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  1. *****HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!*****

    Thanks DD, same to you! Just back from a short trip, back to normal now.....slowly
  2. First Days of Tax

    You are very observant! Shopping at Carrefour, VAT is mentioned seperatly on the invoice. For other stores I will be careful and double check it!
  3. The Big Sales Going On..so, what did you buy?

    Oh no, that was really bad luck! I hope the coming year will be better for you!
  4. The Big Sales Going On..so, what did you buy?

    Me too, really a good initiative for many people! Next weekend we hit the Mall with the money saved
  5. The Lourve Abu Dhabi

    Thanks for info! A visit is on my list when my niece arrives. Promises to be interesting!
  6. The Big Sales Going On..so, what did you buy?

    Wish I could, but with my traffic fine mishap there is no more money for the malls I heard though that there are some good offers!
  7. When Shopping be aware of the following...:

    Good info Desert Dream. The bar code thing happened to me just today! The green potatoes are on display in one specific shop since years. It is very unhealthy to eat the green parts of a potatoe. The chocalate I bought two weeks ago was grey from the outside, sure sign the cold chain failed....yes, I support that, be careful while shopping!
  8. Deja vu, go to the police, sometimes there are errors in license plates, etc... it is a lot of money! And in two months we will have to pay even more if the VAT arrives... so well worth a trip to find out if it was really you....
  9. Just to make it very clear, I broke the law and I do not complain that I have to pay (well, yes, I cry because it is so much money of course). What I do want to do with this post is just to give some advice to the members to not experience the same problem. Since 6,5 years I drive almost every day about 100km on the highway, I received about five or six fines for speeding over the time, nothing much over the limit, one fine even when my husband and me were out of the country and we paid it anyway because we went to the yearly inspection that day.... Well, occasionally I check the police website for my number plate and last week I was in shock about what I found out. I received from 1st of October to now several fines for speeding, that makes a huge amount to pay. Of course I thought that there might be some error, so today I went to the traffic police and checked - it was really my car....yes, it was me! It was a part of the highway connecting to another highway, the E11 to the new highway to Dubai. I drive that road since it was opened quite some time ago, never any trouble, but now the police used a mobile radar unit to control the speed of the cars, and obviously I was driving too fast on that particular part. Instead of the allowed 80km/hour my speed was between 106 and 109km/hour.... So now my recommendation: If you drive the same route every day, make sure you know the speed limit for every meter of that road, because I was not aware that only 80km were allowed on that stretch, mobile radar units of the police are now everywhere. Check your status every week online in case you acquired any fines. I for sure do not want to break the law here in this country. If I had a warning or known I would of course stick to the 80km/hour. In Dubai the driver receives a SMS immediately that there is a fine. I would really like that for Abu Dhabi as well. It would have saved me a lot of trouble and the headache of how to come up with all that money now to pay. It is very difficult sometimes to know the speed limits of roads if you change from one major road to another. One is driving for quite some time until the next sign with the corresponding speed limit comes up. So for me that means on every stretch I am not sure what the speed limit is I will drive with 60km/hour and I will not care if all the drivers behind me are angry as hell or it causes chaos because I drive sooooo slowly nobody is expecting that, for example on highway parts. I will do my best and the necessary not to receive traffic fines like that ever again, even if it causes chaos for others, I am within the law if I drive 60km/ hour on the highway.
  10. Sewer smell

    Not so far, Khalifa City A. Hope it gets sorted soon, not nice on this heat....
  11. Soo who's spring cleaning during holiday time??

    You sure are organized! Was thinking of having all curtains cleaned in our house, and that are many ☺ Postponed it again, just too hot now, will have to do that in November....
  12. Received a mail with a survey in regard to water and electricity. I had hoped to find a box at the end where it says to fill in any suggestions in regard to this topic but unfortunately no box.... They state they have one of the highest per capita use of both, well, yes, but in summer they also have the highest temperatures anywhere in the world, today 47 degrees. One question asked what makes me save energy, a question within that was the cost of energy. I cannot possibly save more energy or water, in a big villa we have only 4 aircons running, and not even all the time. The efficiency of the aircons is lousy, they hardly cool if not all the time taken care of, that depends also of the willingness of the landlord to take care of that matter, average temperature in our house is 28 to 30 degrees. So there is nothing that I can save, if the prices increase more I will have to move out to a smaller place, six years ago when we came here big villas were affordable at our given budget, more western style villas were ridiculously expensive, now rents came down so may be we just have to do the moving, even though I dread moving. Water savings neither for me, I never have the washing machine run half empty, water that cannot be used for drinking will be given to the plants. There is so much other to say about this which could have been done already from the side of the government or private builder etc. For example our house is not insulated whatsoever, nevertheless it is only 6 years old, there seem to be no law that says owners have to construct in an energy saving manner, better insulation, good fitting windows, doors, efficient white ware. There are 30 windows in our villa and these windows are all ill-fitted, the cold air is just going out to the window. The doors leading outside are all in wood, but they are never painted and protected from the harsh environment, the wood has cracks, cold air just floating out.... For the water, our tank is on the roof, no insulation, just a shade. Now there is no rocket science needed to know that the water has about 50 degrees now in summer. If I want to take a shower or wash cloths I have to make sure to run as much water as needed to bring that temperature down. In case of shower the water just goes down the drain, in case of washing I just plan careful, first the white stuff, hot water no problem and then down from there, last is the sensitive cloths stuff. Or 6am washing, that does not make life really easy. Of course people with maids and big families might not have that problem but I certainly do. It would be very easy to solve, insulated tanks, a wall around and solar panel that provides the energy during the day to run an aircon up there and keep the tank water cooled. During night no cooling needed, that would save a lot of water already and would not increase the bill for electricity. If I talk about this in my home country and mention the price of the rent (which came down already) they have this look: you must be telling stories.... And of course the biggest saving if they would allow solar panels to be used for private villas during the day, a lot of energy is saved. Well, that are only a few things, lots more to save on, limiting the space of lawn for each villa to a certain size, there are so many other possibilities to create a nice green environment. And many more things specialists would know about it far more. All in all good to know that they want to conserve energy, it is needed on this planet!
  13. Trying Out my Gift- new desktop Computer :)

    Hope you are well again, not nice to have a health problen with this hot weather.
  14. 29th Ramadhan. (today)-EID Tomorrow inshallah

    Eid mubarak! Have a nice time with family and friends.
  15. updated traffic fines

    With the new list of updated traffic fines I had so hoped for a heavy penalty for mobile phone users...especially reading text messages or writing one while driving is equal to try to harm others on purpose. I am out on the highway on a daily basis and I saw so many dangerous situations during the six years here. Driving on two lanes, slowing down abruptly on the left lanes, swerving, not watching traffic in front of them....just to name a few. These drivers accept the chance to cause an accident with potential harm to other people and that deserves a far higher fine than listed in the new catalogue ....