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A few questions about moving from Doha to Dubai

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Hi all - I am a long-time lurker on this forum but registered to post for the first time. I am early 30s, male, single, working in the corporate world.

I have lived in Doha for 2 years (and gasp, quite enjoyed it, though came here with very low expectations) but have received an offer to work for a company that is both more lucrative and a better career move and will be moving in Dubai in about 1.5 months.

One of the biggest factors of enjoying my life in Doha is the ability to live in a hotel/serviced apartment (albeit with flatmates). I am talking about Intercon, Kempinski, W and even Shangri-la now offering this sort of lifestyle. It is the stereotypical advantage of the expat lifestyle where I can outsource as much of my life admin as possible, and I am fortunate, privileged and very grateful to have the opportunity to do so here in Qatar.

Is there something comparable to the hotel/service apartment culture with flatmates in Dubai or is it "one-step short" of being a hotel and more of a nice apartment complex (where you arrange to pay your utilities and find a cleaner yourself)? I imagine it is the latter but would love something similar to what I have in Doha, ideally in the DIFC as that is where I will be working.

Also, I have been banking with CBQ and have been happy as I believe they offer the most competitive exchange rates from the major banks in Qatar. I am particularly interested in euros at this stage of my life rather than pounds. Is there a specific bank people can recommend in Dubai that is primarily known for competitive exchange rates?

Lastly and oddly enough, I have kept my savings within Qatar for a variety of reasons. With my impending move I have to transfer a decent amount of money and am looking for your recommendations on how to do so. I have an offshore USD account but am primarily interested in Euros. Due to the low USD rate, perhaps it is advisable to transfer to USD now and wait for a moment in the future where the USD strengthens before transferring to Euros? Ideally, I would convert from QAR to AED but the blockade is preventing me from doing so.

Thank you for your time - I have learned a lot by being a lurker on this forum and appreciate all of your insight and comments.


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