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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
School fees are rising again this year, and so are the parents’ concerns about the affordability of education in the UAE. If you too are a parent struggling to keep up with hefty school fees, here are some options to help ease your burden. 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
We're all so dependent on our banks - For bank accounts, debit and credit cards, loans and much more. Have you ever wondered how your bank makes money? We list and explain the different revenue streams that allow banks to thrive. Read More
As a first time home buyer, you obviously want everything to go smoothly. We've listed some key mistakes to avoid, so you end up with the home that's just right for you and your family. Read More
The UAE Central Bank revealed the top five issues faced by banking customers in its 2018 annual report. Souqalmal.com spells out the implications of these concerns on UAE bank customers. Read More
If debt is the biggest source of stress in your life, it's time to make a big change. We've listed some practical tips to help you mould your current lifestyle and become debt-free sooner. Read More
Credit cards have made our lives a lot easier, but for the impulsive spender in most of us, things can easily get out of hand. Here are five effective way to curb overspending and beat the lure of easy money. Read More
We may have just found the most efficient way to get out of debt! The 'Debt Avalanche' debt-repayment strategy can help you cut your interest costs and repay your debts faster. Find out how... Read More
The holy month of Ramadan comes with exciting offers and irresistible discounts. Souqalmal.com explains how you can reap all the benefits of Ramadan deals while still staying on budget. Read More
Under what circumstances is your car declared a 'total loss'? And what happens thereafter? Here's what that scary sounding term actually means and how it impacts your car in terms of insurance. Read More
Did you know that your credit card has a big role to play in determining your credit score? Find out how it can impact your creditworthiness, both positively as well as negatively. Read More
We've known it all along, but it's great to get another stamp of approval from the International Business Magazine. We've been named the 'Best Comparison Website UAE 2019' and we're excited to share the news with you! Read More
Stepping into the freelance world is a bold decision. Dealing with unpredictable income may seem overwhelming, but it is not impossible. Souqalmal.com shares top tips on how to become a financially empowered freelancer in the UAE. Read More
When it comes to deciding on a place to rent in Dubai, it is best to start crunching some numbers before browsing rental listings. Souqalmal.com outlines all the factors you must consider when trying to nail down a housing budget. Read More
The Dubai Health Authority has now made it mandatory for all health insurance providers to cover a newborn child at birth. Read more about what the new directive includes... Read More
Are you looking to escape the UAE's soaring temperatures and jet off to an exotic destination? Look no further. Laura Cretney from the Pink Jinn blog rounds up 5 cool getaways you can explore this summer. Read More
In a rush to become debt-free, are you unknowingly taking shortcuts? These quick-fixes and 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
Most (if not all) health resolutions are notoriously difficult to accomplish. We've shortlisted seven practical resolutions you can actually commit to without losing motivation half way through. Read More
Do you keep hearing the term 'Escrow Account' but have no idea how it affects you as a prospective property buyer in Dubai? Keep reading to understand how the Escrow system works and how it impacts the Dubai off-plan property market. Read More
Is a cruise over the deep blue sea your idea of the perfect holiday? An international cruise is a spectacular way to see the world, but there's also a lot that could go wrong on one. Find out where the risks lie and how to protect yourself. Read More
Are you unhappy with your car insurance provider? Have you been running from pillar to post, to get your complaint resolved? Here's all you need to know about how to handle a dispute with your car insurer in the UAE. Read More
Move over online banking and branch banking - There's a brand new banking channel up for grabs! Here's all you need to know about Emirates NBD's new WhatsApp Banking proposition. Read More
Are you still wasting your precious time, money and effort buying car insurance the traditional way? It's about time you switch to online car insurance purchase. Here's why... Read More
Your health insurance plan is getting more expensive year after year - Wonder why? We've rounded up some lesser known reasons behind health insurance premium hikes. Read More
Wondering how to change car ownership in the UAE? We've put together this comprehensive guide for anyone looking to buy a used car or sell their own car. Read More
Do you understand how Dubai's electronic road toll system 'Salik' works? Here's an all-inclusive guide to Salik, with all the details on setting up, recharging, and more. Read More
Are you telling yourself little lies to justify your debt situation and make yourself feel better? It's time to stop and take an honest look at what's keeping you in debt and how to beat it. Read More
Are you planning to buy or rent a new place in Dubai? With plenty of choices available for every type of budget, picking between a villa or apartment can be a tricky decision. We help you figure out which one fits your lifestyle better. Read More
Are you aching to go on vacation, but have a budget that's too restrictive? Don't worry - We've shortlisted 7 travel destinations that'll fit right within your budget. Have a look! Read More
Want to get a handle on your finances, but find 'budgeting' incredibly boring? We've shortlisted five of the coolest mobile apps that'll put a whole new spin on the dreaded 'B' word! Read More
Insurance, be it for your life, home or car, isn't a mere box that must be checked off your to-do list. Here are the five type of insurance covers you just can't do without, and why they're all critical decisions worth thinking through. Read More
Scammers are becoming more creative, but you can outsmart them by being cautious and identifying red flags. Find out how to keep your sensitive bank information safe from fraud attempts. Read More
Your home is more than just four walls and carefully picked out furniture – It is a sanctuary that provides safety and comfort. Find it how the right home insurance policy can safeguard your home against countless mishaps. Read More
Buying health insurance is more than just fulfilling a mandatory requirement. We take a look at the many benefits of choosing an adequate health insurance cover. Read More
Tired of scraping by and running your account balance to zero at the end of every month? Escape the paycheck-to-paycheck routine and make financial stability a reality for yourself and your family. We've got some ideas that can help you. Read More
Have you decided to turn 'Homeowner' in the UAE? It can be pretty daunting to figure out where and how to get started on your search for the perfect house. That's why we've created this first-time homebuyer's guide to help you get started. Read More
Getting nowhere with your budget? Are expenses, calculations or unsteady earnings overwhelming your budgeting skills? We've got the solutions to five of the most notorious budgeting problems, right here! Read More
Irrespective of whether you find driving at night an absolute pleasure, nuisance or necessity - You can't ignore the risks associated with it. We've rounded up some useful tips to make nighttime driving safer for you. Read More
No two people are the same, and neither are their financial situations, saving techniques or money goals. That's why you must choose a budgeting strategy based on your unique style and preferences. Souqalmal.com helps you find one that works for you. Read More
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