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Apps and websites 08_2015A  list has been complied by good magazine  showing apps, websites and services that will make life in Dubai a walk in the park. From RTA Smart Parking    which allows you to pay for parking either through the app or by SMS, reminds you when your time has expired, and will even inform you on how many vacant parking spaces are left, To  The Healthy Home for the health-conscious homeowner, which provide sanitation services for your surfaces, sofa, mattresses and everything in between ….. This very informative list goes on…. Read more

For those who do not wish to sponsor a maid but still want to have some help around the house, there are several maid agencies in Dubai that provide cleaners and maids on an hourly basis, and for around  AED40 per hour they’ll take care of all your sweeping, mopping, dusting, washing, and ironing. Most companies stipulate a minimum number of hours, usually two or three per visit depending on the size of your home and regularity of bookings. Read more

housemaid 2015Here is everything you need to know about obtaining a housemaid’s visa/Sponsoring. It can be obtained by the head of the family, called sponsor, and usually the male, whose salary is not less than AED 6000 a month or AED 5000 + accommodation. Bachelors are not eligible to sponsor a maid.


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Need a Handy Man?
One of the joys of living in Dubai is there is always help at hand. No need to scour the yellow pages looking for a carpenter or call a plumber only to find he is not free for the next six months. If you have recently moved and un-packed and the next mission is to hang all the artwork, put up the all essential shelves and hang curtains all it takes is one phone call to a maintenance man. Read more

For expatriates relocating to Dubai and living in freehold (owned) and non-freehold (rented) housing you will need to set-up an electric and water utility connection with DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority). An important factor to understand in the DEWA billing process is the associated housing fee that is incurred. Housing fees for expat tenants is calculated on 5% of the unit’s annual rent, while expat owners must pay 0.5% of the value of the property as determined by RERA’s (Real Estate Regulatory Agency) rental index. These amounts are divided by 12 months and each month invoiced in instalments. Read more

locksmithWe have all been victim to lost, runaway or hidden keys. In your home country you probably know exactly what to do and who to call to resolve the issue but if it happened to you and you are new to Dubai, would you know who to call for assistance?

Any situation involving lost keys is inevitably stressful and always inconvenient. Factor in the hot weather experienced in Dubai throughout much of the year, apply Murphy’s Law and it will probably happen during the summer months which is the worst time possible for this to happen.  Read more

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