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Old 24th Sep 2014, 06:59
  #281 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Breathing sand
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2000 people -1 small gym - 3 treadmills. I predict conflict and discontent. The pool is big but not big enough for full occupancy.
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Old 24th Sep 2014, 18:42
  #282 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Gulf playing Golf
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Did you expect a pool for 2000 people?. EK gives you 4000 USD a month for free if you want to buy your own. Maybe you should consider that? The key to some happiness in Dubai is to live well. If you get a knot in your stomach every time you go home, you need to make a change
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Old 25th Sep 2014, 13:32
  #283 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: UAE
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Payscale, I agree with you and moved out of company housing as quickly as I could. Best thing I ever did in Dubai. Trouble is, if you need more than 2 bedrooms $4,000 doesn't go very far.
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Old 26th Sep 2014, 01:20
  #284 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Emirates Living - The Meadows
Age: 75
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Angel We're not owed a living!

No but $4,000 is $4,000 more than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!

Top it up yourself like everyone else everywhere in the world has to!

You can buy a nice villa for waaay less than half your salary be you FO or Capt which is more than you can do where I hail from. So not really seeing the issue here. If you want company accommodation take it, if you don't well then don't take it!

The reality is that it's not as salubrious as it was in years gone by. Well isn't that the way of the world. It's hardly a huge issue everyone still gets paid the same or more just harder to fill up the second Hummer or pay for boat parts but not exactly heading for the breadline here are you chaps!
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Old 26th Sep 2014, 09:23
  #285 (permalink)  
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Well Vortex, i don't get paid the same as when I came.

Back then I had 77h planned for the same money and at least 14-16 days off, with a block of 9 days off inbetween.

Now I have been working 90+ hours... Ohhh you are right.. Here it is... I DO GET PAID THE SAME...

Glad you are happy the way the company treats you and erodes our contract more and more...

I guess they are counting on people like you.

I can't wait for the next crash.... Funny. In the newspaper back then there as never a crash reported...
Why are they now saying there was a crash
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Old 26th Sep 2014, 11:22
  #286 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: universe
Posts: 565
Flap, one of your buckets is full. Move on!
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Old 26th Sep 2014, 15:30
  #287 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2013
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Thumbs up

VFE you may be right about that however I suspect one (or both) of YOUR buckets has a hole in it or you'd notice it filling up too.
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Old 29th Oct 2014, 09:00
  #288 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: dubai
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The villa size anyone?? Do you think it's about 3000 sq feet?
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Old 2nd Nov 2014, 18:31
  #289 (permalink)  
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Australia
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Regardless of the villa size.... It is sh..t...


No mini market.. A can of milk is a 10 kms drive BY THE TIME YOU GET BACK..

Dangerous turn from access road.. it is a matter of time before something happens..

Mayor maintenance issues disrupting your life daily..

Low security level, having contractor workers SLEEPING IN THE ROOFS, loitering around 24/7 watching kids and families moves..Things missing from garages, by the way..

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Old 10th Nov 2014, 17:30
  #290 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Panama
Age: 39
Posts: 29
Hey guys

I am doing my interview at this time and tomorrow will go for the tour.

Are this villas you talking "badly" about the only ones for new joiners?

If I join is as FO and I have 4 kids. Is it possible to find a suitable 4 bedroom villa within the allowance they provide to live on your own?

I will appreciate any help in this matter.

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Old 10th Nov 2014, 17:57
  #291 (permalink)  
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Location: Sandpit.
Posts: 242
In short ... NO!

Allowance less than 200k, all villas > 230k.
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Old 10th Nov 2014, 18:16
  #292 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Sandpit
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No. Stick with company provided. Meydan may not be the bees knees, but its a damn side better than taking the allowance.
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Old 10th Nov 2014, 18:45
  #293 (permalink)  
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: U.K.
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Slight change of subject but what schools have you guys chosen for your children to attend who live at meydan ?


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Old 10th Nov 2014, 19:35
  #294 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Dxb
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I chose Bangladesh academic school

This is the only way my kids will remain content with what we provide
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Old 11th Nov 2014, 09:37
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Don't pick your school based on your location the standard of the schools is not the same. Pick the best school for your academic needs and then worry about logisitics later.

To be honest if you are in Meydan all the good schools are in striking distance.

Easy choices are DESS, Kings, Repton, JESS and DC are all easy from there but suggest you look at the thread on schools as ther is of course debate on what consitutes a good school and your nationality will also affect your needs.

Just don't make the mistake of thinking that any school run by GEMS can in any way be good!

Colo18 if you take your own villa you will pay 70-100k more a year when you fator in bill and other costs that is over 8000 per month of your disposable income. That is if you are lucky! Your choice but only you know if that is worth it for your family or not depnding on your personal financial situation. 172k does not go far in the current rental market so agree with above that you are looking at upwards of 200k plus bills.

As a new joiner you may want to take advantage of opting out as you can go into company accomodation but once you move out then you're out for ever but do so knowing how much it will cost more!
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Old 11th Nov 2014, 12:43
  #296 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2006
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There are lots of properties below 200k some in good areas, it all depends on your personal circumstances. You can also buy 4 beds for between 2-3m if not going straight to premium locations and 5 beds at the villa for about 3.6m. When looking at economics if you did buy for say 3.5m with a 2.5m mortgage you would pay 2k/ month under the allowance with a 25 year loan. If the price went nowhere you would make equity with the company paying.


4 bedroom villas for rent in Dubai | propertyfinder.ae

Avoid off plan unless with a reputable developer EMAAR, DP etc.

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Old 11th Nov 2014, 14:52
  #297 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Panama
Age: 39
Posts: 29
Thanks for the advice guys.

I saw the villas today and I think is to my best interest to take that one! Space is good for my family and no need to worry about anything else.

However schooling seems to be a problem since they took me to Uptown (amazing) but won't be able to afford it. Have to put 66000 out of my pocket!

So any advice in that regard will be highly appreciated. I have 4 kids and the last is not cover. Apart from the fact that they pay 42k and the cost is 50k!

Cheers guys
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Old 11th Nov 2014, 15:44
  #298 (permalink)  
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Those are the facts. The fourth child will come straight out of your pocket, for everything. Be careful, it's not cheap.
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Old 11th Nov 2014, 16:27
  #299 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: overthere
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Remember you will be on the FO salary for a long time. There are some 1700 FOs on the list in front of you.

Your fourth child is not covered by EK for education nor for tickets home. The fourth child costs more for medical cover, yet receives coverage less than the first three.

You might as well consider your salary reduced by Aed 5 to 6k per month just to educate and get this child home once per year. That doesn't include the Aed 2 to 2.5k per month (bus costs extra) to make up for the shortfall in education costs of the other three.

As SOPS said. Think long and hard about this.
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Old 11th Nov 2014, 18:50
  #300 (permalink)  
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Good advice from Don and some of the other posters.

Please think carefully. The very best of luck to you.
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