Husband and I wandered around Dragon Mart for ages looking for what looked like 'the best' curtain/blind place. It's very hard to tell just by looking so in the end we just picked one randomly but seriously...this place was great, the guy was great, and the price was great.
Shop name: Dresports Trading FZCO
Dragon Mart shop location: HBA 06,07
The guy was called 'Babbo'? Or something like that? He was an absolute pleasure to deal with, spoke -and understood!- perfect English, didn't try to fleece us or start the quotation really high just for the sake of it. It was all very straight forward and our curtains are stunning. Great quality too. We went for blackout linen (so it's not scratchy and cheap feeling) for the dining and lounge, and like this plush suede-y kind-of-velvet-feeling sort of material (again, blackout) with day curtains too for the bedroom. Love love love them all!
If you use them, please tell them "Mr. Daniel from The Greens" recommended them :)
Hi everyone! I'm in the market for a new dentist so I called around all the recommendations I found in the entire Dubai forum and as of JUL 2017 these are the prices for a general check up (minus x-rays) and a clean in case anyone's interested...
Check up 390
Check up 250
Check up 160
Check up 300
Check up 350
My Dental Clinic
Check up 190
I have a maid that comes to clean once a week for 3 x hours.
She/her company has a spare key to my apartment because we're not there when she comes to clean.
Want to leave this company and go to a new one but they're telling me I have to give them 4 x weeks notice. Is this legal?
Lock Stock is great for music BUT it's just too busy :( so you won't have any room to dance. It's a proper sardine tin situation. Shoulder to shoulder back to back kind of affair.
Rock Bottom always used to be my choice when we want a proper night of fun and good music. Not sure what it's like recently though as since GBBO, Poldark, and now The Apprentice is on, I'm a home bunny... Only venturing out for tea bags, milk, and digestive biscuits...
Ooh Nelson's in Barsha Heights is alright too! Good music, DJ happy to take requests, and room to dance.
Same. We pay ours 35 an hour, and tip as and when we have change, or if we haven't done so for a couple of weeks, then at the end of the month we'll slip in a 50 or 100 if it's a religious holiday.
We also give her lots of stuff we don't need any more. This week she'll be receiving an old [but still working!'> pair of GHDs, a Nicky Clarke hairdryer, and an M&S dressing gown!
Pretty normal behaviour for most guys I'd say. So long as that's all it is and it's not going further and he's not talking to other women etc. Guys will be guys.
As a happily married woman I'd say I agree - it's normal for men to look at nudie women. It's hardwired, nd not really anything to be worried about unless he acts on it by directly communicating with them.
My employment visa expires 26 October 2016.
But instead of renewing it for another 2 x years, I'd rather be sponsored by my working husband.
Unfortunately our UK marriage certificate is not yet attested, and I'm told it's no longer possible to do this at the British Consulate or Embassy - instead it has to be sent/couriered to the UK by one of the many services available from a Google search of "UK marriage certificate attestation UAE"
However, I am a bit nervous about sending the original certificate off... My friend said that she used a company that just required a clear scan of the marriage certificate, and they sent her back an attested [u'>certified copy[/u'> of their marriage certificate. But this was used for registering their daughter's birth - not for spouse sponsorship.
Does anyone know if for spouse sponsorship the attested marriage certificate HAS to be the original? Or will a certified copy suffice?
I think it's OK...up to a certain age of course.
However my problem with VB's pic, is not her fault, as I doubt she was thinking this deeply about it but...the head tilt. It made it so that I swear to God when I first saw the pic from afar, as a small thumbnail on the DM sidebar of shame, I honestly thought "Oh here we go. Which female celebs are being faux lesbians for attention again?"
When I looked closer and saw it was her and her 5 year old child, I was horrified that I'd thought that! :\:
But there's something about that positioning that tells my brain it's a romantic kiss. And when I saw it again a few days later, again, my first thought was "These girls must be in BB. Kissing to play up to the cameras and stay in and- OH MY GOD IT'S VB AND HER DAUGHTER AGAIN ARRRGGGHHHH!!!" :cry:
Thank you for your reply, Lettie, but wow...talk about conflicting information! We regularly re-apply for Schengens whilst the old ones are still valid (because they only give domestic workers 3 x month validity) and have never had a problem.
However after doing a bit of Googling it's apparent that as the rules regarding Schengen are "not harmonized" yet, different countries have different rules AND different immigration/passport control agents enforce those rules differently.
For example one couple said they got fined somewhere when exiting the Schengen area on an expired visa (despite, like my example, they did actually enter Schengen on a valid visa) but one guy is saying in Amsterdam they were more "laid back" and didn't fine him or even query him on the fact that he was exiting Schengen (returning back to UK) on an expired visa.
So, I guess it's just pot luck! I'll be reapplying for their visas just in case though.. *sigh*
We have 2 x staff members with multiple entry Schengen visas that expire on 31 JUL 2016.
They need to travel to France and Spain on 10 JUL 2016, returning to UAE 31 AUG 2016.
Am I correct in saying that even though a portion of their time in the Schengen area will be after their expiry date (31 JUL), the fact that they entered the Schengen area (10 JUL) i.e. before their expiry date, means they will be fine if they need to cross from France to Spain or vice versa.
When I speak to the VFS/Schengen helpline people they basically reply with stock answers that don't help, or they just can't answer me at all. Earlier this morning one of the agents actually said "We don't know the consequences of this scenario" What? You're the Schengen visa helpline! How do you not know the answer to this question?
Anyway, does anyone have an experience of this?
We've lived in The Greens for 3 x years and we love it and have never felt a need or want to move. Yes, it's one of the more expensive areas in Dubai (compared to like JVT etc) but it's worth it.
It's green, clean, got a nice lake, shops, salons, eateries, close to SZR, and the best part, it's animal friendly! :) So lots of [mainly neutered'> cats around and people taking their dogs for walks.
Good evening ladies,
I've been after one of those swanky Hollywood style vanity mirrors for a while now - the one with the light bulbs framing the mirror. Does anyone know where I can buy one from?
Online they're all £250 - £300!! :cry: Srsly! That's a lot, right? :confused:
I thought maybe I could build/make one myself but after watching a few YouTube videos it's waaaay beyond my capabilities.
It's time like these I wish I had a "handy" person in my circle of friends!
Anyway, has anyone ever seen them in the shops?
Yeah I was pretty miffed when they deleted my account just because I unsubscribed from their [annoying'> mailing list. Have never come across this stipulation with any of the forums I've ever used. Will take your advice and mark them as junk or set to automatically delete.
Sorry, I should have mentioned that yes, I know you can buy them in the UK, but as with a lot of things, my Mum is CONVINCED that everything from Dubai is of better quality, so she wanted me to bring her some back.
To be honest, I'd have to agree. The light pink, verging on white, pomegranate kernels you see in some UK purchased pomegranates, pales in comparison to the the ever consistent dark ruby red of the Dubai ones!
Leaving for UK soon and my mum is desperate for me to bring her back 8 - 10 pomegranates.
Anyone know if there are any restrictions on taking fruit back to UK? They'd be in my suitcase in the hold, of course. Not in my hand luggage.
CatWoman999 Forgive me for being so blunt but you've got to be mad to go ahead with this bloke if he's not prepared to show you his work :\: What's he hiding?! A good surgeon would be more than pleased to show off his portfolio of work.
How did he refuse to show you? What did he say exactly?
Nope, it depends whether you get 30 calendar days holiday or 22 working days as holiday. if it's calendar days, the weekends are counted. if it's working days, then they aren't.
This is how I used to get 'extra' holiday days, because I'd book my leave from the Sunday, returning on the Thursday, so I'd get 9 days holiday and only have 5 deducted.:cool:
Yes, I get 30 calendar days holiday so I guess that's why my weekends are counted...:(
Thanks for the replies everyone!
Also, 1 more question - Thursday 05 May will be a UAE national holiday (Al Isra'a Wal Mi’raj - Ascension day) Apparently that day is not deducted from the 10 leave days, and I also don't get it back as a day-in-lieu. Is that right?
I've been in Dubai 3 years now and I still don't understand this rule : ( I keep hearing different things from different people.
Basically, I thought the rule was that if you are on leave/away from work both the Thursday and the Sunday, THAT is when they count the weekend as leave.
But if you are away on the Thursday, yes, but returning to work Sunday, then they don't count that weekend as holiday.
Is that not right? Can someone explain this rule to me once and for all in layman's terms?
Just FYI my dates of going away are Thursday 28 April (i.e. I'm at work on the Wednesday, but not at work the Thursday), returning to work Sunday 08 May, and they're saying they will take 10 days leave from me, not 8.
Home is England!!! :heart: :heart: :heart: I love and miss her terribly and can't wait to get back :)
But that doesn't mean I don't like living in Dubai. I like Dubai a lot. I just miss so many things about home - the UK.
Can someone please confirm that last 4 digits of the Dubai Housekeeping mobile tel? I'm messaging with someone with tel ending 5620. Just want to make sure they're the Dubai Housekeeping everyone is recommending :)
I was on Roaccutane for a few months and didn't notice any weight gain :-/ Only thing that was unavaoidable was the painful chapped lips :( No matter how many balms and whatever I tried, they were always cracked and bleeding. That's why I stopped the treatment to be honest.
Boss birthday tomorrow and would like to get a cake in for the office with his pic printed on it.
Unfortunately Spinneys near my work (the big Spinneys on Al Wasl road) their machine is broken. Does anyone know of anywhere else I can get this done? Somewhere on Al Wasl road or Beach road maybe?
These white sandy beach havens - how do you choose which one to go to?
Apart from the flight time, I'd like to know what other factors separate each of these places from each other by people who have actually been.
People, food, atmosphere.. What are they all like? And please point out any other obvious "what sandy beach" I have missed from my mini list of 3.
Is there a sandwich shop out there that supplies UK-esque sandwich fillings? Yes, I'm talking mature cheddar cheese and Branston pickle on thick white door stop bread :biggrin: That sort of thing.
Every lunch time I fantasise about heading on down to a sandwich shop like the ones I used to go to in the U.K. Choosing a cheese topped roll, or a baguette, then staring up at the huge blackboard full of ingredients to choose from, ordering, then throwing a bag of Monster Munch and a KitKat bar on the counter to go with it.
Hasn't some kind soul brought this concept to Dubai yet? If so, where?
Thanks for the replies! Unfortunately I didn't see them before I rushed to World of Pens in Town Center as MrsMozz's suggestion. Such a great selection! Was there for ages. Picking up the pen later this afternoon. Really really wished I got "Thank you" engraved instead of initials and dates :( Oh well. I'm sure he'll still like it.
The in house lawyer who has worked for the company since 1989 will work his last day tomorrow before retiring.
I'd like to get him a goodbye present and have asked my boss and he said "Yeah, fine, whatever, just let me know how much it is" (he's not really the sentimental type...)
Anyway, what should I get him? He's of Pakistani nationality. I was thinking a nice pen with his initials engraved on the clip, and maybe also the years he has worked here i.e. 1989 - 2016.
But where can i buy a nice pen? Mont Blanc is too high end (read: Pricey!) and Parker is a bit too low end. Is there a brand somewhere in the middle? Or does anyone have any other ideas what I can get him?
From the gotoursdubai.com website:
"Hatta border open and 35AED to exit / Tue 01 2016.
Contrary to media news reports, Hatta border is NOT closed. The border is very much alive and kicking. New rules mean that anyone exiting from any of the UAE borders by road must pay 35AED. This is in addition to the 50AED required for the Oman visa for people who are doing Visa Runs.
There are also news articles suggesting that Visa Runs are "No More". This is also not true, because we have trips going every day successfully."
I was told by the headteacher of the school my boss's kids go to, to not bother signing it as it's still only a draft at this stage. She also kind said that it's not exactly "essential" that parents sign it...? :confused:
Loads of quirky and funny cards at 'Typo' at Me'aisem City Centre Mall. But I totally feel your pain about how pathetic the card selection here in this country is... Why?! How can so many big Hallmark shops have such rubbish cards? The ones in the Tesco petrol station (back home) even had a bigger/better selection, haha!
My husband's words:
"Flowershop.ae [aka theflowershop.ae'>
Hands down the best. From start to finish, just the best. Range and quality of product, ease of purchase and ease of delivery. From the moment you visit the website you'll see that it's a great company that do things properly"