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Relocation expert exchanged the rat race of Dubai for a quiet life by the sea

By Vaseline May26,2024
Relocation expert exchanged the rat race of Dubai for a quiet life by the sea

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My rent takes you to a reader’s home to see what they get for their money, how much they pay in rent and ask them what they like and don’t like

Deborah Bellis Wyborn spent so much time relaxing in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) with friends at weekends that she wondered why she didn’t just move there permanently.

So she took the plunge and left Dubai to move to RAK, where she pays Dh70,000 in rent for a three-bedroom villa by the sea.

Ms Wyborn, who runs her own moving company Relocate MENA, said she has never looked back since moving seven months ago.

The 52-year-old from Great Britain was invited The national one to her house to see why she made the move from the city to the coast.

Why did you choose to live here?

There were a number of reasons. I had lived in various gated communities in Dubai over the years, but many of my friends had made the move to RAK.

As a result, I spent a lot of time in RAK, especially on weekends when I traveled back and forth a lot.

It meant most of my free time was spent here, so I started thinking about moving permanently.

House prices in Dubai were skyrocketing and when a real estate agent contacted me to say there was this amazing property available in RAK, I didn’t have to think twice.

How much do you pay in rent?

The landlord originally asked for Dh80,000 but I offered him Dh70,000 and he accepted.

I previously lived in a townhouse in Damac Hills 2 and now the same property is advertised for Dh150,000.

I paid Dh70,000 for a five-bedroom apartment until the landlord sent me an eviction notice.

That’s more than double what I pay to live by the sea with a beautiful view of the Saraya Islands.

What is the community like where you live?

I live in Al Mataf and there is a real sense of community here. There are a lot of Emirati families living close to me, so it definitely feels very traditional.

It’s wonderful here. It’s super quiet and relaxing. The landscape around me is beautiful.

I thought I would miss the hustle and bustle of life in Dubai, but that is not the case at all.

It is only about a 15 minute drive to the shopping center. When I lived in Damac Hills 2, it was often an hour and 10 minute drive to central Dubai.

I quickly realized that I wasn’t actually missing anything, especially since I work from home a lot.

There is also a real coffee culture here. There are so many brilliant, small, independent coffee shops everywhere.

On weekends you see groups of people together in the most obscure places that you would never think of going to, the reason is that the coffee there is so good.

You don’t get many Starbucks or Costa branches here.

What details have you added that make you feel more at home?

My home is my sanctuary. I try to live as frugally as possible. My house is full of plants and cushions, but also cats.

Are you happy you left Dubai for Ras Al Khaimah?

I have so much peace of mind living here. There are so many expats coming here from other emirates, especially those from Britain.

Many people move here because it offers a change of pace.

Rental costs are also so high in Dubai which is another factor.

People don’t want to pay those prices unless it’s absolutely necessary. If you’ve been living here for any length of time, you’ll want to save money wherever possible.

For many, it is about the value of money.

Living here you get all the scenery of the sea and the mountains, it’s only 20 minutes away from Oman.

It’s just so relaxing to live here. Another advantage is that everything is so much cheaper here than in Dubai.

Updated: May 26, 2024, 8:39 AM

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