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Connecting power and water sounds simple? It is actually a pretty time consuming process, involving a personal visit to one of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) offices. It becomes even more interesting when one goes prepared with all the various documents in hand, ranging from rent contract, passport and residence visa copies etc. and ones turn has come only to find out that DEWA has decided to add another document to the list.

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To make our clients life easier we keep up to date with any changes in documentation required and offer a connection service. For Dh500 we’ll do the legwork for you, so you can move in and don’t have to wait for the water to run. Simply switch on the lights and air-con and relax.

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DEWA requires you to pay a Dh1,000 refundable deposit for apartments and Dh2,000 for villas and a Dh125 connection fee.

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Talking about air-conditioning, if you are moving into a development, usually apartments, your air-con will be dependent on the district cooling provider to kick into action. The process is an equal or even larger maze of documentation and requires another personal visit. Let us know whether you would like to take this one off your hands as well.

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Fees to connect the chilled water supply depends on the provider, such as Emicool, Empower or Palm District Cooling requiring the tenants to pay between Dh1,500 and Dh2,000 refundable security deposits.

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Tenants need to be aware that most landlords will expect you to pay the monthly flat rate based in the square footage of the property, which covers cooling of the common areas in addition to your personal monthly consumption bill.