler months
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Latest post on 10 October 2018 - 08:29
Have you tried on EW's classifieds? I once sold a few pieces of furniture quite quickly through them
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Latest post on 03 October 2018 - 09:15
Hello fellow Brit! - I'd personally recommend Springs/Meadows/Lakes or Arabian Ranches, they're heavily populated with expatriates - a lot are British or Western, and have lovely community vibes and safe spaces and playgrounds for kids. - Schools in Springs are Dubai British School, or JESS is quite a popular one. - Cost of living is med-high... Meaning, there are ways to bring your spends down without having to go overboard like a lot of people. It's easy to spend here. A family sized car you could get for 60k - 80k like a Hyundai or something, Volvos around 140k+ - housing for 2 bed villa is cc. 110k pa, 3 bed up to 130k pa and 4 bed above 140k pa depending on the area you want ot live in. School fees I can't comment on just yet, and definitely can't comment on the fitness club. Hahhaa. - Yes expat partners work, the trailing spouse is something of a myth now here in UAE... They're still around, but more and more women are working and going back to work here. - Very common for maids, nannies and drivers - live-ins are popular, or you can hire a weekly visit from an agency maid - The alcohol license is VERY real and is very easy to get for a fee :) just visit any one of the alcohol shops Weather is a killer in summer but that's the time for hibernation and Netflix. The cool, winter months make up for it :) lots of stuff to do when it's pleasant outside. Even when it's hot, there's plenty to do inside.
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Latest post on 26 September 2018 - 14:48
I don't know any personally but do take care when ordering online - my colleague had her mattress delivered and it was entirely wrong but they'd already removed their old mattress and had to wait an extra day or so for the new one. Just don't make that mistake!!
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Latest post on 26 September 2018 - 14:37
Does FaceTime still not come pre-installed if you buy the device from the Apple Store or Etisalat?
I was under the impression FaceTime isn't installed on devices supplied from within the UAE - if you buy a phone from UK then it is. Although I think Souq has some at a higher cost that has FaceTime installed
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Latest post on 25 September 2018 - 09:04
Oh how come?! The area has loads of lovely places to visit....I've been to Al Fahidi Historical area and apparently theres a newly built area called Al seef that's worth a visit :)
To be fair Al Seef looks loooovely! Going to take my current visitor there this weekend I think
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Latest post on 21 September 2018 - 10:53
You're right, aquaplus are great- we have it delivered to our office at work and there's meant to be these load of benefits to drinking it.
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Latest post on 21 September 2018 - 10:52
The only place I dare visit in Deira is the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club......
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Latest post on 21 September 2018 - 10:50
Is FaceTime also completely blocked in Dubai?
Any VOIP service is blocked here. some Apple devices bought outside of the UAE that had facetime already installed may work, but any device bought in UAE wont have the app installed nor will you be able to install it yourself. whatsapp is still blocked, the news have already confirmed that it was speculation... a shame that we cant have access to a free service like the rest of the world
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Latest post on 21 September 2018 - 10:48
Has there been any news from Spotify regarding this?
i've seen a few headlines like on Gulf News about it, but nothing seems to declare an exact date as to when spotify will be coming here
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Latest post on 21 September 2018 - 10:48
Your friend can actually get a free tourist transit visa for up to 48 hrs from DXB I believe... you can get one if you're in DXB for 8 hours and up to 4 days (pay extra to extend the 48 hrs to 96 hrs I believe) - hope that helps
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Latest post on 21 September 2018 - 10:45
Jones the Grocer at Emirates Golf Club
I second Jones the Grocer - I also recommend Arabian Ranches golf club and there's also reform at the Lakes -
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Latest post on 30 July 2018 - 10:42
Thanks ladies for the advice - I'm aware we do have to receive 12 months notice if they wish to evict us, thankfully it looks promising that a buyer is lined up. @cruiseaddict, distressing is the right word - even more so when we've had different signs turn up on our driveway from agents that get in the way, block the drive way etc. Very frustrating. They are insistent you're right, despite us warning them to give us advanced warning. Perhaps I stress too much as we have a dog in the house, and I hate the thought of people just turning up, placing signs, knocking on the door... It stresses her out, and my husband and I are at work. I have my fingers crossed it's going to be finished soon... Or I fear I'm going to end up yelling at the next agent that attempts to visit!!
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Latest post on 25 July 2018 - 09:33
Just opt for du's basic landline/internet option for less than 300 Dhs I think? Then use the internet to watch Netflix - but if you're wanting to use UK and other accounts, you will need the v-shall-not-p-be-named-n-thing
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Latest post on 25 July 2018 - 09:30
Talk to Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group - they're in healthcare city :) they're a lovely clinic and a pro team
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Latest post on 25 July 2018 - 09:29
Head to either Cocoona in Motor City or The Nail Spa at the Ranches or Springs - both are great
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Latest post on 25 July 2018 - 09:26
Welcome!! You should totally go to the EW ladies night that's happening on August 2nd.. I'll be going and a great time to meet people
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Latest post on 25 July 2018 - 09:15
I highly recommend My Second Home, they're worth the money; your dog plays in day care, you have CCTV access to their bedrooms at night and the team take care of your dogs meal plan as per your instructions. Whatever you do, do NOT leave your dog with an unlicensed individual who offers to pet sit for you.
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Latest post on 25 July 2018 - 09:13
I fear I might receive criticism for recommending this - but from personal experience, I found doing the C9 plan effective in kick-starting my weight loss. Sure, it was a quick-hit, unsustainable way of losing a few pounds, but it gave me the motivation to get going... You say you don't have enough time to exercise, do you work in an office? Do you sit down most of the day? I do, and I find getting up and doing a lap of the complex (studio city) for 15 minutes ever 2 hours, just a walk, helps to keep the blood flowing. Stand up at work, stand up during meetings. But these ladies are right, if you are so determined to lose weight, you will adjust your routine so you can accomplish your goals. Good luck!
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Latest post on 12 July 2018 - 09:38
If I'm honest, you're overthinking things... It's very rare to find neighbours who will actually care who you are or where you live. People tend to keep to their own business. Not everyone has the same customs as you here now, so don't expect anyone to behave the same way you're used to back home. We lived in an apartment block for 3 years and perhaps only saw or spoke to our neighbours no more than 50 times in total. In our villa, I've spoken to our neighbours once in 1 year because I chucked our dog's ball into their garden. Saying all of that though, I respect your desire to try - the Saudi man might be a Muslim, but I'm sure he has manners. If he was uncomfortable, he just wouldn't answer. Remember, Dubai is a transient place... So often neighbours come and go, meaning forging any sort of relationship with someone is difficult.
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Latest post on 01 July 2018 - 16:13
Sorry I'm not much help with UAE to Australia... But from other experiences, I'd recommend getting in touch with Santa Fe for a quote :)
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Latest post on 28 June 2018 - 08:43
What about your HR or company PRO, are they able to help? A quick search brings up this page... https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports -- not sure on timings for citizens living abroad, but if you're travelling for work I'm sure they'll understand your situation and delay your trip if required!
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Latest post on 26 June 2018 - 08:40
Sorry I can't help much on this - but I have a question... Will you be moving here with a partner? He may have better insurance that you can also be covered by... I'm on my husband's insurance despite being sponsored by my company as it's much better. Also, ask your employer if there's an option to upgrade your insurance - they pay the standard package, and then out of your salary they deduct the additional amount to upgrade to a plan that will include coverage. That may work out considerably less over time
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Latest post on 26 June 2018 - 08:36
Pretty sure Home Centre has multiple ones to choose from - or the big homeware store in Ibn Battuta by Marks & Spencer, I forget it's name
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Latest post on 26 June 2018 - 08:35
Agreed with donna above-- EW themselves hold coffee mornings especially for mummies. I've seen the weekly ones on their FB page frequently
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Latest post on 26 June 2018 - 08:34
We've lived here 4 years and still yet to find tester pots like back home! SO frustrating!! If I'm honest, there's probably no need... If you book a move out/in package with a moving company here touch-ups and re-painting is usually part of the package so you needn't stress about it yourself
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Latest post on 19 June 2018 - 09:07
Thank you for offering, Michelle. We did find an afterschool enrichment centre closer to my home and we are happy with them now :)
glad to see that all is fine now! what activities do you get involved with? i have a friend who has been having similar issues with their little boy and so any insight or tips would be great if possible!
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Latest post on 19 June 2018 - 09:04
sorry this is late to the party - but just so you know for next time, no food or beverages can be consumed in ANY public pool or beaches (like kite beach, JBR, your community pool)... Saying that, a lot of the hotels who offer pool and beach access were serving as normal, including alcohol
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Latest post on 19 June 2018 - 08:59
Not sure about the costs myself as have never had the treatment - but it's worth getting in touch with Dr Allen at Elite plastic and cosmetic surgery for a consultation... Total pro and great team!
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Latest post on 19 June 2018 - 08:51
I highly recommend the cattery at My Second Home!! Their team are really great
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Latest post on 19 June 2018 - 08:38
Dubai Opera is definitely worth a visit - when are you coming? Check what shows are on! La Perle is a must too, a great show... Dubai Frame is a new place to go. Of course there's also City Walk and La Mer - the latter being the newest. There's a new water park there too! Hope that helps!
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Latest post on 24 May 2018 - 09:36
I desperately need to get back on track - hubby's trying his hardest to motivate me to eat better and exercise more. The first I can deal with, it's the latter I hate. Am thinking of picking up some aqua yoga or aqua aerobics but not sure where to start... Otherwise, I last stepped on the scales 10 days ago and today it told me I've post 3kgs so I guess doing something right How do you all keep fit in the hotter months in Dubai??
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Latest post on 23 May 2018 - 11:25
Hi optimistic - I'm not much help on this but I fear that you may struggle to find a digital marketing/social media course that lasts just 2 days. If you're wanting to develop a career in those fields why not splurge on the longer courses? Some people go to university and classes for years to ensure they're trained fully in these fields. Just my two cents
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Latest post on 23 May 2018 - 11:22
Check out elite plastic & cosmetic surgery group - my friend had her stubbly legs done there and they're now sooo smooth!!
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Latest post on 23 May 2018 - 11:22
Hi Haim, That is a great idea about the grace period. I will see if my employer will be so kind to do it. I just want to be prepared for all scenarios just in case. :-)
You're very welcome :) good luck!!
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Latest post on 22 May 2018 - 16:05
I'd recommend getting in touch with Kirsty at pawsome pets to help plan bringing your pooches over! She's fab and has helped lots of dog owners with bringing dogs here and leaving... For now though, if i'm not mistaken, the UAE only accepts dogs in cargo hold so make sure they're crate trained and comfortable in a crate for a few hours at a time
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Latest post on 22 May 2018 - 16:01
Jezebel, did you pooch find his way home??
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Latest post on 22 May 2018 - 16:00
Hey! If I'm not mistake then repair or repurpose their items -- there's more info about what they do with your goods on their site... http://www.takemyjunkuae.com/
Beccy's right. they sell your things on to lower income families in the UAE
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Latest post on 21 May 2018 - 12:21
It's not unheard of - if my memory serves me right, we paid a fee to our estate agent to help facilitate the renewal of our contract... It might sound like you're paying for nothing, but i'm sure your agent is your point of contact should anything go wrong with your landlord or property throughout the year still? If so, it's worth that extra support. Plus, these guys have got to support themselves and if you stay for 3 years in a rented space but only pay all fees at the beginning of the first year, what are they getting for the remaining 2 years?
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Latest post on 21 May 2018 - 12:18
Have you tried take my junk?
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Latest post on 21 May 2018 - 11:56
HIghly recommend Transguard Living for easy moving - they do everything; re-decorate your current place, box, pack and ship your furniture and belongings safely in their vans to your new home and help unpack it all. They're a great bunch of guys to! Have used them twice since being in Dubai
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Latest post on 20 May 2018 - 14:45
Have you all tried going along to one of EW's own meet-ups?? They're pretty fun to join in and you'll meet some new people. I've made good friends through EW's events
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Latest post on 20 May 2018 - 14:42
Thank you Haim - I was worried about this. What about in the direction of HomeGrown Nursey in Al safa 2? Would the drive be any easier? Also what about from the Springs to Jebel Ali School ...
I'm afraid Al Safa 2 would pose the same issues when it comes to rush hour... Jebel Ali School however would be easier to get to... 20 mins or so on a good day without traffic straight down Hessa St which you can join at the end of Springs! Hope that helps :)
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Latest post on 20 May 2018 - 12:36
Even in just the short 4 years I've been here I've seen a huge change in the types of women moving and living here... My SIL moved for her husband's job a decade ago and didn't work herself, a far cry from pursuing my own career when I moved here
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Latest post on 20 May 2018 - 12:34
I'm pretty sure that companies should provide a grace period - is it 3 months? Check with your current PRO... I'm almost certain that they can keep your visa open to help you with the process of changing jobs, and if it's only 2 weeks for you, then it shouldn't affect your residency if you travel
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Latest post on 20 May 2018 - 12:33
Hi there, any idea what the commute is like from the springs to the inn suquim area for schools runs in the morning?
Hi Nfinn - I responded in your other thread :)
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Latest post on 20 May 2018 - 12:32
Nothing in Dubai is free! There is a great TNR programme in Meadows, Lakes and Springs though so might be worth reaching out to one of their members to see if there's somewhere? Otherwise, I recommend European Veterinary Clinic... they're very good and have very reasonable prices... Dr Ivan is brilliant
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Latest post on 20 May 2018 - 12:30
On a good day, it's less than 30 minutes but in peak traffic, between 45 - 60 minutes as you pass by the Mall of the Emirates exit and Al Manara exits on SZR which are a niiiiightmare during rush hour In Springs itself there's Dubai British Foundation and Dubai British School - both received great KHDA ratings this year so worth checking out... And very close to home!!