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final decision to choose EK/QR

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final decision to choose EK/QR

Old 5th May 2019, 16:21
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I would strictly avoid both of these companies.
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Old 6th May 2019, 21:48
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2. Accomodation is better in DXB, choice of buying property in DXB exists.
A very important point. Having the option to buy a villa in Dubai (and ek pay for it) certainly changed my whole experience and my time there for the better. Making the city your home is a big challenge and it took me a few years to reach that point. It never felt like home while in company or rented accomm.
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Old 7th May 2019, 10:17
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Buying a villa - be careful, there is massive oversupply of villas. Very jittery real estate market.
Dubai will never be your home, you are just passing through. You make of it what you will, but realise you won't be here much so better make sure the wife and kids can survive while you're away! It is hell if they hate the place!
The days of quick upgrades at EK are over, having plenty of time off to recover, to go to the beach clubs and generally live the expat lifestyle are well past.
EK has become a very different beast over the last 10 years - your get rostered flights with little or no regard to your preferences, the flights are organised so that it is very hard to swap anything, time off is a premium and you never really get enough days in a row off to do anything now, housing is in stalag meydan - 1 swimming pool between 1500 villas do the maths!! The recent Management changes have done little or nothing to address the issues - rostering is really effecting quality of life!
Ek / QR - I'd take any other option, but if you're forced then don't expect much at EK!
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