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Old 4th March 2014, 04:58 AM
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I am moving with my wife and kids to RAK in October, aged 8 and 6, thinking of moving to Al Hamra Village, does anyone know a good school, is Al Hamra a good area, what other areas should I look at. Can you only get beerin hotels, or can you take it home from a shop?

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Hi Roddie,

Not sure if you guys are still planning your move this way, but here are the answers to your questions :-) Al Hamra has a really huge expat community, so your children will find playmates in no time. Sadly, there aren't many English schools in RAK, I believe most expat kids go to the RAK Academy for British curriculum. I really hope that there will be more international schools opening up here in the near future.

There are two places you can get OH - Barracuda and Al Hamra Cellar, both of which are closer to the Al Hamra village. The prices are decent, or you can also try to load up via Dubai airport duty free every time you come through (4 litres per pax allowance).

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I'm in Dubai now, only been here few months and have been apartment hunting...we're also considering the move out to RAK. Any suggestions on where to look for a nice apartment? We just need a 1 bedroom. I saw some that looked nice on dubizzle in "royal breeze" Al Hamra...but any other suggestions? any brand new buildings around?
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There are plenty of supply here, whether it is up to your standard is another matter though

So will you be commuting to Dubai daily? If you are, it is best to stay closer to E311 ie Mina Al Arab, Marjan, Al Hamra etc as living in the heart of the city will eat into your travel time (take a look at google map, this will give you some idea of which community has easy access to the highway). All the apartment buildings seem nice in the Al Hamra district, but I did hear of some chilling bills dispute in the past, so not certain if that has been resolved satisfactorily yet though or not. There aren't many new residential buildings being built at the moment, unlike Dubai.

Yes, plenty of listings on dubizzle, narrow down your areas and then visit with a few agents for a better idea. Things to look for would be whether it is connected to FEWA or not, otherwise you are paying a premium.

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We live in RAK for more than 1 year now.Tried staying in Al Hamra Village,Royal Breeze apartments,it was nice but we paid a fortune for chiller bills in 6 month.People advised us to go to Mina Al Arab and we moved here since September.In comparison,it is much better,lovely community with corniche for walks and biking,beach is 5 min by walk,lots outdoor areas to play for kids,supermarket Choithrams just downstairs,beauty salons,GoldsGym,laundry,Italian coffee shop.We got 2BR apartment with lagoon view,can see flamingos and turtles out of the window.Also we don't get pollution from RAK Ceramics as we were getting often in Al Hamra Village.

Lots of people who stay in Al Hamra or Mina are commuting to Dubai every day.It depends where is your work located in Dubai.

As for schools for the post above.
Yes,most of expats are putting their kids to RAK Academy,there is also Ajman Academy 40 min away from here.Many of people prefer it as better quailty of studies provided.

If you are looking for friends just go on FB we have lots of groups.Try putting in search: Al Hamra Village Residents,Mina Al Arab Residents,The Village Girls.We do have coffee mornings and playgroups for kids,art classes and many more.

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So..considering an offer. Drove out to RAK- loved the Mina Al Arab area. Just wondering if the EXPAT community for Teenagers is any good. Dubai is so spread out, and seemed to be a lot of "life long" Dubai-ans….not true 'traveling expat" kids as our kid is used too. Just wondering what life is like for a 16 year old boy in RAK. I know us parents will be fine and dandy…any insight would be great.




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We live in RAK for more than 1 year now.Tried staying in Al Hamra Village,Royal Breeze apartments,it was nice but we paid a fortune for chiller bills in 6 month.People advised us to go to Mina Al Arab and we moved here since September.In comparison,it is much better,lovely community with corniche for walks and biking,beach is 5 min by walk,lots outdoor areas to play for kids,supermarket Choithrams just downstairs,beauty salons,GoldsGym,laundry,Italian coffee shop.We got 2BR apartment with lagoon view,can see flamingos and turtles out of the window.Also we don't get pollution from RAK Ceramics as we were getting often in Al Hamra Village.

Lots of people who stay in Al Hamra or Mina are commuting to Dubai every day.It depends where is your work located in Dubai.

As for schools for the post above.
Yes,most of expats are putting their kids to RAK Academy,there is also Ajman Academy 40 min away from here.Many of people prefer it as better quailty of studies provided.

If you are looking for friends just go on FB we have lots of groups.Try putting in search: Al Hamra Village Residents,Mina Al Arab Residents,The Village Girls.We do have coffee mornings and playgroups for kids,art classes and many more.

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Hi there,

We live in RAK for more than 1 year now.Tried staying in Al Hamra Village,Royal Breeze apartments,it was nice but we paid a fortune for chiller bills in 6 month.People advised us to go to Mina Al Arab and we moved here since September.In comparison,it is much better,lovely community with corniche for walks and biking,beach is 5 min by walk,lots outdoor areas to play for kids,supermarket Choithrams just downstairs,beauty salons,GoldsGym,laundry,Italian coffee shop.We got 2BR apartment with lagoon view,can see flamingos and turtles out of the window.Also we don't get pollution from RAK Ceramics as we were getting often in Al Hamra Village.

Lots of people who stay in Al Hamra or Mina are commuting to Dubai every day.It depends where is your work located in Dubai.

As for schools for the post above.
Yes,most of expats are putting their kids to RAK Academy,there is also Ajman Academy 40 min away from here.Many of people prefer it as better quailty of studies provided.

If you are looking for friends just go on FB we have lots of groups.Try putting in search: Al Hamra Village Residents,Mina Al Arab Residents,The Village Girls.We do have coffee mornings and playgroups for kids,art classes and many more.
Thinking of moving to Al Hamra, I hear a lot about chiller bills being expensive, can you give me an example of how much it cost you? Are bills included in Mina Al Arab?
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So..considering an offer. Drove out to RAK- loved the Mina Al Arab area. Just wondering if the EXPAT community for Teenagers is any good. Dubai is so spread out, and seemed to be a lot of "life long" Dubai-ans….not true 'traveling expat" kids as our kid is used too. Just wondering what life is like for a 16 year old boy in RAK. I know us parents will be fine and dandy…any insight would be great.
As I have a 3 year old and a newborn I can't really advise you on places where teenagers are hanging out. But I will say there are many of them, lots of outdoors games and sports to do .Add me on Facebook -Yuliya Terziyan (have photo with Canon) since we have lots of pages there where you can ask this question and am sure many of parents will reply to it.

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Thinking of moving to Al Hamra, I hear a lot about chiller bills being expensive, can you give me an example of how much it cost you? Are bills included in Mina Al Arab?
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Yes, there is an issue with chiller bills in Al Hamra if you considering living in apartment.Villas and townhouses don't have chiller bills and there is a street of villas which bills under local charge, so you pay very less ammount for consumption. As for apartments I can say for 1 BR in Al Hamra we payed reasonable price of 300-400 aed without using ac in the beginning and after few months it started increasing ended up paying 1600 aed for a month.They do have problem with meters sometimes it breaks and you get charged alot and money are not refundable.Anyways chiller alone comes to 300 aed monthly plus your consumption.
As for Mina Al Arab there is no chiller bills we pay for a big 2 BR with 3 AC on 24/7 up to 700 per month.During cold time we payed 200 aed.Frankly a quality of houses is much better too.And they have amazing townhouses here with patio inside the house.

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Yes, there is an issue with chiller bills in Al Hamra if you considering living in apartment.Villas and townhouses don't have chiller bills and there is a street of villas which bills under local charge, so you pay very less ammount for consumption. As for apartments I can say for 1 BR in Al Hamra we payed reasonable price of 300-400 aed without using ac in the beginning and after few months it started increasing ended up paying 1600 aed for a month.They do have problem with meters sometimes it breaks and you get charged alot and money are not refundable.Anyways chiller alone comes to 300 aed monthly plus your consumption.
As for Mina Al Arab there is no chiller bills we pay for a big 2 BR with 3 AC on 24/7 up to 700 per month.During cold time we payed 200 aed.Frankly a quality of houses is much better too.And they have amazing townhouses here with patio inside the house.
We will be looking to stay in the town houses hopefully so good to hear chiller bills don't apply to them! We looked at town houses in Mina al Arab but they are a lot more expensive and out of our price range, 120 pa compared to 85 pa in Al Hamra! It's closer to Umm al Quwain aswell! Great to know about the bill though, thanks

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We will be looking to stay in the town houses hopefully so good to hear chiller bills don't apply to them! We looked at town houses in Mina al Arab but they are a lot more expensive and out of our price range, 120 pa compared to 85 pa in Al Hamra! It's closer to Umm al Quwain aswell! Great to know about the bill though, thanks
Didn't know the price went up that much, it was 75k in September over here.Since many people are coming from other Emirates to here the price went up as well.Try seeing townhouses on the street behind Al Hamra Mall which takes you to Al Hamra Fort Hotel, you pay local fees there for consumption.Also,there are some people who prefer to install solar batteries for their villas and townhouses to save more money.And if you look at local villas infront of Al Hamra Village you end up paying 65k for 3 Br and 300 aed for ac during summer with a huge garden area.RAK can offer you lots of alternatives on accommodation.

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Didn't know the price went up that much, it was 75k in September over here.Since many people are coming from other Emirates to here the price went up as well.Try seeing townhouses on the street behind Al Hamra Mall which takes you to Al Hamra Fort Hotel, you pay local fees there for consumption.Also,there are some people who prefer to install solar batteries for their villas and townhouses to save more money.And if you look at local villas infront of Al Hamra Village you end up paying 65k for 3 Br and 300 aed for ac during summer with a huge garden area.RAK can offer you lots of alternatives on accommodation.
Great thanks for the info, what website do you use? I've being using Dubizzle, must try and see so local villas too!

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