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Is it worth while moving to the UAE

Old Apr 5th 2008, 12:19 pm
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Hi all

I am new on here but somewhat a seasoned expat. I am currently in London and work has given me the opp to live in the UAE. I have worked in Dubai and spent even holidays there before that - so I kinda know what's it like there.
We/work got 3 offices (D, A+D, AA) but it seems I only get housing support if I move to Al-Ain
So my questions:
Is it worth while moving to AA?
Is there anything "big" enough happening?
What is the economy there?
Everyone mention it is quiet there - is it suicidal quiet there?
There are no info of substance (!) to be found on www re Al-Ain other then the "marketing department"
How easy is it for a woman to find work in AA?
etc
I worked in the desert before (Aus) but having now lived in London for a few years I somehow cant imagine AA being "the place to be".

Help is REALLY appreciated
AK
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Old Apr 5th 2008, 12:24 pm
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do a search on here, there has been a lot of info recently about al ain...

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Originally Posted by MrDrifter View Post
Hi all

I am new on here but somewhat a seasoned expat. I am currently in London and work has given me the opp to live in the UAE. I have worked in Dubai and spent even holidays there before that - so I kinda know what's it like there.
We/work got 3 offices (D, A+D, AA) but it seems I only get housing support if I move to Al-Ain
So my questions:
Is it worth while moving to AA?
Is there anything "big" enough happening?
What is the economy there?
Everyone mention it is quiet there - is it suicidal quiet there?
There are no info of substance (!) to be found on www re Al-Ain other then the "marketing department"
How easy is it for a woman to find work in AA?
etc
I worked in the desert before (Aus) but having now lived in London for a few years I somehow cant imagine AA being "the place to be".

Help is REALLY appreciated
AK
fab place!!! go for it
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only if you are confident about the credentials of your future employer out here.
Many employers treat their employees vert poorly and you have little in the way of employee's rights to protect you.
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Default Re: Is it worth while moving to the UAE

Originally Posted by MrDrifter View Post
Hi all

I am new on here but somewhat a seasoned expat. I am currently in London and work has given me the opp to live in the UAE. I have worked in Dubai and spent even holidays there before that - so I kinda know what's it like there.
We/work got 3 offices (D, A+D, AA) but it seems I only get housing support if I move to Al-Ain
So my questions:
Is it worth while moving to AA?
Is there anything "big" enough happening?
What is the economy there?
Everyone mention it is quiet there - is it suicidal quiet there?
There are no info of substance (!) to be found on www re Al-Ain other then the "marketing department"
How easy is it for a woman to find work in AA?
etc
I worked in the desert before (Aus) but having now lived in London for a few years I somehow cant imagine AA being "the place to be".

Help is REALLY appreciated
AK

To be honest it sounds like you have your doubts so don't bother!!
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Originally Posted by Inselaffen View Post
only if you are confident about the credentials of your future employer out here.
Many employers treat their employees vert poorly and you have little in the way of employee's rights to protect you.
is there anything you can do about this ? i heard that if you leave your job in an unsatisfactory manner it is possible that your work visa can be suspended for a period of time, is this true
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is there anything you can do about this ? i heard that if you leave your job in an unsatisfactory manner it is possible that your work visa can be suspended for a period of time, is this true
yes depends on your work title though
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yes depends on your work title though
Is that a yes you can do something about it or yes you can have issue's with your work visa
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is there anything you can do about this ? i heard that if you leave your job in an unsatisfactory manner it is possible that your work visa can be suspended for a period of time, is this true
yes you can be banned from working in the UAE for 6 months. The ban is automatic if you leave your comapany within the first year.

but you can pay to have the ban removed.

things are not as strict if you have a free-zone visa
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Hi, I live in Al Ain and love it here. Its like a smaller version of Abu Dhabi but without the coast and the humidity. Definitely doesnt feel as if you are living in the middle of the desert! However, if you prefer big city living, it may not suit you. AD and Dubai are only an hour and a half away though.
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Al Ain is a very quiet place,specialised for students. kinda small emirate/ and cheaper than dubai and thats all. difficult to find a job in AA. you may live there and work in other emirates if you already dont have any job offer from AA.


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Hi all

I am new on here but somewhat a seasoned expat. I am currently in London and work has given me the opp to live in the UAE. I have worked in Dubai and spent even holidays there before that - so I kinda know what's it like there.
We/work got 3 offices (D, A+D, AA) but it seems I only get housing support if I move to Al-Ain
So my questions:
Is it worth while moving to AA?
Is there anything "big" enough happening?
What is the economy there?
Everyone mention it is quiet there - is it suicidal quiet there?
There are no info of substance (!) to be found on www re Al-Ain other then the "marketing department"
How easy is it for a woman to find work in AA?
etc
I worked in the desert before (Aus) but having now lived in London for a few years I somehow cant imagine AA being "the place to be".

Help is REALLY appreciated
AK
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