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Forum: France
Apr 7th 2009, 1:13 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 10,878
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Moving to Geneva - is it worth it?

I have heard similar feedback from a friend, that France may be a better and cheaper option for family life.

Any info regarding expat friendly villages / schools etc. greatfully received.
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Forum: France
Apr 7th 2009, 6:30 am
Replies: 9
Views: 10,878
Posted By Ed Pies

Geneva or France?

I am currently based in Dubai, where I have been working as an Architect on a hotel out here, which has now been put on hold. There is not much work out here at the moment so I am looking further...
Mar 18th 2009, 2:25 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 632
Posted By Ed Pies

Project Architect - looking for work in the Middle East

Unfortunately I wasn't working for one of the main contractors / consultants, so I wasn't employed directly.

Focusing on the new job for now.
Mar 18th 2009, 6:21 am
Replies: 4
Views: 632
Posted By Ed Pies

Project Architect - looking for work in the Middle East

Hi. Blue Cat & Slingshot suggested I pick your collective brains.

I have been made redundant, and am actively looking for a new position - before my visa runs out! I have 5 weeks left, and with a...
Mar 17th 2009, 12:57 pm
Replies: 42
Views: 5,445
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Severance Pay

'2. In the case of an unlimited contract, compensation for unreasonable dismissal if the contract was terminated by the employer for unreasonable cause.'

I have an unlimited contract. Any ideas on...
Mar 17th 2009, 6:24 am
Replies: 42
Views: 5,445
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Severance Pay

Totally unclear then ... as usual with UAE administration.

My UAE Labour Department says 'unlimited', which will superceed anything on the contract I originally signed with my employer. Looks like...
Mar 16th 2009, 7:24 am
Replies: 42
Views: 5,445
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Severance Pay

My contract with the employer states '2 year contract, then proceeding indefinately'.

My UAE labour contract says 'unlimited'.

I think it may be worth asking, as 2 months pay is serious money -...
Mar 15th 2009, 10:06 am
Replies: 42
Views: 5,445
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Severance Pay

Kidness of hearts will be tricky, based upon previous performance ...

I am due 8 days holiday, in accordance with UAE law.

I don't think I qualify for any gratuity as I was there for 7 months....
Mar 15th 2009, 9:48 am
Replies: 42
Views: 5,445
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Severance Pay

I was given 30 days notice (17 days ago). I haven't received anything in writing yet.

They have offered to keep my visa open until 30th April, and an NOC if I find a new position.
Mar 15th 2009, 8:24 am
Replies: 42
Views: 5,445
Posted By Ed Pies

Severance Pay

I have become another unfortunate statistic of the Dubai consrtuction crash.

I have been working since August 14th 2008, and thus do not qualify for any gratuity as I have been working less than a...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 25th 2008, 9:41 am
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Labour Cards Arrrgghhh!

After eventually finding the labour office, I was able to get a copy of my official contract stamped by the minisry of labour, however immigration insisted that I must provide the original to support...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 24th 2008, 9:06 am
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Labour Cards Arrrgghhh!

Thanks for your help, looks like a trip the labour office then.

I will take Mrs.Pies and our toddler for maximum impact...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 23rd 2008, 10:19 am
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Labour Cards Arrrgghhh!

I was allowed a dispensation for my wife and famly, who are now fully sponsored. Unfortunately the same 'cannot' be done for the maid.
Forum: Middle East
Nov 23rd 2008, 9:06 am
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By Ed Pies

Labour Cards Arrrgghhh!

Does anyone have some advice on getting hold of the Dubai labour card/ contract?

I received my visa on 5th October. Two weeks (inshallah) to wait for my labour card ... nothing has arrived yet....
Forum: Middle East
Oct 20th 2008, 2:11 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 778
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Extending tourist visa

Just popped down to the naturalisation dept for a few hours of aggravation, and the family will be fine, but no visa extension for the maid, as they will not allow it until my wife has a visa too.
Forum: Middle East
Oct 20th 2008, 10:49 am
Replies: 8
Views: 778
Posted By Ed Pies

Extending tourist visa

I finally got my visa through on the 1st October 2008, hooray ... however my Labour Card has yet to arrive.

I therefore cannot sponsor mywife and kids who have only 2 weeks to go on their visit...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 6th 2008, 6:17 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 932
Posted By Ed Pies

Cheap phone calls

Any tips on the best way to 'communicate' between Dubai and the UK.

I have already loaded Skype onto my laptop, but the mother in law (the main source of the phone calls) is a bit of a...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jul 4th 2008, 9:35 am
Replies: 58
Views: 1,939
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: I need a car my budget is 100,000

Hopefully it has better build quality than the American space shuttle it has been named after.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jul 3rd 2008, 2:19 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 450
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: The new Sevens venue.......

Will this be the venue for all Rugby in Dubai, including amateur teams?
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jul 1st 2008, 1:13 pm
Replies: 58
Views: 1,939
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: I need a car my budget is 100,000

I am really tempted, as the do look like a mini bentley, but am worried they are a bit bling bling gangsta.

But if the ladies love them ... :D
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jul 1st 2008, 1:05 pm
Replies: 58
Views: 1,939
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: I need a car my budget is 100,000

I've been looking at motors in this price bracket, up to 2 years old,and there are loads of interesting options:

Chrysler 300c Hemi
Hummer H3
Toyota Prado (less interesting)
Mitubishi EVO -...
Forum: Middle East
Jul 1st 2008, 12:39 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 1,959
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Quick visa question

Now then,

Sholdn't be too bad really, and I suppose I get to have anight out in the smoke, with some old mates before heading over to DXB.
Forum: Middle East
Jul 1st 2008, 12:24 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 1,959
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Quick visa question

£30 per document at the Foreign Office
£27 per document at the UAE consulate
£15 per document lawyers fee.
+ train to London, day off work etc. etc. etc.

Hard to take for a Yorkshireman!
...
Forum: Middle East
Jul 1st 2008, 12:08 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 1,959
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Quick visa question

Yeah ... after a few too many late nights, and an unhealthy addiction to Kebabs.
Forum: Middle East
Jul 1st 2008, 10:31 am
Replies: 31
Views: 1,959
Posted By Ed Pies

Re: Quick visa question

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ... I am still looking for a straight answer on this.

HR at my new employer in Dubai, have told me that I only need my degree, and my marriage certificate attesting, and that I...
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