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We have a 4x4, less than 5 years old that we want to take from Dubai to Doha. DH used it for work until the day he finished and I've used it since then for all the running round you have to do to move prepare to move countries. On Wednesday I came over from Doha to start the process of getting blue export plates etc so we can take the car to Qatar. The RTA 'Customer Service' centre told me it would be at least 4 hours before anyone could help me so I returned at 7:30am the following day. I explained that DH now works in Qatar and I'd be doing everything on his behalf, no problem, the lady was very helpful and listed the papers I'd need which included a Dubai warrant of fitness. So I took the car to the WOF place, the car passed the test, but after nearly an hour of waiting the lady there told me that the warrant of fitness would not be issued. She said car registration and immigration records are now linked and because the car is registered in DH's name and he no longer has a valid UAE visa so no warrant of fitness! Aaagh he doesn't have a valid UAE visa because he had to have it cancelled before he could get a Qatar RP for his job and he has to have an Qatar RP to import a car into Doha.
So this indicates that we cannot sell the car in Dubai ourselves or even transfer ownership to a friend with a UAE visa in order to sell it rather than export. Does this mean that as soon as you are made redundant/decide to leave Dubai you must sell your car before your employer cancels your visa? So how does anyone export a car from the UAE? This is doing my head in.
edited by Safiya Dafiya on 15/07/2011