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Ok...check this out, I got an offer to work in Abu-Dhabi.

This is the package they offered:

a) They will cover rent up to 168K AED
b) Furniture up to 45K AED
c) Salary: 30K AED per month
d) Free round trips tickets to go back to Canada per year
e) health insurance
f) School for children (but no point for me yet)

Is this good for a couple with no kids (yet lol)? I am concerned with inflation because I heard rent prices tend to go up quite high due to inflation.

Can anyone talk about their experiences with inflation ? I was wondering to know for example whether companies make it up for increasing cost of life or do salaries stay flat ?

The other question is about renting villas/ apartments. I noticed some landlords are offering all inclusive deals like (internet and some other stuff are included in the rent). Can anyone tell me how landlords negotiate there ? I mean...are they ease going/flexible ? Do they have washer/dryers machines there like in US/ Canada ?

By the way I would like to meet ppl too when I arrive. Where can I meet people there ? Are there any special places for gatherings ? Please let me know

The funny part about e) is that they told me the health insurance is covered everywhere BUT US/ Canada. It did not make sense. Did any1 experience that and how to get by with this ? They told me they would make it up for me...on this one but I am not sure how.

Thanks a lot for your help
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Ok...check this out, I got an offer to work in Abu-Dhabi.

This is the package they offered:

a) They will cover rent up to 168K AED
b) Furniture up to 45K AED
c) Salary: 30K AED per month
d) Free round trips tickets to go back to Canada per year
e) health insurance
f) School for children (but no point for me yet)

Is this good for a couple with no kids (yet lol)? I am concerned with inflation because I heard rent prices tend to go up quite high due to inflation.

Can anyone talk about their experiences with inflation ? I was wondering to know for example whether companies make it up for increasing cost of life or do salaries stay flat ?

The other question is about renting villas/ apartments. I noticed some landlords are offering all inclusive deals like (internet and some other stuff are included in the rent). Can anyone tell me how landlords negotiate there ? I mean...are they ease going/flexible ? Do they have washer/dryers machines there like in US/ Canada ?

By the way I would like to meet ppl too when I arrive. Where can I meet people there ? Are there any special places for gatherings ? Please let me know

The funny part about e) is that they told me the health insurance is covered everywhere BUT US/ Canada. It did not make sense. Did any1 experience that and how to get by with this ? They told me they would make it up for me...on this one but I am not sure how.

Thanks a lot for your help
R



Its a very good package ..... If you are getting more in Canada stay back if you are getting less back home ... head straight to Abu Dhabi. the inflation has really come down.

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Ok...check this out, I got an offer to work in Abu-Dhabi.

This is the package they offered:

a) They will cover rent up to 168K AED
b) Furniture up to 45K AED
c) Salary: 30K AED per month
d) Free round trips tickets to go back to Canada per year
e) health insurance
f) School for children (but no point for me yet) - Make sure it is included in the contract if you are planning on having children in the future.

Is this good for a couple with no kids (yet lol)? I am concerned with inflation because I heard rent prices tend to go up quite high due to inflation. - Yes, considering your rent is paid for and there are just 2 of you, it is a good salary.

Can anyone talk about their experiences with inflation ? I was wondering to know for example whether companies make it up for increasing cost of life or do salaries stay flat ? - As far as I'm aware, a few multinational companies including mine, did a survey about the increase in costs of living, etc out here and readjusted the salaries to match market value. This, of course, will not happen every time but with the way prices shot up withing a couple of years, it had to be done.

The other question is about renting villas/ apartments. I noticed some landlords are offering all inclusive deals like (internet and some other stuff are included in the rent). Can anyone tell me how landlords negotiate there ? I mean...are they ease going/flexible ? - There are all kinds. I suggest you shop around and find a deal that suits you best. Try dubizzle.com and propertyfinder.ae They have some good deals.

Do they have washer/dryers machines there like in US/ Canada ? - Hmm, yes we do. If you are talking about laundromats, then I haven't come across any out here, people usually have their own washing machines at home.

By the way I would like to meet ppl too when I arrive. Where can I meet people there ? Are there any special places for gatherings ? Please let me know - Lots of places to meet people. Dubai is only an hour's drive away as well. Not sure what your interests are, but hopefully you will be able to meet like minded people. It's not that difficult depending on how good you are in socialising and also how open you are to meeting different cultures.

The funny part about e) is that they told me the health insurance is covered everywhere BUT US/ Canada. It did not make sense. Did any1 experience that and how to get by with this ? They told me they would make it up for me...on this one but I am not sure how. - Some insurance companies do not cover US/Canada but they do reimburse you for the medical expenses. Maybe that's what they mean.

Thanks a lot for your help
R



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sounds like a good package for a couple, I would expect the rental market in AD to change quiet a lot in the next year, there is a lot of properties completing this year, which should take the prices down somewhat, but then again there is a large number of people who currently commute from Dubai, so they may also fill the new completions quiet rapidly..


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sounds like a good package for a couple, I would expect the rental market in AD to change quiet a lot in the next year, there is a lot of properties completing this year, which should take the prices down somewhat, but then again there is a large number of people who currently commute from Dubai, so they may also fill the new completions quiet rapidly..


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Well that's for me, my wife will not be allowed to work until I arrive and sponsor her. Does it take long to sponsor your spouse ? That would really suck big time.

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Even if you do sponsor your wife she can't work. To work she needs to be sponsored by her employer, if she is going to be getting a job i wouldn't process her residents visa, cos it's a waste of money.

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Even if you do sponsor your wife she can't work. To work she needs to be sponsored by her employer, if she is going to be getting a job i wouldn't process her residents visa, cos it's a waste of money.
Andy, this is what I had mentioned in another post. But they said that the wife can work if the husband signs an NOC.

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Andy, this is what I had mentioned in another post. But they said that the wife can work if the husband signs an NOC.
That is correct. A woman on a spouse's visa is sometimes more attractive to certain employers as they do not have the cost and hassle of processing a residency visa. Only a labour permit is required. Also no issue with bans if she leaves.

Even if a woman's passport has a residency visa that states 'housewife - not permitted to work' she can still do so with an NOC from her husband. Note however, that if she is not on her own visa, she also has to have his permission to do things like obtain a driving licence.

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Oh OK, confusion on residency and labour card. My mistake...

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That is correct. A woman on a spouse's visa is sometimes more attractive to certain employers as they do not have the cost and hassle of processing a residency visa. Only a labour permit is required. Also no issue with bans if she leaves.

Even if a woman's passport has a residency visa that states 'housewife - not permitted to work' she can still do so with an NOC from her husband. Note however, that if she is not on her own visa, she also has to have his permission to do things like obtain a driving licence.
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Thanks I was getting confused!!! But now that it is clear...I have more questions:

a)How exactly does the permission work ? Do I have to write a letter stating that I allow her to take a driver license ?

b)By the way, do you recommend taking some Arabic courses or do some employers offer ?

c) Where can I see the list of NOCs?

d) IMPORTANT: How long does it usually take to process my residency and then sponsor my spouse ? (please give me some scenarios)

Thanks again you folks are helping me a lot, once there the beers are on me!!!!!


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