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i'm also looking around the same area, i'm moving to dubai in july but lived there last summer. i don't know if this is of any help but you should try looking at bhomes.com and vakson.com - both have developments in dubai marina. i'm looking to rent a 1 bedroom apartment in dubai marina and i think ...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 08, 2007
 
Forum: Accommodation in Dubai
Topic: Guide to finding Accommodation in Dubai Accomodation Pricing
Replies: 30
Views: 33868

Buying in Dubai

Hi, I'm moving to Dubai in July and will be looking for a 1 bedroom apartment, probably in Dubai Marina. Anyway, as we all know the rental rates are ridiculous so i'd consider buying if it was feasible. However, can anyone tell me what kind of deposit mortgage lenders ask for in Dubai? Also, since I...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 08, 2007
 
Forum: Accommodation in Dubai
Topic: Buying in Dubai
Replies: 2
Views: 1275

"I thought that I'd be a catch if I lowered my limit to 6000 Dhs, but still no one seems interested." i just thought i'd throw my tuppence in here, there's a saying in Scotland that if 'you lower the price, you devalue the product'. i'll be honest, i've not quite followed where you're work...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 09, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: U.S. uni. graduate asking for 6000 Dhs a month. Too much?
Replies: 28
Views: 4836

i didn't mean to arouse any aggro, i was just stating my opinion in the hope it might have benefited msafi. however, firstly i think the term 'bullshitting' might've been misleading, i didn't mean lie, i just meant exagerate the positives. secondly, i would stop short of referring to the 'going rate...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 10, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: U.S. uni. graduate asking for 6000 Dhs a month. Too much?
Replies: 28
Views: 4836

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by jcraiggibson
Jun 10, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: U.S. uni. graduate asking for 6000 Dhs a month. Too much?
Replies: 28
Views: 4836

hey neltron, like everyone has pointed out, obviously budgetting is dependant on lifestyle but i think your guess seems reasonable. one of my mates from work emailed me his rough monthly budget last month and i'm planning on living within the same means. we're both in our twenties living with our gi...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 12, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Realistic Ex Pat Budget?
Replies: 15
Views: 3137

any idea how it will affect taxi prices??
by jcraiggibson
Jun 13, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Will you Salik?
Replies: 51
Views: 5180

maybe i could buy a taxi??? i could be a 'part time' taxi driver with no customers when i drive to work and back...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 14, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Will you Salik?
Replies: 51
Views: 5180

we did call our hotel to ask the 'theoretical' question of whether it would be a problem or not and they insisted it wouldnt so just taking their word for it.... Brilliant idea. Normally I'd warn against this... but much more reliable advice than old farts living out their life on a forum. that's n...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 18, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: holiday worry!
Replies: 46
Views: 6580

we did call our hotel to ask the 'theoretical' question of whether it would be a problem or not and they insisted it wouldnt so just taking their word for it.... Brilliant idea. Normally I'd warn against this... but much more reliable advice than old farts living out their life on a forum. that's n...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 19, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: holiday worry!
Replies: 46
Views: 6580

hi everyone, i'm moving out permanently in july but returning to the uk in december, i have a job and a sponsor but obviously my work / residents visa won't be sorted out until after i arrive in dubai. so, i'm going to book a return flight (glasgow - dubai, dubai - glasgow) with approximately six mo...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 19, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Visa
Topic: Visa types
Replies: 104
Views: 121098

thanks for your advice Bonk, appreciated also, asc_26, regarding renewing your girlfriend's visa perpetually, there might be a problem with it. that used to be ok but as bonk said, they've changed the rules on renewing visas. someone staying on a visit visa can only renew it twice (initial three mon...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 20, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Visa
Topic: Visa types
Replies: 104
Views: 121098

Work / Residency Visa

Hello,

I'd be grateful if anyone had any advice on what the work / residency visa application process involves?

Am I right in thinking that to get such a visa they take a blood / urine sample? Why do they do this? Is it in case of medical emergency or testing for diseases, drugs, etc?
by jcraiggibson
Jun 26, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Work / Residency Visa
Replies: 4
Views: 1708

if you don't like the accommodation emirates give you, you can always crash with me in dubai marina...

god, i can't believe i just thought that - i need to find a new girlfriend, this desperation is starting to show!
by jcraiggibson
Jun 26, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Anyone know where the Emirates Cabin Crew live??
Replies: 15
Views: 3196

mate, i think you'll be more than comfortable on that. i think other posts have established that a young couple living a sociable existince in dubai would pay around 17/18,000Dhs / month on expenses including accommodation (based on 115,000Dhs apartment), costs therein and going out doing stuff at w...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 28, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Advice Please?
Replies: 10
Views: 1209

you're right about 'getting around' the unmarried and living together issue. but as previous posts have discussed to death i'll summarise it for you by saying that whilst some people will rightfully advise you that unmarried couples living together is illegal, it is a widely flexed law and rarely en...
by jcraiggibson
Jun 28, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Advice Please?
Replies: 10
Views: 1209

Set Up Process

Hi guys, If I tried to get everything done as quickly as possible, how long would it take to get the following processed: Residency Visa Work Visa UAE Driving Licence (I have UK licence and International Driving Permit) Alcohol Permit Set up a UAE bank account? And finally, how long does the process...
by jcraiggibson
Jul 04, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Set Up Process
Replies: 2
Views: 720

hey, have a look at the Better Homes Real Estate Agency website, they give a good idea of the prices - they are one of the bigger estate agents in Dubai.

There is also a map which might help you figure out which areas are where and so on.

http://www.bhomes.com
by jcraiggibson
Jul 12, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Accomodation expense
Replies: 6
Views: 2034

hey, i thought i'd contribute because i'm in a similar position in that my salary covers for the extras like accommodation etc. with regard to the rent, you should check out Better Homes' website for an idea of cost, it also has a map which might help you figure the geography of dubai. http://bhomes...
by jcraiggibson
Jul 12, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Damsel in Distress (moving to Dubai in September)
Replies: 7
Views: 1706

slightly digressing... but would you pass through either of the gates (and be charged) on a journey from Dubai Marina to Dubai Festival City?

i'm not too sure where the gate at the MoE side of SZR is
by jcraiggibson
Jul 13, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Salik - being charged while not passing the toll gate
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

sorry, i should've been more clear, i meant if i just headed towards Emirates Rd to avoid SZR would i be charged?

ie would i pass under the gate at interchange 4 on that route?

thanks again for your help
by jcraiggibson
Jul 13, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Salik - being charged while not passing the toll gate
Replies: 16
Views: 1915

sorry mate, i was talking out my arse when i guessed how much 2 bedrooms would be - my mistake.

but i'm getting a 1 bedroom apartment in dubai marina for 95k with a view, i think you can get ones that don't have as good a view for 90k
by jcraiggibson
Jul 13, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Accomodation expense
Replies: 6
Views: 2034

of course it's best to take the cautious approach, but why would they test you for drugs in a medical?? if they had reason to suspect it then of course they'd check, ie if you were in a car accident, but surely they wouldn't take the time and cost of checking you for drugs which if you had in your s...
by jcraiggibson
Jul 18, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Medical Test - what do they test for?
Replies: 16
Views: 13989

ouch, four years is pretty severe i think what we're all agreed on is that none of us actually know whether they test for drugs or not, but that it'd be mental to take the chance!! i read in another thread that dxbsoul looked into the various things they tested for a while back, or someone he spoke ...
by jcraiggibson
Jul 22, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Medical Test - what do they test for?
Replies: 16
Views: 13989

Temporary Drivers Licence

Hi everyone, Just a quick one... Looking to buy a car but i've not got my visa through yet, but I've rented an apartment, opened a bank account and stuff with my passport etc and a letter from my employer. I've got a UK drivers licence and an international driving permit. I know I can't get an Emira...
by jcraiggibson
Jul 23, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Temporary Drivers Licence
Replies: 8
Views: 2037

I've been looking at buying an xBox 360 in dubai and i've found the going rate seems to be around 1,800Dhs for the console, a controller and a game. However, does anyone know anywhere that has good deals on xBox's or anywhere else i should look? (I've only looked in Plug-Ins, Carrefour) Thanks guys
by jcraiggibson
Jul 23, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: xbox 360 live new
Replies: 16
Views: 4117

1mb Du connection, do you think that would be good enough for me to play online?

i look forward to your response.
by jcraiggibson
Jul 29, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: xbox 360 live new
Replies: 16
Views: 4117


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