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About Us

Echo-Xpats was established in 2005 by two British Expatriates who understood the need for bespoke relocation services in the Middle East. Understanding the needs of an individual is the cornerstone of our business, whether a corporation, individual or simply just friendly advice. Relocation doesn’t need to be daunting, at Echo-Xpats our ‘first friend’ policy runs through our core, transition to a new and often unknown country doesn’t need to be complex, especially when you have the dedicated support of seasoned experts behind you.

Echo-Xpats is proud to work with some of the leading companies in the IT, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Legal and Shipping industries including many Fortune 500 corporations.

Echo-Xpats’ mission is to seamlessly transition you, your family or your employees into the region, our dedicated Relocation Consultants are there for you, day or night. The U.A.E and Middle East region is a diverse and dynamic environment with often unique rules and regulations. By providing a single point of contact, Echo-Xpats’ in-depth knowledge will guide you through your entire relocation process providing you both convenience and peace of mind. Your successful transition into the region is what drives our business forward and we look forward to welcoming you to your new life in the Middle East.



Ashley Thornton

(Managing Partner and Co-Founder)

Ashley has been providing relocation support for corporations and individuals within the Middle East for the last 10 years. As a Managing Partner he is responsible for all client services and consultancy decisions within Echo-Xpats.

Originally based in the UK, Ashley co-founded the company with an extensive background in corporate concierge services and customer centric roles that has defined the ‘personalised relocation’ approach

Echo-Xpats has built its foundations on. Ashley enjoys golf, Dubai’s gastronomic scene, movies and cooking for friends.

David Donnelly

(Managing Partner and Director of Operations)

As an MBA graduate and Project Management Professional, David has worked for the last 10 years in global project management for a Fortune 500 company in emerging markets.

David has expertise in developing management system frameworks and structuring operations to ensure the successful integration between client services and operational efficiency.

David enjoys cricket, travelling and supporting his childhood team Newcastle United.


EuRA Accreditation

Echo-Xpats are EuRA accredited relocation consultants. EuRA, the European Relocation Association, was formed in 1998 with The aim of promoting the benefits of professionally managed relocation and mobility services to companies with globally mobile mobile employees.The EuRA Global Quality Seal is the world’s first accreditation programme for relocation providers. The Eura Global network of relocation affiliates allows access to reciprocal partnerships expanding Echo-Xpats reach to all corners of the globe

Eura membership enables Echo-Xpats to benefit from training material, access to Government policies and newly implemented laws and global trends in the corporate sector.

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Paul BlackPaul BlackO2 Germany
We received a very personal service from Echo-Xpats, moving from Germany I expected difficulties around every corner. However Echo-Xpats made the relocation process seamless and would certainly recommend them to anyone moving into the region.
Alan BairdAlan BairdEmerson Process Management
I just want to say how great it was to have you to help and support my relocation. Your attitude and work is very professional, extremely customer care conscious and more importantly each step of the process was explained before it was started. Fantastic job.
Lara El AmineLara El AmineAstraZeneca
Echo-Xpats were great at making me feel well integrated within my new environment, country and work. It was a real privilege to have had their support. They were extremely professional and empathetic to my relocation needs.
Tanya RuddTanya RuddMicrosoft
The service was superb. Ashley took the strain and removed a good deal of the stress. Apart from some teething problems with the apartment - everything has gone very well. I would certainly recommend the service to anyone.
Darren JacobsDarren JacobsZurich Insurance
We both have been very pleased with the overall service, we have moved abroad a few times and this relocation has been by far the most comprehensive. Echo-Xpats does a great job.