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WELCOME TO DUBAI, UAE

Induction Handbook

CONTENTS
CEO Messages

Overview

Cultural Dos and Donts

Where to Live

Household Bills

11

Banking

12

Transportation

14

Schools, Nurseries and Universities

16

House Staff

18

Visas

19

Hospitals, Clinics and Doctors

21

Kids Entertainment

22

Online Information

24

Shopping Malls

25

Tourist Attractions

26

Basic Arabic Phrases

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CARE OF ALL YOUR RELOCATION NEEDS

Relocating to the Middle East can often prove demanding, costly and very time consuming. Processes and
procedures are found to be very different to most other countries, and finding yourself in a strange place
with little support and local knowledge can not only be stressful for you, but also have an impact on your
familys happiness and wellbeing... thats why choosing the right relocation company is paramount.
RelocateMe provides an extensive personal relocation service for expat families and business executives.
We recognise each person has their own specific requirements, and thats why our relocation package options
have been carefully designed to provide you with our full support on every aspect of your domestic relocation.
As well as much more, we offer assistance with housing, schools & education, visas, healthcare,
departure services, trade services and business relocation advice.
So whatever you want to know about your Middle East Relocation... just get in touch!

Discuss how we can support you today by calling


+971 4 455 8612 or +971 55 885 0626 or email info@relocateme.ae

Relax, your job search


is in good hands

Such an important commodity when you are seeking


opportunity on the other side of the world
There are so many unconscious rules, standards and behaviours
in every society that we conform to and apply without even
realizing we are doing it. So when you dont know the rules of a
new country being able to trust the recruitment partner you
choose is more important than ever.

The Gulf Recruitment Group is that partner


This is a firm where some thought has gone into what our clients
and candidates really want, and how best to deliver those
services in the Gulf Region.
The result is a company that employs the best talent, embraces
the best technology, enjoys old fashioned relationships and takes
pride in delivering a truly refreshing customer experience. We
know that trust is the first step in a long term relationship and if
you want to see how we build it simply visit:
www.thegulfrecruitmentgroup.com/ethics

Financial

Human Resources

Legal

Marketing

Remote Site Services

Sales

Supply Chain

Dubai is a
magnificent
city. Its diversity
attracts people
from all over the
world looking
for exciting new
opportunities.

Having arrived in Dubai alone and starting a new job in


unfamiliar surroundings, I know only too well what its like to
relocate the hard way! I remember renting my first car and
being thoroughly puzzled by the road system and even more so
by the endless processes and procedures I was faced with.
Dubai is a magnificent city. Its diversity attracts people from all
over the world looking for exciting new opportunities but often
expatriates do not realize just how different it is to their home
country and are frequently disheartened when having to face
these challenges alone.
After years of working in the UAE and myself being frustrated
with Dubais incessantly changing processes, I decided to
use my knowledge and experience to help others in assisting
hundreds of families in relocating to the region. At RelocateMe,
we are fortunate enough to work with some of UAEs largest
corporates as well as individual families from all over the world,
providing on-ground relocation services and maintaining high
international service standards.
Unfortunately not everyone has the luxury of using an
experienced relocation company such as ours and for this
reason we have decided to provide, in partnership with The Gulf
Recruitment Group, our detailed information pack to welcome
you into the country and to help ease and smooth the pain of
the relocation process for your family.
RelocateMe wish you the best of luck in discovering the
wonders of the Middle East!

Victoria Moss
Chief Executive Officer
RelocateME

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WELCOME to Dubai, UAE

We want to help
make those first
few months as
simple as possible
for you.

I still remember the first few months of moving to Dubai


from the UK as a heady mix of excitement coupled with
utter bewilderment. In between time spent in the office
getting stuck into a great new work challenge, and a childlike
excitement outside of the office enjoying the endless amount
of fun that Dubai has to offer, I really didnt make enough
time to get to grips with the alien process of how organise the
necessities of life here.
Dubai can be a confusing place for newcomers; and many will at
some point spend hours in the wrong queue at the wrong place
at the wrong end of town. Things can work differently here
than at home; for example I personally am still dazzled by the
divine importance placed here on the humble rubber stamp.
It is for this reason we at the Gulf Recruitment Group, in
cooperation with our partners at RelocateME, have put this
document together to help make those first few months as
simple as possible so you can spend more time getting stuck
into the sharp end of your new life as an expat living in Dubai.
We have had the honour of finding new careers in the Gulf
region for senior executives from nearly every corner of the
globe, and the one common phenomenon about all those
seeking out a role outside the familiarity of their home country
is an energy, curiosity and ambition that makes the diverse
communities here in the Gulf such a pleasure to live and work
amongst.
I am sure it is those very qualities that will also, with the help
of this guide, make light work of getting your new life here
efficiently organised and officially approved, or perhaps even
rubber stamped.

Toby Simpson
Managing Director
The Gulf Recruitment Group

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Overview
Located in the heart of the Middle East, the United
Arab Emirates (UAE) is home to more than 150
nationalities. The formation of the UAE came after
the discovery of huge oil reserve in Abu Dhabi in
1958. The UAE is considered the second richest
Arab country with fewer than 10% of the worlds
proven oil reserves and the fourth largest natural
gas reserves.

While proud and protective of its Islamic culture,


the UAE is also one of the most progressive,
cosmopolitan and open-minded countries in the
region. From the brash metropolis of Dubai to the
desert wilderness of the Empty Quarter, its many
landscapes lie waiting to be explored. Whether
youre new to this remarkable land or have been
living here for years, theres always something new
to discover.

Location
The United Arab Emirates is situated on the eastern
side of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering Saudi Arabia
and the Sultanate of Oman. The country comprises
seven emirates Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah,
Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. Abu
Dhabi is by far the largest emirate, occupying over
80% of the country with the emirate of Dubai
the second largest, although they have similar
populations.

Ras al-Khaimah
Umm al Quain
Ajman
Sharjah
Dubai

Qatar

Fujairah

Abu Dhabi

United Arab
Emirates

Oman

Saudi Arabia

UAE national flag

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Overview

DUBAI CLIMATE
Dubai has a subtropical and arid climate. Sunny
blues skies and high temperatures can be expected
most of the year. Rain falls on an average of only
25 days per year, mainly in winter (December
to March). It rarely rains very heavily or for long
periods.
Temperatures range from a low of around 10c
(50f) in winter to a high of 48c (118f) in summer.

Humidity is usually between 50% and 65%;


however, when combined with the high summer
temperatures, even 60% humidity can produce
extremely uncomfortable conditions. The most
pleasant time is in the cooler winter months, when
temperatures are perfect for comfortable days on
the beach and long, lingering evenings outside.

Weather averages for dubai

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Avg. High C (F)

24.0
(75)

25.4
(78)

28.2
(83)

32.9
(91)

37.6
(100)

39.5
(103)

40.8
(105)

41.3
(106)

38.9
(102)

35.4
(96)

30.5
(87)

26.2
(79)

Avg. Low C (F)

14.3
(58)

15.4
(60)

17.6
(64)

20.8
(69)

24.6
(76)

27.2
(81)

29.9
(86)

30.2
(86)

27.5
(82)

23.9
(75)

19.9
(68)

16.3
(61)

Rain mm (inches)

15.6
(0.6)

25.0
(1)

21.0
(0.8)

07.0
(0.3)

00.4
(0)

00.0
(0)

00.8
(0)

00.0 (0)

00.0
(0)

01.2
(0)

02.7
(0.1)

14.9
(0.6)

CULTURE
The UAE has managed to establish a healthy
balance between western influences and eastern
traditions. The country has continued to uphold
its strong cultural roots while at the same time
continuing to become progressively modern and
cosmopolitan, reinforcing an open-minded and
liberal outlook.
When you first arrive you may find aspects of
the local culture seem strange to you. Take
time to observe and understand before you
pass judgment; youll soon realize that the many
different nationalities living here make it a
sometimes frustrating but ultimately fascinating
city.

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Overview

RELIGION
Islam is more than just a religion; it is a way of
life that governs even mundane everyday events,
from what to wear to what to eat and drink.
Therefore, the culture and heritage of the UAE is
closely linked to its religion. However, the UAE
is tolerant and welcoming; foreigners are free
to practice their own religion, alcohol is served
in hotels and the dress code is liberal. Women
face little discrimination and, contrary to the
policies of neighbouring Saudi Arabia, are able to
drive and walk around unescorted and with hair
uncovered.

LANGUAGE
The official language of the UAE is Arabic. However,
English, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Tagalog, Russian and
Farsi are commonly spoken.
Arabic is the official business language, but English is
so widely used that you could conduct business here
for years without learning a single world of Arabic.
Most road signs, shop signs and restaurant menus
are in both languages. The further out of town you
go, the more you will find just Arabic, both spoken
and on street and shop signs.

CURRENCY
The United Arab Emirates currency is called the
Dirham. Arab Emirate Dirham (Dhs or AED) 100
Fils = 1 Dirhams. The UAE dirham is pegged to the
US Dollar, with a constant conversion rate of 3.67.
It is important to be aware that there are no
restrictions on import or export of currency in the
UAE.

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CulturAL dos & donts


Be mindful of the following dos and donts - by showing respect for local customs
and traditions you will not cause offence and ultimately settle in more easily.

FEMALE ATTIRE
While beachwear is fine on the beach, you should dress a little more
conservatively when out and about in public places. If in doubt, ensuring that
your shoulders and knees are covered is a safe bet. The said, when out at bars
and clubs in the evening, a little more exposure is considered acceptable. A
pashmina is always useful for the journey home or in case the air conditioning is
strong.

No kissing in public

Do not hold hands


in public

Avoid pants
above knees

Avoid shirts revealing


shoulders

No drinking alcohol
in public

No drugs allowed

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE
Business meetings in the region will usually start with introductions and small
talk before anyone actually gets down to business. Business cards are always
exchanged and you should treat them with respect as an extension of the
person who gives one to you. Punctuality to meetings is important and arriving
late is considered to be very bad manner. However, it is important not to
assume that your meeting will start at the scheduled time or that once started
it will not be interrupted.

PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION


There are strict guidelines to follow and anything more than an innocent peck
on the cheek will not only get you disapproving looks from passersby but also
can ultimately lead to police action.

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Cultural dos and donts

PHOTOGRAPHY
Dubai is full of snap-worthy sights and
normal tourist photography is fine. However,
it is courteous to seek permission before
photographing people, particularly women and
children. As a general rule of thumb, photos of
official, government and military buildings should
not be taken.

MEETING PEOPLE
Long handshakes, kisses and warm greetings are common when
meeting people in the Middle East. Its normal to shake hands with
people when you are introduced to them, although if you are meeting
someone of the opposite sex, be aware that a handshake may not
always be welcome. Its best to take your cue from the other person
and not offer your hand unless they first offer theirs. Its polite to send
greetings to a persons family, but can be considered rude to enquire
directly about someones wife, sister or daughter. You may see men
greeting each other with a nose kiss; this is a customary greeting in the
Gulf region but is only used between close friends and associates and
you should not attempt to greet someone in this way.

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GOING OUT
Dubai has a good variety of nightlife and
alcohol is widely available in hotel bars,
pubs and clubs. However, it is important
to remember that you are in a Muslim
country and any drunken or lewd behavior is
considered very disrespectful and can also
lead to police action in the form of a fine,
arrest and/or detention.

WELCOME to Dubai, UAE

Where to live
Whether you are looking to rent a room or buy a villa, the following information will help point you in the right direction.

APART-HOTELS

Apart-hotels in various Dubai locations

A great option for when you first relocate,


apart-hotels provide all the comforts of a
home, including a fully-fitted kitchen with
appliances. You can get your bearings,
receive your visa and set up bank accounts
before you commit to a years rent in a
place of your own.

BUYING
If buying a property is the option for you,
acquire the services of a professional. The
below are good/reputable house hunting
firms to contact.

RENTING
The most common way to rent an
apartment/villa/room in Dubai is to search
the website Dubizzle
www.dubizzle.com Here you will find
every location, every size and every
budget is catered for.

APART-HOTEL

LOCATION

WEBSITE

Comfort Inn Hotel Apart

Tecom, Al Barsha

www.comfortinnha.com

Grand Midwest Express

Discovery Garden,
Jebel Ali

www.grandmidwest.com/
GrandMidwest_Express.html

Grand Midwest Tower

Media City

www.grandmidwest.com/
GrandMidwest_Tower.html

Grand Midwest Bur Dubai

Bur Dubai

www.grandmidwest.com/
GrandMidwest_Burdubai.html

Golden Sands Hotel Apart

Bur Dubai

www.goldensandsdubai.com

Reputable REAL ESTATE firms

Company

Telephone
number

Website

Better Homes

+971 600 52 2212

www.bhomes.com

Cluttons

+971 (0)4 334 8585

www.cluttons.com/dubai

Coldwell Banker

+971 (0)4 439 1234

www.coldwellbanker-ae.com

Hamptons

+971 (0)4 366 1662

www.hamptons.ae

House Hunters

+971 (0)4 434 1940

www.househuntersdubai.com

Most landlords ask for one years rent


in advance, however you can usually
negotiate to spread payments over two or
three cheques.
You will also have to pay a security
deposit (refundable) and agent fees are
also paid by the renter rather than the
landlord.

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WHERE TO LIVE

POPULAR RESIDENTIAL AREAS

Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR): Situated on the beach


front with Dubai Marina behind it.

Jebel Ali/Discovery Gardens/The Gardens:


The furthest point in Dubai to live before moving in to Abu
Dhabi and popular with Indian expats, this area comprises
medium-sized apartment blocks and a small community of villas.
Geant Mall can be found here as can a number of British and
Indian curriculum schools.

Jumeirah Lake Towers: A high rise development directly


behind Jumeriah Beach Residence, on the other side of the
Sheik Zayed Road, slightly more affordable than on the beach.

The Palm Jumeirah: The wonder that is the palm is home


to medium-rise apartment blocks that adorn the shoreline, and
luxurious villas with private pools and private beach area.

The Springs/Meadows: A villa community which hosts


international schools, shopping malls, gyms, and mosques.
Anything from a 2 6 bedroom Villa can be found here with
private pools or shared. The Springs is the cheaper end of the
scale with the Meadows being a fair bit pricier.

Al Barsha: In the middle of Dubai next to Emirates Mall is AlBarsha, with office blocks and residential apartment blocks.

Dubai Marina: Lots of high rise apartments overlooking the


marina. This is a district in the heart of what has become known
as new Dubai.

Tecom/The Greens: Just up the road from Al Barsha you will


find Tecom/The Greens, medium-rise apartment blocks near the
metro line.

The Lakes: Adjacent to the Springs and Meadows. The Lakes is


another Villa community comparable to the Meadows in size of
property and price. It boasts an upper-class health and wellness
club and nursery school.

Media City: Mainly a business area, but villas and apartments


can be found here. Very close to the Marina and metro lines.
Umm Sequeim: Older villa compounds can be found here,
with size out weighing up-to-date amenities. Many have shared
pools within small communities in the heart of Dubai, near
schools and the beach.

Jumeirah Islands: A beautiful villa complex built over an


abundance of lakes, the villas sit in cul-de-sacs and all boast
private pools.

Jumeirah: This area runs from the middle of Dubai to the end
by the Flag pole, lots of expat compounds will be found here
with villa accommodation offered.

Emirates Hills: Another beautiful villa complex next to


Jumeirah Islands and the Lakes, backing on to the Montgomerie
Golf Course. These detached 4+ bedroom and private pool villas
are luxury as you have never seen it before.

Business Bay: A new and modern high-rise apartment block

AVERAGE Current Rental Prices - july 2012 (All prices quoted in AED)

One Bed
APT.

Location

Two Bed
APT.

Three Bed
APT.

Marina

70k

90k

130k

Jumeirah Lake Towers

60k

85k

110k

The Greens

65k

90k

120k

TECOM

55k

75k

90k

Downtown

70k

110k

200k

Business Bay

60k

85k

110k

Palm Jumeriah

90k

110k

160k

Mirdif

45k

65k

95k

Villa 3 bed

Villa 4 bed

380k

450k

95k

130k

Springs/Meadows

140k

250k

Arabian Ranches

155k

280k

Jumeirah Islands

350k

Emirates Hills

700k

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WHERE TO LIVE

area off Sheik Zayed Road, reaching up to the Dubai Mall.


Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC): In the
heart of the financial business district, luxurious apartments to
be rented.
Sheik Zayed Road: The road that stretches the whole length
of Dubai boasts apartments for rent, but can be hit and miss
and potentially noisy.
Old Town: A beautiful Arabian-style low-rise apartment block
neighborhood, slightly smaller apartments that in other parts
of Dubai but in an amazing location next to the Dubai Mall, Burj
Khalifa and boasting beautiful pools.
A more modern part of Old Town has recently been developed
The Lofts, great location with amazing views of the Dubai Mall
fountains. Very close for commuting to the DIFC, DAFZA.
Mirdiff: Original Dubai up near Dubai airport, villas can be
found here at affordable prices for all the family as well as
newly built apartment blocks. Mirdiff boasts international
schools, a mall, shopping centres, restaurants and is very close
to the popular Irish Village (pubs).

by Emirates Road, with Spanish-style modern town houses and


many more styles of villas inside their own compounds. There
is also a British curriculum school, medical centre, golf course,
shopping centre and many restaurants in the area.
Motor City: Just across the road from Arabian Ranches
on Emirates Road is the racing autodrome with laser tag and
indoor/outdoor go karting. A high street with shops and
restaurants, with apartments above and behind off cobbled
streets. Further down you will find Green Community Motor
City which has a bungalow-style villa compound and lake
apartments.
Victory Heights/Sport City: Through Motor City you
reach Victory Heights, another villa complex purely made up
of town houses. Sports City is adjacent with a variety of villas
and apartments. Two golf clubs can be found here, plus the
cricket stadium and flood lit rugby and football grounds, plus an
American curriculum school.
Dubai Silicon Oasis: Further out near the universities you
will find Dubai Silicon Oasis, home to villa complexes that house
the Emirates Airline Pilots, many office blocks and residential
apartments, this area is still being developed and a car would
certainly be needed if you chose to live here.

Arabian Ranches: A villa complex covering a vast area out

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Household Bills
ELECTRICITY, WATER & AIR CONDITIONING - DEWA
Electricity and Water are through DEWA www.dewa.gov.ae. Estate agencies can
normally organise this for you for a small additional charge.

INTERNET, TV & PHONE - DU & ETISALAT


All 3 services are provided by 2 organizations, Du or Etisalat. Prices are similar
and are approximately 550AED per month for a reasonably wide ranging
satellite package, landline and internet.
www.etisalat.ae seen as a more consistent and quality provider
www.du.ae seen as offering better deals

MOBILE PHONES
Etisalat and DU are also the only 2 providers in the region for mobile phone
packages. Most commonly used is pay as you go, followed by post paid
packages.
Pay as you go
Acquiring a Sim is easy and can be done at any of the Etisalat or Du kiosks or
shops, located in all major malls and business centres. You can buy top ups
from petrol stations, supermarkets and Etisalat and Du direct. There are many
places to purchase re-charge cards.
Post Paid
You will need your passport and visa copy to open up a post paid account with
either Etisalat or Du. Many packages will offer phones at reduced prices or
free. There are a variety of packages ranging from 29AED a month +, offering
inclusive minutes, text bundles, data etc.

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Banking
The UAE has a thriving banking industry with a wide variety of banks to choose from. The UAE Central
Bank has a well developed regulatory framework and banks in the UAE are generally seen globally as very
safe and predictable, with broad and modern banking facilities. The banking market did suffer significantly
in the downturn, but banks are generally well capitalised and during the Arab Spring were usually the first
port of call for foreign capital seeking a safe haven in the storm.

SHARIAH BANKING (ISLAMIC BANKING)


Shariah banking is a form of banking that
applies Islamic values to modern banking
practices. One of the key aspects of Shariah
Banking is that interest is deemed to be unIslamic (similarly, usury was seen as un-Christian
for a long time), and products are structured to
return or charge profit rather than interest.
This is a system similar to mutual funds in
the West and works in much the same way
as conventional banking, but with different
terminology.

CREDIT CARDS
Interest rates on credit cards in the UAE are
extortionate at anywhere between 2.5% to
3.5% per month (34.5% to 51% APR), so should
not be used for borrowing, but simply as
payment mechanisms. Due to the huge profit
made on these cards the reward points can be
quite rewarding.
Options Include:
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Lower interest: Arab Bank (2%) and


Emirates NBD (2.19%)

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Air miles: Emirates Islamic Bank (Emirates),


Emirates NBD (Emirates), ADCB (Etihad)

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Other Offers: RAK (cash back), Barclaycard


(golf)

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MORTGAGES & LOANS


Mortgage and loan rates
are much more reasonable
with banks financing 70-85%
of property values at rates
between 5-6.5%. Personal loans
and car loans will vary between
6 and 12%.

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Documents needed to
open a bank account
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Passport

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NOC letter from Employer


stamped and signed

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Salary Certificate from


Employer stamped and signed

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BANKING

BANKS TO LOOK OUT FOR


RAK Bank
A strong management team and known for good customer service, a good
range of products and good value for money.
Awards: Ethos Consultancy Best Overall Bank 2010, Best Branches 2010, Best
Website 2010, Most highly recommended bank 2010

Lloyds TSB
An extension of the well-known British bank and popular with many British
expats. It also offers offshore banking services as standard, but has recently
been taken over in the Middle East by HSBC so changes may be on the horizon.
Awards: Ethos Consultancy Best International Bank 2011

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank


An Islamic Bank that has grown its product offerings and branch network
rapidly over the past few years. The bank has performed well and is generally
seen as fairly progressive and customer friendly.
Awards: Ethos Consultancy Best Islamic Bank 2011, Best Call Centre
Performance 2010, Most Improved Bank 2010

Emirates NBD
The biggest bank in the region, formed by the merger of Emirates Bank and
National Bank of Dubai. It has worked hard at integrating the two banks and
creating a world-class global banking service. Recent management changes
have also been seen as positive. They have a strong branch network and a good
range of banking services and products with good pricing.
Awards: Ethos Consultancy Best Large Bank

United Arab Bank


A well performing bank that has captured market share for its competitive
pricing and innovative mortgage and loan products. A smaller bank than many
others, and largely corporate banking focused, but well thought out.
Awards: The Banker Best UAE Bank 2011

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TRANSPORTATION
RENTING OR BUYING A CAR
Driving is on the right and the vast majority of cars are automatic.
It is illegal to drive a car without a UAE driving license if you entered the
country on an employment visa or have a residence visa.
You need to be a resident to purchase and insure a vehicle. Insurance is
generally 4-5% of the car value.
If you want to drive immediately, you can get a hire/lease car, just ensure you
have your home country driving license (the photo version).
www.budget-uae.com
www.thriftyuae.com
www.discountcardubai.com
The usual international rental agencies all have offices here and there are
also a number of local companies. Do shop around.

DRIVING LICENSE
You will require a residents visa to get a full Dubai license. You can get
issued these at any RTA in Dubai.
Not all countrys driving licences are recognised in Dubai. If yours is not
eligible for conversion, you will need to take a minimum of 20 lessons (exact
number dependent on how long youve had your home countrys license) and
a test.
www.dubai.ae/en/Lists/HowToGuide/DispForm.aspx?ID=3

Documents needed
uu

Passport

uu

Visa

uu

No Objection Certificate (NOC) for a


driving license from your employer

Driving Schools in Dubai

Company

Branches

Telephone
number

Website

Al Ahli Driving School

10 branches

+971 (0)4 341 1500

www.alahlidubai.ae

Belhasa Driving School

18 branches

+971 (0)4 324 3535

www.bdc.ae

Dubai Driving Center

13 branches

+971 (0)4 345 5855

www.dubaidrivingcenter.net

Emirates Driving Institute

53 branches and mall counters

+971 (0)4 263 1100

www.edi-uae.com

Galadari Driving School

14 branches

+971 (0)4 267 6166

www.gmdc.ae

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TRANSPORTATION

SALIK - ROAD TAX


The Sheikh Zayed Road has toll bridges, which charge 4AED
each time you pass under them. When purchasing a car you
automatically have to sign up for your salik card and re-charge credit
can be bought in petrol stations, supermarkets etc. If you hire a car
they come already with the salik tag and the hire company will add
Salik charges to your end of month payment.

DUBAI TAXIS
Taxis are plentiful, regulated and relatively cheap.

DUBAI METRO
Overland train system that runs from Jebel Ali to Dubai Airport. You
can buy red/blue/silver/gold cards or pay as you go, prices vary from
2AED to 11AED.
www.dubaimetro.eu

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Schools, Nurseries and


universities
Dubai offers a vast range of
International schools providing children
with the best education in a homefrom-home environment. English,
American, Australian, Indian and more
curriculums are catered for.

USEFUL WEBSITES
uu

A comprehensive list of schools:


www.dubaifaqs.com/schools-dubai.php

* Prices are indicative only. Please



enquire directly with the institution.

uu

A full list of universities in Dubai:


www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_and_colleges_in_Dubai

NURSERIES IN DUBAI

Institute

GRADES

CURRICULUM

PRICE P/A
(aed) *
21,900 - 40,275

Website

Blossom Nursery

Nursery

UK

British Orchard Nursery

Nursery

UK

www.theblossomnursery.com

Building Blocks

Nursery

UK

22,000 - 40,000

www.building-blocks.ae

Childrens Garden Dubai

Nursery

UK/French/German

17,800 - 34,600

www.childrensgarden.ae

Crystal Valley Nursery

Nursery

UK/NZ

13,500 - 28,500

www.crystalvalleynursery.com

Emirates British Nursery

Nursery

UK

25,000 - 40,000

www.emiratesbritishnursery.com

www.britishorchardnursery.com

Primary & Secondary schools IN DUBAI

Institute

GRADES

CURRICULUM

PRICE P/A
(aed) *

Website

American International School

K-12

US/Canadian/Arabic

12,020 - 20,120

www.aisch.net

American School of Dubai

K-12

US

45,000 - 70,720

www.asdubai.org

Australian International School


Sharjah

K-12

Australian

Bradenton Prep Academy

K-12

US

30,000 - 70,790

www.bradentonprepdubai.com

Cambridge Inter School Dubai

K-12

UK

13,456 - 18,270

www.gemscis-garhoud.com

Choueifat Dubai

K-12

Choueifat/UK/US

15,000 - 29,700

www.iscuae-sabis.net

Delli Private School Dubai

K-12

Indian

8,100 - 11,340

www.dpsdubai.com/DPSDubai

Dubai College

Secondary

UK

60,318 - 68,304

www.dubaicollege.org

Dubai British School

K-12

UK

35,400 - 53,100

www.dubaibritishschool.ae

Dubai English Speaking School

Primary

UK

32,880

www.dessdxb.com

Dubai English Speaking College

Secondary

UK

59,080 - 63,500

www.dessdxb.com

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www.ais.ae/index.cfm

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Schools, Nurseries and Universities

Primary & Secondary schools IN DUBAI

Institute

GRADES

CURRICULUM

PRICE P/A
(aed) *

Website

Emirates International School


Meadows

K-12

UK

22,050 - 65,400

www.eischools.ae/Meadows

Emirates International School


Jumeirah

K-12

UK/US

28,841 - 61,116

www.eischools.ae/jumeirah

GEMS World Academy

K-12

UK/US

53,000 - 92,000

www.gemsworldacademy-dubai.
com

Horizon School Dubai

Primary

UK

26,220 - 35,210

www.horizonschooldubai.com

Jebel Ali Primary School

Primary

UK

33,300

www.jebelalischool.org

JESS Arabian Ranches

K-12

UK

28,791 - 70,746

www.jessdubai.com

Jumeirah College

Secondary

UK

48,024 - 60,030

www.gemsjc.com

Jumeirah Primary School

Primary

UK

30,920 - 38,976

www.jpsdubai.com

Jumeirah English Speaking School

Primary

UK

28,791 - 36,087

www.jess.sch.ae

Jumeirah Baccalaureate School

K-12

International

50,000 - 65,000

www.jbschool.ae

JSS International School

Primary

Indian

12,750 - 20,400

www.jssisdubai.com

Kings School Dubai

Primary

UK

30,682 - 46,690

www.kingsdubai.com

Lycee Francais International Dubai

Primary

French

15,000 - 22,000

www.lfidb.net

Lycee Georges Pompidou Ecole


primaire Dubai

Primary

French

17,200 - 20,700

Lycee Libanais Francophone Prive

K-12

French

17,400 - 25,000

www.llfp.com/site/llfp.htm

Raffles International School

K-12

UK/US

25,000 - 70,000

www.rafflesis.com/main

Regent International School

K-12

UK

35,000 - 70,000

www.risdubai.com

Repton School

K-12

UK

42,500 - 90,000

www.reptondubai.org

Safa School

Primary

UK

20,832 - 30,912

www.safaschooldubai.com

Sharjah American School Dubai

K-12

Arabic/US

16,240 - 40,600

www.saisuae.com

Wellington International School

K-12

UK

33,249 - 72,335

www.
wellingtoninternationalschool.com

Wellington Primary School

Primary

UK

34,510 - 43,500

www.gemswps.com

Winchester School Dubai

K-12

Indian/UK

9,104 - 20,307

www.thewinchesterschool.com

UNIVERSITIES IN DUBAI

Institute

GRADES

CURRICULUM

PRICE P/A
(aed) *

Website

University of Wollongong

University

Australia

www.uowdubai.ac.ae

American University in Dubai

University

US

www.aud.edu

Heriot Watt University Dubai

University

UK

www.hw.ac.uk/dubai.htm

Murdoch University Dubai

University

Middlesex University Dubai

University

www.thegulfrecruitmentgroup.com

www.dubai.murdoch.edu.au
UK

www.relocateme.ae

www.mdx.ac

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House Staff
NANNIES / MAIDS
It is popular in Dubai to have live in maids/nannies to take care of
household chores and assist with childcare. Please note bachelors and
single women are not permitted to hire maids. It is usually the job of the
male within the family unit to sponsor the maid but females are also able
to.

Documents & cost involved


uu

Your passport and visa copy

It is easy to find maids already living in Dubai or you can relocate them
from Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Phillipines.

uu

Maids passport

uu

Tenancy contract in your name showing


you have 2 plus bedroom accommodation

uu

Salary certificate from your employer

uu

Labour contract from your employer

uu

4 passport photos of maid

uu

Deposit of 2000 AED is payable

uu

Plus the visa costs 5150AED for a 1 year


visa

uu

You must also pay for her to have a


medical, before the visa will be issued.

Be sure you have guidelines in place for what you wish them to do,
working days (usually 5 or 6 a week) hours anywhere between 6am-8pm
is normal with breaks throughout the day.
You must sponsor them and obtain a visa for them. You do this at the
Immigration office in Bur Dubai. This is a relatively easy process if you
have all the correct documentation otherwise it can be a lot of going
back and forth.
A salary must be agreed between yourselves and your maid and a
contract will be drawn up by Immigration, which both parties must sign.

DRIVERS
Many households
also employ drivers
(sometimes live in, with
visas process as above)
whose duties range
from driving to and from
work, out at weekends,
kids to clubs etc as well
as washing and general
maintenance of car.

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VISAS
To reside permanently in Dubai you require a visa, whether it is an employment or spousal visa.

EMPLOYMENT VISA
An Employment Visa is provided by
your employer. They are responsible for
processing all documentation and it is a
relatively pain-free process.

Documents Required

The process can take anywhere from 10


days to 6 weeks to process depending on
efficiency of the employer and workload of
Government Departments.

uu

Original passport

uu

8 x Passport photos

uu

Attested education certificates (not necessary, but required for


Manager-plus job titles)

SPOUSAL VISAS
If you have children and a wife/husband, you
are responsible for sponsoring this process,
which can be done once you have received
your own employment visa.
Go to the Immigration Department Building in
Bur Dubai. You must get all the forms typed in
the typing centre just outside the Immigration
Department. Adults will need a medical, also,
before a visa is issued.
A list of locations that can be visited for your
medical can be found at:
www.dha.gov.ae/EN/ServiceCatalogue/
eServices/MedicalFitness/Pages/
MedicalFitnessCenters.aspx

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Documents Required
uu

Your Passport and Visa copy

uu

Child/Wife/Husband Passport

uu

Attested Marriage
Certificate/Birth Certificate
(for children only)

uu

4 x passport photos

uu

Salary Certificate from your


employer

uu

Tenancy contract

uu

Typed document from

www.relocateme.ae

Typing centre, applying for


sponsorship (they will require
all the above documents to
issue the typed application)
uu

Cost for a spouse/child for


their first visa is around
1,100AED if they are not in
the country and you apply
it will be slightly cheaper
to bring them in with
paperwork.

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VISAS

ATTESTED DOCUMENTS
If you have education certificates/marriage
certificates/birth certificates, it is mandatory to
get them attested in your home country before
travelling to Dubai. Without these you will not be
able to sponsor your family. Without an attested
education certificate (the highest qualification you
have) you will not be able to receive a job title of
Manager level and above on your visa.

In some cases you can get attestation done in the


UAE, however they usually just post it all back
to your home country and this may take time,
meaning you will probably overstay your visit visa
and incur fines.

To get the documents attested go to your home


country embassy and also the UAE embassy before
travelling.

GETTING NEW PASSPORTS


Please apply direct to your own embassy in the
UAE and they will advise the process.

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Hospitals, Clinics and


dentists
A medical insurance policy is usually included
in employment package. Coverage can
vary from each employer, but is generally
comprehensive with only small charges for
doctor visits etc.
Some employers will extend this to family,
others wont, so would always advise double
checking.
Dentists and other medical practitioners are
plentiful in Dubai. Your medical insurance
package should detail which services are
covered and also indicate at which facilities
you can receive treatment.

SOME Hospitals and Clinics in Dubai

Telephone
number

Institute

Website

The Dubai Mall Medical Centre

+971 (0)4 449 5111

www.ehl.ae/PageContent.aspx?pageid=357&groupid=10

Welcare Clinic Ibn Battuta

+971 (0)4 440 9000

www.ehl.ae/PageContent.aspx?pageid=332&groupid=10

Welcare Hospital

+971 (0)4 282 7788

www.ehl.ae/WH/default.aspx

The City Hospital

+971 (0)4 435 9999

www.ehl.ae/thecityhospital/default.aspx

Welcare Clinic Mirdiff

+971 (0)4 288 1302

www.ehl.ae/WelcareClinicMirdif/default.aspx

Arabian Ranches Clinic

+971 (0)4 449 5111

www.ehl.ae/PageContent.aspx?pageid=359&groupid=10

Meadows Clinic

+971 (0)4 449 5111

www.ehl.ae/PageContent.aspx?pageid=358&groupid=10

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KIDS Entertainment
The list is endless - Below are a few favourites. For more ideas go to the
Time Out link:
www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/search/all-locations/551-activity-centre

Kidzania
Location: Dubai Mall
KidZania is an award-winning childrens edutainment concept, located in The
Dubai Mall. An 80,000 sqft interactive mini-city, KidZania combines play with
learning through a fun and innovative approach.
www.kidzania.ae/home.php

Magic Planet
Location: Mall of Emirates
Magic Planet is the largest indoor family entertainment centre in Dubai.
www.malloftheemirates.com/moe/En/MainMenu/ENTERTAINMENT/
MagicPlanet/tabid/83/Default.aspx

Magic Planet
Location: Mirdiff City Centre
Magic Planet is a destination where everyone is obsessed with fun. With lots
of rides, game and attractions Magic Planet is the perfect place to spend a funfilled day the entire family will enjoy.
www.theplaymania.com/gallery/magic-planet-mirdif-city-center

Sega World
Location: Dubai Mall
Explore five zones of entertainment for all ages at the first SEGA Republic
indoor theme park in the region. Enjoy 9 heart-stopping attractions and 250
amusement games spread over 2 levels of adrenaline and adventure.
www.thedubaimall.com/en/entertainment/entertainment-section/segarepublic-entertainment.html

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KIDS ENTERTAINMENT

Mini Monsters
Location: Sheik Zayed Road
Mini Monsters is a fun place for the entire family! The indoor play area has the
largest slide in the UAE and offers different themed play frames, party zones
and toddler zones for younger children. There is a caf where parents socialize
and meet with friends while the kids play.
www.minimonsters.ae

Favourite Things
Location: Dubai Marina Mall
Favourite Things Mother & Child is an innovative concept that puts a fresh face
on childrens edutainment and motherhood. Its a place where children can play,
while parents can either join in or relax, shop, meet friends and do all those
things they never have time to do.
www.favouritethings.com/4/the-play-area

Global Village
Location: Global Village, on emirates 311 Rd
An outdoor theme park off Emirates Road, open between November and
March, it offers cultural entertainment along with an international shopping
experience. Fairground rides, authentic handicrafts and merchandise from
different countries await you at the many national pavilions in Global Village.
www.globalvillage.ae

Mushrif Park
Location: mIRDIF
The park is set in 124 hectares and boasts many features including, swimming
pools, fountain and lakes, childrens play areas, train, camel and pony rides. A
special feature is the International Garden Area exhibiting miniature houses
from different countries. It is on Al Awir Road, past the Dubai International
Airport.
www.dubaicity.com/what_to_do_in_dubai/Park_dubai_mushrif.htm

Safa Park
Location: SAFA
Never did a name of any park in Dubai apply to its actual location, as does the
name of Al Safa Park. The complete serenity surrounding the park confirms
the rightness of the name. The park was opened in 1975 on one side of Sheikh
Zayed Road on a 64 hectares area.
www.dubaicity.com/what_to_do_in_dubai/Park_dubai_Al_safa.htm

Full list of parks in Dubai


www.timeoutdubai.com/aroundtown/search/all-locations/684-beaches-parks

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Online Information
EXPAT WOMEN
ExpatWoman is a privately owned site, launched in 2000 as a free service for women moving to, and living in
the region. It has helped tens of thousands of families relocate and happily settle into a new life in Dubai. The
site offers comprehensive city profiles, a monthly updated online magazine with daily updated news as comes
into us, and a variety of additional services including free Classified Ads, job listings, recipes, property listings
and a very busy events schedule offering some 500+ activities per annum across the region.
Joining this site, your email address will be added to the mailing list(s) of your choice, and we will keep you
updated with site news and activities. We are careful regarding the numbers of posts sent out to readers, and
we dont sell our mailing list.
ExpatWoman hosts several forum (fora!) as a service for readers to exchange advice with others interested in
life here. Whether youre looking for the opinions on schools or housing, or whether to bring your fridge will
your daughter be able to continue with dance lessons ? However big or small the query, thousands of people
look at these boards over the course of a month and somebody will be happy to help you.
www.expatwoman.com/dubai

Links to other Groups


www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/search/all-locations/554mother-baby-groups?order=name&dir=DESC
www.dubaimumsclub.com

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Shopping Malls
SUPERMARLETS
Grocery shopping in the major supermarkets is comparable to European
and North American cities. Some goods will be more expensive, some less,
but essentially there is not a huge difference for any financial calculations.
Waitrose, Spinneys and Choitrams all provide lots of western items and
pork products. Carrefour, LuLu and Al Maya sometimes work out a little
cheaper on certain items such as fruit and meat but do not always offer
pork produce.

Shopping Malls
Mall of the Emirates
www.malloftheemirates.com/moe/Default.
aspx
Dubai Mall
www.thedubaimall.com/en
Dubai Marina Mall
www.dubaimarinamall.com
Ibn Battuta Mall
www.ibnbattutamall.com

TAILORS
Location: Satwa
If you want a tailor made suit/skirt/dress, make your way to the area
in Dubai called Satwa. There you will find an abundance of tailors and
material shops. Just take along an outfit you want copied, or peruse the
next catalogue, and they will make you same same.
This can sometimes be hit and miss so go with recommendations whenever
you can. There are also tailors all over Dubai - prices vary as does quality.

Oasis Center
www.oasiscentremall.com/english/index.html
Wafi Mall
www.wafi.com
Mirdiff City Centre
www.mirdifcitycentre.com/mcc/Default.aspx

NIGHT MARKET
Location: Deira, Karama, festival promenade, marina walk
During the winter months Dubai comes alive at night with a variety of
markets, complete with souvenirs, clothing and entertainment. Naif market
in Deira and the Karama market operate all year round.

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Tourist Attractions
MOST POPULAR ATTRACTIONS IN DUBAI
uu

Visit Dubai Mall largest mall in the world

Social Life

uu

Go up the tallest building, Burj Khalifa (book online for cheaper tickets)
www.burjkhalifa.ae

uu

Watch the musical fountains outside the Dubai Mall at the Souk Al
Bahar from 6pm 10pm

On the TimeOut website you will find an


abundance of restaurants, hotels, brunches
and afternoon teas.

uu

Visit the Souk al Bahar whilst at Dubai Mall, and the willy wonka style
sweet shop and the aquarium

uu

Visit the Atlantis hotel on the Palm

uu

Have ice cream at the ice cream shop at the Atlantis hotel (either
called Marble Slab or cold stone) it is amazing and they usually throw
the ice cream around which is pretty fun to see

uu

Go to the Atlantis water park

uu

Nightclub at Atlantis - Sanctuary

uu

Go to the Mall of the Emirates

uu

Ski or just watch the skiers at the ski slope in the mall

uu

Visit the Madinat Jumeirah, its filled with lovely restaurants and little
shops, has a river where you can go on little gondolas. If you like Thai
food, eat at Pai Thai (you have to get a boat to the restaurant, very
cool). Tel: +971 (0)4 366 6730
www.timeoutdubai.com/restaurants/reviews/1439-p=ai-thai

uu

uu

Dinner round the Dubai Marina is nice as you


can look at all the yachts

uu

Watersports (Habtoor Hotel offers a wide range)


www.southtravels.com/middleeast/uae/
watersportsactivities/habtoorgrandresort

uu

Visit the Creek and take an Abraj boat ride or


visit the museums up by the embassy

uu

Go to Mirdiff City Centre Mall, it has a sky diving


wind tunnel

uu

Wild Wadi Water Park at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

uu

Have afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab 7* hotel,


or evening drinks in their sky bar.
Tel: +971 (0)4 301 7600
www.jumeirah.com/hotels-and-resorts/
destinations/dubai/burj-al-arab

If you like steak, eat at Seafire Atlantis or Gaucho in the DIFC


www.gauchorestaurants.co.uk/restaurants/restaurant.php?id=dubai
www.atlantisthepalm.com/restaurants/barsandrestaurants/
seafiresteakhouse.aspx

uu

www.timeoutdubai.com

Visit the Jumeirah Beach Residence The Walk filled with restaurants,
the beach shops, nice and chilled. Visit Mai Tai in Trader Vics
www.tradervics.com/locations/locations.html

uu

Go for drinks at the Radisson Harbour Hotel in the Marina on the 54th
floor at the Observatory happy hour between 7-10pm

uu

Drinks at the Grosvenor Hotel 44th floor bar is good for views too,
also in the Marina

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Basic Arabic
Provided below are a few phrases that will give you the basics. Locals and
Arabs in general will be particularly impressed that you have at least made
an effort to learn their language, and will score you some brownie points in
a business situation. We have deliberately tried to spell the worlds to help
you pronounce them correctly.

GREETINGS

GREETING

RESPONSE

Basic Words

ENGLISH

Arabic
Pronounced

Yes

Naam

No

La

Be my guest/my
pleasure

Itfudul

Please

Min fudluck

Whats up? Or
whats the matter?

Shoofi Mafi?

What?

Shoo?

What is this?

Shoo hada?

No problem

Mafi mushkilah

Later

Baadin

Now

Dilwaati
Ilyoum

Peace be upon you


Assalaam Alaikum

And peace be upon you


Wa Alaikum assalaam

Today
Tomorrow

Bukra

Hello
Marhabbah

Hello
Marhabbteen

See you tomorrow

Ashoofook bukra

Good morning
Sabah al khair

Good morning
Sabah al noor

Bring me some tea

Jebli shai

I dont know

Ma adhri

Good afternoon/evening
Massah al khair

Good afternoon/evening
Masah al noor

Its not my problem

Maa-i-khussni

Im lost!

Adatu tareeqi!

Thank you (very much)


Shukran (jaseelan) or Mushkoor

Youre welcome
Aafwaan

Come with me!

Taala/ taalay
(female) maee!

Welcome
Ahlan wa sahlan

Welcome to you
Ahlan beek (to a male)
Ahlan beech (to a female)
Ahlan beekum (to a group)
(This is usually used in
introductions)

I want to know

Areed areef

Can I help you

Mumken asaduq

Straight

Sida

Left

Yasar

Right

Yameen

I have

Andi

Excuse me

Affwaan

Yeah/ok

Aywa

Perfect

Tamaam

Its normal

Aadhi

Call me/talk to me

Kallemni

Of course

Tabaan

How much

Kam

Everything

Kull

Goodbye
Maasalaamah

Fi aman allah or
Maasalaamah

If Allah wishes
Inshallah
Example: Used in numerous
contexts. Youll send me the report
tomorrow? Inshallah.

This phrase is used in reference


to a future, since all things are at
Gods will. So if you say, see you
tomorrow, you might be replied
with Inshallah.

What Allah wishes


Maashallah

This is used when complimenting


something, usually in the context of
family or health

Congratulations
Mabrook

This is used in any congratulatory


context, more so than you would in
English.

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BASIC ARABIC

QUESTIONS

QUESTION

RESPONSE

Red

ahmar

What is your name?


Aysh ismuk

Ismi .
My name is ..

Do you speak English?


Titakellem ingleezi

I speak English
Atakullum inglieezi

Yellow

asfar

Do you know Arabic?


Terref arabi?

I dont speak Arabic


Ana la atakellem al arabi

Green

akhdar

Where are you from?


Inta min weyn?

Im from
Ana min

And you? Wa into?


How are you?
Keef haluk?
(sometimes shortened to Keefak)

England ingliterra
USA Umreeka
Australia Oostraaalia
UAE Al imaraaat

Praise be to Allah (well)


Al hamdu lillah (bi khair)
Alternative replies
I am fine, thank you
Ana bikhayr, shukran
Literally, where are you?
Weyn inta (But probably equivalent
to long time no see)

Whats your news?


Shu-ukhbaarak

Which you could reply to in the


normal way

Orange

Blue

bortoqali

azraq

Purple

banafsaji

Brown

bonni

White

abyad

Grey

ramadi

Black

aswad

NUMBERS

NUMBER

Pronounced

sefr

wahid

ithnan

thalatha

arbaa

khamsa

sitta

saba

8
9

tisa
ashra

20

ishrun

1000

thamaniya

10
100

SYMBOL

mia

alf

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CONTACT

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Dubai, UAE
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