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 Dana El Baltaji
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 dubizzle.com 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.