There are numerous options for public transportation services and most of the drivers speak some English, but their language may be limited. It is therefore very important you know exactly the address of where you are going so you can give them direction if necessary.
If you’ve ever found yourself lugging a booster seat out of your car and into somebody else’s (or worse – into a plane!) I can almost guarantee that in the process you banged it on various parts of the car and yourself, and perhaps even uttered some language you weren’t entirely proud of. Why are they so enormous? Well, as it turns out, not all of them are…
There are a number of things you can do for your car before you lock the door and walk away for a month or more. If you simply let your vehicle sit on the street or in a garage for an extended period of time, you may return to a dead battery, or worse yet – a damaged engine, ruined tires and a rat’s nest under your hood.
Here’s a list of important steps to take before you store a vehicle. Taking these precautions will not only ensure that your car starts when you return to it, but that its time in storage doesn’t shorten the life of the engine. Read more
But in an age where companies can easily be named and shamed online, expats like to assume their belongings will arrive on time and in perfect condition.
But that is not always the case.
“I’d say one out of every three or four international shipments has some sort of claim for damage,” says Curt Clements, chief executive of Dubai-based Move One Inc, which has been in the moving business since 1992 and operates in 41 countries. Read more
The latest Bloomberg Gas Price Ranking rates the retail price for petrol in the UAE at $1.77 (Dhs6.50) per gallon.
In Turkey, the world’s most expensive place to fill up, folk fork out a whopping $9.89 per gallon at the pumps. Petroleum specialist Professor Reyadh A Almehaideb says there’s a reason the refined black stuff costs so little of the green stuff in the UAE. “The price of petrol is controlled by the government,” said the Dean of the College of Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University. “It’s less than the fuel costs.” Read more
Moving to Dubai you may have heard horror stories of driving in Dubai. However, from conversations with recent new arrivals all have been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to drive in Dubai. This is largely due to the fact that over the past few years there has been an emergence of more and more speed cameras, better roads and stricter penalties on bad driving.
Unlike other countries fines for traffic violations only have to be paid once a year when you go to re-register your vehicle however this is not to be recommended as sometimes you can be in for a nasty and expensive surprise as the fines mount up because you are not always informed that you have committed a violation. It is therefore recommended to log onto the Dubai Police Website periodically to check if you have fines and pay them online. Read more
With the Salik toll tax for cabs coming into effect this morning onwards, Dubai commuters will have to shell out an additional Dh4 every time they pass under the toll gates.
However, there’s more distress for commuters.
The maximum fee of Dh24 per day applicable to personal vehicles that pass one or more Salik toll gates may not apply to taxi passengers, an employee at the Salik Customer Service Centre has confirmed to Emirates 24|7.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) had in December announced that it will re-apply the toll gate (Salik) to all taxis from January 15, 2013. Read more