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Daily Life in Dubai

These are blog posts about living in Dubai. It talks about random things such as the weather, my surroundings and even simple things like paying my bills.

dubai price rent calculator

Dubai residents, in case you’re planning to transfer to a different apartment or renew your tenancy contract, you can check how competitive the prices are in your area based on the RERA rental increase calculator. Do you know how to check the price range of your rented flat or villa? RERA stands for Real Estate… Read More

how to get driving license dubai

If you want to apply for a driver’s license, you need to go through a driving course training from one of the authorized driving schools in Dubai. You will undergo 40, 30 or 20 classes depending on your experience. The school will teach you the basics of both theory and practical knowledge to prepare you… Read More

driving uae mobile

A reminder to all drivers to please stop using your mobile phones while driving. There is a corresponding fine of 200 AED for this offense plus 4 black traffic points. Texting, calling, browsing, taking a selfie, etc. are all filed under using your mobile device and would constitute the same fine. But more than the… Read More

dubai photo black and white

One of our Dubai OFW readers sent us some photos of places in Dubai captured using his camera. We normally feature them in our Social Media pages. But since there’s plenty of nice shots to post, we decided to share them on this article. Take note that these were taken using an iPhone. Nesferson Olayta,… Read More

work visa uae

Working in the UAE under a visit visa or a tourist visa is illegal. You must change your visa to an employment visa first before reporting to work. We received a question from one of our readers. I am still waiting for my Work Permit from my Employer, but they told me I should start reporting… Read More

uae visit visa extensions

People on UAE visit visas can extend their stay for another month without the need to Exit the UAE anymore. This can be done by paying the fee for the visa extension (570 AED). A report from Khaleej Times states that the UAE has revoked the the one-month gap condition for renewing visit visas. Brigadier Dr… Read More

philippine passport validity extension

The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates announced that all applications of extension of passport validity were accommodated last 30 December 2015. After this date, no extensions of passports will be granted unless authorized by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Those passports that need extension due to various emergencies are usually granted… Read More

prohibited-items-for-delivery-LBC.jpg

For safety reasons, here’s a list of items that are prohibited when sending packages to loved ones back in the Philippines. I saw this sign from the LBC Express branch in Karama and thought of sharing this information with the rest of you so you will be aware in case you will send balikbayan box… Read More

dubai-metro-growth.jpg

With a canal weaving through the heart of Dubai, buses and taxis running more often between cities and deserts looped with cycle tracks for the travelers, it goes without saying that the transportation in the Emirate has been going from one milestone to another. Enjoying a significant position as the region’s hub for international trade… Read More

dubai metro

Karama Metro station has been changed to ADCB station. I only heard about this news when we were travelling to the Dubai Marina area via metro. But the name change has been made a couple of months ago. Also even the Dubai Marina has been changed to DAMAC station. Karama Metro Station to ADCB Metro… Read More

dubai-taxi-fare-increase

Dubai Taxi fare increases starting December 1, 2014. The new flag down rate is now 5 AED from 3 AED. Also, the minimum fare is now 12 AED from 10 AED.  To regular taxi passengers, please be advised of the changes. Only the basic fares have been changed, while the meters will continue to run… Read More

rta-new-metro-fares

If you regularly ride the RTA metro train in Dubai, you might notice informational signboards plastered in plenty of places recently. This is because there is a recent change in the metro fares. The price of the ticket journeys has increased. It is good that you share this with friends in Dubai so that they… Read More

RTA-Fines

WARNING to those who are using car lifts. Make sure you are riding vehicles with registered licenses to operate and your company has a contract with them. The Road and Transport Authority or RTA has released a statement that they are on the lookout for illegally transferring passengers within Dubai and the UAE. The campaign… Read More

dubai-rent-increase

One not-so-fine morning I saw a post at the back of the flat I’ve been renting coming from the building management. It’s about the rising of costs of the apartment and they will require every tenant to pay 100 Dirhams on top of the normal rate we’ve been paying. This didn’t sit well with me,… Read More

grand-mosque-abu-dhabi

UPDATE: It’s official. Ramadan in the UAE will start on June 29, 2014. Fasting hours this year are expected to last for 15 hours and 15 minutes at the start of Ramadan and reach 14 hours and 55 minutes by the end of the month, the report said. —————– Some time during end of June… Read More