Monday, August 4, 2008

Ar Rehlah ila Dubai?

Wow it has been long time since I last checked my blog. Not that I dont have story to tell here but in fact I have so many things going on at the same time I don't know which one should be shared in this blog.

Then I realised the title of this blog is KEMBARA ILMU, so it is supposed to talk about my journey for knowledge which in reality, about my day to day understanding of the events, peoples and things around me.

So remember about the Important Decision I have made last month? Yes it was actually about a career move to oversea. I think a few of my close friends have already known that I accepted a job offer in Dubai. I will still continue to practise law but not in Malaysia jurisdiction but in Dubai/UAE jurisdiction. I am joining a regional law firm in Dubai for Islamic banking and finance practice which is what I have been doing here in Kuala Lumpur.

The interview parts and securing the job was easy, Alhamdulillah. But the ones proves to be tedious are all the process for visa and looking for a shelter in Dubai. But again I think it becomes tedious because I had to manage it whilst working.

Just to show you the nitty gritty which i have to go through for my residence visa:

1) Get my law degrees certified by UAE Embassy - but before they can certify my certificates I need to get certification from Wisma Putra and Ministry of Higher Education in Putrajaya.
2) Cost of certification - RM10 per copy with Wisma Putra, RM150 per copy with UAE Embassy plus petrol and toll to Putrajaya
3) Collection of documents - less than 1 hour with both Wisma Putra and Ministry of Higher Education, but 2 days with UAE Embassy. The Embassy can certify your certificate less than 1 hour but with extra fee of RM75. Macam tu pula...

And then come the issue of accommodation in Dubai. I have been searching the internet for room or apartment for rental for about 1 month now. The reality in Dubai is that everything nice is still under construction and they construct it for the rich peoples. Everything new in Dubai is of high quality and come with high price. So a small room rental per month can cost me more than a month salary in Malaysia. To make matter worst most of the landlords want you to pay rental one year upfront by 1 - 3 cheques. How absurd is that?

That is where their economy is directed i.e Dubai is built to be a place where rich people want to come and spend money. The result will be a small rat like me have to pay at premium just to get a basic necessity like a bedspace, room or flat. Hahah... already I am complaining. But this is reality and every place has its own pros and cons. In summation, I still dont have any confirmed accommodation in Dubai at the moment.

What about the pros? As of now I can see it in my letter of offer only...hehe . But I am hoping to see more. Life is not all about work and money.

Another cons would be my involvement in Dewangga Sakti. There is no way I can be active with them whilst living in Dubai. I plan just to continue listening to the music and practising with my bass guitar. Perhaps I could still jam with them whenever I go back to KL.

All in all the above are just what I expect it to be. I am excited but at the same time very worried and anxious about the move. Is this for real? Am I cut for this?

Last but not least, as a preparation to lead a closest possible life like in Malaysia, my wife has graciously taught me on how to prepare Nasi Lemak. Today I brought and ate Nasi Lemak prepared by myself. Below is the picture. Delicious.... and I found out a box of Nasi Lemak is sold at AED16 in Dubai. Oh Nasi Lemak...



"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream"

Vincent Van Gogh

13 comments:

spyz said...

good luck bro..

tak sempat aku nak tgk show full set korang..

p/s maybe accomodation tu senang dpt kalo ko ada kenal rkyt mlaysia yg dah lama tinggal sana. org kita bab2 camni rasanya suka menolong..

Syamsulfaiz said...

Hallo Spyz, terima kasih kerana sudi hinggap di sini. Rasa rugi sangat tak dapat datang gig di Maskara hari tu.
Memang aku tengah tanya dengan orang Malaysia di sana kalau ada rumah/bilik untuk disewa.
Harap satu hari nanti kita dapat bertemu dan lepak !

cohong gym said...

Incik, kat negara Ngarob (baca ikut style Sudin dalam cerita Pendekar Bujang Lapok), rental memang diaorang collect setahun terus. Murni punya abang pun kerja kat Ngarob sauuudi. Gaji masyuuuk. Awak pun mesti masyuuk gak kan?

Semua sudah settle except accomodation je la ni.. Tak pe bro susah sikit je ni. Nanti dah sampai sana senang banyak. Kengkawan tumpang gembira.

Tapi jangan lupa, aku nak pompuan sexy cun giler 3, tapau.

Alif Lam said...

cohong.. pompuan arab sexy boleh cari kat jln bukit bintang, belambak dah sbb skrg musim arab, yg pakai purdah hisap 'hoga' (rokok paip arab) tu pun belambak..

along, apa address ngko kat sana? aku cuba cari network company aku klu ada di dubai, skrg ni ramai yg di jordan, syria dan turki.

klu ngko sempat, ziarah la tempat2 yg bnyk peninggalan seni bina dan tamadun islam macam turki & sepanyol. jgn lupa ambik berkat ziarah makam para nabi & wali. moga2 kita dpt mencontohi sejrh perjuangan mereka dlm kembara ilmu.

Syamsulfaiz said...

Cohong tak larat aku nak tapau sampai 3. Airport tax mahal!

Lippy,

Cantek jugak tu kalau kau boleh refer member kau kat sana. Ada geng aku.
Setakat ni alamat utk aku ialah ofis majikan.
Ofis aku di Al Attar Business Tower, Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Memang ada perancangan nak jalan2 negeri Arab dan Europe, inshallah.

Ad- said...

selamat datang ke dubai..

=) u will enjoy here during winter...

summer tu duk ofis sudah

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Syamsulfaiz said...

Saudara Ad, thank you for visiting.
Actually I have been visiting your blog quite number of times ever since I research about Dubai. I enjoy listening to the music streaming in your blog. Hope our path crosses in Dubai and we hang out.

Nour said...

Salam En Sham..welcome to Dubai..
sbnarnye template tu, bley cari kt blogger template by blogcrowds..or just klik bwh skali in my blog..then,cari mn yg berkenan..slamat mencuba!!

mother of two said...

ahlah wasahlan wa marhaba bekum fi dubai..

insyaallah kitaorg kat sini mmg suka bantu membantu..jgn susah hati.

nasi lemak paling murah 25dhs sepinggan.. tapi masak sendiri lagi best...

Alif Lam said...

along.. kau jgn terkejut plk pasal org arab suka habiskan musim summer diorg dtg ke malaysia, takut ngkau pulak yg terikut2 diorg dtg ke sini.

apa nama firm ngkau di sana? kawan aku yg ustaz tu dah x stay dubai dah, baru je balik msia. tp dia kenallah dgn org2 malaysia yg keje kat sana. ramai budak pas kata dia.. ngko ok ke?

Syamsulfaiz said...

Alifi,

AKu rasa kalau kat oversea ni, Malaysian dah tak kisah ideology politik dah. Semuanya bersatu di bawah pegaruh teh tarik, roti canai, nasi lemak dan kuey teow goreng.

Anyway aku ahli UMNO yg suka kutuk UMNO.

Farish Shahrir said...

ArLong,
Pasal tu Cohong tak dapat keje kat Dubai..dia nak tapau sampai 3 awek Arab.

kau jangan jadi cam cohong.Ingat-ingat sikit.

Apapun, good luck. Senang-senang baca tribute aku kat kau dalam blog aku.

Alif Lam said...

along.. baru2 ni aku balik raya kat kg aku kat N9. baru aku teringat pak sedara aku keje petronas posting kat dubai.. dia tahu sgt lah al attar bisnes tower tu kat mana..

maybe end of this year, dia nk ke sana blk dgn wife dia. ni no fon dia 019-3240725. ngko cakaplah engko ni kawan aku kat uia..

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