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A friend of mine in Dubai also has a BA degree and cannot find work. It seems to be a fairly common qualification for expats from the indian subcontinent and does not carry a lot of weight here. Apart from that, scarlet has already pointed our that experience is your biggest problem. No one gets wor...
by benwj
Apr 07, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Job Wanted
Topic: Can it be done? (relocating without a job?)
Replies: 3
Views: 1372

Jabber, emirates engineers get the same benefits as a 1st Officer. The basic salary is lower.
by benwj
Apr 07, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Job Wanted
Topic: Emirates Airline Employment
Replies: 21
Views: 5290

A lot of people are predicting a fall property prices, apartments in particular, and JBR if you want an example. I agree with the arguments being put forward about supply and demand, but Dubai does not seem to follow these rules. You only have to take a walk around the developments and see the numbe...
by benwj
Apr 07, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Villa purchase in Dubai (for personal use)
Replies: 9
Views: 1928

Hi Arnie, No need to use respect just because I am new to the forum! I think that we both agree that there is going to be a flood of apartments on the market over the next 2 years. But I still think that it will only be the srewd investors like yourself who manage to find the bargains where people h...
by benwj
Apr 08, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Villa purchase in Dubai (for personal use)
Replies: 9
Views: 1928

Gabs, Does this only apply for people who are payed by an Australian company and therefore receive an Australian group cert. I am employed by a local company and my accountant told me that only if you are in Australia for more than 90 days/3 months per year, are you classed as a resident and are req...
by benwj
Apr 08, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Australian Tax
Replies: 25
Views: 5290

Your requirements are quite specific so I can suggest living in Um Suqeim. Jumeirah is also very popular. There are a lot of villa (townhouse) complexes with communal swimming pools. Both are on the right side of Sheik Zayed road to avoid traffic 2 and from work. The nearest school is Emirates Inter...
by benwj
Apr 08, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Good advice on school and living in Dubai
Replies: 7
Views: 1899

A list of Post Offices is at http://www.emiratespost.com The thing that makes me angry, is that they charge customs on all parcels being sent from other countries. I wouldn't normally mind, but this also applies to Christmas Gifts, Easter Eggs etc. I feel like telling them to keep the bloody easter ...
by benwj
Apr 08, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: PO Box and Postal Services
Replies: 36
Views: 4808

Wafaey,
Is saying that you are an Atheist on your residency application an option? You can then obtain a licence.
by benwj
Apr 08, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Alcohol
Replies: 44
Views: 6699

Rude Gestures

A lot of drivers (especially blacked out Land Cruisers) deserve this gesture, but I am going to restrain myself in future.

http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/06 ... 30465.html
by benwj
Apr 08, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Rude Gestures
Replies: 0
Views: 908

Perfectly valid question because I only saw them at the "Park n Shop" last year.
This year they have sprung up at lots of shops including Carefor and Geant. Next year? Union Co-op?!
by benwj
Apr 08, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: PO Box and Postal Services
Replies: 36
Views: 4808

My male friend recently got married to a Muslim woman, and the UAE government required that he convert to Islam. It is OK for a Muslim Man to marry a non-Muslim woman but not the other way around. You probably already know this, but for others benefit, the man is seen as the head of the household an...
by benwj
Apr 09, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Both expats, & wife's Muslim - Are we gonna have problem
Replies: 11
Views: 2244

I think you can download Skype from http://pages.ebay.com/skype/ But Etisalcrap plan on blocking VoIP using traffic monitoring software, so I am not sure how long this will last. Don't get your hopes up about the new company, Du, either. I believe that this is short for Duopoly, which is a joke beca...
by benwj
Apr 15, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Cheap international calls
Replies: 23
Views: 7501

Showtime subscribers: dhs 650 World Cup fee. First Net Sports subscribers: 857 World Cup fee. First Net World Cup only subscription: dhs1,800. I'd rather pee my money up against the wall then give it to a Firstnet or Showtime and aggree with Wafaey, A Pub or Cafe will be the best place to see the wo...
by benwj
Apr 15, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Watching Germany 2006 on TV
Replies: 5
Views: 1761

How skeptical of you Knight! Don't you mean that skype is merely "inconsistant with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates"? Zooter, You may see this quote quite often when surfing the net over here. Generally, anything that is remotely related to p<3n, gambl...
by benwj
Apr 17, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Cheap international calls
Replies: 23
Views: 7501

arniegang wrote:Having just checked the rates on the links you posted, the actual call costs to ring both landlines and mobiles within the UAE are actually dearer than Etilistat.

Maybe you do work for these guys?

:P :P
local calls using Etisalat are free. It would be hard to beat that.
by benwj
Apr 26, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai high tech talk
Topic: Free calls to UK US other ehh big places with VoiP
Replies: 10
Views: 9486

Boost, I think Choco means that the Skype website is blocked. VoIP hasn't been blocked...Yet. VoIP is the protocol used to send voice over the internet. Skype, voipstunt, fone2asia etc all use VoIP. Etisalat have realised that just blocking websites is not enough and they need to block the VoIP prot...
by benwj
Apr 26, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai high tech talk
Topic: Free calls to UK US other ehh big places with VoiP
Replies: 10
Views: 9486

The lastest news on the property market is that Tamweel are offering 90% morgages on the market value (rather than off-the-plan value) of properties at Arabian Ranches. It is promising that the banks are slowly trusting the market. Const, I read that you were after an apartment. You can read in othe...
by benwj
Apr 26, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Business Talk
Topic: to buy or not to buy- the property myth in dubai
Replies: 41
Views: 6132

The bottom line is MONEY. Yes, Dubai has many good points: weather, beaches, shopping, low crime. But I can think of many other places in the world that I would prefer to live. Dubai was very low ranked on a recent list of best places to live (183rd?), which I think was a bit harsh, but it is not as...
by benwj
Apr 26, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: why are you in Dubai?
Replies: 2
Views: 1117

Arnie. Not sure when you last looked at the freehold section of the Gulfnews, but you are right. The front page has been all JBR recently and is growing by the day. The prices have not dropped yet, but you have convinced me that this is bound to happen closer to the completion date. Excellent point ...
by benwj
Apr 28, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Business Talk
Topic: to buy or not to buy- the property myth in dubai
Replies: 41
Views: 6132

Deanne, I know the feeling. Sounds like you would rather be treated like a minority in someone elses country than your own. Dubai is a good choice. Most of the answers to your questions can be found using the search utility. If your boys go to university, you would be better off sending them back to...
by benwj
Apr 28, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: I need advise about moving to Dubai
Replies: 15
Views: 3566

A taxi costs 50 dings from Sheik Zayed road (Wafi). Arabian Ranches is very good for families and children. I would not reccomend it for single people who want to be close to the action. There is a community feel, but it is of the neighborhood watch variety. I wouldn't go as far as saying that it is...
by benwj
Apr 28, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Arabian Ranches
Replies: 14
Views: 2940

Hi Gregos, The short answer is No. But it is telecast here by ABC Asia/Pacific. I would be very very surprised if Fox, Showtime, ESPN or ART showed it at all. About the closest thing to real football is last weeks AFL game on Fox. Mnet (South Africa) might show it, but I doubt it. ABC Asia/Pacific i...
by benwj
May 08, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE - STATE OF ORIGIN
Replies: 8
Views: 2854

I contacted ABC and their response was that they do not have a licence to telecast here. So I would not expect them to supply any information on satelite frequencies etc.
The embasy is worth a try, but they would probably be even less helpfull.
by benwj
May 12, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE - STATE OF ORIGIN
Replies: 8
Views: 2854

Here is the media release that claims to be tranmitting to the middle east http://www.abc.net.au/corp/pubs/media/s1456689.htm The Dish TV package on satellite NSS-6 at 12,595 MHz, is using the Indian subcontinent beam. Dubai is on the western edge of this footprint, but you would probably require a ...
by benwj
May 25, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE - STATE OF ORIGIN
Replies: 8
Views: 2854

arniegang wrote:The long term "management charges" seriously concern me. My prediction is give it a few years there will some bargins to be had on all the "palms"


If you can afford to buy there, I don't think maintenance charges are going to worry you.
by benwj
Jun 02, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: artificial islands
Replies: 37
Views: 3315

I havn't used M-net, but I suspect that it is C band because you need a very large dish to receive it.
I have decided to go with Hotbird "free" to air, and have heard that Showtime and ART can also be received for 10 euro a month.
by benwj
Jun 02, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE - STATE OF ORIGIN
Replies: 8
Views: 2854

If casinos are built in Dubai they'll be built in dubailand. The new al bawadi project looks more like du-vegas than anything so they should be there if they'll be built. Bawadi aka DuVegas, will have nearly 30,000 hotel rooms (nearly double Dubai's current capacity) and, is predicted to attract ov...
by benwj
Jun 03, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: artificial islands
Replies: 37
Views: 3315

Benj Wrong, the launch prices in 2002 were so cheap thats why the bandwagon started. In the case og Palm J, no-one has completed yet. Like in other recent dvelopments, because of resales, there is a major difference between someone putting down a deposit, and then having to find the balance. Wannab...
by benwj
Jun 03, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: artificial islands
Replies: 37
Views: 3315

Benjw I am quite aware of the prices on the Palm JBR and the Marina i owned properties on all 3 till last year. I do not have a mortgage on my properties and this is because i am wise. The reason i dumped off the my Palm properties was a/ the ridiculous profit i made and b/ the estimated management...
by benwj
Jun 04, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: artificial islands
Replies: 37
Views: 3315

Speaking of strange behaviour-anyone see the car parade down Al Wasl yesterday evening-burnouts, people and kids sitting on car window ledges, perched on the hoods or standing peering out of sun-roofs throwing crackers (into our yard too) and supervised by the police........hmmmmmmmmmmmm interestin...
by benwj
Jun 04, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Naked man on SZR
Replies: 58
Views: 4795
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