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Old Jan 4th 2018, 10:52 am
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Biggest mess in our line of business, I've ever seen. It's like whole system was designed by 10 years old. I am in Maritime business and most of the things supplied to ships should be zero rated. Our incompetent finance manager doesn't help situation either.
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Ah, Mission works for your company?
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Old Jan 7th 2018, 5:07 am
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I paid five quid for a pint in a Mayfair pub in November when I was back home - and much less outside the capital. In Dubai I pay 7 quid or more for a pint off happy hour.

Given the UK has a lot more tax it's clear the UAE's sponsorship system plus tourism tax and good old fashioned greed has already priced them higher for many goods and services than developed markets. I've already all but stopped buying clothes in the UAE because I can buy them overseas for less, and in some cases get them shipped to my door in Dubai and still save money.

It will be interesting to see how the UAE remains competitive as VAT gets underway and no doubt increases in the future. Some businesses are already bound over a barrel with sponsorship costs, rents and business tax so won't be able to absorb 5% easily - and some will find it very easy as their margins are astronomical.

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Comparing pint prices isn't fair though is it, we're in a Muslim country for starters. May as well compare bacon prices or cocaine.

What do you save on clothes?
I'm always surprised at things like this, seems to be more popular since the pound tanked? Is that the saving?
Might be missing a trick here but also like to try things on first.

I imagine there are many businesses out here who could absorb 5% without even blinking.
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Spinnys has gone mental apparently.

Small tub of atlantic prawns were a shocking but just about swallowable 35 AED last month. Now 50 AED. Thats 10 quid FFS.

Many things seem to have gone up.

Been saying this for a while but its getting to the point that its cheaper to order in than make your own.

Although saying that I'm still battering through the 30 odd king fish steaks I got from the last fishing trip.....
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Originally Posted by Norm_uk View Post
I paid five quid for a pint in a Mayfair pub in November when I was back home - and much less outside the capital. In Dubai I pay 7 quid or more for a pint off happy hour.

Given the UK has a lot more tax it's clear the UAE's sponsorship system plus tourism tax and good old fashioned greed has already priced them higher for many goods and services than developed markets. I've already all but stopped buying clothes in the UAE because I can buy them overseas for less, and in some cases get them shipped to my door in Dubai and still save money.

It will be interesting to see how the UAE remains competitive as VAT gets underway and no doubt increases in the future. Some businesses are already bound over a barrel with sponsorship costs, rents and business tax so won't be able to absorb 5% easily - and some will find it very easy as their margins are astronomical.

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When I first came to the UAE in 2008 plenty of people were already avoiding buying clothes or non essentials within the country, waiting for their periodic trips to the UK. So it's nothing new. I rarely ever bought clothes or electronics in the UAE.
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The prices here for everyday items are super inflated compared to the UK but also the quality of choice is pretty p*ss poor too. I went into Boots for some hair product and they only had a tub of hair gel which looked like the type of thing I would use back in year 7

For a sunny country, the selection of suncreams are dire
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The prices here for everyday items are super inflated compared to the UK but also the quality of choice is pretty p*ss poor too. I went into Boots for some hair product and they only had a tub of hair gel which looked like the type of thing I would use back in year 7

For a sunny country, the selection of suncreams are dire
Yeah. For toiletries, the choice and prices here are awful.

When we went back to the UK last October we did some shopping in Bodycare. Decent brands of sun lotions were £2.00. Bottle of Boots own brand over here are over £10.
Don't get me started on the cost of food.
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the selection of suncreams are dire
And brutally expensive.
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They've stopped delivering to my office anyway so screw em..... that's despite them having a branch just the other side of SZR pretty much directly opposite my office. Dicks!
So a half hour drive then
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Interesting read in one of the online tabloids confirming what I've already noticed, that a lack of 10 and 5 fils coins in circulation means that prices are getting rounded up to the nearest 25, 50 or 75 fils, small change for sure, but still more than 5%
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The prices here for everyday items are super inflated compared to the UK but also the quality of choice is pretty p*ss poor too.
Why no Muller Rice!!?? it's the little things that break me some days
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So a half hour drive then
Not sure how you work that out. They're not going to Jebel Ali. It'd be 5 mins max on a delivery bike round defense R/A.
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Why no Muller Rice!!?? it's the little things that break me some days
Loved a muller rice (surprised that so many of my friends hate it...)

Or a nice Gu pud included as part of the 'Dine in for 10 quid' - wow that was a good deal in hindsight
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Why no Muller Rice!!?? it's the little things that break me some days
Not sure if it's the rice or yoghurt but they sell Muller in the pork section in Park n Shop (DIP).
It's kept next to the ham and chorizo (obviously).
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Not sure if it's the rice or yoghurt but they sell Muller in the pork section in Park n Shop (DIP).
It's kept next to the ham and chorizo (obviously).
most likely the pork gelatin thicker, these things hardly contain what picture on the front implies
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