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Hi, I’ve had a final round interview with a consultancy in the UAE and I think I’m going to choose Dubai as a base over Abu Dhabi assuming I'm successful. I’m hoping to get an offer soon and I’m keen to get a handle on what sort of benefits I should be asking for. I’ve read a few different topics on...
by scot1870
Sep 11, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Management Consultancy packages
Replies: 7
Views: 1992

I'm sure it's an old question, but how do you get English Premiership in Dubai? I'm moving there soon but last time I was there Orbit were advertising every league but that in their football package...
by scot1870
Oct 08, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Sky UK Satellite Television?
Replies: 28
Views: 4475

I've just taken a job in management consultancy. Comparing your package to mine, I'd have expected to see a better basic going on normal differences between the industries but then again your bonus may make a big difference! From my own searching, that sort of rent would probably get you a 3 bed vil...
by scot1870
Oct 12, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Package for Senior Finance in an Investment bank
Replies: 9
Views: 2552

They have now come back with US$125K as all-in salary. In addition, they will pay US$25K as signing bonus. The bonus will be in addition (no g'tee). I am told that the market practice is 50% or more (could be upto 150%). Wanted to check your reactions (especially from people who are in Dubai and un...
by scot1870
Oct 16, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Package for Senior Finance in an Investment bank
Replies: 9
Views: 2552

The rent spiral was explained to me when I got my job as being down to a stop in building around the turn of the millennium which - given it takes 4-5 years to plan and build these complexes - meant that there was a lack of housing supply and demand soared during this period. They guy who recruited ...
by scot1870
Oct 23, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: I heard it was expensive out here but 'hello?'...
Replies: 14
Views: 2129

Tartan Army - Dubai

Hi folks,

I recently moved out here from the cold and wet of Scotland and before I came I was told there is a Tartan Army supporters club out here that take over a pub to watch the games.

Anyone got any details on this?
by scot1870
Nov 15, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Tartan Army - Dubai
Replies: 4
Views: 987

Most of that other thread covered process stuff. In terms of material things, well I just moved here and here's my thoughts: 1) If you own a house and especially if you have children then I would say ship your furniture/ belongings over. Although it's quite cheap to furnish a house here, when you ad...
by scot1870
Nov 19, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: What to bring to Dubai...
Replies: 4
Views: 2577

Good way to start the day, with England getting pumped 8)

Ponting's 100 off 136 balls :shock: Guess the Aussies are going for it.
by scot1870
Nov 23, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: ASHES - Aus v England
Replies: 62
Views: 4425

1 litre of Absolut + half a litre of whisky + some mixers = a good night tomorrow for me and 3 friends 8)
by scot1870
Nov 23, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: C'MON GUYS & GALS ITS THURSDAY WITH DA SAGE! LET'S ROLL
Replies: 295
Views: 25408

Because they keep the nation nourished at McDonalds' drive thru

Why are the English so rubbish at cricket?
by scot1870
Nov 27, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Games Lounge
Topic: Ask a Stupid Question, Get a Smartass Answer - GAME
Replies: 432
Views: 54289

Yup, I have one. You can get them on Etisalat. There is a monthly unlimited data charge of about 200dhs I think, plus your calls which are limited to 500dhs. They're pretty good. Emails pop up all the time but I only read the first line and decide when I'll answer it. It's most useful for sending em...
by scot1870
Nov 29, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: BlackBerry in Dubai
Replies: 34
Views: 4879

Hints and tips for breaking my Dubai 7s virginity

Hi folks, I'm new to Dubai and have bought tickets for the "premier social event" (so I'm told) in Dubai this weekend - the rugby 7s. I will be engaging in the age-old British tradition of drinking beer and going a worrying shade of red in the sun. Any hints and tips for me on things like:...
by scot1870
Nov 29, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Hints and tips for breaking my Dubai 7s virginity
Replies: 19
Views: 2418

Seems to be stuck at 500Dhs which I thought was stupid given they're surely aimed at businesspeople. I even looked on the Etisalat site and it said that was the limit so it's not just some stupid company deal. Apparently you can add credit up at the World Trade Centre if you get close to your limit ...
by scot1870
Nov 29, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: BlackBerry in Dubai
Replies: 34
Views: 4879

Actually, I tell a lie. :oops: Just asked some guys in the office and it is set by the company and Etisalat together. Not sure who had the most sway in deciding the 500 limit but can't think of many reasons why we'd need to have our limit so low.
by scot1870
Nov 29, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: BlackBerry in Dubai
Replies: 34
Views: 4879

:lol: Well, my expectations for the weekend were pretty much as you described so I'm really looking forward to it now! If I'm not lying upside down under a palm tree by sundown I'll know I'll have failed. As for the "sweaties", they're usually easy to spot, I might join them for a few to w...
by scot1870
Nov 29, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Hints and tips for breaking my Dubai 7s virginity
Replies: 19
Views: 2418

Usually when the English are invited! :roll: 8)

I'll be a happy drunk rather than a lary one.
by scot1870
Nov 30, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Hints and tips for breaking my Dubai 7s virginity
Replies: 19
Views: 2418

First thing I did was run around my bedroom looking for where I had hidden my alarm clock (I always hide it when I've been out drinking - it forces me not to hit snooze and fall asleep again!). Then I looked for water to try and cure the "rough as a badger's arse" look before heading to wo...
by scot1870
Nov 30, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Thursday Poll: The first thing you did this morning?
Replies: 59
Views: 4554

Re: You have lived in Dubai if ...

16) You had to look both ways crossing a one-way street. I've not been here long but that's the truest one! I guess to add to that is the fact that people always blame you when THEY cut you up joining a roundabout! Stop signs are just advisory here, the longer the traffic queue they've had to sit i...
by scot1870
Nov 30, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: You have lived in Dubai if ...
Replies: 18
Views: 2557

Just listen to one of his interviews. The guy's literate and smarter than 90% of the artists out there. Oh yeah and he did Jenna Jameson. Gay who? Of course he's smarter than most people. He's a marketing genius. He saw a gap in the market for a strong anti-Christian character, chose his name delib...
by scot1870
Dec 04, 2006
 
Forum: Movies and Music Talk
Topic: Is really Marilyn manson a homo?
Replies: 28
Views: 4578

For alcohol drinkers - a corkscrew/ bottle opener. Your moving in party just won't be the same without one.
by scot1870
Dec 04, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: New Pad: What do I need to get?
Replies: 45
Views: 3892

Unless you have some family or work connection with the UK now, I understood they had changed it to make it much harder to apply for visas (there's so much unrest in the UK at the moment about immigrants from former Commonwealth and the EU coming in to live off the British taxpayer - you could say w...
by scot1870
Dec 04, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Can Any pakistani Can Apply The British Online Visa???
Replies: 4
Views: 1731

My teeth have chips in them from too many parties without a bottle opener - hence why it was the first thing to come in to my mind. My arse will hopefully forever remain bottle-top free! Only went to the 7s on Friday in the end, what a great day though, sun was out early on, beer was flowing freely ...
by scot1870
Dec 04, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: New Pad: What do I need to get?
Replies: 45
Views: 3892

^ian^ wrote:Rough trot. To go from a 6/550 dec. to losing is very harsh.


According to the BBC, no team has ever declared a higher first innings and then lost.

In short, England are record breaking chokers :lol:
by scot1870
Dec 05, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: ASHES - 2nd Test
Replies: 91
Views: 6749

Scots and Irish are a funny breed in that we find any excuse to speak to people from our home nations, especially when we're abroad. It's amazing how you can hear an accent from home and literally sit down and drink or eat with that person for the rest of the night and chat about stuff. I was handin...
by scot1870
Dec 05, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Not relating to ones own people
Replies: 39
Views: 3583

Good offer for a single person, you can have a good life on that. Single bed flats beside Mall of the Emirates (Greens etc.) about 60-70kDhs I think. Not bad place to live either as only 10 minute commute to your work plus it's pretty close to the beach hotels where a good chunk of the nightlife is.
by scot1870
Dec 07, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: pls rate this package...
Replies: 13
Views: 2599

I have to admit to making the same pregnancy mistake in my first week of the job at a management consultancy in London :oops: The lady in question was a high-powered Partner and never spoke to me again in the 6 years I worked there. However, amusingly, 6 months after I'd said it she had lost about 1...
by scot1870
Dec 07, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: Embarassing situations
Replies: 3
Views: 1031

As with any country, it depends where you go!

Visa and mastercard everywhere, I can use Amex most places too. Beyond that, only the main expat places seem to take the full range of cards.
by scot1870
Dec 10, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Credit Cards Accepted in the UAE
Replies: 8
Views: 3831

Nobody complains as the likes of the economy of the UAE has doubled in size in 5 years, so repatriation of wealth is going to be part of the price to pay for the country as a whole being much wealthier. If they try to stop it, the labour (from the poorest to the richest) will stop coming as, despite...
by scot1870
Dec 10, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: 21 billion a year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 25
Views: 2260

Yup, I'd say camera or video camera. Just get home, hide the bounty and then phone the police - all they'll see is a bunch of madmen chasing you in a car. I doubt they'll hang around long if they realise they're being filmed.
by scot1870
Dec 10, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Warning: bogus booze brigade
Replies: 17
Views: 2609

Yup, was caught up on it. Burst water main on the Dubai to Abu Dhabi side of the road, the inside lanes for a couple of miles and at its deepest point even came across all lanes. Police, ever helpful, decided to position themselves in the left carriageway at the deepest point, meaning all the cars w...
by scot1870
Dec 11, 2006
 
Forum: Dubai General Chat
Topic: What WAS that traffic on Sh.Zayd Rd at midnight??
Replies: 6
Views: 1404
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