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Had to cancel the vacation you had been looking forward to? While your travel plans may have been put on hold for now, how about some virtual travel to keep that travel bug satisfied?! Read More
How do you make sure your house isn't harboring an invited guest - The Coronavirus? Follow this step-by-step guide to disinfect your home. Read More
As Dubai enters a 24-hour lockdown for two weeks, confusion and rumors are making it difficult for residents to figure out what's permitted and what's not. So, we've prepared a simple and comprehensive guide to get you all the facts... Read More
Are you a homeowner looking for financial relief during these uncertain times? Mortgage refinance may be the solution you're looking for. Read More
Amid the Covid-19 lockdown and closure of gyms and fitness centers, home workouts have become incredibly popular. Here's how you can stay in shape, even in self-isolation. Read More
Worried about how you're going to afford your kids' school fees amid this crisis? Help has finally arrived in the form of interest-free installment plans and fee reductions. Read More
Social distancing, self-isolation, self-quarantine - Call it what you may, but there's no denying that being away from friends and family is going to take a psychological toll on you. To get you through the lockdown, here are some great ways to keep those social interactions going! Read More
With Coronavirus related lay offs and salary cuts set to impact lives, how are banks stepping up to support customers? And what steps can you take to get back on your feet? Read More
Among a host of financial relief measures announced by banks in the UAE, there's some good news for first-time home buyers - You only need to put 20% down payment on your first property purchase. Read More
Have you heard about the latest news on car registrations in the UAE? You can now renew your car registration exclusively online. The only requirement - Car insurance ! Read More
Will your health insurance cover Coronavirus testing, diagnosis and treatment? Our team answers some of the most pressing questions right here. Read More
You're at home with the kids 24x7. How do you help them keep up with their learning, while retaining your own sanity? Our CEO (and mum to two kids) shares her tips... Read More
The UAE Central Bank has just announced a financial stimulus program to support the country's economy and banking system. Here's what this means for you. Read More
Do you enjoy the convenience of paying with your debit card or look forward to earning bonus rewards with your credit card? Or do you prefer to simply transact with cash? We take a look at all these three payment methods to help you choose the right mix for... Read More
Eating healthy on a budget - Yes, it's possible! We share some tips, hacks and ways you can enjoy a healthy diet without splurging. Read More
How can you use your credit cards to save on travel expenses? Besides the obvious air miles benefit, we explore a number of other travel hacks - All thanks to your credit card! Read More
Fraudulent agents collecting cash payments, policies being miss-sold, cheap quotes offered by forging driver details - Souqalmal uncovers the latest scams to hit the car insurance market in the UAE. Read More
As more and more millennials take the path to financial freedom, we can't help but compare our humble journeys with that of Prince Harry and Meghan. Read More
With Dubai being an expat hotspot, newcomers are always looking to rent or buy a house, while existing residents look to upgrade. Here's how you can find a trustworthy real estate agent who isn't out to dupe you. Read More
Are you struggling with managing money? Social media could be the culprit. Find out how you can avoid social media's negative influence on your financial happiness. Read More
With the Coronavirus outbreak spreading across the world like wildfire, it is important to know if your travel insurance will protect you, and to what extent. Read More
In a rush to become debt-free, are you unknowingly taking shortcuts? Certain mistakes can be detrimental to your current as well as future financial well-being. Here are seven traps to steer clear of on your path to debt repayment. Read More
We’re a generation of customers that want things NOW. Food, cabs, entertainment… even credit cards! Instant approvals for credit cards are changing the game, here's how... Read More
With virtual money flying out of your pockets, it is difficult to keep a tab on your finances. We take you back to the basics with the traditional 'envelope budgeting' system and how to make it work for you in 2020. Read More
Souqalmal.com’s latest survey uncovers widespread lack of awareness around rain and flood coverage under UAE car insurance policies. Read More
Most of us talk about our financial resolutions for the new year, but how many of us actually stay on track to achieve these? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make your money resolutions stick in 2020. Read More
Have you heard of the famous 'KonMari' tyding method made popular by decluttering expert and TV personality - Marie Kondo? We figure out how this method can be applied to organizing your finances. Read More
Is your morning cuppa joe becoming an expensive ritual to keep up with? Here are some handy hacks to help you cut down on your coffee expenses. Read More
Looking for a way to boost your earnings and securing a financially stable future? Here are some legitimate ways you can start earning a 'passive income'. Read More
Do you want to take your goal of 'staying fit' seriously this year? Getting the right gym membership is a great first step! Here’s what some of the most coveted gym memberships in Dubai will get you. Read More
As a proud car owner, you obviously want to keep your car in top shape. But you may be unwittingly putting your car at risk of damage if you ignore early warning signs. Here are five "Dont's" you should be aware of and avoid at all costs. Read More
Want to take a break from retail therapy and do your bank account some good? We explore the 'No Spend Days' budgeting technique and help you figure out whether it's a hit or miss. Read More
Whether you're busy or simply lazy, there's no denying the convenience offered by on-demand grocery delivery apps. Here's a look at some of the most popular grocery shopping apps in Dubai. Read More
Do you know what can take your car insurance from HERO to ZERO? Overlooking its finer details before you sign up. We've gone through the small print extensively to reveal some of the most common limitations of car insurance policies. Read More
Confused about which water delivery service to choose? We take a closer look at the various options available across the market to help make your decision easier. Read More
Looking for a travel rewards credit card that doesn't disappoint? We've ranked top-notch Skywards Miles linked cards that get you free flight tickets, upgrades and a bunch of other perks on Emirates Airlines! Read More
It's that time of year again. As we soak in the festive spirit, there's bound to be a universally stressful task waiting to be ticked off on all our to-do lists - The gifts! We explore why the humble 'gift card' may be your best bet in this department. Read More
National Bonds offer a Shari’a compliant approach to financial products and services in the UAE. But are they as low-risk as they claim to be? We explore what this unique financial instrument has to offer. Read More
Lack of a permanent future in the UAE has been the reason for many a sleepless nights for expats nearing retirement. It may be time to put that worry behind you. Read on to find out how. Read More
Who doesn't like a good deal? And for UAE residents looking for discounts on dining, entertainment, and much more - Options are aplenty! We stack top discount apps against each other to see which one stands out the most. Read More
For movie buffs, the only thing better than buying tickets to the cinema is buying them at a discount. And the bargain popcorn is a bonus too! Here's how you can save on your next movie outing. Read More
Are you aware of how to lodge a complaint with the UAE Central Bank? Souqalmal.com details the process and the conditions related to lodging your grievances with the country's financial regulator. Read More
It’s that time of the year again – the most awaited Friday Sales and the highlight of every bargain hunter’s calendar take place this weekend. We put together a guide to help you make the best of Friday promotions. Read More
Want to decorate your rented home, while staying on budget and in your landlord's good books? We've shortlisted five great ways to help you get started! Read More
2020 isn't a long way away now. How about making some energy-saving New Year resolutions? We explain how you can cut back on your electricity and water usage, and save on your DEWA bills. Read More
The UAE Cabinet has just passed a federal law that's going to protect struggling borrowers from jail time and prosecution. Here's all you need to know about the new financial insolvency law and what it means for you. Read More
Looking for a new home in sunny Dubai? These new and popular residential areas offer everything from affordable rents to fitness facilities, shopping centres and more. Read More
After being cooped up indoors for the better part of the year, it’s finally time to turn off that air conditioning and head out. Here are some affordable ways to help you make the most of the season. Read More
With the country's biggest lucky draws offering winnings of anywhere between 1 Million to a whopping 15 Million Dirhams - Would you want to try your luck? Read More
Ever since Airbnb officially launched in Dubai in 2016, property owners have the option of using the popular platform for renting their apartments and villas for short tenures. Want to rent out your property on Airbnb minus all the hassle? Keep reading... Read More
What's your fuel of choice - Super or Special? We explain the difference between both the fuel variants sold in the UAE and how you can pick the right one for your car. Read More
Do you always have trouble finding a free-of-charge parking spot? Dubai residents have plenty of free parking options, even within the most popular areas. We've rounded these up right here! Read More
The concept of 'Credit Shield' is often surrounded by many misconceptions. Find out exactly how the credit shield feature can benefit you and whether it is worth shelling out a few hundred Dirhams for. Read More
We sought out and rounded up the top meal delivery subscriptions available in the UAE with their unique offerings and features. Scroll ahead to find out which could be the one for you. Read More
Have you discovered the joys of 'Upcycling' yet? Find out how re-using and re-purposing old items can give them (and your budget) a new lease of life. Read More
There's another type of bank fraud that's making the rounds these days - The infamous 'magic pen' scam is back in the UAE. Here's what you can do to avoid becoming the next victim. Read More
Being a first-time parent can be overwhelming. For starters, there's so much stuff you need to buy to prepare for the baby's arrival. Here's a shopping guide to help you figure out everything you need for your newborn and where to find it in the UAE. Read More
The UAE Central Bank has announced new rules for home loans in the country. Find out what these changes mean for you. Read More
Food wastage in the UAE is close to 200 kgs per person, per year! That's a LOT of food going down the rubbish bin, and a lot of your dirhams going down the drain. Here's how you can cut food waste, starting now... Read More
Whether you're looking to stream a sporting event on the go or binge watch the latest series - Video streaming platforms have made certain we get our TV dose on our terms. Let's see how the UAE's top 10 video streaming services stack up against each other. Read More
Grocery purchases can run into several thousands of dirhams annually. That's a huge expense, isn't it? What if you owned a credit card that could save you thousands on your annual grocery bills? We've shortlisted some great options for you right here. Read More
Were you disappointed to lose affordable taxi-booking services - UberX & Careem Go? Fret not! From public transport to reliable taxis and luxury rides, there are plenty of options available to residents and tourists in the country. Read More
Just last month, the UAE Central Bank followed in the US Fed's footsteps to cut its key lending rate. How has this impacted borrowers and savers in the country? Here's a simple explanation of what this big move means for YOU. Read More
Why pay someone else when you can 'do it yourself'? We list some of the coolest DIY alternatives to paid services that are sure to save you big bucks. Read More
Are you tired of waiting for a response on your online advertisement for that car, handbag or furniture? Here are five ways you can attract buyers, make a successful sale and get the most out of your used items. Read More
Have you heard about FlexxPay - The company that's revolutionizing salary payments in the UAE? Find out what FlexxPay has in store for both, employees and employers in the country. Read More
Curbing your plastic consumption doesn’t have to be a complicated or expensive move. Here are some simple budget-friendly ways to do so. Read More
If there is one thing worth putting all your electronics shopping on hold for, it is the GITEX Shopper. Yes, the 2019 edition is here and this time, it is bigger than ever. Here's how you can make the most of this electronics extravaganza. Read More
Looking for a credit card that offers a top-notch air miles program and a host of other travel benefits? We've shortlisted some great options for you right here... Read More
Mileage-linked car insurance is the talk of the town these days. With Beema being the first to bring the concept to the UAE, let's find out what their unique car insurance product is all about... Read More
We analyze key benefits and services offered under the Amazon Prime membership and explore other e-commerce options available to online shoppers in the UAE. Read More
If you're looking to hire a maid or nanny in the UAE, the options and ways to go about it are countless. Tadbeer offers one such hassle-free way to hire reliable domestic help. Here's how it works... Read More
While there are hundreds of mobile apps that promise to make your life in Dubai easier, there are a select handful that are an absolute must-have. Here are our top picks. Read More
Negotiating your salary when you're so close to getting a job offer can be intimidating for many. But you don't have to settle. Here are our top tips to help you negotiate and land the paycheck you deserve. Read More
Two words that can lift the spirits of just about any UAE resident - "Long Weekend"! We've lined up some ideas and inspiration on how to make the most of the upcoming three-day weekend. Read More
Anything from higher internet speed, economical post-paid plans or wider network coverage can prompt you to switch between mobile network providers. The good news is; you can do so while still holding on to your identity – your existing mobile number. Here's how you can make the switch. Read More
With school fees in the UAE being at their highest ever, what are the options available for parents looking to ease the burden of school fees? Read More
Are you looking for a free-for-life credit card that doesn't skimp on benefits? Souqalmal.com has shortlisted five credit cards that come with zero annual fee, and still offer multiple features, unique discounts and a high reward-earning potential. Read More
Having trouble qualifying for a personal loan in the UAE? Souqalmal.com has shortlisted five loan products that have some of the lowest salary requirements. Keep reading to know more! Read More
Looking for a non-cash alternative for paying your domestic help's salary? We explore some new and innovative channels that can not only help you go cashless, but also make it easier for domestic workers to manage their salary better. Read More
Cashback is one of the most sough-after credit card features and for good reason - Wouldn't you love earning back thousands of Dirhams on your credit card purchases? We've shortlisted some top-notch cashback credit cards for you right here! Read More
No salary transfer? No problem! We've shortlisted some of the best personal loans on the UAE market that don't require you to transfer your salary to the lender. Read More
It isn't uncommon for foreign expatriates in the UAE to seek a second home elsewhere. We narrow down top destinations for UAE expats that offer easy investment based immigration opportunities. Read More
Online banking has transformed in a big way. You can now do so much more with it - Pay utility bills, make instant remittances, create savings goals, customize your online banking experience and lots more! Read More
Sometimes the biggest savings are in the smallest of things. We help you unlock your true saving potential by cutting back, decluttering and simply being smart about money! Read More
Planning a trip to Europe? We help you lock down your Schengen visa and mandatory travel insurance to ensure you have a smooth fuss-free holiday! Read More
Have you been making lousy financial choices lately? Could your so-called 'friends' be the source of your poor judgement? Stay away from these four types of friends that are doing you more harm than good. Read More
Paying off your mortgage fully can seem like a mammoth task. But with the right attitude and strategy you can chip away at it a lot faster. We explore some practical ways that can help you wave goodbye to your mortgage sooner than expected. Read More
Are you stuck with a home loan amount that's higher than the current value of your home? We explain the concept of 'underwater mortgage' and the options you have available to remedy the situation. Read More
You know what's better than hanging out with your besties - Going on a holiday with all of them! We explain why it's a great, super-fun and seriously budget-friendly idea to travel overseas in a group. Read More
What's the best age to retire at? How should you plan for your retirement? With a myriad of questions surrounding the topic of retirement, we break down the basics and help you prepare for life post-retirement. Read More
Have you been using the same credit card for years? What if this credit card isn't the right one for you? We list five reasons why it may make sense to switch to a new credit card. Read More
Debt cycle, debt trap, debt spiral - Call it what you may, being stuck with never-ending debt is a stressful experience. Souqalmal.com explains how you can escape a debt cycle and earn back your financial freedom. Read More
Have you ever come across a credit card hold, or witnessed a portion of your credit limit blocked off? Souqalmal.com demystifies the concept and explains how credit card holds actually work. Read More
Are you constantly struggling to keep up with your financial commitments? You may be financially overextended without even realizing it. We list the telltale signs and risks associated with being overextended and what positive changes you should make in order to regain control over your finances. Read More
Confused about where to stay on your next holiday - A full service hotel or a cozy and private rental home? We list the pros and cons of each, to help you decide which type of accommodation works best for you. Read More
Are you unknowingly causing a dip in your credit score? With multiple factors affecting your credit report, ignoring some of the lesser-known ones can ultimately hurt your creditworthiness. Here's how... Read More
Mixing money and emotions almost never ends well. We list and explain five situations where it can be risky and downright detrimental to let emotions get the better of you. Read More
Two, three or more credit cards - Is it a good idea to own more than one? Souqalmal.com explains why and how having more than one credit card can actually be financially beneficial for you. Read More
Achieving a brand new milestone in its regional expansion plans; Souqalmal.com has landed an e-broker license in Bahrain and is set to launch in the country. Read More