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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is the sole provider of electricity, water and sewerage in Dubai.  Please see below application process and list of required documents.  There is also reference to an article about monitoring your DEWA bill to ensure the correct housing fee is tracked on bill amounts.

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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

DEWA-LOGODubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is the sole provider of electricity, water and sewerage in Dubai. The bills for DEWA should be set up in your name (not the landlord) and can be done by visiting the DEWA offices in person or on-line.  Supply of DEWA is usually activated 24 hours after all payments and documents have been received.

Not only does your water, electricity and sewerage charges appear on your DEWA bill but so does your housing fee.  This is calculated as 5% of your yearly accommodation rental charges which is then divided into 12 equal Read more

My friend recently moved into a villa but had a problem getting their DEWA because they did not have any Title Deeds for the property.  Is this common? Read more

We are just trying to work out our package we are being offered for a job in Dubai and want to ask is the air-conditioning expensive and do you need it on all year round. Read more

The team at Expat Echo Dubai delved a little deeper into the costs associated with home air conditioning, which if you’re new to Dubai you’ll quickly realize is rampantly abbreviated to “AC” – in fact don’t be surprised if you’re met with blank stares when accidentally calling it by its full name. It seems near impossible for newcomers to imagine but for much of the year temperatures in the UAE soar between a bewildering 40 – 50 degrees, often accompanied by 80% humidity. Compared to many of our home countries, its summer all year round in Dubai and chasing the chill factor is a full time pursuit, whether in your car, office or at home. Enter AC. Read more

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