UAE expats risk spoiling their holidays with practical worries

Published:  27 Jun at 6 PM
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Going on a summer holiday with friends or family is as much an annual treat for expats as it is for home country residents, but practical worries abroad can ruin the experience.

Living and working in the UAE is often regarded as a stressful but financially –rewarding challenge, with summer holidays away from the cities a well-earned break from the norm. However, concerns about safety, pets and husbands forced to work whilst the family heads off elsewhere are three of the top six worries spoiling much-needed breaks.

The UAE’s annual summer exodus obviously needs careful planning, but a recent survey indicated that care of pets, the unreliability of housemaids and the possibility of burglary are causing sleepless nights. Wives who are forced to leave their husbands behind due to pressure of work are concerned about their ability to feed themselves properly, and those who love their balcony gardens fear they’ll return to dried-up, dead plants.

Summer holidays in the Arab states coincide with the fasting month of Ramadan, during which all restaurants are closed until later in the evenings. Husbands looking to feed themselves at a reasonable hour need training in kitchen-literacy before the rest of the family departs.

Finding a temporary home for beloved pets is another problem, more easily solved than that of hungry husbands. A live-in pet-sitter may be the only answer as local boarding kennels are booked solid early in the season, and a heartfelt plea or extra pay may also allow husband-sitting and feeding.

Watering precious plants is a major concern for many, and can be fixed simply by placing pebbles in the pot to help retain water and utilising a plastic cover filled with water drip-feeding the plants through a tiny hole. Protection against burglars is a serious concern, with security measures, CCTV cameras, insurance and valuables stored elsewhere the sensible answer.
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