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Hire Companies

There are many companies that you can try such as Belhasa, Thrifty, Avis and Hertz. Personally after trying a couple, Hertz were the best by a very long way in terms of price and customer service. The majority of staff at Kings’ that hire use Hertz. They offer a discounted teachers rate and for a new Yaris/Mazda 2/Fiesta it is AED1700. You will also need AED1000 available on a credit card for the security swipe however this isn’t actually charged. That is month by month with no commitment. They will also allow you return it early for no extra charge i.e. at Christmas you may only want it for 2 weeks so they charge you for 2 weeks. You can pick up and drop off at different a branch which is useful especially when going home as you can drop off/pick up at the airport. Any Salik is just paid at the end of each month and is charged at AED5 per toll gate.



Be careful with the smaller companies. They may offer you a good deal but will hit you with every charge under the sun at the end of the contract. Also you will probably see adverts for amazing deals such as AED1200 for a Yaris. These are usually limited mileage and on a 3 year lease.



Written by Nathaniel Hyde

ICT Teacher

7. How to buy a Second Hand Car & Salik
A really good way to start is to look on www.dubbizle.com to get an idea of price. All of the cars on Dubizzle are used and the majority is private sellers however there are a few dealers. You need to wait until you have all of the documents below before you buy a car.

Buying using cash/credit card



  • Passport

  • Resident Visa

  • Emirates ID (application form is enough)

  • UAE Driving License

  • Insurance Policy for the car (you have to buy this before you pick up the car)

Financing (financing can only be done from a dealer)

  • Passport

  • Resident Visa

  • Emirates ID (application form is enough)

  • UAE Driving License

  • Insurance Policy for the car (you have to buy this before you pick up the car)

  • Letter of no objection from Kings’

  • 3 months proof of salary paid electronically into a UAE bank

  • 20% deposit for the car (however this depends on the dealer as they can usually make it 0% if you ask)

You then need to decide if you will buy privately or from a dealer. I haven’t bought privately but I have heard many negative stories so just make sure you carefully check the service history out. You could however pick up a real bargain.

I bought from a dealer and it was very straight forward plus some even offer warranties. The place to go either way is Al Awir Auto Market. It is roughly 25 minute drive from school and is just huge! There is something like 300 showrooms for you to look around and they have everything from a Mitsubishi Lancer to a Monster Trucks with everything else in between!

Once you have agreed a price the car has to be tested, insured and then registered. The dealer did all of this for me so it was a very easy process! If buying privately you need to insure it and go to the testing and registration centre. For insurance get an idea of price at www.axa-gulf.com. The closest centre to school is in Al Quoz (literally 5 minutes away). The vehicle test costs AED120 and Registration (which has to be done every year) costs AED320. Once all complete they give you the registration card and your number plates to stick on.

Salik

Salik is basically the toll system used on Sheikh Zayed Road. There are four gates around Dubai which you have to pay AED4 every time you pass them. Rather than having toll booths, it automatically reads the chip in your Salik tag and deducts it from your prepaid account. Once you have purchased your car you must immediately go and buy a Salik tag available from any fuel station otherwise you will be fined. You then have to stick it on the inside of the windscreen and register. Go to http://www.salik.gov.ae/en for more information.





Written by Nathaniel Hyde

ICT Teacher


8. How to get a Bank Loan with Emirates NBD


  1. You will need an NBD bank account with 6 salary cheques paid into it

  2. Contact your bank via phone and ask to apply for a loan

  3. The bank will then call you back to arrange to meet you in person (at a location of your choice: work or home)

  4. At the meeting you will need to supply: a photocopy of your labour card (The Arabic secretary in school will email this to you), a photocopy of your ID card, a photocopy of your passport, a photocopy of your visa, a letter of no objection from school (school PA will be able to provide this)

  5. At this meeting the banker will ask you to sign the application forms

  6. Once the bank has these details it will take 5-7 days for the loan to be approved put into your account



Written by Emma Oldfield

Year 3 Teacher

9. How to Sponsor your Family



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