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Forum: Middle East
Sep 24th 2019, 7:02 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 5,126
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Sending money to the UK

HSBC rates are terrible. I understand they are also negotiable, especially for large sums, but it's probably better to go to somebody who offers you a sensible rate in the first place rather than...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 1st 2019, 8:41 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,565
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Seashore villa compound Vs Raha Gardens

Seashore has a reputation for poor maintenance, both in the individual villas and in the common areas. But for under 150 that does sound like pretty good value. Mangrove Village next door has similar...
Feb 9th 2019, 5:36 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 3,587
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Etihad offer - Manager M2

They also have huge numbers of ex-employees who, for legal reasons, might not be able to give you their opinion.
Jan 28th 2019, 1:44 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 3,587
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Etihad offer - Manager M2

That's a very bad offer from a financial perspective - there's no way anyone should move from the UK to Abu Dhabi for a lower package.

Also, you'd be working for Etihad.
Forum: Middle East
Sep 29th 2018, 9:56 am
Replies: 33
Views: 5,353
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Another U-turn on Class 2 NICs

Was your wife working in the UK immediately before leaving and in the UAE afterwards? The guidance I read suggested that this was necessary in order to qualify for the Class 2. Or is there some way...
Forum: The Sand Pit
May 14th 2018, 7:30 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 980
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: What if?

Well spotted. Still probably a bad idea though.
Forum: The Sand Pit
May 14th 2018, 6:24 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 706
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: New speed limits

Reminds me of this article about the new road to the Western Region earlier this year:

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/transport/speed-limit-for-new-abu-dhabi-motorway-set-at-160kph-1.700188
...
Forum: The Sand Pit
May 14th 2018, 6:18 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 980
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: What if?

What an interesting question!

Let's look at some real numbers: In the UK in 2017, Income tax plus NI raised £363m, while VAT raised £162m (see...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jun 19th 2017, 4:22 pm
Replies: 181
Views: 9,960
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Overused / irritating words,phrases

I work with people who routinely sign off emails with "This is for your kind information and necessary action".

WTH?
Forum: The Sand Pit
May 22nd 2017, 7:20 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 3,082
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Dubai / Middle East Sayings

"Did you reach?"

"Upgradation"

etc...
Forum: The Sand Pit
May 22nd 2017, 7:18 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 3,082
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Dubai / Middle East Sayings

As excruciating as when they pronounce Derby perfectly, but as the second word in Abu Dhabi.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Apr 28th 2017, 11:55 am
Replies: 14
Views: 851
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Etisalat scam

Why'd you feel bad?

- It probably saved you from receiving some future calls.
- Scumbag salesman had the opportunity to take a good look at his life and think about getting a proper job
-...
Forum: Middle East
Feb 16th 2017, 5:21 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,832
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Where to go out for beers in Abu Dhabi

Hemingways at the Hilton
Harvesters at the Holiday Inn
Rock Bottom at the Capital
Mardi Gras at the Capital
Coopers at the Park Rotana
Stills at the Crowne Plaza Yas
Y Bar at the Yas Rotana...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Feb 1st 2017, 4:34 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 2,424
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Salutations, closings and sign-offs in correspondence

I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned the classic Abu Dhabi opening:

"Greetings!!!"

What's all that about?
Forum: The Sand Pit
Dec 11th 2016, 8:44 am
Replies: 1
Views: 467
Posted By GolfGardener

Pre-Christmas Dinner in Abu Dhabi

Does anybody have any ideas as to where to go in Abu Dhabi for a Christmas dinner (Turkey, Christmas pudding, all the usual accessories) before the big day itself?

All the magazines have lists of...
Forum: Middle East
Dec 10th 2016, 8:24 am
Replies: 25
Views: 3,188
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Top Tips for a newbie arriving in UAE for the first time

Shun all cold callers offering financial advice as you would a rabid dog, no matter that they talk to you as though they know you somehow.

Store their numbers so you can ignore them next time they...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Nov 8th 2016, 2:03 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 837
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Weekend in AlAin

The Rotana's certainly good, but the Danat hotel is worth considering also. Nice pool for the kids, a decent bar and a couple of excellent, good value restaurants (Italian and Indian).
Forum: Middle East
Apr 29th 2016, 6:00 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,475
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: advice please

So your basic costs might be something like:
18,000 for a nice 3 bed apartment with gym, poll etc.
5,000 for a solid rental car plus fuel
5,000 for school fees
2,000 for utilities, internet,...
Forum: Middle East
Apr 29th 2016, 7:09 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,475
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: advice please

It's a high salary, for sure and two people could live very well on it, but everything is relative.

What line of work are you in? What sort of seniority is the role? What are you earning where you...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 18th 2015, 5:41 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 2,122
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Golf Gardens Abu Dhabi

There are a few 6 beds in Golf Gardens overlooking the golf course, but as with all compounds, even these only have small gardens.
As archie159 says, standalone is probably the way to go.
Forum: Middle East
Nov 18th 2015, 5:21 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 2,122
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Golf Gardens Abu Dhabi

I'm still reeling like everybody else...
For that kind of cash though, with a bit of negotiation you could maybe think about something in Corniche Al Qurm...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 16th 2015, 7:01 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 2,122
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Golf Gardens Abu Dhabi

Good point about Glenelg. You've got to be on the road before 7.00 or after around 8.30 to avoid that chaos or it'll add at least 10 mins onto the journey. Otherwise 20 or maybe 25 mins to Al Reem is...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 15th 2015, 6:30 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 2,122
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Golf Gardens Abu Dhabi

Now there's a subject I know about!
It's very nice. Good size, well laid out villas, with great communal facilities (playground, pool, restaurant, gym, squash court, tennis court etc.) hence...
Forum: Middle East
May 31st 2015, 5:55 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 5,686
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Doha vs. Dhahran - A tale of two offers

I'd listen to the doubts that you are clearly having and avoid the Saudi role for now. If, after spending a couple of years in Doha, you decide that you have a taste for further deprivation and more...
Forum: Middle East
May 14th 2015, 7:01 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 5,516
Posted By GolfGardener

Re: Moving to uae (abu dhabi)

Get a place in Abu Dhabi! The only reason I can see to live in Dubai and commute is that Dubai is cheaper, but I'm not even sure that's so true any more. You're going to be earning a fabulous salary,...
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