Relocation Guide: Dubai Our guide to living and working overseas
Dubai Overview Dubai City
Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located south of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula and has the largest population with the second-largest land territory by area of all the emirates, after Abu Dhabi. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country’s legislature. The earliest recorded mention of Dubai is in 1095, and the earliest settlement known as Dubai town dates from 1799. Dubai was formally established in the early 19th century by the Al Abu Falasa clan of Bani Yas, and it remained under clan control when the United Kingdom assumed the protection of Dubai in 1892. Its geographical location made it an important trading hub and by the beginning of the 20th century, it was an important port. In 1966, the year oil was discovered, Dubai and the emirate of Qatar set up a new monetary unit to replace the Gulf Rupee. The oil economy lead to a massive influx of foreign workers, quickly expanding the city by 300% and bringing in international oil interests. The modern emirate of Dubai was created after the UK left the area in 1971. At this time Dubai, together with Abu Dhabi and four other emirates, formed the United Arab Emirates. The following year Ras al Khaimah joined the federation while Qatar and Bahrain chose to remain independent nations. In 1973, the monetary union with Qatar was dissolved and the UAE Dirham introduced throughout the UAE. A free trade zone was built around the Jebel Ali port in 1979, allowing foreign companies unrestricted import of labour and export capital. The Gulf War of 1990 had a negative financial effect on the city, as depositors withdrew their money and traders withdrew their trade, but subsequently the city recovered in a changing political climate and thrived.
Today, Dubai has emerged as a global city and a business hub. Although Dubai’s economy was built on the oil industry, currently the emirate’s model of business, similar to that of Western countries, drives its economy, with the effect that its main revenues are now from tourism, real estate, and financial services. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events. This increased attention has highlighted labour rights and human rights issues concerning its largely South Asian workforce. Dubai’s property market experienced a major deterioration in 2008 and 2009 as a result of the worldwide economic downturn following the Financial crisis of 2007–2010.
Dubai has a hot arid climate. Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, windy and dry, with an average high around 40 °C (104 °F) and overnight lows around 30 °C (86 °F). Most days are sunny throughout the year. Winters are cool and short with an average high of 23 °C (73 °F) and overnight lows of 14 °C (57 °F).
According to the census conducted by the Statistics Centre of Dubai, the population of the emirate was 1,771,000 as of 2009, which included 1,370,000 males and 401,000 females. The region covers 497.1 square miles (1,287.4 km²). The population density is 408.18/km² – more than eight times that of the entire country. Dubai is the second most expensive city in the region, and 20th most expensive city in the world. As of 2005, 17% of the population of the emirate was made up of UAE nationals. Approximately 85% of the expatriate population (and 71% of the emirate’s total population) was Asian, chiefly Indian (51%), Pakistani (16%), Bangladeshi (9%) and www.airenergi.com
Filipino (3%). A quarter of the population however reportedly traces their origins to Iran. In addition, 16% of the population (or 288,000 persons) living in collective labour accommodation were not identified by ethnicity or nationality, but were thought to be primarily Asian. The median age in the emirate was about 27 years. The crude birth rate, as of 2005, was 13.6%, while the crude death rate was about 1%. Although Arabic is the official language, English is the lingua franca of the city and is very widely spoken by residents. Urdu, Persian, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Tagalog, Chinese, Malayalam, and other languages are spoken in Dubai by its many foreign residents. Article 7 of the UAE’s Provisional Constitution declares Islam the official state religion of the UAE. The government subsidises almost 95% of mosques and employs all Imams; approximately 5% of mosques are entirely private, and several large mosques have large private endowments. Dubai also has large Christian, Hindu, Bahá’í, Sikh, Buddhist, and other religious communities residing in the city. Non-Muslim groups can own their own houses of worship, where they can practice their religion freely, by requesting a land grant and permission to build a compound. Groups that do not have their own buildings must use the facilities of other religious organisations or worship in private homes. Non-Muslim religious groups are permitted to openly advertise group functions; however, proselytising or distributing religious literature is strictly prohibited under penalty of criminal prosecution, imprisonment, and deportation for engaging in behaviour offensive to Islam.
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The UAE culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam and traditional Arab, and Bedouin culture. In contrast, the city of Dubai is a highly cosmopolitan society with a diverse and vibrant culture. The influence of Islamic and Arab culture on its architecture, music, attire, cuisine and lifestyle are very prominent as well. Five times every day, Muslims are called to prayer from the minarets of mosques which are scattered around the country. Since 2006, the weekend has been Friday-Saturday, as a compromise between Friday’s holiness to Muslims and the Western weekend of Saturday-Sunday. In 2005, 84% of the population of metropolitan Dubai was foreign-born, about half of them from India. The city’s cultural imprint as a small, ethnically homogenous pearling community was changed with the arrival of other ethnic groups and nationals—first by the Iranians in the early 1900s, and later by Indians and Pakistanis in the 1960s. Dubai has been criticised for perpetuating a classbased society, where migrant workers are in the lower classes.
New Year’s Day Wednesday, 1 January 2014 Milad un Nabi The birthday of Prophet Muhammad Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Related government websites:
Dubai Government Information Service www.dubai.ae Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing www.dubaitourism.ae Dubai Electricity & Water Authority www.dewa.ae Roads and Transport Authority www.rta.ae
Dubai has an advanced public transport system featuring buses, taxis, abras, water buses and the recent Dubai Metro. Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (www.rta.ae) is responsible for developing solutions for road, land and marine networks to keep pace with Dubai’s emirate’s economic development.
Dubai Metro (http://www.rta.ae/dubai_ metro/english) is the latest project launched by Dubai.
The Water Taxi service, the first of its kind in the region, covers public marine transport stations and berths of some hotels, tourist resorts and marine clubs in Dubai including
the Dubai Creek area, Al Mamzar Corniche, Jumeirah Open Beach and Dubai Marina through to Jebel Ali, linking coastal hotels with historical areas like Al Fahidi, Al Shindagha and the Old Souk. The service has 19 stations in the first stage which are served by 5 water-taxis. Each water-taxi can accommodate 11 passengers with seats designed for those with special needs. The taxi is also provided with the best navigational systems and security and safety requirements as recognized by the International Maritime Organization. This includes a wireless phone system, AC, global positioning system (GPS) and automatic identification system. In addition, the taxi features luxurious means of entertainment that passengers can use during their voyage including LCD monitors fitted behind comfortable seats that provide maximum relief and relaxation. The new service is extremely flexible as it is not tied to a specific voyage timetable. Those requiring the service can call RTA’s free 800 9090 to request for a water-taxi between 10am and 10pm. Tariffs start from AED 50. For further information, click here.
See details of the Salik toll gates and fill in an application to get a Salik tag or top it up online. The Salik website (www.salik.ae)
Lailat al Miraj Ascension of the Prophet Tuesday, 27 May 2014 Start of Ramadan The 1st day of Ramadan according to Islamic lunar calendar Sunday, 29 June 2014 Eid-al-Fitr The end of Ramadan fasting month (3 days public holidays) Tuesday, 29 July 2014 Wednesday, 30 July 2014 Thursday, 31 July 2014 Arafat (Haj) Day Arafat Day or Day of Arafat is the second day of the Hajj or Pilgrimage for Muslims. Saturday, 4 October 2014 Eid-al-Adha Feast of sacrifice in Islamic tradition (3 days public holidays) 5, 6, 7 October 2014 Islamic New Year Al Hirjra Tuesday, 4 November 2014 UAE National Day The UAE’s formal independence from the UK Tuesday, 2 December 2014
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provides complete information to subscribers and allows them to benefit from many electronic services.
For international travel, you can book a flight online on Emirates. Dubai International Airport’s website provides a flight information www.dubaiairport.com/ DIA/English/Home service, enabling you to track all flights from and to Dubai round the clock. The website also contains several subservices. Jebel Ali Free zone and nearby establishment http://yp.theemiratesnetwork.com/map/ United_Arab_Emirates/Jebel_Ali/Jebel_Ali_ Free_Zone_Authority_22522.html
Dubai Marina is a man-made marina lying between Al Sufouh and Jebel Ali. With over 200 high-rise towers, including 40 towers of the Jumeirah Beach Residence, it is the world’s largest man-made marina.
There are a number of 5 star hotels on the beachfront here; 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Amwaj Rotana, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Ritz Carlton, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, and the Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa.
Others include: • • •
5 star: Address Dubai Marina, Grosvenor House 4 star: Harbour Hotel, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach Serviced apartments: Dusit Residence, Nuran Marina, Radisson SAS Residence, Tamani
The main retail development here is The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence. The Ibn Battuta Mall is just a couple of miles away. The Mall of the Emirates has wide selection of shops and restaurants along with an indoor ski slope.
There are a number of fine hotel restaurants here. Grosvenor House has a couple run under the guidance of internationally renowned chefs. Mezzanine, a spacious restaurant offers a modern British menu created by celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, while Indego boasts Vineet Bhatia, the first Indian chef to win a Michelin star, as its consultant. Over at the beachfront the Habtoor Grand Resort offers Maya, a steakhouse with a pleasant outdoor terrace, while Maya at Le Royal Meridien offers modern Mexican cuisine. Families with children are not forgotten here. Johnny Rockets at the Marina Walk is a 50’s style burger joint with a lively atmosphere.
Attractions & Entertainment
The Grand Megaplex at the Ibn Battuta Mall is a 21-screen cinema with an IMAX screen (the first in Dubai). There are also two golf courses nearby, the Montgomerie and Emirates Golf Club, both on the Emirates Hills development.
Schools – Primary and Secondary
Regent International School Dubai, UAE P.O. Box 24857 Tel: +971 4 360 8830 ext 100/101 Fax: +971 4 360 8831 E: email@example.com For student admission and registration firstname.lastname@example.org; www.risdubai.com www.airenergi.com
Dubai British School Springs Emirates Hills Dubai, UAE PO Box 37828 Tel: +971 4 361 9361 Fax: +971 4 360 9294 Email: email@example.com Website: www.dubaibritishschool.ae The Winchester School The Gardens, Jebel Ali PO Box 38058 Tel: +971 4 882 0444 Fax: +971 4 882 0440 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.thewinchesterschool.com Delhi Private School The Gardens, Jebel Ali PO Box 38321 Tel: +971 4 882 1848 Fax: +971 4 882 1849 Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org GEMS Wellington International School Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai PO Box 8607 Tel: +971-4-347 7770 Fax: +971-4-3403390 Email: email@example.com www.wellingtoninternationalschool.com Emirates International School Jumeirah Al Thanya Road PO Box 6446 Tel: +971 4 348 9804 Fax: +971 4 348 2813 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.eischools.ae Dubai American Academy Al Barsha PO Box 32762 Tel: +971 4 347 9222 Fax: +971 4 347 6070 Email: email@example.com Website: www.gemsaa-dubai.com
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Welcare Ambulatory Care Centre Location: DIC13, Dubai Internet City Phone: +971 4 366 1030 http://www.ehl.ae/WelcareAmbulatory Dubai London Clinic Location: Jumeria Beach Road, Umm Suqeim Phone: 800-352 www.dubailondonclinic.com American Hospital Location: Oud Metha Road, Oud Metha Phone: +971 (4)-309-6699 www.ahdubai.com
In Country Support Air Energi Assignment Support
Pre – mobilization Assignment support (AS) will contact on first hand after recruitment is complete. Assignment Support will forward your contract for your signature, starter pack which includes information about the work location, visa processing, payroll schedule, time sheet and among other documents relevant to the work location.
Once you have been issued with a members card, you will receive a pack which includes details of hospitals, pharmacies and other medical support centres where direct settlement has been agreed. In the meantime, the usual reimbursable process will apply, which is detailed in the pack provided.
Airport Meet and Greet
Marhaba Services, the premium and only Meet & Greet service in the region, was launched in 1993. The unit started with Meet & Greet services for Arrival and Departure. As years passed the service has diversified into a wide range of products available at all Terminals (1,2,3) of Dubai International Airport. Diamond Service (Premium Service)
• Full escort by a Marhaba Services Agent with a complimentary porterage service to the exclusive Marhaba Departure Checkin Lounge , Departures Area (where light refreshments and a selection of reading materials are available), • Provision of special hand baggage trolleys • Assistance through all departure formalities (Check in, Security, fast track clearance through Immigration formalities) • Buggy car transfer to the Departures Concourse building • Provision of the Marhaba Lounge, which features Business Centre and a 24hr food court.
• Full escort by a Marhaba Services Agent from the arrivals level at the concourse to the exit of the terminal, • Provision of special hand baggage trolleys • Assistance through all arrival formalities (Immigration, Baggage collection, Customs). • Buggy Car ride , • Handover visas or other essential documents to passengers, at the arrival terminal, © Air Energi 2013
company so please take a credit card and cash with you. The following morning a ConocoPhillips company car will pick you up at 7am from outside the hotel and take you to the site office. Once there, Laura Elnadi will issue you a mobile phone (if required), map of Dubai and Explorer book and discuss your in country requirements.
Temporary Accommodation Media Rotana Barsha Al Barsha South PO Box 503030 Dubai UAE T: +971 (0) 4 4350000 F: +971 (0) 4 4350011 Media.firstname.lastname@example.org
Residence Permit Process
Employment visa timings may require more or less days than expected depending on UAE Immigration and other government offices involved during the process but the table below is a realistic guide. UAE working days 1 - 2 3 - 5 6 7 8 - 10 11 - 14
Sunday - Thursday Labour Approval Immigration Approval Arrival in Dubai Medical Medical Results Visa Stamping
Visa Application prior and post arrival: • Speedy clearance through passport control, • Complimentary Porterage service, • Hand over of passengers to the receiving party outside arrivals. Chauffer Service (Additional Service): Audi Car – Can accommodate 2 large suitcases, Take candidate direct to hotel Candidates arriving on Emirates (Business Class): Marhaba service to take candidates to Emirates Chauffer Service counter
Assignment Support (AS) looks after contract documentation, logistics, immigration and in country support. Before you arrive in Dubai, Laura Elnadi will have already been in touch with you and issued your contract and starter pack. If not already done so, please complete all the forms included in the pack. Assignment support will also look after your mobilisation flight, business trip flights and hotel booking (if required) and any in country requirements you should need assistance with. AS will coordinate with you in continuing the residence permit process (2 weeks). On arrival you will be taken to your service apartment at the Media Rotana, the room is paid by yourself and reimbursed by the 5
Required Documents for Employment Visa Application 1. Passport if you have worked in UAE before, residence permit cancellation copy is required 2. Photo – white clear background 3. Medical Insurance Copy 4. Original Attested Education Certificate if available, otherwise copies of Qualification or Training Certificates 5. Address & Contact number in home country 6. Mothers first and maiden name
We will help in looking for permanent accommodation for the duration of your project. A large selection of serviced apartments are available in the Marina area which offers an excellent location for work and social requirements. We can offer contact details of real estate agents that can help with villas and apartments to cater for all needs. Assistance with DEWA (water and electricity), internet, telephone, satellite, TV and home accessories can also be provided once you have selected your accommodation.
Emirates ID card
Typing Center. (Click here to check authorized Typing Centers). Documents required when filling in the e-form at the Typing Centers - Original valid passport. Valid UAE residency permit. Registration fees: AED 100 per year. Service fees: AED 70. Then you wait for a SMS to confirm the date and place of registration. After receiving the SMS, you will visit the service point stated in the SMS with your original supporting passport on the determined date and time to complete photographing and fingerprinting process. A receipt will be issued as the card will be sent to you after 3 months (approx timing).
UAE Driving License
We will assist you in acquiring a local driving license, If you have a driving license from the approved list of countries your license is then exchanged into a UAE license if not you must undergo training, signal and road test before you can obtain a license. The documents you will be required to take with you when transferring foreign license to UAE license are as follows: • Letter from sponsor (Air Energi will provide this upon your request) • Original valid license & colour copy of original valid license • Original passport & colour copy of original passport • 2 passport sized photographs • Eye test results (You can take an eye test at any optical stores but you are required to take the results with you.) • Translation into Arabic of driver’s license The process will take approximately 1 hour. Fees are AED 150 – AED 200 however subject to change without notice. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Laura Elnadi.
We will assist you with car rental when you arrive until the residency visa is obtained. Once that is complete you may buy a car if you prefer. We can also advise on car registration and insurance matters.
We will assist you in obtaining your liquor license. Processing your new license is quick and simple; all you need to do is complete the application form available from Laura or from any MMI or African & Eastern branch. Return your fully completed application form which should include company stamp and signature, photocopy of your passport with valid residence visa, photocopy of your labour contract as issued by the Ministry of Labour, photocopy of your tenancy contract, one passport photograph, application fee of AED 160. This is handed into a either MMI or A&E to be processed. You will be called you when it’s ready for collection.
Once your UAE Residency Visa is approved please fill in the e-form at any authorized www.airenergi.com
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General Safety/Advice whilst in Dubai
Be aware of your surroundings at all times; thieves will use many tricks to distract you - wiping something off your shoulder while an accomplice is picking your pocket, getting young children to surround you while they plan to rob your belongings. Trust your instincts, especially when visiting countries where a high poverty rate comes along with high petty crime rates. When not attending meetings, try to blend in with the crowd when out and about - try not to look like a visitor! Women should dress sensibly and avoid wearing revealing outfits when in busy areas. This is especially true when traveling to districts like Karama, Deira and Bur-Dubai, where the streets are packed with men, especially on evenings and weekends. To reduce the potential for verbal or sexual harassment, women are advised to avoid sitting in the front seat of taxis and engaging in overly personal small talk. They should exercise caution when travelling alone, especially in places where other people are not present, such as taxis and underground pedestrian walkways. Travellers are recommended to hire private drivers unless they have considerable experience of the country and its road system. However, if public transportation is required, travellers are advised to call for a taxi from a reputable dispatch service of from a hotel. Report any suspicious activity, individuals, vehicles or objects to the local police and appropriate embassy or consulate. When enjoying the local nightlife, guard your food/drinks and keep your wits about you. Beware of the fact that you will be an easy target after a few too many drinks. Avoid walking home to your hotel late at night, even if it is close by. Get a taxi. Don’t take shortcuts through poorly lit areas, it pays to trust your instincts in these situations. Keep your wits about you when making new friends - men and women may come across very friendly if you are the route to an easier life. Be careful of telling people where you live and try to minimise the number of people aware of the purpose/itinerary of your visit. Ensure that hotels and residences are securely locked to deter burglary. Travellers are advised to ensure that an updated version of their itinerary is maintained with appropriate contact numbers to ensure that they may be contacted in the event of an incident. This should be held by the traveller’s office or close family member. Should an incident occur travellers should “check in” both with work and with the appropriate government representatives. (This service should be available online.) Dubai strictly follows Islamic laws which should be respected by all travellers. Islam is the official religion, therefore do not publicly criticise or distribute material against it.
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Eating in public during the holy month of Ramadan is prohibited from sunrise until sunset and visitors should consume meals in the confines of their hotel or residence. In conversations regarding politics and world affairs, avoid criticizing the ruling family of any of the seven Emirates or prominent business families. The United Arab Emirates does not have any formal relations with Israel, and the government publicly supports any cause that involves the Palestinian people or Palestinian statehood. Recreational drug use and distribution is a serious criminal offence. Passenger baggage is screened quite thoroughly when entering Dubai. Even prescription drugs (without original prescription note) or ones that you bought over the counter in your country can lead to a prison sentence. Driving and pedestrian safety has also been an issue given the different nationalities that share the road. Do not jaywalk or cross where there are no clear pedestrian markings. Avoid driving on the extreme left lane of highways to avoid being “flashed” and being forced to move a lane over. Travellers choosing to venture off-road in the desert areas should only do so with an experienced guide in a convoy of four wheel drive vehicles.
We can assist you with setting up a bank account in Dubai. A number of foreign banks such as HSBC and Lloyds TSB are available. Local banks such as Emirates and RAK banks are also widely used by expats. We can arrange for a meeting at your hotel to discuss opening an account.
AS will arrange demobilisation flight ticket AS will coordinate your exit process and relevant documents to close bank accounts and such.
Air Energi Contacts
Please see below the contact information of the individuals within Air Energi that will look after you during your assignment:
Blair Anderson is the Air Energi Account Manager for the project and will contact you for your initial discussion regarding your assignment. Blair Anderson Account Manager M: +44 (0)779 367 1203 T: +44 (0)870 112 9430 email@example.com Once you have discussed your assignment with Blair, you will be contacted by Laura Elnadi who will liaise with you in regards to your assignment going forward and is available for any queries you may have.
Laura Elnadi Global Mobility Dubai M: +971(0)50 662 7172 firstname.lastname@example.org In Laura’s absence please contact: Danny Kirkham Country Manager M: +974 666 90204 email@example.com Belle Intalan Global Mobility Qatar M: +974 446 26732 firstname.lastname@example.org Global Mobility Team UK Air Resources Limited 4th Floor Delphian House Riverside, New Bailey Street Manchester, M1 4HN Tel: +44 (0)870 112 9444 Fax: +44 (0)870 112 9445 Email: email@example.com
Your payroll contact is Maria Domingo, she is responsible for all finance and payroll in the Middle East. All timesheets, invoice and expenses need to be sent to Maria at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Attention to: Maria Valeria B. Domingo T: + 974 4462 0886 F: + 974 4462 1258 E: MVBDomingo@airenergi.com
You will be able to find this Excel sheet (named Payroll Calendar) in your Starter Pack.
Going on a business trip
Air Energi can book and pay for your flights, however, hotel, taxi, food etc will be claimed back as business expenses as per the client travel policy. If you require flights, please find procedures per below: Please call or email Belle Intalan providing the information of your flight. Once she come’s back to you with a price, complete the Flight Request Form, get it signed by your Line Manager then forward a scanned or faxed copy back to Assignment Support. Belle will book the flight and provide you with the e-ticket/locator number. A copy of the Flight Request Form is available in your Starter Pack.
UAE Emergency Contact Numbers Police: 999 Ambulance: 999 Fire Department: 997 Electricity & Water: 991
Travel Tips Be prepared
Generally, overseas travellers are more likely to be injured through unintentional injuries than to be struck down by exotic infectious diseases. In fact, accidents and traffic collisions are the most frequent cause of death among travellers, so ensure you have good insurance and if you are hiring a vehicle, ensure it is in good working order.
Copy your documents
In the unfortunate event of your luggage going missing, or your passport / wallet is stolen or lost, it is a good idea to have copies that can help you with re-issues. Take 2 colour photocopies each of your passport, plus visa stamps and documents, driving licence, important prescriptions or other ID documents. Make 2 sets of the documents and keep these copies separate from your main luggage, preferably in 2 separate bags. It is also a good idea to copy scanned or phtocopied documents to an Internet based e-mail account. Make sure someone at home knows how to access it in case of an emergency.
Check with your medical practitioner on what vaccines are required before your travel. Due to your medical history, you may require more than one dose, or you may need boosters for childhood vaccines. Check the latest travel advice and travel bulletins for your destination before you depart, and also while travelling, so you can ensure you have the latest information. Common diseases contracted by travellers include those which are the result of eating or drinking contaminated food or water, or not practising safe sex, plus a number of mosquito or tick-borne diseases endemic to tropical areas. Be sure to take measures to avoid being bitten such as wearing light-coloured clothing that covers your arms and legs, regularly applying an appropriate insect repellent and staying in mosquito-proof accommodation or using bed nets.
Taking medicines with you Book a checkup at your doctor or dentist, before you leave. If you wear glasses or contacts lenses, bring an extra pair of glasses and your prescription. Persons taking prescription medications should make sure they have an adequate supply for the trip, and/or bring their prescription, making sure it includes the medication trade name, manufacturer’s name, generic name, and dosage. Please also be aware that certain medicines are forbidden in Dubai, such as Codeine. Please check that any medication you are taking is legal and if you are unsure please contact us and we will check for you. Prepare a simple medical kit of over-the7
counter medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, antihistamine, antiseptic, diarrhoea medication), bandaids, thermometer, sunscreen, and insect repellent. When travelling overseas with medicine, (including over-the-counter or private prescription) it is important that you talk to your doctor and discuss the amount of medicine you will need to take. Carry a letter from your doctor detailing what the medicine is, how much you will be taking, and stating that it is for your own personal use. Leave the medicine in its original packaging so it is clearly labelled with your own name and dosage instructions. If you have to inject your medication, inform your airline before you travel and, if necessary, arrange a letter from your doctor explaining why you need to carry them.
Your health on long-haul flights
Keep important medication with you in case your luggage goes missing. To help avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT): drink plenty of fluids, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and whilst seated, stretch and rotate your feet and lower legs. Walking around the cabin at regular intervals will help.
If you have been scuba diving, don’t travel in an aircraft for at least 24 hours after your final dive.
Coping with Jetlag
Factor the effects of jet lag into your itinerary. In order to cope with Jetlag you should get a good deal of sleep before your journey. It is also important to rest as much as possible during your flight. Planning to arrive at your destination as near to the time when you normally go to sleep will also help with the adjustment. If you are able to plan your itinerary allow time on arrival for adjustment or plan meetings at similar times to back home. Some people advise changing their watches to destination time when they get onto the plane. While this helps many people, for those who are on regular medication, such as diabetics, watches should remain on home time until you are able to adjust your medication to local times on arrival at your destination or as suggested by your health advisor. On arrival at your destination get active as soon as possible, as exercise has been proven to improve productivity. Adjust your meals and activities to local time as soon as you can. Exposure to light is also a good way of naturally allowing your body to adjust. If you need to take a short nap, do, it will help refresh you, but don’t forget to use an alarm clock or wake up call to get you up!
If you happen to lose your baggage on arrival at your destination airport, tell the airline immediately and get suitable compensation. Agree on an amount you can spend on essential items that you will need and give them an address to deliver the luggage to when they find it. It is wise to make a copy of your passport details and any other important papers or vaccination certificates that you are carrying with you when you travel. Leave them in a safe place in the office or copy to an Internet based e-mail account. Make sure someone at home either a partner or friend knows how to access it in case of an emergency. You will need photo identification even for air travel within the UK.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times; thieves will use many tricks to distract you - wiping something off your shoulder while an accomplice is picking your pocket, getting young children to surround you while they plan to rob your belongings. Trust your instincts, especially when visiting countries where a high poverty rate comes along with high petty crime rates. When not attending meetings, try to blend in with the crowd when out and about - try not to look like a visitor! When enjoying the local nightlife, guard your food/drinks and keep your wits about you. Beware of the fact that you will be an easy target after a few too many drinks. Avoid walking home to your hotel late at night, even if it is close by. Get a taxi. Don’t take shortcuts through poorly lit areas, it pays to trust your instincts in these situations. Keep your wits about you when making new friends - men and women may come across very friendly indeed if you are the route to an easier life. Be careful of telling people where you live.
Unsafe Water - What to do
If travelling to more remote areas with poor sanitation - only drink boiled water, hot beverages, such as coffee and tea, canned or bottled carbonated beverages, beer, and wine. Ice may be made from unsafe water and should be avoided. It is safer to drink from a can or bottle of beverage than to drink from a container that was not known to be clean and dry. However, water on the surface of a beverage can or bottle may also be contaminated. Therefore, the area of a can or bottle that will touch the mouth should be wiped clean and dry.
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Visa Information Form Please
complete this form, sign and return to Air Energi together with the following documents: Clear color scan copy of Passport Color passport size photo with white background Copy of Educational Certificate
1. CANDIDATE DETAILS Name:
Mother’s Maiden Name:
Home Contact Number:
Spouse Name & Nationality:
Dependent/s Name & Nationality:
2. UAE RESIDENCE PERMIT Have you been to UAE before? If yes what Visa did you enter UAE?
Yes (Tick) If Visit Visa Go to 5
3. BUSINESS/MISSION VISA
No (Tick) (Go to 5) Business/Mission Visa
Date of Last Entry: Sponsor Name and Address:
Date of Last Exit: Sponsor Contact Person:
Sponsor Contact No’s:
Sponsor Contact Email Address:
4. RESIDENCE VISA Can you provide a copy of your previous Residence Permit (RP)? Yes (Tick) No Date of Issue:
Residence Permit (RP) Status: Cancelled Expiry Date:
Sponsor Name & Address:
Sponsor Contact Person:
Sponsor Contact No’s:
Sponsor Contact Email Address:
Active Last Date of Exit:
NOTE: Failure to provide the correct information will cause the delay or problem in the residency processing.
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Frequently asked questions Do I need a visa to enter Dubai? You may be required to enter on a visitors visa whilst your working visa is being processed. Rules for this vary, depending on nationally. Can I take my family with me? We advise you not to bring your family before we have secured a residency visa for you. Do I need a local bank account? Yes. We will provide you with the necessary documentation to open an account. This needs to be set up immediately to allow you to secure property and long term transportation. Will I need a medical? In order to finalise your residence visa you will be required to undergo a medical. This will be to check if you have any serious medical conditions, particularly TB or HIV. If you have either of these diseases you will not be eligible to work in Dubai
Contacts Air Resources (Dubai branch)
Oasis Shopping Mall Office Number 21 Sheik Zayed Road Dubai United Arab Emirates Phone: +971 4 379 1886 Email: UAE@airenergi.com
Published on Oct 31, 2013