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Border Reiver Jan 29th 2008 9:02 am

Re: Expat package comparable to £120,000/yr
 
Yes, I don't want to rain on your parade but maybe you should find somewhere to live first....

Maybe cars are just more interesting than property.

pinebluffvariant Jan 29th 2008 9:26 am

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Originally Posted by Robbies (Post 5852342)
Get yourself a well spec'd Boxster S with a hard top if you fancy it - driven them and they are definitely good fun. The S starts at 190k AED *NEW* = 26k GBP

But, FYI, a 911 starts from 270k AED (NEW) = 36k GBP and the 911 Convertible is 306k AED = 42k GBP...

Try looking on www.porschedubai.com to see what used 911's they have around 1 to 2 years old which would be in your budget.

Cars are much cheaper here :D

911 convertible for 42kGBP!? How much will it cost to ship to the UK?

welrifai Jan 29th 2008 9:29 am

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Originally Posted by pinebluffvariant (Post 5852550)
911 convertible for 42kGBP!? How much will it cost to ship to the UK?

I live in London, but I'm not from here... I probably won't return when I eventually leave Dubai. Sell it off and return to Beirut (provided we manage to avoid a civil war).

Robbies Jan 29th 2008 9:41 am

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Originally Posted by pinebluffvariant (Post 5852550)
911 convertible for 42kGBP!? How much will it cost to ship to the UK?

no idea, but as you paid no tax here, as far as I know, you then pay tax when importing to the UK.

911 GT3 works out at about 53k GBP while they are 85k in the UK :D

MataHari Jan 29th 2008 9:47 am

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Originally Posted by Robbies (Post 5852599)
no idea, but as you paid no tax here, as far as I know, you then pay tax when importing to the UK.

911 GT3 works out at about 53k GBP while they are 85k in the UK :D

the fact that no one takes their car(s) back home with them makes me think it's somehow not such a good thing to do...

Robbies Jan 29th 2008 9:51 am

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Originally Posted by welrifai (Post 5852438)
I love how this all turned into a discussion on which car I should buy :-).

:D

well, I always struggle/don't like to give advice on packages - that is something that is entirely up to yourself and your situation.

Roughly though, take your net UK salary and then this is what you are aiming for as a total package; including salary, housing allowance, flights home etc. In the UK, you have rent/mortgage to pay out of salary, so always best to compare like with like IMHO.

For property, there are loads of places to look for apartments with some specialising in particular areas. As has been mentioned, JBR & Marina areas are handy for Internet City, as is Palm Jumeirah which you mention. I'm sure if you look about you would prob even get a 2-bed apartment you could afford in these areas rather than just the 1 bed.

Best bet is to just get here and see what you like; its good to have an idea of the prices for rent etc, but you may not like things when you see them.

Same with cars - a small sporty car may not be top of your list when you see how insance some of the drivers here are! We certainly changed our mind when we got here!!

Mike

PS - wish I earned 120k GBP when I was 26. In fact, wish I earned it now :D

welrifai Jan 29th 2008 10:44 am

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Originally Posted by Robbies (Post 5852625)
:D

well, I always struggle/don't like to give advice on packages - that is something that is entirely up to yourself and your situation.

Roughly though, take your net UK salary and then this is what you are aiming for as a total package; including salary, housing allowance, flights home etc. In the UK, you have rent/mortgage to pay out of salary, so always best to compare like with like IMHO.

For property, there are loads of places to look for apartments with some specialising in particular areas. As has been mentioned, JBR & Marina areas are handy for Internet City, as is Palm Jumeirah which you mention. I'm sure if you look about you would prob even get a 2-bed apartment you could afford in these areas rather than just the 1 bed.

Best bet is to just get here and see what you like; its good to have an idea of the prices for rent etc, but you may not like things when you see them.

Same with cars - a small sporty car may not be top of your list when you see how insance some of the drivers here are! We certainly changed our mind when we got here!!

Mike

PS - wish I earned 120k GBP when I was 26. In fact, wish I earned it now :D

Regarding whether or not I'd want to buy a sports car there because of the wild driving... I learned to drive in Beirut, Lebanon - I'm baptised by fire :-). We drive 70 MPH on highways...in the WRONG direction! I've never seen anyone stop at a traffic light anywhere in Lebanon, they are simply novelties :-).

I'd probably pass on the 2 bedroom apartment, my feeling is that I wouldn't find one within my budget, AND I have no real use for the extra bedroom. I don't want an office at home yet, and I don't have a wife or kids - or even a girlfriend as of last week for that matter! That being the case, what are the good hangouts!?

pinebluffvariant Jan 29th 2008 11:04 am

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Originally Posted by welrifai (Post 5852866)
Regarding whether or not I'd want to buy a sports car there because of the wild driving... I learned to drive in Beirut, Lebanon - I'm baptised by fire :-). We drive 70 MPH on highways...in the WRONG direction! I've never seen anyone stop at a traffic light anywhere in Lebanon, they are simply novelties :-).

I'd probably pass on the 2 bedroom apartment, my feeling is that I wouldn't find one within my budget, AND I have no real use for the extra bedroom. I don't want an office at home yet, and I don't have a wife or kids - or even a girlfriend as of last week for that matter! That being the case, what are the good hangouts!?

Ditto, I am also interested in the good hangouts :)

Paidtoplease Jan 29th 2008 11:08 am

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What are you two into to ???

lionheart Jan 29th 2008 11:09 am

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Originally Posted by welrifai (Post 5852866)
Regarding whether or not I'd want to buy a sports car there because of the wild driving... I learned to drive in Beirut, Lebanon - I'm baptised by fire :-). We drive 70 MPH on highways...in the WRONG direction! I've never seen anyone stop at a traffic light anywhere in Lebanon, they are simply novelties :-).

That helps to explain the crazy driving on Sheikh Zayed Road.

Paidtoplease Jan 29th 2008 11:10 am

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Originally Posted by lionheart (Post 5853034)
That helps to explain the crazy driving on Sheikh Zayed Road.


Did you see him too ???

Cham128 Jan 29th 2008 11:12 am

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Originally Posted by welrifai (Post 5852866)
Regarding whether or not I'd want to buy a sports car there because of the wild driving... I learned to drive in Beirut, Lebanon - I'm baptised by fire :-). We drive 70 MPH on highways...in the WRONG direction! I've never seen anyone stop at a traffic light anywhere in Lebanon, they are simply novelties :-).

I'd probably pass on the 2 bedroom apartment, my feeling is that I wouldn't find one within my budget, AND I have no real use for the extra bedroom. I don't want an office at home yet, and I don't have a wife or kids - or even a girlfriend as of last week for that matter! That being the case, what are the good hangouts!?

ha ha... my first experience of the driving in beirut was on a bus going to the bekka valley at 70mph into on coming traffic on the freeway... after that nothing else even made me anxious... including my friends father reversing his S-class through a narrow tunel at high speed because he missed the turning lol

welrifai Jan 29th 2008 11:15 am

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Originally Posted by Paidtoplease (Post 5853047)
Did you see him too ???

I prefer a lounge type atmosphere as opposed to a club... Something not too loud, and not full of drunken people, I like a good drink, but I can't believe the way people here in London do it (I live within sight of Emirates Stadium where Arsenal plays... you can imagine what it looks like here on match days!). Maybe something with a bit of live music. I'm also into the bar scene - know of any good spots for 20 and 30 something young professionals?

Cham128 Jan 29th 2008 11:19 am

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Originally Posted by welrifai (Post 5853076)
I prefer a lounge type atmosphere as opposed to a club... Something not too loud, and not full of drunken people, I like a good drink, but I can't believe the way people here in London do it (I live within sight of Emirates Stadium where Arsenal plays... you can imagine what it looks like here on match days!). Maybe something with a bit of live music. I'm also into the bar scene - know of any good spots for 20 and 30 something young professionals?

i used to think drunks in the uk were bad until my last visit to dubai lol

welrifai Jan 29th 2008 11:24 am

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Originally Posted by welrifai (Post 5853076)
I prefer a lounge type atmosphere as opposed to a club... Something not too loud, and not full of drunken people, I like a good drink, but I can't believe the way people here in London do it (I live within sight of Emirates Stadium where Arsenal plays... you can imagine what it looks like here on match days!). Maybe something with a bit of live music. I'm also into the bar scene - know of any good spots for 20 and 30 something young professionals?

Ahh - I also wanted to get some info on private beach clubs...


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