Story of my move to Dubai
The company I work for uses Crown Relocations and Interdean, whatever is cheaper in a particular case, to ship employees’ personal stuff overseas. I had to collect quotations from both companies and provide them to HR.
- Crown sounded very professionally on the phone, they followed up everything, and I really liked the attitude.
- Interdean sent a lady to my home to assess the amount of stuff to move. I requested an appointment after working hours and they did it. It was very convenient; I really appreciate when service companies stick to your schedule not theirs. She came on time, had a look at the stuff, took notes and calculated approximate volume. It was almost precisely correct at the end.
At the end, Interdean quotation was cheaper, so they were chosen. Three movers came to my apartment 5 minutes earlier than the booking time and finished in less than an hour with about 10 boxes. They packed everything themselves, including all the kitchen ware, dishes, electronics and even the washing machine using bubble wrap, paper and their own boxes as I didn’t have the stock package. After that I signed an invoice and they disappeared.
The stuff was shipped by sea-freight. The container had arrived a couple of days before I moved in my apartment in Dubai. Interdean hasn’t got a branch in Dubai, so another company called Writer Relocations delivered the shipment. They arrived on time and brought all the stuff into the apartment. Unpacking was also a part of the deal but I refused. Instead I checked a couple of boxes with the most fragile things (dishes and electronics). Nothing had been broken! That part of move was simply perfect.
I moved from Brussels and the only one-way option that was cheap enough was Turkish Airways via Istanbul. Can’t say that I really liked the journey, but that mostly relates to the fact that the plane was full. Service was fairly good.
With my contract, I was entitled with 1 month stay in an Angsana serviced apartment which was quite nice - a fourty something floors brand new building on Sheikh Zayed Road with a pool on the roof and free shuttle buses to Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. We weren’t bored there. Although, Angsana was nice, it has gone bankrupt recently. So, you will have to find another place to stay at.
Angsana living room