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Forum: Middle East
Feb 17th 2019, 5:28 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 2,270
Posted By archie159

Re: Multiple packages per family + Primary Teacher packages

I don't know why people keep posting answers about which they clearly know nothing. Of course it is possible to get both these sets of allowances if they are paid direct to you (and your wife) as...
Forum: Middle East
Feb 9th 2019, 10:56 am
Replies: 12
Views: 819
Posted By archie159

Re: Passport Renewal

Surely your old visa would have been cancelled when your last contract finished? If they terminated your employment at the end of the last contract then they should also have terminated the visa.
Forum: Middle East
Jan 26th 2019, 4:01 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 735
Posted By archie159

Re: Buying & registering a Boat in Abu Dhabi

You cannot complete the purchase of the boat till you get the security clearance done, and that usually takes at least 3-4 weeks. You also need the licence before you can register the boat to you....
Forum: Middle East
Jan 26th 2019, 3:51 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,510
Posted By archie159

Re: How far will this get me in Abu Dhabi?

You need to state the value of the allowances, especially the accommodation. For some local companies the base salary might only be 40% of what you get monthly - they will load the allowances,...
Forum: Middle East
Jan 21st 2019, 9:12 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,421
Posted By archie159

Re: Abu Dhabi question about leaving family in UK

Many people do exactly what you describe, and it works out for some, not for others - it all depends on you, & your family, & all sorts of personal and professional factors. Commuting to/from the UK...
Forum: Middle East
Jan 9th 2019, 9:10 am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,918
Posted By archie159

Re: Moving to Abu Dhabi... single guy issues

I know lots of people who have stayed for ages in hotel-run serviced apartments (eg Park Rotana, one of the Reem Island hotels [can't remember its name] etc). I don't know what they pay, but you can...
Forum: Middle East
Dec 10th 2018, 8:58 am
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By archie159

Re: car registration renewal

You do the testing as usual, at a testing centre (or get someone to take it there for you), once it passes "the system" (online) knows this. AFAIK the test is valid for 30 days only (or maybe 2...
Forum: Middle East
Dec 10th 2018, 6:49 am
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By archie159

Re: car registration renewal

It is not backdated if you do it before the 30 days grace period is up, and it is nothing to do with who you deal with - in fact I am not sure why you are dealing with a person at all, as it was...
Forum: Middle East
Dec 5th 2018, 12:03 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By archie159

Re: car registration renewal

So you only waste time and money doing it once every 13 months - unless you enjoy the fun of doing it every 12 months.
Forum: Middle East
Dec 5th 2018, 9:52 am
Replies: 25
Views: 1,146
Posted By archie159

Re: car registration renewal

Wow, I never realised it was so confusing. Actually, it's not! Your insurance is valid for 13 months. Registration is valid for 12 months, with another month before they worry, so just assume it is...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Nov 12th 2018, 5:55 am
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By archie159

Re: Car impounding

In Abu Dhabi (no idea whether it is the same in Dubai) one can ask to pay a fine in lieu of being impounded. A colleague did this a year or so ago - they checked his record, saw that it was a first...
Oct 29th 2018, 1:15 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 778
Posted By archie159

Re: Security Clearance

EDIC is a conglomerate of companies covering a wide range of defence-related businesses, and jobs there will range from very high paying senior executive slots down to lowly manual labourers. There...
Oct 29th 2018, 11:45 am
Replies: 6
Views: 778
Posted By archie159

Re: Security Clearance

"it will be very thorough and tome consuming." Nonsense, for the first half, and correct for the second - these checks are not remotely thorough. If you are coming from overseas they have almost no...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 21st 2018, 1:02 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 495
Posted By archie159

Re: Exporting a car to the EU

A friend of mine did this a few years ago - a Mercedes convertible, with not much resale value here, but plenty of life left in it (he reckoned). He found a specialist car-import company in the...
Forum: Middle East
Oct 16th 2018, 8:46 am
Replies: 5
Views: 724
Posted By archie159

Re: Compound advice for Abu Dhabi

Al Karamah Compounds (A & B, under different management) are in your price bracket, small gardens, very family oriented. I'd guess about 10 mins drive to BSAK in school hours. Al Dhafra compound next...
Oct 13th 2018, 10:04 am
Replies: 2
Views: 707
Posted By archie159

Re: Is it possible to be a single dad out there?

You'd be better off posting this question in one of the ME general discussion forums - this one is mostly about jobs, employers, salaries etc, rather than general possibilities for living.
However,...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Sep 16th 2018, 6:10 am
Replies: 13
Views: 795
Posted By archie159

Re: All this fuss about new iPhones

Completely agree about android vs ios. I have an office-provided 1 year old iphone (7 plus), and a somewhat older personal android phone (LG), and in almost all aspects the android phone is better. I...
Sep 9th 2018, 4:34 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,654
Posted By archie159

Re: Senior Technology Position in IT

Yes, because almost all housing rentals are done by the year. You cannot usually rent somewhere for shorter periods.
Forum: Middle East
Sep 7th 2018, 12:32 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 377
Posted By archie159

Non-resident hiring car in Riyadh

I quite regularly go to Riyadh on business (with a 2 year multi-entry visa), and generally in the past have always hired a car to get about (I quite often have 3 or 4 meetings per day in different...
Forum: Middle East
Sep 7th 2018, 12:19 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 4,224
Posted By archie159

Re: Another U-turn on Class 2 NICs

Any chance of copying/pasting the article text please (assuming it is not too long)? For some reason, I can't log in to the telegraph at the moment, and it won't show more than the first few...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 14th 2018, 7:04 am
Replies: 6
Views: 496
Posted By archie159

Re: Georgia Trip Advice Please

Went there at Easter. Great place. Change money at the airport; very easy, loads of places, but do check the rates - when I changed mine, all were showing the same rate except for one which had a...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 8th 2018, 6:25 am
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 7th 2018, 12:55 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Posted By archie159

Re: Travel Insurance

I have used these people several times, but not claimed: https://www.holidayguard.com/ A friend needed to claim with them for medical expenses after a bad accident in the USA, and said they were...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 7th 2018, 12:48 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,850
Posted By archie159

Re: Sending money to the UK

MoneyCorp (who I have used for years), MoneyMover (who I have not yet used, but recently created an account with). Both have a few set-up hurdles (identity, addresses etc) but after that are dead...
Forum: Middle East
Aug 7th 2018, 8:27 am
Replies: 9
Views: 848
Posted By archie159

Re: Dubai police NOC for AD alcohol licence??

Why did you give up - was that police station not being helpful? I'll be doing a rare trip to Dubai tomorrow, so might investigate (if I can find the station you mention).
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