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Old Dec 28th 2009, 8:49 am
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Question MOVING TO AD IN MAY ??

Hi, my husband is presently considering a move to AD in the New Year.

Present indications from the employer have suggested a great package:-
Excellent tax free salary.
Housing allowance of AED 200K including utilities.
Schooling at the British school for 2 of our boys (5 and 7).
Return flights once a year.
Car (4x4).
Medical etc.

Does this sound a good deal? Is the housing enough for a 3 bed villa / townhouse?

The office is in Mussaffah.

Any body any suggestions on what area to live and school the kids. Where's best in AD for expats, given my Husband may be subjected to frequent travel.
Any expat clubs you suggest?
How does the cost of living compare to the UK (Food, social etc.)
The advertised prices of townhouses and villas - are they negotiable, do they include white goods of can this be negotiated and can you suggest any good websites for this?

We have lived as expats in Singapore and Cyprus, but not the Middle East and would appreciate any constructive feedback.
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Old Dec 28th 2009, 2:39 pm
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You might be better posting this on www.abudhabiwoman.com

But FWIW 200k will be pushing it somewhat, unless you live off island in somewhere like Al Reef. Although MBZ will probably be an option as well.
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The housing allowance is low for Abu Dhabi. Have you had the school places confirmed? There are usually long waiting lists at the British School in the age ranges you mention. It may be worth contacting the school to check it out. There are other schools that offer the British curriculum run by Aldar Academies so you might want to check those out too.
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you can get villas in kca and kcb for 200k at the moment. but you should also put your names down at all the brit schools as there is usually big waiting lists for reception aged children. the brit schools are bsak, al yasmina, pearl, al muna and the new one which is attached to the ad uni is bisad, they will more likely have places.
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KCA and KCB are Khalifa City A & B and they are off island. Personally I wouldn't live there as there is nothing to do there and very few facilities. However if your budget demands it you may need to.
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I refuse to believe that Ab Dab is totally unaffected by the wider economic gloom.

True, I'm sure there hasn't been a Dubai-style slump but plenty of people there have 'moved on' having lost jobs. The economies of Bahrain, Qatar and (up to a point) KSA have weakened - why not Ab Dab?

PS - surprised that (in the current climate) your hubbo has been offered work so far in advance..............
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it has been affected as its having to bail out dxb, so that money is not being spent on projects in abdabs, things have been put on hold etc. there isnt the ever flowing cup of money, ab dabs has been hit as well as said before.
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My husband is going out next month for a visit so hopefully he will get to have a good look. Can anyone tell me about Al Raha Gardens? Is it close to any schools? As soon a we have the green light i will put kids names down on wait lists.Do you think they will have chance of a place at school in September.Have heard a lot of good things about Al Yasmina School.
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al yasmina is part of raha gardens, would advise you look into the electric costs etc of raha gardens, as they can be quite high, and with the terrible rain here, doesnt happen often, but when it does sometimes the buildings leak, have heard of a few ceilings falling down. if you want to get a place for sept you need to put in the application on the day its required not sure about aldar schools but end jan/feb springs to mind, but it depends on the year groups as well as the recession, more places may be opening up again pretty soon, who knows. once you get past middle of feb if you are already enrolled in a school you cannot switch, so any places that may open up will be given to people outside of the country.
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Utilities will be covered by the company,so thats not a problem. Al Raha Gardens seemed an option as our budget for housing is not very generous and have seen a few 3 bed townhouses up for rent within our price range. Can you tell me if there is much room for negotiation when it comes to rent?
Can you tell me if you have to pay to put your child on the school wait list?
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utilities yes but raha gardens are different to the rest of ad, they are district cooling, which is run by dimarco, and is much more expensive than adewa etc and is very very new. a lot of people have moved out because of it. schools, sometimes you have to pay an admin fee, and it is different for different schools, if a place is offered for eg at bsak then you will pay a fee, which is quite a lot it used to be equivalent of a terms fees, but not any more, but is still sizeable check their website for uptodate information, al yasmina is a 2k fee i believe, but only when a place is offered, but you need to check each policy as some schools will charge. it depends if they are profit or not profit etc.
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200 is enough presently which is actually not bad, a lot of other companies dont come close to that hence why there is the overcrowding and the split villas etc so you are actually doing ok there. quite a lot of people have to top up and the rents have come down a little.
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Default Re: MOVING TO AD IN MAY ??

No place in Raha will go for 200, also factor in a 10% deposit and 5% agency fees. 220 is where Raha starts, I just quit looking and went for Dubai instead where 200 will now get you the moon (almost).

If you do wind up in Khalifa A (where Raha is) book places at the Canadian School. I was going to enroll my son there and went throught the visits and did a bit of research. It's not expensive and brand new.

No paying for wait lists aside from the usual 500 dhs registration fee. We've surrendered our spot and lost the 500.

Seriously consider living in the south of Dubai on that housing budget if your husband's job is off island.
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sorry not raha no they will be 220 but in kca and kcb you can get for 180/200 etc.
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Ok,will check out KCA and KCB. Whats the area like? What british schools are nearby?
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