I sold up and left UAE but I’m still be­ing con­stantly has­sled by es­tate agents

7 Days in Dubai - - FAMILY -

Af­ter nearly 20 years in the UAE you come to ac­cept some strange things as “nor­mal” and it is only when you are thrust back into the real world that you start to won­der why these things are tol­er­ated. One of these things is be­ing re­lent­lessly spammed by real es­tate bro­kers, seem­ingly all work­ing off the same out of date mail­ing list that was orig­i­nally ac­quired in du­bi­ous cir­cum­stances. I sold my prop­erty nearly two years ago and left Dubai 18 months ago and yet still have my mail­box filled on a daily ba­sis with spam from bro­kers. In­ter­est­ingly, they all seem to be ca­pa­ble of putting a pseudo-le­gal con­fi­den­tial­ity warning in their email footer (de­spite this be­ing un­en­force­able and the email it­self usu­ally not ac­tu­ally be­ing con­fi­den­tial) and yet are un­able to com­ply with best prac­tice by in­clud­ing an ‘un­sub­scribe’ op­tion. Worse still, even if you email the bro­ker back to tell him not to con­tact you, this in­for­ma­tion is usu­ally not passed on to their col­leagues, mean­ing you get an­other email a few weeks later when the bro­ker is re­placed by some other fresh-off-the-plane

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