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  1. Hello everyone! I thought of starting a discussion with people who migrated from Dubai to Adelaide in the past few years! People who have already applied for their skilled visas and are waiting to migrate are also welcome to join The idea is to connect with folks on topics like: 1) How do you find Adelaide vs Dubai? 2) Looking back did the move work out for you? 3) What are the things about Dubai you still miss dearly? 4) How did you manage landing your first job? 5) Any advice for people who will be migrating soon? I applied for my SA 489 visa along with my wife and baby in Jan 2019 and I’m currently waiting for my grant. Part of us is excited but another part of us is also anxious! Our reason for the move is to hopefully provide a better environment for our baby growing up and of course get PR at some point. We do live comfortably in Dubai but it is starting to get expensive (especially raising a child) and our careers are stagnating. This is what prompted us to consider migration Your contributions will be invaluable to us and I thank you all in advance!! Cheers!
  2. Dear everyone I consider myself a relatively intelligent person but am struggling to work out how to get a good conduct certificate from Dubai being an ex-resident. My approach so far: 1.) get fingerprints taken at UK police station - ensuring original signature of an official (so that the FCO will legalise) 2.) send to FCO in Milton Keynes (only by post now as counters permenantly closed) 3.) submit appropriate instructions and monies and copies and forms to FCO and ask them to send direct to UAE embassy in London 4.) then it all gets hazy - Embassy website says as ex-resident must collect from them and send to Dubai myself but Dubai Police has online application form so can I just scan fingerprints card? SO confused! I would have started all this ages ago but the good conduct certificate is only valid for 3 months and so we thought best to wait till CO allocated. Has anyone else gotten this magic bit of paper from Dubai? Seriously starting to wish I'd never gone there :-( mumoffour (who shd be organising Christmas not spending hours on the internet and phone sorting out forms, forms and more forms..................)
  3. Hi, We are an Indian family with children, living currently in Abu Dhabi. We are looking to move to Australia in near future. I would be grateful if some of you who have already moved from UAE to Australia can share their experiences about it. Thanks Dexulans
  4. My husband is travelling to Perth this week with Emirates and will probably want a shower in Dubai both ways. He has access to the Lounge by being a member of priority pass. Does anyone know are the showers in the lounges? Do they provide you with shampoo, towels etc?? Many thanks. x
  5. Hi I was hoping that someone could clarify what the situation with medication is when going through Dubai? I know there are certain medicines that you get in to strife for having them in your hand luggage!:policeman: Can anyone help? Thanks Emma :hug:
  6. ghost

    Suitcases thru Dubai airport

    We are flying thru Dubai with emirates with an overnight stop, we have about 10 cases but dont want to hike them Into Dubai when we only need one. I know we can't check them into our forward flight as it is over 24 hours before, but apparently you can store them at the airport. Anyone done this ?
  7. Guest

    Transit through Dubai / UAE

    Afternoon all, Not sure how many of you listened to Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 on 21st Feb. there was quite a long discussion about the things that are going on with regard to tourists travelling to, and transiting through UAE / Dubai. Apparently there has been a marked increase in the number of Britons / westeners being arrested for drug related incidents while transiting through these countries. and not for smuggling drugs - but merely having the suspicion of drugs about their person. a couple of people have been arrested for having 0.003 grams of cannabis on the sole of their shoe - or on their person. that is smaller than a grain of sugar. one swiss guy arrested for having 3 poppy seeds on him from a bread roll eaten at heathrow. Now i know that most of us on here will not find that an issue. but some of the other things that people have been pulled up for include Melatonin and Codeine. for those of us who buy melatonin to combat jet lag (it is available over the counter in the USA). some people have codeine with them for pain relief. I AM NOT TRYING TO CAUSE A PANIC FOR PEOPLE TRANSITING THROUGH THE MIDDLE EAST!!!!! but the link to the web site below shows the story behind what i am talking about and a link to the list of stuff that is banned there. i think it would be worth checking any first aid kits or anything like that that you might be travelling with - and ensuring that there is nothing on the list of banned substances - or that you at least have doctors letters about them if they are essential. i have a friend travelling through dubai on sunday to melbourne and have advised them to check it out. Fair Trials International: News : Charity issues urgent warning to all travellers to UAE after Briton is imprisoned for 4 years once again - not trying to induce panic - just inform people what i have heard!
  8. Hi Everyone, My husband was granted his Visa about a week ago.. We are due to fly out 13th August with Etihad. We are flying from Dublin to Abu Dhabi and then onto sydney. My question is this... I asked my CO if hubby could get the stamp in his passport before we head but CO said it wasnt required and if needed for anything in OZ we can get it done over there.. I know its all electronic.. Im just worried that when we get to Abu Dhabi, me and the kids have Australian Passports and the hubbies is Irish with nothing in it to say he has a PR subclass 100 VISA.. On the VISA approval letter, it says the VISA will activate when we arrive in Sydney, so will it not be on the passport untill we get there? Therefor meaning it will not be on the passport in Abu Dhabi? Wouldnt wont to get stuck there or have any trouble? Has anyone else experienced this?
  9. we are hoping to go to australia in october 2011. looking to fly with either United Emirates or Singapore Airlines. We have a 3 year old girl, so want an airline good with kids, good flight times. also want to have a stop over for a couple of days. has anyone done this and if so, where did you fly to and where did you stay. My OH wants somewhere our little girl will enjoy. so what is there to do for a few days break. any advice would be great cheers nicola
  10. Guest

    Dubai Airport

    Hi All I'm travelling in August Glasgow-Dubai-Melbourne. I am travelling with two young children and I'm going to have 9hrs lay over in Dubai. Last time I did this I had my OH for support and we coped with just finding seats to chill out in. This time I'm looking for at the transit airport has anyone stayed there and is it worth it? I know its a bit costly but want to know if I should book it? Any other info options would be appreciated. jacqui:biggrin:
  11. Guest

    Dubai Airport

    Hi, We are due to fly out to Perth on 18th May with Emirates - Glasgow to Dubai. We have a 5hr wait in Dubai and was thinking of booking into a lounge to have shower etc but states on website that showers/lounge in terminal 1 and not suitable if you are flying from terminal 3. Can anyone advise or know if there are showers in terminal 3? Thanks Claire
  12. Guest

    DUBAI... food for thought!

    Briton 'beaten to death' in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing By Arthur Martin, Nick Mcdermott and Rebecca Evans Last updated at 3:14 PM on 14th April 2011 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1376649/British-tourist-Lee-Bradley-Brown-beaten-death-Dubai-police-cell.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/14/holiday-briton-dies-in-dubai-police-custody http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/dubai/8457062/Second-post-mortem-into-Dubai-death-of-British-tourist-in-custody.html Too many unsavoury stories are coming out of Dubai these days. Some interesting reading.. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html http://www.detainedindubai.org/Detained_In_Dubai/Safi_Quarashi.html Homosexuality is not just a taboo subject in Dubai - its strictly forbidden and punishable by law. Many individuals may chose to visit Dubai or the UAE but it is extremely important to be informed of the consequences of being openly gay in this region. "The maids used to be predominantly Filipino, but with the recession, Filipinos have been judged to be too expensive, so a nice Ethiopian servant girl is the latest fashionable accessory. It is an open secret that once you hire a maid, you have absolute power over her. You take her passport – everyone does; you decide when to pay her, and when – if ever – she can take a break; and you decide who she talks to. She speaks no Arabic. She cannot escape. In a Burger King, a Filipino girl tells me it is "terrifying" for her to wander the malls in Dubai because Filipino maids or nannies always sneak away from the family they are with and beg her for help. "They say – 'Please, I am being held prisoner, they don't let me call home, they make me work every waking hour seven days a week.' At first I would say – my God, I will tell the consulate, where are you staying? But they never know their address, and the consulate isn't interested. I avoid them now. I keep thinking about a woman who told me she hadn't eaten any fruit in four years. They think I have power because I can walk around on my own, but I'm powerless." http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/united-arab-emirates Many people also stop off in UAE airports on their way to other destinations. UAE airports have excellent technology and security, so transiting passengers carrying even residual amounts of drugs are arrested. Passengers in transit under the influence of drink or drugs may also be arrested and can face four years in jail. The Emirati authorities count the presence of drugs in the blood stream as possession. Local Laws and Customs - Drugs and Alcohol There is zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. Possession of even the smallest amount of illegal drugs can lead to a minimum four-year jail sentence. You should take care over the import of prescription drugs and some over-the-counter drugs. Britons can find themselves facing charges relating to cultural differences, such as using bad language, rude gestures or public displays of affection. British nationals should also be aware of the UAE’s strict laws banning sex outside of marriage. Interesting one considering we stayed in Dubai in a double room prior to being married in Scotland. Susie http://www.escapefromdubai.com/
  13. Cadas

    Pcc from Dubai

    Hi, Got caught a bit on the hop.... Posted application last December (6 weeks ago!) and promptly shoved it to the back of my mind thinking we have a year or so to wait. Just got medical and pcc request!! Not too much of a problem except for Dubai, so far tried Madrid, Uk and France and basically getting told to sod of by embassies. Their only suggestion is to go back to Dubai which is impossible at the moment because of where I am working. Been given until first week of march to provide docs and panicking now! Any one else managed to get a UAE pcc overseas ?
  14. We are flying out on Monday. Glasgow to Dubai , 2 hour stop and then onto perth, travelling with Emirates. Do we get off the plane and go into another departure lounge in Dubai? Do we go through security and passport control again? I take it we dont need a visa for entering ubai as we arent really entering??
  15. Well our tickets are booked and we are flying Emirates via Dubai. We have 2 long legs of flights, and as a smoker, does anyone know if there is a spot at Dubai Airport that I can have a fag break!!! I pray to go there is, otherwise I might completly lose the plot :biggrin: Cheers Karen
  16. We are flying over at the end of November. My husband is a wheelchair user and we are staying for a couple of nights in Dubai and Singapore to split the journey up. Has anybody stopped over in these two places. We need a hotel that is in a district where I can walk to facilities. I know the train in Singapore is not w'chair friendly and it is best to use the taxis. I have been to Singapore a couple of times quite a number of years ago and at that time, I would not have been looking at it as being conducive to access with a w'chair. Thanks
  17. firebladebally

    Dubai hotel

    Hi all, did anyone stay at the ibis deira hotel in dubai on route to aus???? im booked to go there are would love anyones opinion about it, cheers
  18. Guest

    Dubai Police Check.... anyone?

    Just been allocated case officer and they have requested police checks for both UK and Dubai (as both husband and I lived there for several years), just wondering if anyone has had to do 'Good Conduct Certificate' for Dubai? as looking at UAE embassy London website and Dubai Police website the info is slightly different and want to make sure we get absolutely spot on due to the time involved in obtaining one. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  19. we are having a 3 hour stop over in dubai, do you get your luggage back and have to book in again. or are you kept in the departure lounge with luggage staying on the plane while its refuelled??
  20. Guest

    Dubai Airport!

    Whats Dubai Airport like? We got a few hours to kill between connecting flights (19hours) and was wondering if there much to do there? Are we allowed to go out the Airport for a few hours. We have only been to Singapore Airport before and there was plenty to do there like the rooftop pool, transit hotel for a few hours sleep, comfy chairs to relax on etc etc. Is there all these things to do at Dubai Airport? Thanks Nic :biggrin:
  21. Does anyone know if there is a hotel located in the airport terminal where we can have a sleep if the transit time is about 8 hrs or more? If so, does anyone know the approximate cost for a room? I swore last time that i would never fly direct from Ireland to Australisa again without having a rest in between, especially facing that gruelling non stop 16hr leg from Dubai to Brisbane and especially travelling with a toddler! (I deliberately want to chose an option with a long stopover for this reason.) Thanks!
  22. Just got an email from Emirates today advising that the Dubai to Perth flight time has moved back a couple of hours (2nd March). Roughly gone from 2am to 4am local time so arrives in PER 19:00 rather than 17:00 ish. Might be worth checking whether your flight times have changed if you haven't heard from them. More time to spend in the duty free:wink:
  23. Hi guys Just wondering if anyone has transited via dubai with emirates in the new terminal 3. First time I have ever had to do anything like this! How easy is it? Erm, what do I do???? lol
  24. We are flying Emirates via Dubai to Melbourne. I desperately want to take some Calpol for the kids as i know if i don't they will need it... Went to the doctors today armed with the printed off list from here of what medicines not to take to Dubai and he rekons you can take Calpol. He gave me 80mls and now i am panicking that i can only have 100mls of liquid and this was mostly makeup! (I know - I have lost the plot!!) He would not do me a covering letter either:realmad: There is no way i am taking the Calpol and risking anything... Can anyone help? From the paranoid one :elvis:
  25. I outlined in another post our traumatic experience when my OH was detained at Dubai airport for two hours and strip searched. Since we returned I have heard a number of horror stories including someone who was imprisoned for four months for having Paracodol - i was kind of thinking it was probably an urban myth (it was a 'friend of a friend' story) so i did a bit of digging and found this: How children’s medicine could get you four years in a Dubai jail - Times Online It’s selling itself as a 21st-century playground, a world capital of tourism offering beach resorts to challenge the Caribbean, Parisian art and Hong Kong-style shopping in an environment that’s “safer than Singapore”. But draconian antidrug laws are undermining Dubai’s carefully cultivated fun-loving image. Travel there with a bottle of cough mixture and you could catch a cold. Last week, the emirate’s authorities quietly released Cat Le-Huy, a 31-year-old tourist who was held for six weeks in the central prison at Al-Wathba after customs officials found melatonin pills - used to beat jet lag - and a speck of dirt that the authorities declared was hashish in his luggage. He was lucky. Last month, the Radio 1 DJ Raymond Bingham - aka Grooverider - was jailed for four years for possessing 2.16 grams of cannabis. Whether he will serve the entire sentence depends on the whim of Dubai’s judiciary: the American record producer Dallas Austin, sentenced to four years when ecstasy was found in his possession, and Londoner Keith Brown, who received the same term after 0.003 grams of cannabis (an amount smaller than a pinhead) was discovered lodged in the tread of his shoes, were recently freed in prison amnesties. Five other Britons, along with 19 French nationals and an Italian tourist, have been imprisoned for weeks or months for the alleged possession of even microscopic amounts of narcotics, but it’s not just recreational drug users who are at risk. “What many travellers may not realise is that they can be deemed to be in possession of such banned substances if they can be detected in their urine or bloodstream, or in tiny trace amounts on their person,” says Catherine Wolthuizen of Fair Trials International. “We even have reports of the imprisonment of a Swiss man for ‘possession’ of three poppy seeds on his clothing after he ate a bread roll at Heathrow. “We have seen a steep increase in such cases over the past 18 months. Customs authorities are using highly sensitive new equipment to conduct extremely thorough searches on travellers, and if they find any amount – no matter how minute – it will be enough to attract a mandatory four-year prison sentence.” On the list of substances that travellers can be jailed for possessing are dozens of compounds used in over-the-counter remedies. These include Benylin children’s coughs and colds formula, which contains dextromethorphan, and Tixylix children’s cough syrup. Other products on a blacklist of more than 300 substances include the popular antidiarrhoea treatment Lomotil, cough treatments Coldex and Robitussin, and antidepressants Valium and Prozac. Possession of any of these without a prescription or an explanatory letter from your GP could lead to arrest and imprisonment. And despite the fact that more than 800,000 British tourists will visit Dubai this year, none of the tour operators contacted by The Sunday Times offers information about what medicines can be taken into the emirate. “We would not put detailed banned substances on the website as this would be too much information to digest,” Kuoni said. “We do, however, refer clients, both in the brochure and links on the website, to the Foreign Office’s website.” In its entry on Dubai, the Foreign Office advises: “Some over-the-counter medicines, such as codeine, are illegal without a doctor’s prescription. In some cases, you will be allowed to take these medicines in, providing they are in their original packaging and, in addition to the prescription, you provide a note from your GP outlining what the medicine is required for.” The definitive list can be found only as a file buried deep in the pharmacists’ section of the United Arab Emirates ministry of health’s website, but is it reasonable to expect families to ask GPs for a letter to cover a bottle of Tixylix bought in Boots? “Along with the international community, Dubai has a clear policy regarding drug trafficking, smuggling and possession, and this is one of the reasons the emirate has one of the lowest crime rates in the world,” says Ian Scott of Dubai’s department of tourism. “This, in turn, is one of the many reasons it is such an attractive holiday destination.” But Tixylix? “The message is clear,” Scott says. “Don’t take illegal drugs, and if you’re on medication, bring a prescription to prove it. We have hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, and the number stopped with illegal substances is infinitesimal.” If you are one of that number, you could end up behind bars for weeks, months or even the mandatory four years, so it’s probably best to leave the Tixylix at home. What makes me go absolutely cold is we had bought a bottle of TIXILYX in Tesco's and it was in my husbands luggage - either they didn't see it or there is some element of urban myth in this article. And as for cannabis in the sole of a shoe - shudder, we'd spent a weekend at T-in-the Park so god knows what was on our shoes......... A scary, scary place we will NEVER fly through again.