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A record-breaking 14.9 million overnight visitors came to Dubai in 2016, according to a statement by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. This is five percent higher than the number of visitors in 2015. It also indicates that the city is well on its way to attracting 20 million visitors annually by the time it… Read More

If you’re planning to renew your residence visa anytime soon, then you’d better have health insurance. The Dubai government is now upholding the “no health insurance, no visa rule” for all residents. If you are not insured, you will have to pay a fine of AED 500 per month. Even for those who have existing… Read More

The UAE ranked first among countries that have the best Halal ecosystems, according to the 2016-2017 Global Islamic Economy Report by Thomson Reuters. Malaysia and Turkey ranked second and third, respectively. The countries were ranked based on awareness campaigns, inbound Muslim travel, quality of Halal ecosystems, and sector’s contribution to employment. Muslim Travel Market “The… Read More

Social media is buzzing with excitement as pictures of the Al Maktoum family’s first female pilot are trending on Instagram. Sheikha Mozah Al Maktoum, a member of Dubai’s ruling family, has just completed her first assisted flight as a commercial pilot. On Sunday, Sheikha Lateefa (her aunt) posted a photo of Shaikha Mozah on Instagram,… Read More

A Filipina living in Dubai has woken up after nine months of being in a coma. Perlite Almonte, 35, was admitted to the Rashid Hospital in April 2015, when she was found unconscious in the bathroom of her house. Upon examination, the doctors found that she had slipped into a coma. She is now undergoing… Read More

Ikaw ba ay nag-aalala sa safety at security ng bank deposits at remittance na ipinapadala mo? Wag nang mag-alala dahil simula ngayong 2017, ang mga bangko sa Pilipinas ay inaasahang nang mag-upgrade ng kanilang mga payment cards at ATMs sa EMV chip technology, mula sa magnetic striped card na ginagamit sa ngayon. Ito ay base… Read More

The Cabinet has approved a new entry visa system on Sunday. This system seeks to attract qualified and talented professionals to the UAE. It will be carried out in phases, said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. Seeking Global & Regional Talent The first phase of the… Read More

airport passenger uae

A reminder to all passengers, do not accept items from strangers when flying. You might not realize the item that you are carrying is illegal/banned in the UAE. An Arab passenger learned this lesson the hard way recently, when he agreed to carry a packet of “medicine” for a “friend’s sister.” Upon arriving at the Sharjah… Read More

dubai flat rental

If you are planning to rent a new apartment in Dubai, there are certain terms and procedures you may need to go through in order make it a smooth process and to avoid disputes in the future. We have transferred a few times in our life as an expat in the UAE. We have created… Read More

budget supermarkets in dubai

Living in Dubai does not come cheap, especially since it is one of the world’s fastest growing cities. But while the cost of living can be high, you can still save money on grocery shopping. Read on to know more about the top 8 budget-friendly supermarkets in Dubai. #1 – Al Maya Supermarket This supermarket… Read More

A few decades ago, many people have heard of the UAE, but only a few would know what the letters actually stand for. But today, the country is one of the world’s top business centers and tourism hubs. Almost everybody is now familiar with the “United Arab Emirates.” Nowadays, a lot of people travel to… Read More

Turkey is fast becoming a top travel destination these days. More and more tourists are coming to see the historic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the hot springs of Pamukkale, the Greek statues at Mount Nemrut, and many other exciting attractions. If you are planning to visit Turkey on your next vacation, the first step would… Read More

Senator Ralph Recto has urged President Duterte to extend the validity of Philippine passports to 10 years. Once approved, this will double their validity period, which is currently at five years. Related Post: How to Renew Philippine Passport in Dubai, UAE “Longer Expiry” The statement comes as a reminder to President Duterte, who had mentioned… Read More

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