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Old Jan 3rd 2011, 9:26 pm
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Hi all, after what feels like an age, I am finally leaving blighty in the next few days for our new life in Dubai. Wife and toddlers will be coming out two weeks after me. Would appreciate any advice on the things I should crack on with before they arrive. We have accomo sorted for the first two months so not going to start looking yet for our new home.

Thanks to all those that answered my previous posts and helped us in our decision making - it is very much appreciated.
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Hi all, after what feels like an age, I am finally leaving blighty in the next few days for our new life in Dubai. Wife and toddlers will be coming out two weeks after me. Would appreciate any advice on the things I should crack on with before they arrive. We have accomo sorted for the first two months so not going to start looking yet for our new home.

Thanks to all those that answered my previous posts and helped us in our decision making - it is very much appreciated.
If you let us know what you have and haven't done then we can help you. Drivers licence/booze license/ mobile sim are a few things off the top of my head.
Welcome to Dubai.
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Hi all, after what feels like an age, I am finally leaving blighty in the next few days for our new life in Dubai. Wife and toddlers will be coming out two weeks after me. Would appreciate any advice on the things I should crack on with before they arrive. We have accomo sorted for the first two months so not going to start looking yet for our new home.

Thanks to all those that answered my previous posts and helped us in our decision making - it is very much appreciated.
hope it all goes well for you, I would suggest you start looking around for somewhere permanent to live, the sooner you get settled the better.
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Where are you from, what do you do, are you bringing a family with you, are you male or female, young or old? Basic questions that need answering first.
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Where are you from, what do you do, are you bringing a family with you, are you male or female, young or old? Basic questions that need answering first.
read LH!! HE is bringing his wife and toddlers out in a few weeks!
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Hi all, after what feels like an age, I am finally leaving blighty in the next few days for our new life in Dubai. Wife and toddlers will be coming out two weeks after me. Would appreciate any advice on the things I should crack on with before they arrive. We have accomo sorted for the first two months so not going to start looking yet for our new home.

Thanks to all those that answered my previous posts and helped us in our decision making - it is very much appreciated.
I would invest in the Dubai Explorer book when you get here, full of good information. You can get it at book shops, petrol stations, supermarkets etc...
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Thanks NL - have already bought Dubai Explorer - very useful book.

Thanks BC -probably will start having a tentative look at accomo but wont be making any decisions until my wife arrives!!!

Thanks all.
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Thanks NL - have already bought Dubai Explorer - very useful book.

Thanks BC -probably will start having a tentative look at accomo but wont be making any decisions until my wife arrives!!!

Thanks all.
wise move!
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Thanks NL - have already bought Dubai Explorer - very useful book.

Thanks BC -probably will start having a tentative look at accomo but wont be making any decisions until my wife arrives!!!

Thanks all.
Also take a look at http://www.dubizzle.com - we used it a few times to find accommodation.

Good luck!
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Safe journey- dont forget to bring a million passport pictures/passport copies/driving license copies with you, buy an etislat sim at the airport (in Duty free on your way out) buy booze on your way through( 4 litre allowance).

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Also take a look at http://www.dubizzle.com - we used it a few times to find accommodation.

Good luck!
And furnishings if you're on a budget.
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oooh now on the booze front - If I can buy in duty free - so I still need the licence to consume at home?

Good tip on the Sim card I was wondering where I would get one of those

Thanks all again
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I would invest in the Dubai Explorer book when you get here, full of good information. You can get it at book shops, petrol stations, supermarkets etc...
and the Entertainer books - full of BOGOF vouchers for all kinds of things, from attractions to swanky restaurants... via ice-cream parlours, coffee shops and, well, all kinds. I kick myself (a little) for not having known about it during our first year here... and must have saved the equivalent of its cost (Fine Dining and Family) about 8 times over last year!

Above all, try to enjoy the experience... there is absolutely no point in rushing around like a headless chicken because no-one else will understand your sense of urgency.

Bon voyage!
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Originally Posted by livbel View Post
oooh now on the booze front - If I can buy in duty free - so I still need the licence to consume at home?

Good tip on the Sim card I was wondering where I would get one of those

Thanks all again
If you get desperate and haven't sorted your licence, just wheel on down to AD: no licence required.
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If you get desperate and haven't sorted your licence, just wheel on down to AD: no licence required.
Since when?!
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