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A Guide to Living in Dubai

(by : Rosye Beadle)

Hi readers,

This is the second year I have resided in Dubai. I would like to share some tips of living in Dubai. If any of you plan to stay in Dubai, these informations might help you to find loads about the city.

Transportation, Dubai has Metro which can be reached from stations at many locations. Another moda transportations are bus, taxi and the new one is called Dubai tram. Just get a Nol card at any Metro station for AED20 as a start, it is also used to pay the bus and tram. Try a traditional boat to across the creek with AED1 only.

Shopping, there are many shopping centres in Dubai. It is one of the fashion hub in the world. One of them is Dubai mall which lies next to Burj Khalifa. Many minimarkets are available in residence areas. Several local online shopping can be found in Dubai, some of them offers cheaper price than in store, some offers just the same price as in store. It is one of interesting way to shop, but need to be careful before purchase, read  their policies carefully and check the company credibility. Sometimes the idea of what they call costumer service or helpdesk is not really a help. Waiting for the shopping discount festival is a trick to get cheaper goods in stores, usually during January.

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How to dress, what you need is a summer clothing to wear. Sometimes a scarf or a light jacket is needed when walking around in a mall especially in the evening. The Emiratis wear national dress, they are Abaya (for women) and Khandura (for men). In many areas you can find signs to dress appropriately as the rule is to cover your shoulders and knees.

Food, At the beginning I thought it would be difficult for me to find food that could indulge my tongue and stomach. Surprisingly various international food can be found easily in Dubai, such as haute cuisine,fast food, and home-made food. Lately I am in love with Arabian food 🙂  So in my experience there is no issue to get delicious food in Dubai. If you like to drink alcohol, it is available in hotels and bars. It can not be found easily at many places. There are lots of restaurants offer discount for friday brunch.

Pray community, It is not difficult to find the pray community , such as for Christian, Hindu or Buddha in Dubai. Usually the places can be found through website.

Weather, the hottest climate in Dubai is during August. It could reach 51 degree celsius. Often people are advised to refrain from outdoor activities during this month.  October to May are the best time to walk around and explore the city.

Small thing but important, have a sunglasses, hat, sunblock.

*rb-Jan2015

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Fruits and Vegetables Market as a Weekend Theraphy

(by : Rosye Beadle)

Visiting Dubai Fruits and Vegetables Market

There is no doubt that fruits and vegetables provide so many advantages for human body. Not only is a healthy food/diet, but also help to reduce some diseases. In my experience it was more than that. It’s been a quite long ago since I visited such a huge fruits & vegetables market. So on weekend I decided to visit Dubai fruits and vegetables market. I often passed this market anyway, but never stopped by. Finally I made it. It was my fun number one. By the way it is located in Ras Al Khor industrial area, about a couple kilometres from Dragon Mart.

Fun number two, The place is huge with various options of fruits and vegetables for wholesale and some retail. My third fun, the prices are cheaper than at supermarkets. Perfect!  I felt like I was at home, buying fruits and vegetables with friendly price. Which is in Dubai, friendly or cheap price is quite difficult to find.

Anyone who wants to buy loads of fruits or vegetables do not have to worry as there are men with carts who offer their service to accompany buyers while shopping with some tip as a pay back. There were sellers that display their price list and some were not. I preferred to visit them with price lists on.

paid less than AED160 for all of these
paid less than AED160 for all of these

As considerations, they sell in a medium to large box/bag of fruits and vegetables, to be honest consume them not more than a couple of weeks. Anyway before I started shopping, I browsed the whole block (one retail block) twice, which was good for me. Be ready with small amount of money such as AED5, AED10 and AED20. Buying fruits which unwrapped by plastic ease us to check the possibility of the unqualified one. Communicate in simple way while buying/bargaining.

Seems like it is one of my weekend therapy. I hope this is useful especially for expats in Dubai

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