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Help with setting up wireless internet at home...

I have been trying to set up the wireless internet at home for the past few days with no success... the IT infrastructure of the building I am staying in is provided by DIC (Dubai Internet City). I bought a Sitecom router over the weekend but failed to connect... not even the IT support from Sitecom...
by shaq
Apr 21, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai high tech talk
Topic: Help with setting up wireless internet at home...
Replies: 1
Views: 1815

Help with setting up wireless internet at home...

I have been trying to set up the wireless internet at home for the past few days with no success... the IT infrastructure of the building I am staying in is provided by DIC (Dubai Internet City). I bought a Sitecom router over the weekend but failed to connect... not even the IT support from Sitecom...
by shaq
Apr 22, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai high tech talk
Topic: Help with setting up wireless internet at home...
Replies: 9
Views: 4318

I had the Sitecom IT support guy at my place for a few hours but couldn't solve the problem... so I gave up that brand and refunded the router. I might give Belkin router a go... But has anyone come across problems with DIC provided internet? Or is it simply a compatibility issue with different bran...
by shaq
Apr 22, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai high tech talk
Topic: Help with setting up wireless internet at home...
Replies: 9
Views: 4318

Appreciate your comments Ian... but neither I or the IT Technician from Sitecom could get it to work on the weekend, we did try to reset option with no luck. I am not an IT specialist but I would of thought the Sitecom technician would know what he was doing, he also mentioned that he came across a ...
by shaq
Apr 22, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai high tech talk
Topic: Help with setting up wireless internet at home...
Replies: 9
Views: 4318

excuse my ignorance... but what I don't quite understand this procedure "connect your laptop or PC to it via Ethernet, connect to it via the web browser using the default IP address as stated in the manual and see if you can configure wireless"... So I disconnect the DIC cable from the Rou...
by shaq
Apr 22, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai high tech talk
Topic: Help with setting up wireless internet at home...
Replies: 9
Views: 4318

c'mon sydney drivers are worse than the ones here, i really can't see what's the big fuss about the driving here... i agree it's not ideal but unless you are used to driving in outback oz, most major cities around the world are pretty much the same!
by shaq
Apr 28, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: any opinions on getting a driver?
Replies: 7
Views: 1757

Buying a new car from an authorized dealer in Sharjah...

The prices seem cheaper there in Sharjah, and the dealers have indicated that the cars can be registered in Dubai and warranty is also recognized here... so what are the cons?
by shaq
May 07, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Buying a new car from an authorized dealer in Sharjah...
Replies: 5
Views: 1583

Getting married in Dubai...

My fiancee and I (Australian / Canadian expats) wish to get married here in Dubai... can someone please advice on the options available to us? Are there any marriage registries here?

Any help would be appreciated.
by shaq
Jul 22, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Getting married in Dubai...
Replies: 9
Views: 3545

just to add to the indecision... there is a good chance that the AED will de-link from the dollar in the near future (as with the Kuwaiti Dinars) thus very likely to appreciate...
by shaq
Aug 12, 2007
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: AED or £ sterling when agreeing contract
Replies: 8
Views: 1999

Premarital check-up in Dubai

Any recommendations on health clinics in Dubai that perform premarital check-ups? Thanks a lot.
by shaq
Jan 07, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Premarital check-up in Dubai
Replies: 1
Views: 1250

Preferential treatment for local Arabs...

We all know that the locals in Dubai receive preferential status above all expats, but I experienced in first hand the full extent of this self-deceiving favouritism last week... as I was waiting in line to enter a free car park of an office tower, an arab queuing behind me got out of his car and kn...
by shaq
Mar 08, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Preferential treatment for local Arabs...
Replies: 0
Views: 1065

Yes a decent 2-bedroom apartment in a good location would cost you around US$800K to US$1.0m, the locations being either Burj Dubai or Dubai Marina. But CAD is quite high now so can take advantage of this. The top developers here include Emaar Properties, Dubai Properties and Nakheel, but Emaar is w...
by shaq
Mar 08, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: thinking of moving to Dubai.
Replies: 5
Views: 1711

Yes many people do share apartments here with your budget... some friends of mine recently moved into the Jumeirah Beach Residence in Marina, a 3 bedroom each paying roughly around AED5K a month. If you work in the Media City then Marina or the Greens are your best bet. A cheaper option is Al Basha ...
by shaq
Apr 03, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: I start a job in Dubai May 15th, any advice?
Replies: 1
Views: 1113

just pretend to be married and tell everyone you guys are married... nobody will be suspicious
by shaq
Apr 24, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Share an apartment with the opposite sex in dubai
Replies: 12
Views: 2589

not everyone has the luxury to make those choices, especially in an expensive place like dubai... sometimes you just need to take some calculated risks
by shaq
Apr 24, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Share an apartment with the opposite sex in dubai
Replies: 12
Views: 2589

Hi Having purchased a property myself and gone through the mortgage application process, I have to agree with your friend's observation as the banks here are not very flexible, and a stable base income is paramount for any loan approvals. Being here for only 3 months will not be adeqate unless you c...
by shaq
Jun 08, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Buying Property & Mortgages
Replies: 4
Views: 1813

Apartment Building Access Cards

Hi I need to get an extra access card (smart card) for my apartment building as my parents are coming to stay with us for a few months, however the property management doesn't provide additional or temporary cards... any ideas where I can copy an extra card?

Thanks a lot.
by shaq
Jun 13, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai high tech talk
Topic: Apartment Building Access Cards
Replies: 0
Views: 2884

As I understand you cannot convert to a full UAE license unless your DL matches your passport and is in the approved list of countries. Also, since you have already obtained your employment visa, technically you are not allow to drive using your international license, ie you are driving illegally no...
by shaq
Jun 24, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Age old question :) about the DL
Replies: 6
Views: 2854

I think Nichola was referring to Burj Dubai the area not the actual Burj Dubai tower... ie Burj Residences and Old Town. Burj Residences have Phase 1 and 2 and both have spacious apartments. In comparison Old Town apartments are very unique and have high quality finishes, however the apartments are ...
by shaq
Jun 25, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: SALARY PACKAGE COMPARISON
Replies: 9
Views: 3266

Well I work in the DIFC and the time it takes for me to get home in Marina is just slightly longer than going back to Burj Residence... that's how bad it is. If your concern is road infrastructure then Burj Residence is definitely not suitable as Dubai Mall will create even more congestion. Personal...
by shaq
Jun 28, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: SALARY PACKAGE COMPARISON
Replies: 9
Views: 3266

I think you are very fortunate to get your Dubai DL with your UK license as I was under the impression that the origin of the license must match the passport. However it would appear that as long as both the passport and license are from a country on their approved list, then they would issue the Du...
by shaq
Jul 24, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Age old question :) about the DL
Replies: 6
Views: 2854

Maid Service in Marina

I'm looking for a part-time maid service (once a week) for my apartment in the Marina... any recommendations or referrals? Thanks.
by shaq
Jul 24, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Maid Service in Marina
Replies: 3
Views: 1391

Thanks for that... how much do they charge per hour?
by shaq
Jul 27, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Maid Service in Marina
Replies: 3
Views: 1391

You will not find any decent apartments or villas for AED3,000 per month, in actual fact you won't even be able to find a decent room for that price.
by shaq
Aug 19, 2008
 
Forum: Accommodation in Dubai
Topic: Looking for one bed apart or villa..
Replies: 4
Views: 1985

I am not the most up to date with the rental market, but in my opinion your budget would only get you a studio in International City or a small 1-bedroom. You can forget about Arabian Ranges with that allowance... however sharing may be an option for you. Re your budget: DEWA - about right Groceries...
by shaq
Sep 08, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Job offer in Dubai
Replies: 11
Views: 2505

Just get yourself an alcohol license...
by shaq
Sep 13, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Bars in Dubai
Replies: 5
Views: 2001

Consult PwC or KPMG... free advice here will get you nowhere...
by shaq
Sep 15, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Financial Advice Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 2070

Don't bother coming here unless you want to compete for a job with the hundreds of axed i-bankers from the US and UK...
by shaq
Nov 12, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: Investment Funds in Dubai looking for deal flow
Replies: 3
Views: 1595

However do expect to fail between 2-3 times before getting your license. The authorities here are not in a rush to issue new licenses in order to control the number of cars on the road, so the examiners are keen to fail applicants.
by shaq
Dec 22, 2008
 
Forum: Dubai Expat Help Forum
Topic: can i change my uk driving licence in uae licence
Replies: 4
Views: 2529

Car Hands-Free Bluetooth... IS300

Hi All, Can someone please help me in setting up my mobile hands-free bluetooth connection in my IS300. I had my mobile set up originally at the dealership, but I recently changed my mobile and for some reason cannot connect it to the car. I tried searching for a bluetooth or hands-free devise via m...
by shaq
Jan 08, 2009
 
Forum: Dubai Auto
Topic: Car Hands-Free Bluetooth... IS300
Replies: 0
Views: 1712
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