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Is it usual to get housing allowance?

Hi - I have been offered a position in Dubai by my current employer (I'm based in London at the moment). I'm a professional in my mid-30s, married with one young (not school age) child, and planning to have another soon. The base salary (more or less the same as what I get in the UK now) is pretty g...
by jayzed
Feb 22, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Is it usual to get housing allowance?
Replies: 6
Views: 1729

Thanks Scot. Do you/others think that we would be able to live okay and save a bit on the package I've described? It doesn't seem to me that we'd be any better off than we are now in London. My wife will probably look for work once we're there, but that would be on a local package and given our spro...
by jayzed
Feb 22, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Is it usual to get housing allowance?
Replies: 6
Views: 1729

The usual question

I'm mid-30s, middle management role in medium-sized international company, wife and baby. Will be moving to Dubai to do essentially the same job I do now in London. Working in DIFC. Salary: AED28,000/month (24,500 base plus 3,500 car allowance). We have to pay for rent etc out of this. This is about...
by jayzed
Mar 09, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: The usual question
Replies: 0
Views: 629

Residence visa in new passport

I've read somewhere (possibly on this site) that the UAE authorities won't issue a residence visa to you if you have a brand new passport (possibly because they think you're trying to hide Israeli stams in your previous passport?). Is this true? I'm probably moving to Dubai in a month or two, but my...
by jayzed
Mar 09, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Residence visa in new passport
Replies: 3
Views: 1768

Changing jobs

Sage & Onion, can you tell us a bit more about the employment ban? I'd heard about some restrictions on changing employers but could do with more detail. I'm about to head out to Dubai with my current employer but a competitor (also in Dubai) is already starting to ask questions about headhuntin...
by jayzed
Mar 19, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: switching jobs
Replies: 2
Views: 649

Relocation costs

Hi, I will be moving out soon (just in time for the summer - oh joy!) with my wife and baby to take up a new job. I'm currently getting quotes for shipping our personal effects - the contents of a one-bedroom flat, not a great deal of furniture - from London to Dubai. I wonder if anyone on the forum...
by jayzed
Mar 19, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Relocation costs
Replies: 17
Views: 3218

Thanks for the comments. I should clarify that we are moving from a one-bedrooom place but hopefully to a three-bedroom place in Dubai (there are three of us and we're desperately cramped already with the baby sleeping in our room, but we put off moving in London because we knew we'd be moving to Du...
by jayzed
Mar 20, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Relocation costs
Replies: 17
Views: 3218

Changing jobs - work permit

Hi, I've searched the archive on the issue of changing jobs once you're in Dubai. I will be coming to Dubai with my current employer based in a Free Zone (DIFC). My understanding from what I've read is that if at some point in the coming year I wanted to switch to work for another company (most like...
by jayzed
Mar 21, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Changing jobs - work permit
Replies: 4
Views: 1090

Most people have said that it isn't much for Dubai, either, and that it probably won't cover all the costs. If I assume about £1800 for shipping and about £700 for flights, that leaves £2500 = AED17,500 Then there's: - Utilities deposit AED3000 (?) - Oven AED1000+ - Fridge AED1000+ That leaves 12,50...
by jayzed
Mar 21, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Relocation costs
Replies: 17
Views: 3218

Yes, I realise I'll have to pay rent up front but my employer will advance me that. But it seems to me that there are a lot of other costs associated with moving into a new place. How easy is it to rent a place direct from the landlord, i.e. cutting out the agent and therefore the agent's commission...
by jayzed
Mar 22, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Relocation costs
Replies: 17
Views: 3218

Some questions from a newbie

I'm about to start looking for rented accommodation in Dubai for me and my family (wife and baby), and have a few questions. 1) How easy is it to rent direct from the landlord (i.e. cut out the agent and therefore the agent's commission). 2) When I see prices in Gulf News etc, are these generally ne...
by jayzed
Mar 22, 2007
 
Forum: Accommodation in Dubai
Topic: Some questions from a newbie
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Satwa: dodgy or delightful?

I'm thinking about a villa in Satwa as a possible place to live. I'm in my mid-thirties, will be coming to Dubai with my wife and baby. I have a couple of friends who absolutely love living in Satwa, rave about it having a nice mix of families, good restaurants etc. On the other hand, I have other f...
by jayzed
Mar 22, 2007
 
Forum: Accommodation in Dubai
Topic: Satwa: dodgy or delightful?
Replies: 1
Views: 683

Cost of personal loans

I will be moving to Dubai shortly and will need to take out a personal loan to pay up-front rent and vehicle costs. Couple of questions about this: 1) I understand from looking at the archive of this forum that interest rates vary on a case-by-base basis but are normally around the 10% mark, calcula...
by jayzed
Apr 10, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Cost of personal loans
Replies: 4
Views: 1233

Thanks for your replies. My understanding is that I would enter the country on a temporary employment visa, and would then obtain a residence visa once I'm there (but don't know how long that would take - a month? more? Any ideas?). My (potential) employer has said that it is not their policy to adv...
by jayzed
Apr 11, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Cost of personal loans
Replies: 4
Views: 1233

Not an answer I'm afraid, Chinku, but another question as I'm in the same position as you. I've heard that a lot of nurseries are closed in July and August. Is this true? If so, what other options are available?
by jayzed
Apr 24, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: NURSERIES
Replies: 5
Views: 1636
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