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- Utilities in Dubai
Most new apartments in Dubai generally come with electric connections for cooking, however gas cookers can still be used. In the West gas is supplied from a direct connection but here in Dubai gas cylinders are bought to connect gas to your cooker through an outside tap. You can order these gas cylinders from a supplier and they are normally delivered within the hour depending on the day. Using gas can work out cheaper than electricity and the cylinder can usually last months depending on usage. A deposit is required for a gas cylinder between 200/300 Dhs depending on size and then a refill costs between 50/70 Dhs.
TEL: 04 272 1094
Here in Dubai Emirates Telecommunications Corporation or commonly known as Etisalat is the main telephone provider. They do provide many other services and are constantly reviewing their prices. To have a landline connected you would need a valid resident visa, copies of your passport and a bank account.
The only provider for internet in the UAE is The Emirates Internet and Multimedia company. Some sites are restricted and a standard landline with a 56k modem is needed.
You can access many different satellite channels here in Dubai whether its local or beamed in from other regions.
- Pets in Dubai
For those who are animal lovers and who own a pet in Dubai there is nothing more stressful than when planning a holiday or business trip and having to leave your pet behind. Even in Dubai there are services in place to give you peace of mind that when you are away from your loved one/s they can still be cared for and looked after. So whatever you require, either a pet sitter or pet hotel then please find listed below some services available catering for pets.
The below list is a guidance and has not been checked out by us so before booking please look into the company you choose before booking in your pet so that you are happy with their services.
Dubai Pet Sitting
PO Box 213821
TEL: 050 565 1742
PO BOX 29893
TEL: 04 399 4223 (Answer Phone)
TEL: +971 6 766 2397
Animal Care Centre
Located in Sharjah
TEL: 06 543 6280
Located in Barsha
TEL: 04 341 5201
Located a short drive from Dubai's Dragon Mart Mall
TEL: 050 273 0973
British Veterinary Clinic
TEL: 02 66 50085
TEL: 04 885 3637
Pets HabitatRoyal Pets
TEL: 04 341 8085
TEL: 04 288 6684
- Maid Service in Dubai
TEL: 04 351 7807
TEL: 050 919 2029
TEL: 04 339 4151
TEL: 06 543 6333
- General Maintenance
Listed below are a few local companies that can help with either plumbing or electrical problems and general maintenance issues you may have.
TEL: 04 382 4400
Hitches and GlitchesHowdra Cleaning and Maintenance
TEL: 04 341 2888
TEL: 04 227 2736
Permaglaze Property Improvements
TEL: 04 323 2722
- Landscaping and Gardens
Ace Gardner Center
800 275 223
Dubai Garden Centre
TEL: 04 340 0006
TEL: 050 159 9723
TEL: 050 656 5971
St Tropez Design
TEL: 04 336 2003
- Dubai Metro
Dubai has inaugurated its metro network which commenced on the 9th September 2009 and is the first urban metro network in the Gulf’s Arab states.
It was and still is a very exciting challenge taken on by “Systra” who were awarded the preliminary engineering contract, and a consortium of four companies headed by Japan's, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) who led the project to build the first two lines of a high-tech driverless rapid transit system. Other consortium members include the Japanese Obayashi and Kajima corporations and Yapi Merkesi of Turkey.
Once complete the Metro is expected to carry 1.2 million passengers a day to various destinations. The carriage is in 5 car sets, fully air-conditioned and will include a separate carriage for women and children and also a VIP section.
As the economy continues to grow so does the traffic and congestion problems, therefore the Dubai Metro will hopefully ease this when locals begin to use the metro more frequently.
The Metro will include stops at destinations like Dubai Marina, Emirates Tower, Burj Dubai, and the airport.
It all started in February 2006 when ground-works began which evolved around the 52km Red Line. Then in August 2006 the MHI took contract for building the green line, which will link Dubai Airport and Healthcare City.
Once the red line is complete the line will have 29 stations four of which are underground. Only 10 lines were opened in September 2009.
Currently the Red Line runs from Rashidiva to Jebel Ali. The Green Line (22km) will have 18 stations from Al Ittihad Square to Rashidiya bus station through to Deira City Centre and Dubai Airport Terminals 1 and 3.
Eventually it will be extended to serve the Deira and Bur Dubai central areas and souks up to Burjuman and Wafi shopping centres. Interchange stations will be at Al Ittihad Square and Burjuman.
In full operation the Dubai Metro will include more lines catering for more destinations. With the Purple Line under construction and the Blue Line to follow it will eventually link the current international airport with the new Dubai World Central International Airport which is being built at Jebel Ali. Also included is the yellow line which is a light rail operation.
When the Dubai Metro has come to completion with the addition to more lines serving more locations throughout Dubai, travel will be easier, safer and quicker.
The Road Traffic Association (RTA) expects the 318km of metro lines to be in full operation by 2020.
Ticket Prices for Dubai Metro
There are four types of tickets which you will need to purchase from ticket machines and these are rechargeable.
1. Red Ticket AED 2-12 (depending on stop)
2. Silver Ticket AED 20 (for frequent travelers)
3. Gold Ticket AED 20 (leather seats and carpeted)
4. Blue Ticket AED 70 (includes added features, online services etc)
Dubai Metro Times
• Saturday: Thursday 6am – 11pm
• Friday: 2pm-midnight
• During peak hours Metros will run every 3 min 45 sec, but initially the frequency will be every 10 minutes