Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Guest Blogger Series: Introducing…Helen Mcclure (Part 2)

Following Helen McClure’s fantabulous invitee postal service on driving etiquette inward the UAE, nosotros direct hold the pleasance of welcoming her dorsum for some other invitee slot. Here, Helen fills us inward on setting upwardly home.

Uprooting in addition to settling in: setting up home inward Dubai

No ordinary sky, only Dubai is no ordinary city

After moving house 8 times inward 8 years, I tin firmly say that my slice of furniture is real good travelled. Obviously in that location is a huge cost inward transporting all your worldly goods from province to province only it does aid y'all to experience at home.

If you’re existence relocated yesteryear your company, it is probable that they volition direct hold aid of the costs for you. As an expat hub, Dubai is good laid upwardly amongst relocation organisations, forums in addition to websites offering advice. They tin hold upwardly a shortcut to finding the best areas to alive every bit good every bit knowing how things tick in addition to which hurdles y'all require to boundary over.

Estate agents volition too aid y'all to notice a home, only depository fiscal establishment tally whether they stand upwardly for the landlord, every bit they may non necessarily direct hold your best interests at heart.

Also await at the classified department inward local newspapers, such every bit Gulf News, in addition to on-line holding websites. 

The tallest edifice inward the world: the Burj Khalifa aims high

Rent is paid inward advance for a yr amongst a maximum of 4 post-dated cheques. The fewer set out of cheques, the improve bargaining ability y'all may have, in addition to employers oftentimes render a housing allowance. Check what is included inward the agency of maintenance every bit contracts vary wildly from landlord to landlord. The Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) protects tenants from spirally rental increases in addition to offers a rental increment estimator on its website.

Most expats select to rent only since 2002 they direct hold been able to purchase inward designated areas. Buying holding is a complicated trouble organisation though. The structure manufacture was striking difficult inward 2008, reflecting the international economical situation, only has since largely bounced back. Think carefully though earlier buying off plan.

In terms of location, this volition largely hold upwardly influenced yesteryear where y'all operate or where your children become to school, only hold upwardly prepared for an chemical constituent of driving. Dubai is non a metropolis y'all tin walk around. Popular expat places to live, if y'all would similar an apartment, are Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah in addition to Downtown Dubai. If you’re interested inward a villa y'all powerfulness similar to consider Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Islands, The Meadows, The Springs in addition to Arabian Ranches, although this is non an exhaustive list. 

Get blown away amongst the sails of the Burj al Arab

It takes almost vi months for most people to experience settled. Here are some top tips to aid y'all on your way:
  • Packing: Check your freight does non include illegal items that could delay delivery. This includes alcohol, surely reading stuff in addition to DVDs, culinary poppy seed or poppies inward blossom displays. Make surely y'all direct hold a total inventory of what has been packed inward each box, in addition to that your insurance policy has the correct cover.
  • White goods: Unless y'all alive inward an aeroplane y'all volition require to purchase white goods, including the washing machine, dishwasher, fridge in addition to oven. There is a lively instant mitt marketplace only if y'all desire to purchase novel goods, supermarkets amongst global names are skillful places to start.
  • Curtains: You volition hold upwardly required to render your ain curtains. Try local drape makers for the best prices, in addition to hold upwardly generous amongst the cloth hence if y'all motion y'all tin reuse them.
  • Utilities: These are paid to the Dubai Electricity in addition to Water Authority (DEWA), although air-conditioning cooling is sometimes paid to a split companionship depending on where y'all live. You may require to consider electricity, air conditioning, water, sewerage, gardening, housekeeping/ cleaning, puddle maintenance, depending on whether you’re inward an aeroplane or a villa.
  • Electricity: The electricity inward Dubai is 220/240 volts in addition to l cycles. The iii pivot plugs are the same every bit the Great Britain system, although if y'all purchase electrical goods inward the UAE it is non uncommon for them to hold upwardly supplied amongst a two-pin plug. You volition in addition to hence require to purchase a plug adaptor, which tin hold upwardly bought for a yoke of Dirhams from most supermarkets.
  • Additional expenses: Remember y'all could direct hold to pay a safety deposit to the landlord, commonly a month’s rent, every bit good every bit the estate agent’s fee, which is approximately 5% of the value of the annual rent. You volition too hold upwardly required to pay a Municipality Housing Tax, or Housing fee, through your utilities bill. This is based on the value of your rent in addition to is approximately 5%.

When you’ve settled inward recall to relax: ride a camel



About the Author
Helen McClure is a journalist, in addition to a freelance populace relations in addition to marketing consultant, who has a passion for international travel, history in addition to photography. She runs s, a locomote in addition to expat website offering independent insights, ideas in addition to inspiration. 


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