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- Property available to rent: Does it tend to be furnished or unfurnished?
- With the actual move, is it best to bring as little as possible, or to pack up everything but the kitchen sink (inc furniture, electrical appliances etc)
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You have not state where you work; this really affects your decision on where you want to stay ... From my experience :-
1) Rented property tend to be unfurnished, eg Dubai Marina. However apartments tend to have a furnished kitchen (w/ washing machine, fridge, microwave). Normally the ad will state whether it is fully, semi, or unfurnished.
2) With a family, I guess it is best to pack everything with you. That is because things here tend to be expensive. You are lucky in the sense that the household voltage used in UK and Dubai is the same, ie 220V.
You can bring the furnitures here .. you can reuse. But note that furnitures are easily depensible items .. so it is best to bring your furnitures here, but at a later stage. You still have to guage whether your furnitures can fit into your new accomodation.