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Leaving Dubai

With expatriates gearing up to flee Dubai, Kipp looks at the complications of disengaging with the once thriving emirate

January 19, 2009 2:18 by

Settling utility accounts and selling off personal belongings

If there’s anything easy about leaving Dubai, it’s cutting off your DEWA, phone and internet connections. It’s merely a matter of visiting the offices, taking your residency papers with you, and settling your accounts. The only problem at either the DEWA, Etisalat or du offices is speaking to someone who knows what they’re doing. Otherwise, the process shouldn’t take more than an hour.

Selling off your furniture, car and other items, on the other hand, is getting harder by the day. More and more expatriates are putting up ads on websites such as and selling all their belongings. For those who have no plans on leaving, this is a great time to buy used furniture and cars, but for those leaving, getting consumers to spend their cash (especially when economists continue to warn consumers against spending money). Good luck.


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  1. sleepless in sharjah on January 20, 2009 8:25 am

    they could afford the rainbow/lipton chai at the cafeteria by Jumeirah beach overlooking the Burj. n perhaps an EPPCO sandwich or a pint sized samosa could sum up the Dubai experience

  2. shantisubra on January 21, 2009 10:59 am

    What a cruel way, for one who has to leave this place that was once bubbling with activity, traffic, tickets, fine for every other simple (non)offence. A city trying to capture with the world’s highest, tallest, largest, biggest, longest………, A city where a commoner cannot even dream to reside alone or with family or with friends, is getting vacant this fast, but again with all difficulty in leaving!!!!!!!! Extremely SAD. Please authorities take some action, start the acts back with the bang………

  3. Mahesh on January 26, 2009 9:01 am

    Numbers given by DNRD doesnt add up, UAE census data shows population in the emirate on an average increases by 300000-400000 every year …Pls spend sometime before coming out with these bogus numbers.


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