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Website Terms and Conditions

WEBSITE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

General

Expat Connect FZ-LLC’s (“ExpatConnect”) website [www.expatconnect.com]  ("Website") and related services are made available to you in accordance with the following Terms and Conditions, and any other rules posted on the Website (collectively, the “Terms”).  Please read the Terms carefully before accessing or using the information and services available through this Website.

Your access and/or use of the Website constitutes your continued acceptance of all terms, conditions, and notices that are effective as of the date and time you use or access the Website.  These Terms will constitute a legal agreement between “you” (the user of this Website) and ExpatConnect.  If you do not agree to, or cannot comply with, the Terms, please kindly refrain from using this Website.

These Terms may be modified from time to time with a notice to you and you should therefore regularly review these Terms for any such modifications.  If you do not agree to any change to the Terms then you must immediately stop using the Website.

Eligibility

The Website is only intended for individuals who can form legally binding contracts.  By using the Website, you are representing and warranting that you are capable of entering into a legally binding contract. 

The user hereby confirms that the user is of legal age of least 21 years old or older at the time of registration to use this site and has not already registered with ExpatConnect.

Registration

To use some of the services or features made available to you on this Website you will need to register; registration is free of charge.

You are only permitted to maintain one user account and user accounts are not transferable. For any or no reason, ExpatConnect may refuse registration to any user.

When you register, you are required to provide information about yourself that is true, accurate, current, and complete in all respects and cannot use pseudonyms or nicknames. ExpatConnect may also change registration requirements from time to time without notice.

You are responsible for keeping your registration information with us up to date, and ensuring that ExpatConnect can contact you at all times via any of the contact details you provided at the time of registration or subsequently thereafter. Should any of your registration information change, please notify ExpatConnect immediately through our platform or the contact form on the website.  ExpatConnect will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from the user’s failure to comply with this requirement. 

The account password you provide should be unique and kept secure, and you must notify ExpatConnect through the contact form on the Website immediately of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account. ExpatConnect will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from the user’s failure to comply with this requirement.

ExpatConnect does not have any obligation to verify the identity of the persons registering on the Website and therefore ExpatConnect disclaims all liability for identity theft or any other misuse of your identity or information by others.

When using the ExpatConnect Website, please bear in mind that www.expatconnect.com is an open online community and any information you reveal or upload about yourself can generally be freely copied, seen, used, downloaded, shared and passed on by others. At the registration of ExpatConnect Website you must consent to these facts. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for information about how we use your data.

ExpatConnect Notifications and Services Messages

ExpatConnect may alert you to certain changes such as modifications to these Terms or to any of the services offered on the Website via a general publication on the Website or via email from ExpatConnect to an email address associated with your account, even if we have other contact information.

You also agree that ExpatConnect may communicate with you about your account or services associated with ExpatConnect through your account or through other means including email, mobile number, telephone, or delivery services including the postal service. Please review your Settings to control what kind of messages you receive from ExpatConnect.

ExpatConnect Services

ExpatConnect platform is providing services to users on a conceptual bases as following:

ExpatConnect has created a term called ‘Micro-Communities’ abbreviated as (MC) which expats are allowed to join , as well astheir groups and subgroups. The main four Micro-community groups are namely: Living communities, Profession groups, Nationality groups and Interest groups. ExpatConnect user accepts that other fellow users are free to create other subgroups as well in these four MC’s. Users are regulating their particular groups. You as a user are free to choose whether you want to join, remain in a group, or leave a group. ExpatConnect is not responsible or liable for the partaking and participation of any online or offline events, meet-ups of any users, including the group leader.[MT1] 

Forums and Your Content

ExpatConnect offers various forums such as “Event”s, “Micro-communities,”and “Meet-ups,” (each  “Forum”, collectively “Forums”).  Each Forum has a ‘wall’ and different functions, as explained below:

Events

ExpatConnect ‘delegates’ may organize offline events from time to time and that will be open to entry for all our registered ExpatConnect members and non-registered (their condition to enter is the fulfill the online registration) members as well.  Entry fees will vary event by event; members will be notified prior the event and fees will apply to members.

Meet-ups

There is a possibility for user to organize offline meet-ups within each and every micro-community groups where members may participate for free or for a certain well-announced fee.

Micro-communities

ExpatConnect has four types of online micro-communities:

  • Living Communities

This Forum allows all registered members to join a community  designated by their living area and/or by their building.  Each community will allow members in that community to interact with each other, organize their own meet-ups (e.g. tennis tournament or horse riding in the desert, etc). 

Rest assured that members that are not part of the community cannot see where other members live.  Each registered user can only be a member of one community.  If you move, then you will need to notify ExpatConnect in writing of such move.  ExpatConnect will then remove you from that community and at your election, allow you to join a new living community if you so wish. 

  • Profession groups

This Forum is open to all registered members of the Website to use.  ExpatConnect offers more than 100 categories of profession groups and registered users can select which groups they have an interest in (e.g. real estate, fashion, science, finance etc.). Each profession group has a separate page where members with the same interest can interact with each other and organize their own offline meet-ups. You are free to join as many profession categories as you want and you may leave them any time you wish.

  • Nationality groups

This Forum is open to all registered members of the Website to use.  ExpatConnect offers a platform to connect and communicate for all the permitted/official nationalities. Each nationality group has a separate page where members with the same nationality can interact with each other and organize their own offline meet-ups. You will be added to your own primary nationality group automatically at the registration and you may choose a secondary one. Primary nationality cannot be changed at any time; however you may change your secondary nationality freely. You are not able to choose more than two nationality groups for privacy reasons.

  • Interest groups

This Forum is open to all registered members of the Website to use.  ExpatConnect offers more than 80 categories of interest groups and registered users can select which groups they have an interest in (e.g. Tennis, surfing, mothers with maternity business ideas, etc.). Each interest group has a separate page where members with the same interest can interact with each other and organize their own offline meet-ups (e.g. tennis tournament or horse riding in the desert, etc).  You are free to join as many interest categories as you want and you may leave them any time you wish.

  1. By submitting, displaying, distributing, uploading, liking, posting, sharing, publishing or otherwise make publicly available content, views, opinions, reviews, ratings, comments or material on or through any Forum, you:

1.       will comply with the following content guidelines:

(a)                 Not to offend God and/or Islamic beliefs and shall respect other monotheistic religions;

(b)                 Respect the regime in the UAE, its symbols and its political institutions;

(c)                 Respect the cultural heritage of the UAE;

(d)                 Not abuse national unity and social cohesion and not to provoke sectarian, regional and tribal strife;

(e)                 Respect the attitudes and policies adopted by the UAE at the domestic level and at the level of its relations with other countries;

(f)                  Not to abuse the economic system in the State and not spread rumors, biased and misleading news;

(g)                 Respect the directions of the State to promote national identity and the integration of citizens in the media labor market;

(h)                 Respect the principles and codes of ethics in the media industry;

(i)                   Not publish and transmit any information that may harm children, women and other social groups and not incite hatred and violence; and

(j)                   Respect intellectual property rights;

(k)                 There are Forum, Event, and Micro-Communities Guidelines that ExpatConnect has in place from time to time which users must accept and adhere to.

(l)                   On ExpatConnect Websites repeated mass messages are prohibited, thus the user shall not send same posts to more than three (3) users on the ExpatConnect Websites.

2.                   acknowledge and agree that ExpatConnect acts as a passive conduit for your online participation on the Website, and that ExpatConnect is in no way responsible for yours or any other user’s content on the Website.  To this end, ExpatConnect shall have no liability in respect thereof;

3.                   warrant and represent that the content in any Forum is accurate and not misleading, and that you are the owner of all rights, title and interest to the content that you post / upload;

4.                   grant ExpatConnect and its affiliates the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, sub-licensable (through multiple tiers), non-exclusive right (including any moral rights) and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, communicate to the public, perform and display the content (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology, for the full term of any rights that may exist in such content for any purpose;

5.                   warrant that the holder of any rights, including moral rights in such content, has effectively waived all such rights and validity and irrevocably granted to you the right to grant the license stated above;

6.                   acknowledge and agree that ExpatConnect, in its sole discretion, may remove content from any of its communal forums if the content violates these Terms or others’ intellectual property rights;

7.                   permit any other user of the Website to access, display, view, store and reproduce such content for personal use.  Therefore, if you have an idea or information that you would like to keep confidential or don’t want others to use, or that is subject to third party rights that may be infringed by your sharing it, please do not post it to any ExpatConnect forum or elsewhere on the Website.  ExpatConnect is not responsible for, and to the maximum extent permissible by applicable law Expat =Connect excludes any and all liability for damages caused by, another’s misuse or misappropriation of any content or information you post on the Website; and

8.                   agree that you will adhere to any and all additional terms and conditions that may accompany any Forums.

For avoidance of doubt, ExpatConnect has no obligation to store, maintain or provide you with a copy of any content that you provide to ExpatConnect when using the Website.  

ExpatConnect is not acting as an agent for any party, merchant or supplier and does not sell, re-sell or license any goods or services. 

Nothing on this Website is, or shall be deemed to constitute legal, financial, investment or other advice or a recommendation or endorsement by ExpatConnect in respect of any product or service referred to on this Website.  The Website and the Website Content are provided for general information purposes only, should not be relied upon by you and is provided so that you can select the product or service that you feel is most appropriate to meet your needs. You should always check the suitability, adequacy and appropriateness of the product or service that is of interest to you and it is your sole decision whether to obtain or refrain from obtaining any product or service. ExpatConnect recommends that you seek independent professional advice if you are in any doubt as to the suitability, adequacy or appropriateness of any product or service referred to on the Website.

Website Content

With the exception of your content as described above, all other information, text, materials, graphics, logos, button icons, images, video and audio clips, trademarks (whether registered or not), layout, arrangement, graphical user interface, look and feel, and control features of the Website (collectively, “Website Content”) is provided to you to help you and other users to meet, exchange ideas, learn, and find job opportunities. 

Permitted use

You are only permitted to access and use this Website for your personal, non-commercial purposes.  ExpatConnect specifically prohibits and you agree not to:

1.                   use this Website in violation of any applicable law or regulation;

2.                   use this Website to transmit, distribute, store or destroy material, including without limitation Website Content, in a manner that will infringe the copyright, trade mark, trade secret or other intellectual property rights of ExpatConnect or others or violate the privacy, publicity or other personal rights ExpatConnect personnel or of others;

3.                   sell, modify or delete the Website Content or reproduce, display, publicly perform, distribute or otherwise use the Website Content in any way for any commercial purpose;

4.                   access data not intended for you or logging into a server or account which you are not authorized to access;

5.                   attempting to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization;

6.                   use the Website to transmit, distribute, store or display material that is violent, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful or embarrassing to another user or any other person or entity, or contains sexually explicit images or statements;

7.                   use the Website to transmit distribute, store or display material  which promotes gambling, anti-constitutional organizations or displays the insignia of such organizations, glorifies violence, or which promotes the trafficking in narcotics or downplays the consumption of narcotics.

8.                   use the Website to transmit, distribute, store or display any material which promotes any commercial practices considered as unfair competition, including progressive customer acquisition practices (such as chain distribution systems, multilevel selling, or pyramid sales);

9.                   copy or adapt the HMTL code created to generate any Website Content or the pages making up the Website;

10.               impersonate or otherwise misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any other person or entity;

11.               collect or store data about other users or merchants, including e-mail addresses;

12.               send unsolicited mail or email, making unsolicited phone calls or sending unsolicited faxes regarding promotions and/or advertising of products or services to a user of the Website, or send identical messages to more than one user on the Website;

13.               use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website or any activity being conducted on the Website, including without limitation, material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancel bots or other computer programming routines or engines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information;

14.               attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up a part of the Website; or

15.               frame or link to any Website Content or information available from the Website.

Reporting Abuse

If you see something on ExpatConnect that you believe violates these Terms, please notify ExpatConnect through the content related report button or the contact form on the Website. Please keep in mind that reporting a piece of content does not guarantee that it will be removed from the Website.

Because of the diversity of our community, it is possible that something could be disagreeable or disturbing to you without meeting the criteria for being removed or blocked. For this reason, we also offer personal controls over what you see, such as the ability to hide or quietly cut ties with people, advertisers or other content.

Deleting and Deactivating an Account

You may choose to delete or deactivate your account at any time.

Deactivate

Deactivating your account puts your account on hold. Other users will no longer see your timeline, but we do not delete any of your information. Deactivating an account is the same as you telling us not to delete any information because you might want to reactivate your account at some point in the future. Please contact us through the contact form if you wish to deactivate your account.

People you have connected with will not see you listed in their list of contacts while your account is deactivated.

Deletion

When you delete your account, it is permanently deleted from ExpatConnect. It typically takes about one month to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 90 days. You should only delete your account if you are sure you never want to reactivate it. Please contact us through the contact form if you wish to delete your account.

Certain information is needed to provide you with services, so we only delete this information after you delete your account. Some of the things you do on ExpatConnect aren't stored in your account, like posting to a group or sending someone a message (where your friend may still have a message you sent, even after you delete your account). That information remains after you delete your account.

Non-Commercial Use

This Website is for your personal non-commercial use only. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, commercially exploit, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any Website Content, software, products, or services contained within the Website. You may not use the Website, or any of Website Content, to further any commercial purpose, including any advertising or advertising revenue generation activity on your own Website.

Intellectual Property Rights

The Website Content is protected by copyright, trade mark and other intellectual property laws. Subject to this provision, the owner of such content placed on the Website retains any and all rights that may exist in such content.  As a condition of your access and/or use of this Website or any information, data or images from the Website, you warrant and represent to us that you will not use the Website or the Website Content for any illegal purpose, or for any purpose that is prohibited by these Terms, and you agree not to modify, copy, distribute, transmit, publish, display, license, create derivative works from or sell any product, services, information or software obtained from the Website.

The ExpatConnect logo and name are the property of ExpatConnect, and may not be used by you or in connection with any goods and/or services without the prior written consent of ExpatConnect.

Third party links and advertising

ExpatConnect does not recommend or endorse the content or privacy practices of any third party sites, which may be linked to or from the Website, or products or services of any third party organizations mentioned or described on the Website or linked to or from the Website.  You acknowledge that you enter any third party sites at your own risk and that ExpatConnect is not responsible for third party sites.

This Website may contain advertisements for third parties’ goods and/or services. The third party advertisers are responsible for the accuracy of all representations made in those advertisements. ExpatConnect does not recommend or endorse the goods or services that may be advertised on the Website, nor does it offer the goods or services for sale or make any other representation whatsoever about them.  If you choose to order a product or service advertised by a third party on the Website, you do so at your own responsibility and risk.

 

Indemnity

You agree to hold harmless and indemnify ExpatConnect, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their respective suppliers, and any of their owners, officers, directors, managers, members, agents, and employees, from and against any claims, liabilities, suits, judgments, litigation costs, causes of action, demands, recoveries, losses, damages (actual and consequential), fines, penalties, and attorneys’ fees or other costs or expenses of any kind or nature arising from or in any way related to your use of this Website, including, but not limited to those brought by you or on your behalf in excess of the liability described below, or by third parties as a result of your breach of these Terms or any documents referenced herein, your violation of any law or the rights of a third party, or your use of this Website.

No Liability

To the maximum extent permissible by applicable law, ExpatConnect its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their respective suppliers, and any of their owners, officers, directors, managers, members, agents, and employees are not liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, or consequential damages or loss (including, without limitation, incidental and consequential damages, lost profits, or damages resulting from lost data or business interruption) arising out of, or in way connected with, the use or inability to use the Website and the Website Content, whether based on warranty, contract, tort (including negligence), or any other legal theory, and whether or not ExpatConnect is advised of the possibility of such damages.

Without limiting the above paragraph, ExpatConnect does not accept any liability in respect of your involvement in any mediation, arbitration, tribunal hearing, court proceeding or other proceedings (of whatever nature) with any third party advertiser in any way.

If you are dissatisfied or harmed by ExpatConnect or anything related to the Website, you may close your account and terminate these Terms in accordance with provisions under the heading “Termination” and such termination shall be your sole and exclusive remedy.

ExpatConnect offers only the platform for ExpatConnect members to arrange meet-ups and attend our events. Under no condition shall ExpatConnect assume legal liability for damages associated to any kind of meet-ups or events. Nor is ExpatConnect legitimately liable for the behavior or any actions of ExpatConnect members or any other attendees during ExpatConnect Meet-ups and events.

The Event organizers, MC Group Leaders and Meet-up organizers do not represent ExpatConnect as vicarious managers. ExpatConnect does not accept any legal responsibility for damages consequential from the gross negligence or intent of Event Organizers, MC group leaders or Meet-up organizers. Nor is ExpatConnect under any incident legitimately responsible for the conduct and actions of Event organizers, Micro - community Group Leaders, Meet-up organizers or participants of the events and meet-ups.

No Warranty

The Website and the Website Content are provided on an "AS-IS", “without faults” and “as available” basis and, to the extent lawful, with no warranties whatsoever.  ExpatConnect expressly disclaims (to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law) any and all express, implied, and statutory warranties, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from computer virus, title, and non-infringement of proprietary rights.

Granting Rights to Use

ExpatConnect reserves the right to replicate, broadcast, make commonly accessible all uploaded content on all websites or other platforms and services operated by ExpatConnect (specifically ads, TV, radio mobile internet, media, print, internet..etc.),

The user hereby acknowledges the right of ExpatConnect to publish any photographs or film footage taken at ExpatConnect Events or Meet-ups on the ExpatConnect Websites and/or on any platform approved by ExpatConnect.

If the user does not wish to be photographed or filmed, the user should undoubtedly express this request to the photojournalist at the Event or Meet-up. On the occasion that ExpatConnect has already published the photo or film-footage and the user does not wish to participate in it, the user should contact ExpatConnect via the contact form and ask for removal on our website or by email; support@expatconnect.com.

Content Disclaimer

The UAE Guide and News Letters are written to the best of our expertise and they are correct and up-to-date at the time of publication. Nevertheless, the ExpatConnect team takes no responsibility for UAE Guide to be comprehensive, nor do we make any guarantee whatsoever on the accurateness of the content.

The UAE Guide,News Letters and members’ opinions are not legal guidance under these conditions.

ExpatConnect is not accountable for the correctness of thoughts communicated in member-contributed articles or other users’ views and the content of the articles may differ from your own experiences and beliefs.

ExpatConnect is not responsible, and makes no representations or warranties for the delivery of any messages (such as in mails, posting of answers or transmission of any other user generated content) sent through ExpatConnect to anyone. In addition, ExpatConnect neither warrants nor represents that your use of the Website will not infringe the rights of third parties. Any material, service, or technology described or used on the Website may be subject to intellectual property rights owned by third parties who have licensed such material, service, or technology to ExpatConnect.

Technical Malfunctions

ExpatConnect is not responsible for, and to the maximum extent permissible by applicable law, ExpatConnect excludes any and all liability for damages caused by, any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, maintenance of the website, security problems, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or on the Website or combination thereof, including any injury or damage to any users or to any person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading materials or other use in connection with the Website.

Termination

You may terminate your membership with ExpatConnect at any time, by sending an email to the following e-mail address: support@expatconnect.com. By doing so, you will be deleting your account. Please refer to the above terms and conditions for the Deletion and Deactivation of Accounts.

ExpatConnect may restrict, suspend or terminate the account of any user who abuses or misuses the Website in any way, shape or form, including for not complying / violating these Terms, infringing any intellectual property rights, creating multiple or false profiles, abusing the ExpatConnect messaging services, using the Website commercially without ExpatConnect’s prior authorization, or any other behavior that ExpatConnect, in its sole discretion, deems contrary to its purpose.

Additional terms of use

Certain areas of the Website may be subject to additional terms of use.  By using such areas, or any part of, you agree to be bound by the additional terms of use applicable to such areas.

Entire agreement

These Terms contain everything the parties have agreed in relation to the subject matter it deals with.  No party can rely on an earlier written document or anything said or done by or on behalf of another party before this document was executed

Severability

Each provision of these Terms is individually severable.  If any provision is or becomes illegal, unenforceable or invalid in any jurisdiction it is to be treated as being severed from this document in the relevant jurisdiction, but the rest of this document will not be affected.  The legality, validity and enforceability of the provision in any other jurisdiction will not be affected.

Overseas access

The Website is only intended for use by residents of the United Arab Emirates.  ExpatConnect makes no claims that any Website Content may be lawfully viewed or accessed outside the United Arab Emirates.  If you access this Website from outside the United Arab Emirates, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with all applicable local laws. 

Governing law and jurisdiction

These Terms will be governed by and construed using the applicable laws of the United Arab Emirates as applied in the Emirate of Dubai. 

Unless otherwise stated in these Terms, any and all disputes arising out of or in connection with these Terms (including without limitation any question regarding its existence, validity or termination), which are not resolved within thirty (30) days after a party notifies the other party in writing of the existence of the said dispute, shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration administered by the Dubai International Financial Centre – London Court of International Arbitration (“DIFC-LCIA”) in accordance with its rules which rules are deemed to be incorporated into these Terms by reference. The number of arbitrators shall be one and the arbitration shall be conducted in the English language. The seat of the arbitration shall be the Dubai International Financial Centre.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, each party shall be entitled to apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for urgent injunctive relief in the event of any breach of these Terms by the other party.

Thank you for your cooperation. We hope you find this Website helpful and convenient to use. If you have questions or comments regarding this website please Contact Us. 

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This document was last updated in February 2015.