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  1. Contact the seller and ask if they sent it by post, or by courier. Only then can you work out what to do. If they sent it by post, but used your home address (rather than PO Box), I assume it'll be returned to them. Post can take AGES to get to the UAE - it is by far the slowest country for post that I have ever lived in. If they have sent it by post, and it then gets returned to the seller, that could take a very long time to resolve. It is always very important, when buying anything from overseas, to confirm how they will send/ship it to you. If in doubt, enter both PO Box and physical address in the shipping details!
  2. I very, very much doubt you need to get it authenticated just to live together. Legally you will by then be married, and that's all that matters. The authentication is only really necessary for the visa. On a different matter, don't forget to think about new wills in due course, particularly if you end up opening joint bank accounts etc - hopefully they won't be needed for a long time, but if a husband dies over here without leaving a will, it can get tricky for the wife as sharia law will kick-in. There are plenty of posts discussing the issue on this forum.
  3. The malls might be offering you the same rate at all their stalls (though I am not sure that is true - friends of mine who use them more often than I do say you must always haggle, and some will offer you a better rate than that on display if you are transferring enough money), but online money transfer companies will often get closer to the pegged rate than the malls will.
  4. No bank or money transfer company will offer you the pegged rate.
  5. Banks are very rarely the best way of moving money - though they will claim there is no charge, they will offer a worse rate than a specialist money transfer company - and if you are transferring a larger sum, this worse rate can cost you a lot of dollars. There are quite a few money transfer companies in the UAE, and most have very similar rates. Alternatively you could sign up for a company such as https://global.moneycorp.com/usa/ (and there are others - I don't know which one is best for AED-USD, but almost certainly any one will be better value than a bank).
  6. This is the company most of them used when coming to UAE: http://www.asapdocument.com/
  7. There are huge numbers of project managers with that sort of experience, I am afraid. It'll depend upon what exactly his PM experience is in (construction? IT? etc), and what achievements he can demonstrate to make him stand out. But, by and large, PMs with less than 10-15 years experience will be at the low end of the salary scale. If a UAE company is looking to hire a PM from overseas then they will be looking for plenty of experience.
  8. Good afternoon. We've never tried to go skiing from the UAE before - does anyone have any recommendations for a decent price, non-glitzy, family-friendly place to go to? We'll only have a week, so ideally somewhere that isn't too painful to get to! We don't need luxury, just decent family-level skiing - the children aren't complete beginners, but not far off it. Many thanks, PS - we've just had a recommendation for Georgia, to a place called Gudauri (Marco Polo hotel) - if anyone has been there, it'd be good to hear your feedback, in particular if you used instructors there for children.
  9. You must have been very unlucky - it shouldn't take anywhere near that long! (I have employed a number of people from America, so have some idea how long it took them - it was weeks rather than months). There are companies who can help also - clearly, for a fee! But I think we are all in agreement, much better get it done before you come here.
  10. If the school will give you a visa (sometimes it is easier to get the job if you are sponsored by your husband, as it reduces the school's costs) then technically no, I don't think you need to get it done. But if either of you are hoping to get family benefits (flights home, medical insurance, sponsorship etc) for your spouse, whether on arrival or at a later stage, then yes you'll need to get it done. Even if you both expect to be working at the beginning and separately sponsored, I'd still get it done, as it'll make it a lot easier if one of you loses your jobs and the other one needs to provide the sponsorship during the job-hunting. Also, you might find that your husband gets much better benefits (more flights, better quality medical insurance etc), and decide that you will stay on his sponsorship to take benefit of them - you wouldn't be the only teacher over here doing that... (he just needs to provide a no-objection letter, so the school can get you a labour card).
  11. A few quick and rather random comments... Don't forget to allow time to get your marriage certificate legalised/attested etc before you come here - it does take a few weeks normally (I have heard it is slower in the US than some other counties, but that might no longer be the case). It is (for many countries) a bit of a pain to do it from here if you haven't done it before you leave home. I think you might find it better value to take an unfurnished apartment, and furnish it from somewhere such as IKEA (who will even do the assembly for you if you pay a small amount, or, I think, order more than a certain amount). I know other people who reckoned that it paid itself off very quickly, as furnished apartments are often quite a bit more expensive than unfurnished.It depends upon how long you will be here for. Don't forget that the voltage is 220 here, vs 110 in the US, so don't bother bringing anything which needs 110. You really don't need to bring much stuff over - you can get most things here. OK, many are a bit more expensive, but not if you have to pay to ship it all across. The weather is either warm or hot for 99% of the year, so you need minimal cold or wet weather clothing. Just bring those personal things which you will miss badly while here. You shouldn't worry about setting up your first home here in the UAE - it's pretty easy compared to many, many countries, and there are lots of people in a similar situation to you who will help (probably more so than in somewhere much busier, such as London).
  12. I know several people who have completely outfitted their entire house from IKEA. I believe that if you are ordering above a certain amount (not a vast amount) they'll even deliver it to the house and do all the assembly (I'm not sure if it was for free, but certainly the cost was relatively insignificant). Saves a lot of hassle if time is tight to chase around lots of shops/second hand sellers. Facebook pages include Abu Dhabi Marketplace; UAE Swap and Shop; Freecycle Abu Dhabi; Abu Dhabi Free to go. I think some of these might be secret groups, so you need to know someone who can invite you. Some Spinneys and various other supermarkets have very active small-ad boards - the Spinneys on the Corniche in Khalidiya is a good one, with lots of departing expats selling their stuff. There are plenty of "man with a van" people also (do a search on this website, I think, and certainly there are names recommended on the AD Marketplace. Otherwise I gather they all line up daily near the postoffice near AD Gold Souq touting for business. Curtains - when we arrived 6 years ago, Shadows was the company most people recommended - we used them, they were fine. They'll come around, measure up, and do the fittings also.
  13. How come a public beach is closed for a private event?!!!
  14. She's not a tax adviser herself, but I suspect she could put you in touch with one - and is otherwise fully recommended as honest and highly qualified (unlike a huge number of other so-called IFAs): Dubai based, but regularly in AD. https://financialuae.me/
  15. Someone recommended this today on another forum: http://computerservice.ae/ I've used these people before, but not since 2013, so I cannot promise the numbers are still correct - but they were very efficient when I used them, and will collect and return on the island (and maybe elsewhere): The man who repaired our ipad twice was called Arshad, and his mobile is 050 582 7235. His colleague (who I have not dealt with) is Ali Rashid, 055 324 9767. Their shop is Smart Computer, Hamdan St, behind Crown Plaza beside Darwesh Masjid. Tel 634 3372