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Singapore vs. Dubai

Postby redmanti » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 5:29 am

Looking to hear other opinions about Dubai as a place for business as opposed to Singapore.

Dubai seems to be really booming at the moment and is attracting plenty of expats and new business. Seeing quite a few leaving Singapore to move to Dubai at the moment. No income tax at all seems a real plus.

Anyone else thinking about Dubai instead of Singapore for setting up business?
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Postby Plavt » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 6:35 am

No need to post using bold typeface and I think you are on the wrong board.
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Postby redmanti » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 7:29 am

It's meant to be about business set-up...

If not this one, which is the right one?

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Postby Plavt » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 7:56 am

This section is 'Business in Singapore' so I don't think too many posters other than a tiny minority are going to be familiar with Dubai, you may care to try here instead;

http://www.dubaiforums.com/

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Postby redmanti » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 8:07 am

Plavt wrote:This section is 'Business in Singapore' so I don't think too many posters other than a tiny minority are going to be familiar with Dubai, you may care to try here instead;

http://www.dubaiforums.com/


Thanks. I'll post it there too.

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Postby luxiana » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 5:43 pm

to cut a long story short: dubai is tax free... (at least you can negociate your salary tax free)

Expats in singapore find it more difficult to find a place to live. people just don't leave their home country to pay for the rent: they also expect to save money for their old days.

I've got friends with kids here who are considering moving back to their country because landlords are asking for $10K for a flat when they used to pay $3.5K ...

on top of that, from what I heard from people living in Dubai: you get a decent amount of money for a 9am-5pm job. that's pretty worth it as you can get to see your kids every day! :)

do: sincerely I prefer singapore over dubai but in terms of economics dubai may seem more attractive to expats.
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Postby durain » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 6:45 pm

i get to see more beautiful and sexy girls in singapore. :P

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Postby ksl » Fri, 15 Feb 2008 9:42 pm

durain wrote:i get to see more beautiful and sexy girls in singapore. :P
And what's life worth without women! :cry:

I spent over a year in Sharjah, when Dubia was just Dubia, without anything, to offer in the dessert, working for the Trucial Oman Scouts. All one could see was empty beer cans at that time, with female models on!

I have no idea if alcohol is available now, its been that long ago, but I did get the most beautiflu suntan, because i only ever wore swimming trunks, It was great at the time, touching 45c in summer! Never been to a hotter place than Dubia, used to swim at Sharjah creek often, in those days. Now its a paradise, i believe, but whats a paradise, without women!

Although there was also a grey area, even in my time, but that is not open for discussion I guess. But I do prefer the climate better to Singapore, much more dry! and believe me, that 1 year in the sun, left its mark for life, many people believe I could be from that region, with a permanent suntan! :wink:

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Postby Winxkid » Mon, 17 Mar 2008 2:27 am

luxiana wrote:to cut a long story short: dubai is tax free... (at least you can negociate your salary tax free)

Expats in singapore find it more difficult to find a place to live. people just don't leave their home country to pay for the rent: they also expect to save money for their old days.

I've got friends with kids here who are considering moving back to their country because landlords are asking for $10K for a flat when they used to pay $3.5K ...

on top of that, from what I heard from people living in Dubai: you get a decent amount of money for a 9am-5pm job. that's pretty worth it as you can get to see your kids every day! :)

do: sincerely I prefer singapore over dubai but in terms of economics dubai may seem more attractive to expats.


Yes absolutely agreeing to every points You mentioned, and if You are thinking about doing business there, You might need to consider their definition of weekends (Their weekends are Thursday and Friday)...
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Postby jpatokal » Tue, 18 Mar 2008 2:14 am

Egads. Let's clear a few misconceptions here:

* Alcohol is readily available in Dubai, although it's expensive. (As in Sing.)
* Local (UAE) women are obviously pretty much off limits, but there's a thriving expat community with quite a few single women as well. Singapore still wins this one by a mile though.
* Rentals in Dubai are really expensive and rising even faster than Singapore.
* The UAE weekend is Friday-Saturday. (Saudi and some other Gulf countries do use Thu-Fri though.)
* Weather in the UAE is really, really hot for half the year.

So in my book, Dubai's taxation is the only clear advantage, and if you run your own business in Sg there are ways around that as well. It's a nice enough place to visit though and, as it happens, I'll be popping in later this very week...
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Postby ksl » Tue, 18 Mar 2008 2:42 am

I spent a whole year in Dubai & Sharjah, long before it was developed, and believe me, it was worth staying there, the desert is a beautiful place to explore, if you know what you are doing, off road driving is exciting, crossing the wadies and camping, with a crate of beer, is great fun in 45/50 degrees (Obviously it's always great looking back at the good times)

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Postby Shimure » Thu, 10 Apr 2008 4:54 pm

as compared to singapore, the laws in dubai are still very restricted and the ease of commencing business is not easy too.
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