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Forum: The Sand Pit
May 16th 2019, 12:04 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 527
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Eid Holiday

No, most people will be off from Tuesday, returning to work on the Sunday,
Forum: Middle East
May 15th 2019, 5:11 am
Replies: 10
Views: 834
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: How Busy?

For us its the busiest Ramadan I can remember in both UAE and the Middle East. Over the past three years Ramadan seems to be moving more towards normal working days, other than people fasting (and a...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Apr 10th 2019, 7:58 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,028
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: When do you know your time is up?

I'm guessing any savings he had are gone, or more likely that he's racked up debt. I can't understand why people would hang around eating into any money they saved knowing that compensation packages...
Forum: Middle East
Mar 21st 2019, 5:54 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 7,883
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Hubby wants to move back to London from Dubai

I think this covers it?

'Finances aside, sure I am happier in the desert and he knows that. I thrive in the heat (having been born in the ME myself), have a much active outdoor and social life...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Nov 1st 2018, 11:35 am
Replies: 39
Views: 1,746
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: November Thread

Not been down there in a while, was told Cabana is closed (it was always quiet) and Bidis will close January with Barasti taking over...not a big miss as I prefer Barrel 12 for the sport.
We have a...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Oct 2nd 2018, 12:43 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 967
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: 3rd times a charm......

Yeah, landlords seem a lot more open to negotiations now. A friend in one of the big local businesses lost his job in the summer, They were trying to rent the house out in ranches as decided to leave...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Sep 29th 2018, 12:35 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 967
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: 3rd times a charm......

It's a renters market now...a few colleagues in completely different areas of Dubai have all been able to get their rents reduced significantly when renewing recently.

I'd be more inclined to...
Forum: Middle East
Sep 19th 2018, 11:43 am
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Disappearing threads

Same here...I guess they ran out of storage and had to archive ;-)
Forum: The Sand Pit
Sep 13th 2018, 4:16 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 795
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: All this fuss about new iPhones

Warren Buffett says Apple's iPhone is ‘enormously underpriced’ - Business Insider (http://uk.businessinsider.com/warren-buffett-apple-iphone-enormously-underpriced-2018-8?r=US&IR=T)
Forum: The Sand Pit
Aug 1st 2018, 12:02 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 709
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: TV Series

Deep State is pretty good.
I got through three series of Colony fairly quickly.
If you've not seen it, Banshee is very good full of sex and violence.
Westworld is next up on the list.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jul 5th 2018, 12:13 pm
Replies: 221
Views: 8,271
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Bucket of Vindaloo

So why were we not seeing more hatricks? A hatrick is not meaningless..

Its a knockout tournament and anyone can win this now.

I find it quite sad you can't give some credit and enjoy the...
Forum: Middle East
Jun 14th 2018, 4:30 am
Replies: 13
Views: 881
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Procurement Oppurtunities in UAE

A few points that should set off alarm bells:

You should never be paying a recruiter, they making money from placing you.
[email protected]
Check the UAE labour law - I think you'll...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Jun 11th 2018, 6:50 am
Replies: 51
Views: 3,896
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Ramadan

I think its Arafat day that is dry, that's just before the second Eid holiday?
Forum: The Sand Pit
Apr 25th 2018, 3:47 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,305
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Byblos Hotel - That Den of Iniquity

According to the Daily Mail they used to star in films as Misha and Sasha, The Twins. The prosecution will love that.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Apr 15th 2018, 10:11 am
Replies: 60
Views: 3,069
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Data Gathering

Fair enough on the smoking - maybe not the best example (although I'm fine taking a medical for any insurer and face the consequences of smoking).

What about food and drink - you will know from...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Apr 15th 2018, 8:12 am
Replies: 60
Views: 3,069
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Data Gathering

Personally, I have nothing to hide. But the amount of data collected is mind-blowing (I work in this industry). For example, I'm still on the smokes and always pay cash - if in the future I need to...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Feb 6th 2018, 9:27 am
Replies: 62
Views: 3,484
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Six Nations

Having to settle for watching all the games in Barrel 12.
Saturday will be an interesting game...before last week there was a lot of talk of the injury list to both England and Wales, look how that...
Forum: Middle East
Dec 18th 2017, 3:51 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,777
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Advice Appreciated!

You're missing the point...

"...we've decided that it's time for some new adventures and experiences!"

So why not Dubai or China, good to luck them I say.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Nov 21st 2017, 9:12 am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,636
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Dry 7s ???

Got the wife tickets, they did say somewhere that if 30th is dry the concert will move to 29th.
Forum: Middle East
Oct 22nd 2017, 10:33 am
Replies: 43
Views: 3,662
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Saudia Airlines

For Christmas, we are saving around 5000dh using KLM to Newcastle instead of Emirates. There is a 90 minute stopover in Amsterdam which isn't bad for the sake of £1,000
Forum: Middle East
Oct 22nd 2017, 10:15 am
Replies: 43
Views: 3,662
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Saudia Airlines

:rofl:

We have flown KLM for past 18 months, a lot cheaper than EK and better service.

For me, the start of the holiday is arriving at the airport and I like a couple of drinks on the flight.
Forum: Middle East
Oct 19th 2017, 11:04 am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,301
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Face Time

My wife tried to install Facetime when back in the UK a couple of years ago and it didn't work.

But from souq.com and you get the Apple products with Facetime (and generally cheaper than the Apple...
Forum: The Sand Pit
Oct 9th 2017, 12:26 pm
Replies: 79
Views: 7,348
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Another One Locked Up

My understanding was, by the letter of the law, that tourists can only drink alcohol in the hotel they are staying in?
Forum: The Sand Pit
Oct 2nd 2017, 9:23 am
Replies: 18
Views: 1,322
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Dubai rental prices

I don't know about the prices, but seeing more and more empty houses in The Springs.

Jumeriah Park villas look to be around 15-20k cheaper than 18 months ago.
Forum: The Sand Pit
Oct 2nd 2017, 8:01 am
Replies: 34
Views: 2,509
Posted By NorthernLad

Re: Anyone remember Dubai in 2008?

...and Chicago Beach Hotel :zzz:
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