Jan
15
2013

Moving to Dubai, Living in Dubai: Tips to Consider

Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates, ranks as one of the leading world-class tourist, educational, entertainment and commercial destinations in the region. Many people are attracted to the city for the impressive career opportunities, which is why Dubai attracts so many from around the world.

According to Emirates247.com, expatriates account for over 88.5% of the total population based on a study from the National Bureau of Statistics. If you’re considering a move to Dubai from the U.S., here are five tips to consider:

Visit First

It may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s imperative to visit first before making the big move. Allow yourself at least two weeks to familiarize yourself with various areas of the city to help you decide which area suits best. Consider renting a flat instead of staying at a hotel to get a more local feel for Dubai. Use this trip to research everything you can to ensure a smooth transition after you move. This is the perfect opportunity to find housing and meet with your employer.

According to Justlanded.com, over 70% of Dubai citizens rent their homes, but the rental market can be very competitive. It’s helpful to hire a real estate professional to assist you with housing. Many employers will cover real estate services as part of the moving expenses, so be sure to ask your employer if they do. Use this visit to meet with a Dubai realtor and tour a few options.

Store Important Items

One of the toughest parts of moving around the world is determining what to take and what to leave — and packing it all up. Depending on the planned duration of your stay, go through your home making piles of things to throw out, donate, sell, store and take with you. Take this into consideration when it comes time to pack, as you can always buy essentials when you arrive. Find an affordable storage facility, such as Cubesmart’s storage units, and store items you want to save at home, such as large furniture, keepsakes and other items.

Consult a Tax Professional

According to the IRS, “Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.” This means that expatriate Americans are required to pay taxes in the U.S. and any other country you reside in. Dubai is widely considered a tax haven as the United Arab Emirates doesn’t enforce a federal tax on income, so you won’t have to worry about having your income taxed twice.

However, there are plenty of other taxes, such as those on property, food and alcohol. For assistance managing your fiscal responsibilities at home and abroad, the U.S. Consulate to Dubai recommends consulting with a tax professional who has experience in international accounting.

Establish Goals

Write down a few goals for your time in Dubai. Do you want to learn a new language? Do you want to conquer your fear of heights visiting the observation deck atop the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world? Whatever the goals might be, write them down and plan how to accomplish them. The simple act of writing down your goal helps to make you accountable, provide focus and increase your motivation to achieve it.

Experience It All

As stated by ExpatYourself.com, seasoned expatriates Nicole and Cameron Wears suggest obvious, yet imperative advice: “Get out and experience as much as you can. Eat foods that you never thought you would, visit temples and museums, speak with the locals, try to learn the language, and most importantly, push your comfort zone to the limit.” Be sure to explore all of the tourist attractions so you know what’s worth seeing and avoiding when friends and relatives come to visit.

This article provided to us by our guest writer Daljit Singh. He isoOriginally from India, Daljit has been enjoying his life of travel since age 4. He has visited 30 countries and written travel stories about 25 of them.

Nov
29
2012

Be aware of UAE laws on what not to discuss online

UAE has introduced new laws on topics that are not to be published or discussed online. Here is a news item on this.

The United Arab Emirates has “effectively closed the country’s remaining forum for free speech” with a decree issued earlier this month that tightened the law on online dissent, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

The U.S.-allied UAE, a Gulf trading and tourism hub and big oil producer, has not seen the serious unrest that has toppled four Arab heads of state since early last year. But it has shown little tolerance of open dissent, and more than 60 members of an Islamist group have been detained since the start of the year.
The decree by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan imposes prison sentences for anyone who derides or caricatures the Gulf Arab country’s rulers or state institutions on the web, the state news agency WAM reported on Nov. 12.

“The UAE’s cybercrimes decree reflects an attempt to ban even the most tempered criticism,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

“The determination to police and punish online dissent, no matter how mild, is incompatible with the image UAE rulers are trying to promote of a progressive, tolerant nation.” A source close to the UAE government said on Wednesday the decree aimed to address technological advances in communications that could affect the rights and beliefs of people.

“This decree does not restrict freedom of expression, which is guaranteed by the UAE constitution,” the source said. “The decree represents an extension of legislation to cover a wide variety of potential offences in many fields, including terrorism, human trafficking, money laundering and identity theft.”

POSSIBLE PRISON TERMS
WAM said the amendments “stipulate penalties of imprisonment on any person who creates or runs an electronic website or uses any information technology medium to deride or damage the reputation or stature of the state or any of its institutions”.

This included the president, the vice president, any of the rulers of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, crown princes, deputy rulers, the national flag, the national anthem, the emblem of the state or any of its symbols.
Social networking sites have enlivened public discourse in the UAE, a major oil exporter and business hub, where state media are tightly controlled and freedom of speech restricted.

People across UAE society, from ruling family members to ministers, government supporters and dissidents, make use of sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

The amendments announced on Nov. 12 cover a wide range of offences, including outlawing the use of the Internet for human trafficking and prostitution.
But they include jail terms for “any person publishing any information, news, caricatures or any other kind of pictures that would pose threats to the security of the state and to its highest interests or violate its public order,” said WAM.
In addition, anyone who uses the Internet “to call for demonstrations, marches and similar activities without a license being obtained in advance from the competent authorities” could also face imprisonment.

Human Rights Watch said the decree’s vaguely worded provisions provide a legal basis to prosecute and jail people who use information technology to criticise senior officials, demand political reforms or organise unlicensed demonstrations.

“Although some provisions are aimed at preventing the proliferation of racist or sectarian views online, the principal effect of the law is severe restrictions on the rights to free expression and free association and assembly,” the New York-based watchdog said.

Courtesy: Manorama Online

Nov
15
2012

Dragon Boat Racing in Dubai

Have you heard about “Dubai Sea Dragons”?. They are in to Dragon Boat Racing. Here is a message from them.

Dubai Sea Dragons would like to invite you along to have a months’ worth of free training with us.  The sport of dragon boat racing is steeped in over 2,000 years of China’s history and is now enjoyed worldwide.  It’s a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter of your age or fitness. Dragon boating is a fun, healthy refreshing sport in the open air on open water that gives you many physical and social benefits.

I don’t know of any other sport in which 22 people work together to create a team result rewarded through the efforts of the whole crew, rather than a few individual performances.  This harmony of purpose can only be achieved through many hours of training in the boat, learning to be and understanding the necessity to work together, as one unit, for the common good.  We do have lots of fun at the same time.

Current training session available-

Monday and Wednesday Mornings Time 7.30 am – 9.00 am

Find us at Barasti Beach, Le Meriden Seyahi Hotel on the Beach Road.

Monday and Wednesday Evenings Time 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Find us at Jumeriah Beach Hotel Marina. Entrance through Sports Pavilion Club

Saturday Mornings Time 8.00 am

At Barasti Beach Location

We only ask that you can confidently swim for 50 meters in open water.  If not, or you are a non-swimmer a life jacket MUST be worn.  We can supply you with one.

Contact: Julie Gregory 050 354 9195/Helen Schrader 050 207 1511

Check out our website www.dubaiseadragons.net

Oct
16
2012

What is the Best Time to Visit Dubai?

Again the best time to visit Dubai is around the corner. The weather is perfect from November to March in Dubai. This is the best time to visit Dubai and other parts of the UAE for a holiday.

There are many exciting events and festivals going to take place in Dubai during November to March. Visit http://www.dubaicalendar.ae/en to learn more about these events and festivals.

Why November to March is the best time to visit Dubai?

Other months are very hot. It can go up to 50c in some months. You can’t go out during the day time. The night is also warm and humid. Whether becomes cooler during November to March. Average is going to be about 20c during the day time.

The other reason is that the Dubai government and private sector organizes many festivals during this period. Some of them such as Dubai Shopping Festival are known as world’s best.

January is the best time to visit Dubai for those who love shopping. This is the month which Dubai is having its largest shopping festival.

Oct
1
2012

What to do and where to go in Dubai?

What can we do and where to go in Dubai? This is the most commonly asked question by our website visitors. Let’s see where to go and what to do in Dubai.

Gold Souk

Gold Souk

1km, Plan a trip at TIXIK.com

Gold Souk is a street with high-class shops in Dubai , in the United Arab Emirates. It is located in the commercial district of Deira. There are over 300 shops in Gold Souk, ..

 

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

1km, Plan a trip at TIXIK.com

Dubai Museum is the most significant museum in Dubai , United Arab Emirates . It is located in a historical fortress called Al Fahidi, which was built in 1787 and is the oldest b..

 

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek

2km, Plan a trip at TIXIK.com

Dubai Creek, also Khor Dubai, is a seafront in the United Arab Emirates , in Dubai . It is situated on the sea arm which is stretched a few kilometers into the center of Dub..

 

Dubai

Dubai

6km, Plan a trip at TIXIK.com

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates and also the capital of this emirate. It is situated in the Persian Bay, in the southern part of the Arabian Penin..

 

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall

9km, Plan a trip at TIXIK.com

Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world as regards the total occupied area. As for the size of the area to rent, it is the sixth in the world. The Dubai Mall is loca..

 

Burdj Khalifa

Burdj Khalifa

9km, Plan a trip at TIXIK.com

Burdj Khalifa or Khalifa Tower is currently the highest skyscraper in the world. It is located in the United Arab Emirates , in Dubai . The Burdj Khalifa was built between 21 S..

 

Blue Souk

Blue Souk

11km, Plan a trip at TIXIK.com

Blue Souk is a shopping center in United Arab Emirates , in the city Sharjah . It is a tall, air-conditioned shopping center. About Blue Souk Blue Souk is built in the tradition..

 

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah Beach

11km, Plan a trip at TIXIK.com

Jumeirah Beach is a several kilometers long beach in the United Arab Emirates , in Dubai . It is located in the coastal residential area of Jumeirah. The sand on the Jumeirah Be..

 

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Aug
30
2012

5 Secrets for an Affordable Trip to Dubai

You can live like a king even if you aren’t royal society when visiting the glitzy, glamorous international city of Dubai. To the city that virtually invented the “shopping festival,” the simple premise is that if people are treated like high society, they will spend like high society. But you don’t have to blow your cash to enjoy this Middle East metropolis. Here are five secrets for an affordable trip to Dubai – the city like no other.

Getting There and Around

It’s all about booking your flight early, making sure your passport and travel documents are up to date and finding an insurance carrier. Services such as TravelGuard medical travel insurance offer transport to a hospital or your home and cover any qualified accompany expenses you may incur. Having emergency evacuation coverage gives you the peace of mind that if something were to happen on your trip you’d have instant medical assistance and not instant bills.

Plan your departure in the middle of the week, during a less-busy travel day. Airport customs in Dubai are known for having strict medication regulations, including prescription drugs. Ensure you have the original prescription and packaging while traveling to avoid seizure. Dubai International Airport is the busiest air hub in the Middle East, with many major global car-rental agencies nearby. While familiar brands may be your firsts choice, no-name local businesses may save you money in the long run. Or, opt for public transportation that can help you see the city from a local’s perspective.

Accommodations

Ranging from glitzy hotels and upscale guest houses to bargain hostels, Dubai has accommodations that will keep every traveler comfortable. While some prefer the 70,000 dirham a night Royal Suite of Burj Al Arab, you don’t have to pay that much ($1 = 3.6 dirhams) to enjoy common comforts. The city of luxury has three to five star hotels with discounts dropping room rates to under $150 for those seeking luxury without the high price.

For the more adventurous types, the city has three youth hostels clustered together near the airport. Just a short distance from the popular tourist hotspots. Each offers rooms, including breakfast, towels and soap for around 100 dirhams a night.

Dining Deals

The biggest expat demographic in Dubai is made up of Indians and Pakistanis, meaning the city arguably offers some of the world’s best sub-continental cuisine. Ranging from Lebanese, Japanese, Arabic and Thai food to vegetarian and seafood options, Dubai offers an assortment of restaurants. If your accommodations don’t provide you with tasty options, try using a guide book’s restaurant directory to search by customer reviews and price scales.

If you are truly adventurous, go where the locals are going. Point to dishes or choose randomly from the menu. Known as being the cheap-eats street, Al Dhiyafah Road serves the city’s less-affluent so you can people watch while feasting. If you want to slowly adapt yourself to the food, find a restaurant catered to tourists. You can feel safe knowing the food might be lighter on your stomach than what the locals eat.

Things to Do

Dubai is flourishing with impressive (or preposterous) feats of architecture and engineering. Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is grounded here and pierces the sky at just over a half-mile high. Among the skyline of skyscrapers lie inexpensive museums, markets, cultural houses and underwater zoos. Most of the sights to see are along the coast line, and easy to get to via the city’s metro.

Tourists in search of the “real” Dubai – the one that existed before the glitz and gold – can have the most authentic and affordable experience of all. Get a glimpse of the city’s trading hub history at the Creek, the city’s original trading center, by hopping on a motorized wooden boat. According to BBC Travel, you can cross the water for just on dirham, or haggle a half-hour Creek tour down to 30 dirhams. On either side of the creek are spice, gold and textile markets to wander and buy keepsakes, but don’t forget to haggle.

Shopping

Haggling at the Souks (markets) in Dubai will find you the best deals and, thanks to the duty-free shops and bargains found throughout the city, those deals are the shopping norm. Karama, Dubai’s sub-continental equivalent of New York’s Chinatown, provides affordable faux designer items such as leather goods, sunglasses and sportswear for those who haggle hard.

Famous for its month-long shopping festivals, Dubai is the place to be if you are eager to buy a Prada handbag or handmade Persian rug. If you are traveling sometime from November to February, find the Global Village just south of Sheikh Zayed Road for a showcase of the nation’s cultures and products.

With infinite bargain possibilities available in luxurious Dubai, it’s easy to experience the high life without the high price.

Aug
18
2012

Best wishes for Eid

Once again its Eid and holiday time in Dubai and UAE. You need to keep few things in mind while celebrating the holiday.

  1. Drive safely. As per statistics accidents goes up during this period.
  2. Be careful of your diet.
  3. Control your shopping and unnecessary spending. Remember, you need to pay your credit card bills.

Enjoy your holiday without spoiling it. Expats must be especially careful to obey Arabic traditions laws.

Happy Eid!

Jul
28
2012

Top 5 shopping ideas at Duty Free Shops in the Dubai airport

Whether you are arriving to Dubai or departing, Dubai duty free shops at the airport have many things to offer. It is quite confusing which shop to go as you will be lost among hundreds of eye catching shops and goods in them.

There are items that you can buy from almost any airport. However, Dubai airport shops have few unique items you may want to look at.

Gold and Jewelry

If you can afford, Dubai is one of the best places in the world to buy Gold as prices are much cheaper than in other countries.  All the Gold and jewelry shops at Dubai Duty Free are reputable and you can assure that the quality is very high.

Electrical and Electronic Items

Electrical items and electronics are very cheap in Duty Free shops. Make sure to request international warranty when you buy electronics. Following are the top items you can buy from these shops.

  • Mobile phones including all type of smart phones
  • Cameras
  • Games such as Nintendo
  • MP3 Players

Perfumes

If you want to buy top brands of perfume then Dubai Duty Free is the place. You will go crazy when you visit perfume shops.

Designer Sunglasses

World’s top brands are sold for very cheap at the Duty Free shops. The specialty is that the massive choice of sunglasses to suit everyone’s needs.

Beauty and Skin Care Products

This is the place where ladies go crazy. World’s best costumes and skincare products are  at your fingertips if you can afford to.

Click here to get the full list of items you can buy at Dubai Airport Duty Free shops.

If you are departing then make sure that you have plenty of time for your flight before visiting Duty Free shops. It is a fact that many people have missed their flights while shopping in Duty Free shops at the Dubai Airport. Keep in mind that this is a massive shopping complex with thousands of eye catching items. It is natural to forget about your flight.

Jul
3
2012

Special rates for desert safaris

This is the summer in Dubai. As you may know, summer is extremely hot in Dubai. Therefore people limits their holiday travel during summer months. You can take this as and advantage to go on your dream desert safari you were waiting for.

Most of desert safari tour operators are providing attractive discounts for those who are taking desert safaris during the summer. On top of that you have the opportunity to further bargain the price.

If you have never gone on a desert safari due to your tight budget then you don’t have excuses anymore.

You can visit our desert safari in Dubai page for tips, advise and discounted rates. In my opinion desert safari is the best adventure tour if you love adventure sports.

May
30
2012

Souks in Dubai

When you visit Dubai you will hear the word “souk” quite often. Souk is an Arabic word meaning the market or a place to buy and sell goods. Long time ago souks in Dubai were started for traders to bring their goods and trade for money or goods.  Subsequently, they became permanent places for traders.

If you are visiting Dubai then there are few souks you must visit and experience traditional Arabic style marketplaces.

Gold Souk

This is one of the amazing places in Dubai. This may be the only place in the world where you can see thousands of kilograms of Gold jewellery for sale in one market place.

Over the years, Dubai has gained recognition as the City of Gold. The gold souk is at the suburb city of Deira in Dubai. It has about 275 big and small gold retail shops that leave shoppers a massive choice and an opportunity to bargain.

Girls of the new generation in the Middle East are not interested in Gold Jewellery. They go for beads and semi-precious gems. Gold souk in Dubai has few shops where you can buy beads and related jewellery.

The prices at Dubai Gold souk are very attractive. Remember the trick. Always ask for a discount. A massive discount, at least 30% – 40% discount.

Spice Souk

You may not eat spicy food. But you will definitely like spice souk in Dubai. The walk down the spice souk takes you to another era altogether. There are narrow streets which are lined up with shops selling all kinds of spices and herbs. The fragrance in the area is so over whelming that it feels like as if we have stepped back in times long gone.

The shops in the souk sell spices and herbs like cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, dried fruit and nuts and also incense which is brought here from all parts of the Middle East. Remember to have a small chat with shop owners. They love to talk about herbs and

Textiles Souk

Textiles souk at Bur Dubai (suburban city) is a place where you can spend an entire evening effortlessly. Selection of materials and ready-made garments are so vast and you will be hoping from one shop to another looking for more and more varieties.

Textiles of different varieties and brands from different parts of the world are available in Dubai textile souk.