desertrosie

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  1. Thank you! Will try him after the school hols.
  2. Is he an orthopaedic?
  3. Hi! Can anyone advise what I should do? I have been having pain at the bottom of my foot nearer towards the toes. Not the heel area. Should I see an orthopaedic? Can anyone recommend one? Thank you.
  4. Thank you. Apparently they will have to remove the radio and have it sent to Dubai. We will not have air con whilst this is being done according to Toyota. Guess we will have to wait till its cooler.
  5. Hi! Can anyone recommend somewhere I can go to remove a cd that is stuck in the car stereo? Thank you
  6. We were told Raha is for UAE nationals only. Is that true? Where can expats buy? Thanks
  7. Seems like 20%.
  8. Good food for thought. To clarify, we are thinking of buying a villa to live in (not rent), the rent allowance would cover the mortgage. If we sold a few years later, even below market value or even after a down turn in the market, the mortgage paid was money provided by the company (less our initial 30% downpayment). We're still at the initial stage and have yet to contact a bank re mortgages. The max 50% loan for expats has not been implemented (as far as I can gather) and I anticipate being able to get a mortgage for 70% of the value. If we get to the mortgage stage, we will also look at Islamic bank mortgages as they are reputed to be less volatile - must admit I havent researched those yet though. Any thoughts : ) ?
  9. Thanks to all!! Really grateful for the input. Our minds still not made up and we're going to tread carefully. 'Dono'..that is the idea and that's the reason behind buying. But I appreciate that there are so many variable risks. However I would think its unlikely for real estate prices to fall say 30-40 % from current levels....correct me if I'm wrong : ) Build quality..point taken. I'll post to let you know which way we go. Thanks again.
  10. Good morning Well, we're actually considering taking the plunge and buying a property here. I'd appreciate any views regarding the pros and cons, which as relative newcomers we may have missed. The job is quite stable and should see us here for around 8 years. If we bought, the company rent allowance would go to us; theory being in around 8 years a modest property would be virtually paid off. If this comes to fruition we would have to downsize and would be looking at a 3 bedroom villa in say Al Reef for around 1.4M DHS( our budget). Our logic (such that it is) being that prices have already fallen and after a few years the company rent allowance has already paid for a good percentage of the mortgage. Before we go deeper into this venture, I'd be very happy to receive any opinions or dos n dont's that we may not know. Thanks Desert Rosie
  11. Thank you. :)
  12. Thank you both for that. It makes sense, appreciate there are a lot of grey areas. We don't have any health issues at the moment, but on hearing some people's medical experiences here and not knowing any better we would be tempted to return home if treatment was needed in future. Time to contact the N.I. people I guess. Thanks again
  13. Hi there We have been in Abu Dhabi for a few months now and classified as non resident in UK In the event that one of the family needed medical treatment, would we still be entitled to go back to the UK for NHS treatment? I heard before that this may depend on keeping up Class 1 or 3 contributions whilst overseas. We haven't got around to doing that yet. I'd be grateful if someone could shine some light on this topic. Thanks D Rosie
  14. This happened to me nearly a month ago. Could not get my husband on the phone and i am new in Abu Dhabi. I was so scared i forgot to get the taxi driver's name and no. I now know not to speak to them.
  15. Can anyone recommend estate agents Al Zeina and Al Bandar? We are relocating to Abu Dhabi. Thank you.