Loading...

Follow Abu Dhabi Paddy | Abu Dhabi Expat Travel Blog on Feedspot

Continue with Google
Continue with Facebook
or

Valid
Engineering your future - At home, in Ireland
Are you looking to move back home to Ireland or UK soon? Are you working in the Engineering industry looking for a new challenge? If so, we need your experience and skills to contribute to major infrastructure projects in Ireland and the UK.
RPS making complex easy.
Who are RPS?
RPS is a recognised leader in multidisciplinary engineering, environmental, project communications and project management consultancy. We are 5,600 professional consultants and service providers with deep expertise in things that matter. We define, design and manage projects in the property, energy, transport, water, defense and security and resources sectors across 125 countries. In Ireland, we employ 600 of the most talented, high-performing professionals in the industry. Learn more: https://www.rpsgroup.com/
What opportunities are available?
RPS are offering exciting career opportunities in an organisation that is innovative and creative. You will expand your horizons through opportunities to work on interesting projects both at home and overseas. If you are ready to join our team, view jobs below to find out more…
RPS is currently managing large-scale transport, infrastructure and water projects in both Ireland and the UK. These projects have created significant opportunities for:
Civil Engineers Traffic and Transport ModellersDrainage Design EngineersDesign, Project, Senior Project EngineersPrincipal Engineers & Associate EngineersDirectors & Technical Directors
We are seeking candidates at all levels of the organisation. Please see links for further detail:
Civil Engineers (Highways & Transportation):
Senior Drainage Design/Highways Engineer - Galway
Transport Modeller – Cork
Aviation Civil Engineer (Airfield Designs)
Senior Aquatic Ecologist – Galway
How do I learn more and apply?
To learn more about opportunities at RPS and to discuss further, please contact: Annette Patterson, Talent Acquisition Specialist at RPS, on annette.patterson@rpsgroup.com or https://www.rpsgroup.com/
To explore more roles and opportunities at RPS, please visit: https://www.rpsgroup.com/company/careers/
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
Engineering your future - At home, in Ireland
Are you looking to move back home to Ireland or UK soon? Are you working in the Engineering industry looking for a new challenge? If so, we need your experience and skills to contribute to major infrastructure projects in Ireland and the UK.
RPS making complex easy.
Who are RPS?
RPS is a recognised leader in multidisciplinary engineering, environmental, project communications and project management consultancy. We are 5,600 professional consultants and service providers with deep expertise in things that matter. We define, design and manage projects in the property, energy, transport, water, defense and security and resources sectors across 125 countries. In Ireland, we employ 600 of the most talented, high-performing professionals in the industry. Learn more: https://www.rpsgroup.com/
What opportunities are available?
RPS is currently managing large-scale transport, infrastructure and water projects in both Ireland and the UK. These projects have created significant opportunities for:
Civil Engineers Traffic and Transport ModellersDrainage Design EngineersDesign, Project, Senior Project EngineersPrincipal Engineers & Associate EngineersDirectors & Technical Directors
We are seeking candidates at all levels of the organisation. Please see links for further detail:
Civil Engineers (Highways & Transportation):
Drainage Design Engineer:
Traffic & Transport Modeller:
Senior Project Engineers, Senior Engineers:
Design, Project, Senior Project & Senior Engineers:
Director, Building Services:
How do I learn more and apply?
To learn more about opportunities at RPS and to discuss further, please contact: Annette Patterson, Talent Acquisition Specialist at RPS, on annette.patterson@rpsgroup.com
To explore more roles and opportunities at RPS, please visit: https://www.rpsgroup.com/Group/Careers.aspx
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
This week, Kieran McMahon, a personal trainer based in Abu Dhabi who has a passion to help young teachers get in their best shape, improve their energy and gain more confidence and productivity tells us how the benefits of a good nights sleep.
We all know that getting a good night sleep is something we should aim for every night but how many of us actually prioritise our sleep? We are now going to bed much later with some of us hitting the hay around midnight, the time that should be the ‘middle' of the night. Do you make the decision at 9 or 10 pm to get a good night sleep or instead choose to watch another episode of your favourite Netflix show? It is a tricky one for most and you may not be aware of the impact your lack of sleep is having on you.
For years, I struggled with energy during the day and found that it took me ages to get going in the morning. I would find it really hard to get myself out of bed and I would live off caffeine to keep me productive. My progress in my training was really slow and my motivation to train was also really poor. Today I see colleagues, family members and friends with similar issues on a daily basis and I am sure some of you can also resonate with such issues. It took me a long time to make the connection between these poor energy levels and my lack of sleep. Nowadays, I have made my sleep pattern much more of a priority each day and I have noticed dramatic differences in my daily schedule especially with my productivity at work and in my training.
We all know that not getting a proper night sleep will negatively affect our mood and performance the following day. However, most people are not fully aware of how impactful sleep can be to our overall health and how it can drastically slow down our fitness goals of burning fat and building muscle. If your fitness goal is to get leaner or build muscle and you have stalled in your progress despite being on point with your training and nutrition, then look at your sleep quality. If you are finding that your productivity at work is dropping and your energy and mood is off, ask yourself the following questions:
Am I getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night?Do I wake up in the middle of the night?Do I feel wired and alert in the evening?Do I wake up feeling tired?Does it take me a long time to fall asleep?
If you have answered yes to any of the following questions, then you have to work on your sleep as it is affecting your performance every day.
Poor sleep affects your body with its impact on your hormones. Such hormones include your melatonin, cortisol, growth hormone and insulin. To achieve maximum results in your training, body composition and productivity each day, then these hormones need to be in balance.
Melatonin Production:
Also known as the ‘hormone of darkness’, melatonin is created by your body when it gets dark and basically tells your brain when it is dark and when it is time to sleep. Produced in the pineal gland in the center of the brain, this hormone is the driver behind our healthy sleep cycles and also a key player in energy metabolism which is important for fat loss. Our melatonin creation has been largely affected in recent times due to our exposure to artificial lights as our body thinks that it is still daytime long after the sun has gone down. If you are someone who wakes up in the middle of the night, you will be interrupting your melatonin production especially if you turn on the light. If you do regularly wake up, my advice is not to turn on the light or look at your phone. In fact, exposure to artificial light like your mobile phone or IPad before bed can delay melatonin release for up to 3 hours and will therefore impact your quality of deep sleep which will result with you feeling groggy the following morning!
Growth Hormone:
Whether your fitness goal is to gain size and muscle or get lean, your growth hormone will play a key role. If growth hormone levels are low, burning fat and building lean muscle can become very difficult. The majority of growth hormone is produced during your deep sleep, especially in the first two hours. Unfortunately, as we get older, especially after our twenties, our levels of growth hormone begin to decrease and our lack of sleep only adds to this. In fact, males who only receive 5 to 6 hours of sleep per night will have the same level of testosterone (essential for muscle strength and fertility) of someone 10 years older!
Insulin:
The controlling factor of our blood sugar levels, a lack of sleep will affect your insulin hormone and make things very difficult for you especially if your goal is fat loss. I can personally testify to this. When I am trying to shed some fat, my cravings for sugar is much worse when I have not had a proper night sleep. An imbalance in your blood sugar levels is a major effect of sleep deprivation. When you are low in energy, you are constantly looking for that ‘pick me up’ and this can be highly detrimental to your fat loss goals. With a good night sleep, your cravings for sugary foods will reduce dramatically.
Cortisol:
Known as the stress hormone, our cortisol levels are naturally produced when we wake up in the morning and gradually decrease as the day progresses into the evening. Cortisol is part of our built-in survival mechanism developed from our ancestral times to help us stay alert and deal with stressful situations. Referred to as our ‘flight or fight mode’, this stress hormone was historically important for our ancestors to stay alert for immediate threats while living on the plains of the savannah! However, because of the demands and stresses of today’s society, our bodies are releasing much higher levels of cortisol on a regular basis, so it is therefore really important to get into a relaxed state as the evening winds down.
For most people, cortisol levels can be quite high throughout the day and night and this makes it difficult for people to fall asleep as they have so many things going on in their mind. This was something that I struggled with for a long time, however by implementing a few useful strategies such as writing a to-do list and putting my phone on airplane mode an hour before bed, I have found that I am able to switch off a lot better. If you struggle to switch off late at night, your cortisol levels may be higher than they should be so my advice is to take a look at your nighttime routine. Try not to watch television too late, stay on social media or drink alcohol as these are all contributors to raising your cortisol levels. You may not feel stressed, but such factors are limiting your body’s ability to unwind.
All of the above hormonal changes affect our natural sleep/wake cycle, known as our circadian rhythm. Maintaining a consistent balance with these will dramatically affect how you perform and live each day.
Circadian Rhythm:
Researchers have stated that our poor sleeping habits are negatively affecting our long-term health and not getting at least 7 hours a night can reduce our chances of living a long and healthy life and can dramatically speed up the aging process. In fact, studies have shown a strong link between sleep deprivation and diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Our busy schedules have not helped matters. Most of us are up before the sun rises and are arriving home as it gets dark. On top of that, we are constantly surrounded by artificial light which again makes it more difficult for our bodies to switch off. This affects our circadian rhythm which is basically our 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of our brains and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It's also known as our sleep/wake cycle.
As night approaches, our eyes send a signal to the hypothalamus, a small region at the base of the brain, to let us know that it is time to feel tired. Our brain then lets our body know that it is time to release melatonin, thus making us tired. This is why we feel tired at night as our circadian rhythm tends to coincide with the cycle of daytime and night-time. This is also why people who do shift work find it so hard to sleep during the day and stay awake at night.
A dip in energy for most adults usually occurs just after lunch (between 1 and 3 pm) due to their circadian rhythm. With regular quality sleep, you will find that you won’t feel the dips and rises as much. However, if you are sleep deprived, like most, you will notice bigger swings of alertness and sleepiness. Going to bed and getting up around the same time each day – including at the weekend - will help with your circadian rhythm. You may have noticed that you are out of sorts and lacking energy when you break your sleeping pattern especially when things such as jet lag or a social event disrupt your regular sleeping routine. Have you ever been more tired at the weekend even though you probably have had more sleep? That’s the break in your circadian rhythm at play. My advice here is to try to keep your bedtime routine as regular as possible especially if you are someone who struggles to get a good night sleep.
It is important to understand that being underslept is creating an imbalance in your hormones and as such is leaving your body in a stressed state. When your body is in a stressed state, it can’t focus its attention on other things such as burning fat or building muscle. Your energy and productivity levels at work and in training are affected and your hunger levels will be all over the place. My advice is to develop a nighttime routine to restore your sleep pattern.
Here are some of my top tips for a strong sleep pattern:
Regularity: Try to go to bed and get up at the same time even at weekends.Darkness: Reduce exposure to artificial light in the evening. Invest in some blackout blinds and put the IPad, phone, and laptop away an hour before bed. Another option here is to invest in a pair of blue light blocking glasses, which will block the artificial blue wavelengths that make your body think that it is still daylight. Even switching off half of the lights in the house an hour before bed will help increase melatonin levels.Keep it cool: Your body needs to drop 2-3 degrees Fahrenheit to initiate sleep. It is much easier to fall asleep when you are colder. Reduce the room temperature in your room to make it nice and chilly. Once you jump into your warm bed, you will drift off pretty quickly. Avoid Caffeine: Avoid coffee and other stimulants after 3 pm to help your body and mind unwind.Write out a to-do list or write in a journal before bed to help the brain relax and not think about what is happening the following day.
By even adopting 1 or 2 of the above tips, your sleep quality may improve dramatically. Give them a go, develop a solid nighttime routine and experience immediate improvements in your fitness, energy, mood, and productivity.
Kieran is a personal trainer based in Abu Dhabi who has a passion to help young teachers get in their best shape, improve their energy and gain more confidence and productivity.
Instagram:@kmfintess_pt
Facebook: @ptkmfitness
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
So another year beckons and the common question on everyone’s lips is, ‘What is your New Year’s resolution?’
The first of January presents an opportunity for all of us to take on a new challenge or to adopt new habits to improve our life in some way shape or form. Improvements in health, fitness and wellbeing are common goals for a lot of people at this time of the year but unfortunately the stats for the completion of New Year’s resolutions does not make for positive reading and figures suggest that a lot of people don’t see their goals through. In fact some research indicates that up to 80% of people will give up on their new goals within the first couple of months of this year! So why is it that most of us cannot adopt and continue the new lifestyle habits that we desire?
A craving for immediate satisfaction
In a society as fast paced as the UAE, immediate results and instant gratification are the norm for most of us. When we want something, we have got to have it as soon as possible. When associating this problem with health and fitness, the issue lies in the fact that most people want body transformation results as quickly as possible and when such results don’t happen fast enough, frustration kicks in and ultimately leads to that goal falling by the wayside. Quite simply, people are less likely to commit to a goal that doesn’t offer an immediate (or at least an immediately obvious) pay-off.
So to combat this issue, it is important to have some sort of a plan in place in order to guarantee success. Here are four strategies that will help you stay on track long term and achieve those New Year’s resolutions once and for all.
1. Start Small and Keep Things Simple
Most people jump straight into the deep end and take on too much in the beginning. It is important to keep things as simple as possible. One way of doing so is to break your overall goal into smaller bite size chunks. For example, if you have never visited a gym before and your goal is to start lifting weights, my advice would be to start small in the beginning and aim to get into the gym twice or three times a week for 40-45 mins periods, instead of going hell for leather. This will help develop the habit of making time in your week to get to the gym and being more productive while you are there.
Furthermore, if your goal is to slim down and tone up before the summer months, don’t try to shift all the weight in the next month or two by going flat out and over restricting yourself with your food. Instead, take a slower more attainable approach of incorporating more productive training sessions and more attainable eating habits. You are much more likely to achieve your goal long term. Try to incorporate your new fitness goals into your daily routine. Developing such behavioural change is not easy so don’t complicate things. The more decisions we have to make, and the more options we have to choose from, the harder it becomes to maintain self-control. This is why, for example, many people choose to exercise in the morning before the day fills up with chores and possibilities.
2. Be Specific
The second issue a lot of people have is that they are too general with the goals that they set. ’Losing some weight’ or ‘getting fitter’ is too broad and needs to be narrowed down. Set specific targets to aim for such as a specific weight loss target with a specific date or event to achieve it by. Maybe you want to run a 10k or a half marathon before the end of the year? If so, go and find a race meet at a suitable time in the year and gear your training towards that. Focus your attention on this specific goal and track your progress each week until you reach it.
3. Have a Plan and be Realistic
Mapping out how you are going to reach your fitness goal and visualising yourself at the end result can significantly contribute to whether or not you will achieve success, however, ensure that you are realistic when first starting out. Achieving that dream physique will not happen overnight so don’t feel disheartened if you are not seeing the success you wanted in the first few weeks. Aim for constant small wins such as the development of daily healthy lifestyle habits. It’s important that people feel like every little bit of self-improvement counts. Nobody can achieve a 6 pack in a day or train for a marathon in a week; but it's important to remember that preparing your lunch for work, opting for the stairs over the elevator, or choosing to cook instead of ordering in, is a step toward that ultimate goal. As the year goes on and you accumulate more and more smaller wins, you will be able to look back and see how much you have actually achieved. If you aim for too much in the beginning you are likely to find yourself feeling disappointed and frustrated. Setting realistic targets each month will create greater feelings of success and feelings of achievement and will encourage you to strive for more.
4. Develop Accountability
Research has shown that having some form of accountability can significantly increase your chances of achieving your goals. It is important to remember why you have set the goal in the first place. Maybe there is an event you want to look good for, maybe you want to improve your health so that you can play with your children or maybe you want to improve your productivity and energy at work. Remembering your why is very important especially on those days and mornings when you just don’t feel like it.
Here are some other ways of increasing your accountability:
find a training partnerjoin a team, group or clubinform your friends and family of your goalstrack your progress and share your results
So give these four a try and watch as you progress towards your goal. Developing a new behavioural change is difficult, so my advice is to keep things simple and don’t be too hard on yourself. Creating some new positive daily habits will greatly improve your general health and wellbeing and will help make those New Year’s resolutions stick. Finally, if you slip up on a given day, don’t throw in the towel and abandon all of the hard work you have achieved. Slip ups are inevitable. They are a part of life. When they do happen, it is crucial that you put them behind you and start again the following day.
Best of luck on achieving your fitness goals for the year ahead.
Kieran McMahon
Personal Trainer based in Abu Dhabi
Facebook: @ptkmfitness
Instagram: @kmfitness_pt
Email: kmfitness_pt@hotmail.com
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
Are you looking to move back home to Ireland or UK soon? Are you working in the Engineering industry looking for a new challenge? If so, RPS need your experience and skills to contribute to major infrastructure projects in Ireland and the UK.
RPS are hiring across civil, mechanical and electrical disciplines.
Who are RPS? RPS are a recognised leader, award winning multidisciplinary engineering, environmental, project communications and project management consultancy. Internationally, RPS employ over 5,500 people developing pioneering and innovative ideas on strategic, sustainable policies and projects. In Ireland, RPS employ 600 talented, high-performing industry professional. Learn more about RPS in Europe.
What opportunities are available? RPS is currently managing large-scale transport and infrastructure projects in both Ireland and the UK. These projects have created significant opportunities for • Civil engineers with a focus on highways, bridges, drainage, geometrics, water and general infrastructure. • Mechanical • Electrical engineers • Project Managers We are seeking candidates at all levels of the organisation.
Please see link for further detail:
Where will I be based? Roles will be predominantly based in our Galway office, however there is flexibility to be located in one of our other offices if it is a better fit for you. In Ireland, RPS offices are located in Cork, Dublin and Galway.
How do I learn more and apply? To learn more about opportunities at RPS and to discuss further, please contact: Annette Patterson, Talent Acquisition Specialist at RPS, on annette.patterson@rpsgroup.com
To explore more roles and opportunities at RPS, please visit: https://www.rpsgroup.com/Group/Careers.aspx
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
With a limited number of places remaining for our annual How to in Abu Dhabi evening in McGettigan's AUH. If you haven't registered already just email us info@abudhabipaddy.com.
We would like to give you an insight into what to expect, whom you can meet and give you the lowdown on your new home. We will be covering such topics as;
How to get your residency visa,How to get a UAE sim card & your phone set up How to get an Emirates IDHow to rent a carHow to get a liquor licence How to send money homeHow to get teaching suppliesHow to behave & respect the local cultureHow to be behave on social mediaHow to make make the most of your gratuityHow to join sporting clubs and community organisationss
And so much more.....
Along with receiving a complimentary drink (cocktails for the ladies no less) upon arrival & entry into our spot prize draws, we have many of Abu Dhabi's most trusted and experienced representatives will be on hand to help answer any questions you may have or assist you such as;
And there will be a number of sporting clubs & community organisations too.
We are really looking forward to meeting Abu Dhabi's newest expats. It promises to be a fantastic evening. If you haven't registered already please email us - info@abudhabipaddy.com.
See you on Wednesday, August 29th at 8pm.
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
In the final installment of our Leaving Abu Dhabi series, we asked Cat O'Sullivan what difficulties did they face upon their return? For example, motor insurance, bank account opening etc.
"Once we started looking in to coming home it became clear that we would have a challenge getting motor insurance. In hindsight the big mistake was not staying as a named driver on one of our family members policy during the years we were away. While in the UAE were insured by RSA for the entire period bar one year where we bought a new car and got complimentary insurance. Before we left we visited the office of each insured and got confirmation of the no claims status and also a contact person that our insurance company could speak to so that they could confirm this (we had already been in touch with Glennons before we left so knew they needed verbal confirmation).
A lot of insurance companies didn't want to deal with us as we didn't have any recent Irish/UK insurance history and RSA even refused to speak to us directly (in fact they were a bit rude about it) as they only deal through an intermediary. In the end we got a competitive quote from Glennons as they accept international no claims but do look for verbal confirmation of this from the company itself.
While we were away we had returned regularly and had kept our bank accounts active so there were no issues there. Getting a public services card is important and was easily done. Also registering for child benefit was straight forward and was then backpaid from when we arrived in Ireland. Registration for under 6 GP care was also straight forward once we found a GP participating in the scheme who had availability.
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
In the fourth installment of our Leaving Abu Dhabi series, we asked Cat O'Sullivan what document should people bring home before they leave the UAE. She told us that before she left Abu Dhabi last year she applied for "a police clearance certificate is usually very easily obtained online in Abu Dhabi. However, depending on who it is being made out to (i.e. general rather than a specific employer) you might need to call in to the police directorate in person to complete the process as you can get an error in the online process. Completing the process in person is easy but finding the right office can be difficult so best to check with your PRO where to go if you do need to complete it in person. Also getting a copy of any health or vaccination records might be useful before you leave particularly if you only have files in one or two hospitals or a complex medial history."
We asked Cat to share any other details that will help to make the move easier. She says "Once the decision is made to move home start planning and do as much as you can as quickly as you can taking every opportunity to either sell stuff you don't need or bring stuff home. We only moved to the UAE for a year or two originally and even though we ended up staying 9 years we knew the time would come when we would be leaving. If you know that you are going to be leaving in the near future and have the luxury of space to store stuff back in Ireland then it is worth bringing home bits and pieces you don't need when you return for holidays. If you can max out your luggage allowance with things that you don't actively need like photo albums or books. Before you actually move there will most likely be a few short trips home to arrange and set things up, these are good opportunities to bring home bits and pieces that you don't want to risk to cargo. Once you make the decision to move home for definite you need to move quickly to secure a place in a nearby schools/crèches for your kids as spaces in these can be in short supply and fill quickly. The other thing to consider is where you are going to live and how much this will cost. Having a job or at least started the process of looking for one will also make things easier. We were lucky in that one of us had secured a job before we moved home and the interview for this was done over the phone."
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
In the third installment of our Leaving Abu Dhabi series, we asked Cat O'Sullivan how she sold her furniture and belongings before she left Abu Dhabi last year.
"Mostly facebook groups but also notice boards and emails in work places. These facebook groups can have a lot of posts and sometimes whether or not something sells is just luck. Its also worth having realistic prices (or asking for offers) and also being prepared to deliver if possible. For stuff that we couldn't sell we either offered it for free on facebook or used takemyjunk.com (they will come and take everything you don't want).
It's also worth starting to try and sell your car as soon as you decide to leave and rent one for the remainder of the period you have left. Cars can take time to sell especially as the market will be flooded in early June. Dubizzle is good but car ads are not free and you will get a lot of silly offers and a lot of timewasters, not sure if facebook is much better in this regard. Sellanycar.com is good in that they take your car there and then but there are some cars they don't consider and on the whole will not give you a great price usually, best thing to do with them is hold tough as they start out low and wait till you get a price you are happy with (they try to wear you down by drawing things out and can take up to 30 minutes to make their best offer). Also if you have a loan on your car it needs to be cleared before you can sell it. The bank should inform the RTA directly when the loan is cleared so when you go to transfer ownership there should be a note in your file."
Read Full Article
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
We asked a recent ex-expat, Cat O'Sullivan who left Abu Dhabi last year to share her experiences in a five part blog series. In our first blog, we asked her how to cancel utilities like ADDC & Etislaat and to cancel UAE bank accounts correctly followed by the steps she took in choosing a company to ship her belongings home.
"We didn't ship any furniture home as we didn't think the furniture was worth what the shipping would cost. We looked into shipping with a few different companies but most were quite expensive and would take ages to arrive in Ireland. In the end we went with Etihad air cargo as they were the cheapest and quickest. You end up doing a lot of the admin yourself compared to the other options but you save a lot of time and money. The cargo terminal is near terminal 2 at the international airport and can be very busy at random times of the day and night so be prepared for a long wait. Pack the boxes as well as you can and close them tightly with plenty of tape. Its no harm to number them and mark them as fragile as I don't think they are too gentle with the boxes when in transit, best not to put anything too fragile unless it is well padded. We had visited the cargo terminal a week before sending things to confirm the cost, documentation and procedure. Only standard ID documents are required as well as an address both in the UAE and in Ireland. The cost is broken down by a fixed charge to cover customs admin etc and a rate per kg for the shipping. On the night we went to ship the boxes the fixed charge was more than they told us originally but there was a sale on shipping so the rate per kg was less, in total it cost less than expected.
With this option you pack our own boxes (we got these at ACE hardware) and hire a guy with a truck to take them to the airport. We had 27 boxes of varying sizes which came to a total of 555kg. We sent them via air cargo directly to Cork. The bill at Abu Dhabi airport was 2650dhs (~€630) and the bill from Allied Forwarding at Cork was €180. Very competitive when we were quoted €750 to ship a fraction of this weight by some of the better known companies. The whole process took around 10 days to Cork but waiting/clearance times in Dublin are significantly longer. As far as we know they can ship to most major ports/airports so its worth checking if they ship to your nearest one as it might save you time and also be cheaper.
Upon arrival you will need to collect the boxes from the forwarding company yourself or alternatively they can arrange delivery at an additional cost. Ensure you have as detailed an inventory as possible for each box to avoid customs having to open them. This will be filled into the form for the company you choose to handle the cargo at the Irish airport. if your forwarding company completes a change of residence form you shouldn't get changed customs fees on your belongings but it may be worth checking with the forwarding company beforehand just in case there is anything that will attract a customs charge regardless of your status. For a change in residence you will need to supply as much information as you can, we gave them the following info (possibly a bit of overkill but better to give them as much as possible to show period of residence in the UAE and intention to return home.
These include;
Copy of the AWB for shipmentCopy of most recent lease agreement in Abu DhabiConfirmation of intention to vacate premises from current landlordUtility (Electricity & Water) account closing letterUtility bills from April 2012, September 2010 and May 2017Utility deposit confirmation from August 2010Copies of passports and residency visasMarriage certificateLetter from employer confirming positionLetter from solicitor confirming place of residence in IrelandPPS numbers for both of us"
Read Full Article

Read for later

Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
close
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview