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Having domestic help is the norm for both expats and locals in Dubai. Whether they just have a part-time cleaner coming in for a couple of hours a week or a full-time, live-in maid, most people couldn’t imagine doing all the housework themselves. This idea may take some getting used to, especially for non-working spouses, but the relatively cheap cost of domestic staff will help you overcome any reservations you may have. Most non-working women find that having a cleaner or a maid gives them more time to spend with their children, their spouses and on themselves – and that has to be a good thing.

Having domestic help is the norm for both expats and locals in Dubai. Whether they just have a part-time cleaner coming for a couple of hours a week or a full-time, live-in maid, most people couldn’t imagine doing all the housework themselves. This idea may take some getting used to, especially for non-working spouses, but the relatively cheap cost of domestic staff will help you overcome any reservations you may have. Most non-working women find that having a cleaner or a maid gives them more time to spend with their children, their spouses and on themselves – and that has to be a good thing.

Live-in Maids

Most family accommodation contains a dedicated en -suite maid's room. In older villas, this was often a small stand alone room in the garden. In more modern villas, the maid's room is located on the ground floor, usually near the kitchen. Larger properties may provide a series of rooms where you can house several maids, a driver and a gardener.

Most maids are found by word-of-mouth or by notices on the notice-boards of supermarkets frequented by expats, including Spinneys, Choitrams and Park ‘n’ Shop. Agencies also exist which, for a hefty fee, will help you find domestic helpers from abroad who want to come and work in Dubai. They will normally allow you a 3-month trial with the maid. However, if things don't work out after that time, you won't get a refund. Examples of popular recruitment agen…