Sunday, August 2, 2015

Fuel essentially runs our society and our lives

Residents in Dubai have seen recently the 24% fuel price increase but what essentially does it mean?

In simple terms, if your vehicle has a petrol engine the price per liter and therefore per fuel station visit will be more AED spent per fuel tank filling. 

In straight forward costs, filling a car with a 40 liter fuel tank will increase in cost from 69AED to 86AED, a fuel tank of 60 liters will be AED103 to AED128, and a vehicle with a 90 liter tank will be AED155 to AED193. 

How we use this fuel is entirely up to us, lead right foot or feather right foot, the end user, you, and ultimately the driver or operator of the fuel burning unit. From the air conditioning setting in your car to the speed of the vehicle, how we drive has a direct impact on the MPG, L/100k, K/liter etc.

The industry standard on vehicle fuel consumption, is split into categories, urban, extra urban and motorway. Driving a constant 100kph where permitted will use the optimum fuel for the vehicle. Driving to the max permissible road speed limit, in large less aerodynamic vehicles requires the engine to work in the least economical performance. Think of you cycling with a newspaper in front of you and how much more effort is required to peddle... This equates directly to how much extra fuel is required to be used when requiring your vehicle to increase in speed over and above its economical parameters.

A simple test, the journey you undertake to and from work, shopping, malls etc, adjust your speed to 10kph less than usual. Between lights, ease the accelerator rather that harsh acceleration, especially if you can see the lights in front red, no point in harsh stop-starting, accounting for a 20% increase in fuel compared to easing up to the lights.

Many of you have seen the popular UK TV car program Top Gear. The team have regularly tested petrol and diesel engined vehicles to their best fuel usage. From these road tests a single common thread is understood, smoother driving and less harsh engine demands resulted in better fuel economy.

The reality is, driving fast and consuming more fuel results in filling the tank sooner, and as most of us fill the tank during the day, invariably one has to queue.. So for the speed merchants they will spend more time in queues for higher petrol consumption, burning more petrol to run the air con while in the station queue, and losing time in arriving at the destination, while for the sedate among us will have more time travelling and not stuck in fuel garages.
Note an old saying, the light that burns twice as bright burns half as long.

Christina @

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Editor's Picks

Every week we will share with you our Editor's top picks from that week... They're all from across, and can range from Expat Guides, to Country Guides, to home, family, car, beauty and events. Make sure you don't miss a beat with our Editor's Picks! 

1. 20 Countries Where You Can Cool Off this Summer

If you've had enough of the suffocating heat and humidity that summer brings with it, then head to a country where the lower the temperature, the better!


2. Mum's Sugar Guide for Kids

As mothers, it can be a daunting task to plan what to feed children especially in this day and age when we are given so many choices. Nonetheless, most of these choices aren't healthy at all. In fact, most of them are loaded with added sugars, also called empty calories, that can do more harm than good.


3. Top 5 Airports for the Best Layovers

With many of us traveling far and wide for holidays or trips back home, we often spend a lot of time in airports. Due to distance, many of us will have a layover in a transiting airport. So we've compiled a list of the best airports for a layover! Some have attractions that will make you wish you had a longer waiting time...


4. Explore the Capital of the UAE

Forget Dubai and Oman, the UAE's Capital Emirate actually has some fantastic things to see and do!


5. The Benefits of Long Term Fasting

Did you know, unlike the intermittent fasting that occurs during periods such as Ramadan, there are people all over the world that are engaging in long term fasting a.k.a 'water fasting', purely for the perceived health benefits related to it!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Expat Man Series

We're mixing things up at #ExpatWoman this week, as our attention turns to the other gender.

Guys, admit it. We know you love to use our website for all of your research, advice and even when you need to look for a little gossip. That's what we're here for! Because, and you might be surprised to hear this, our website is perfectly acceptable to be used by you, too! Just not our forum, sorry!

You see, we're very much aware that women aren't the only expats around the world. You men are expats too, and we have a lot of content that you might find interesting. Like upcoming events in Dubai, the next box-set you can devour or even your next trip abroad... And they're not even scratching the surface.

So this week, in honour of the other halves in our lives, the spotlight is on you expat men!

With our Expat Man series, discover the world of an expatriate from the other side of the coin with our number of interviews with blokes from around the world.

Find them all here >>