Like many growing economies, Dubai is also subject to the constant movement of people and their possessions from around the globe. This has given rise to the growth of an increasingly sophisticated industry and gives space to self-storage units. The demand for temporary and long-term storage is high. Correspondingly, there are many storage options to choose from, so it’s a good idea to look at all of the options available in terms of what the market has to offer and in terms of client-specific individual storage requirements.
What do you need to store, and why? There are many things to consider here, starting with local (and international) regulations regarding what you may and may not store in such a facility. Foodstuffs and perishables, for example, are not allowed, as well as any explosives, munitions, firearms, or animals. The list in which the forbidden items are quite long.
Location and access: The client or businessman probably wants to make sure that his goods in storage are accessible when they want them, a set of camping gear for that weekend in the desert, such as a spare bed for unexpected guests. You don’t want to travel from Jebel Ali to Sharjah just to collect a stored file for the office. The merchant or trader must keep in mind that your storage facility is accessible 24/7 and 365 days a year.
Safety and security: This is non-negotiable. No point in putting stuff into storage if it’s likely to go up in smoke or be plundered by neighbouring storage unitholders. So, your facility must show evidence of compliance with health and safety regulations laid down by the Dubai Police and the Dubai Civil Defence authority. Dubai is subject to periodic dust storms, and the summer 40+ heat and humidity can spell the ruin of all your possessions. Ensure the facility is climate controlled and that your goods are adequately covered by insurance which may be included in the storage contract.
Customer service: Discuss with warehouse management or store management how much assistance and advice they can give you on packing, unpacking, and delivering your goods for storage. For example, do they provide packaging materials, like boxes, containers, bubble wrap, shrinkwrapping and tape, etc., and at what price? Most importantly, do you get a good feeling about this company and its employees valuing and caring for your possessions and sensitive documents during moving and storage?
Self-storage or professional movers?: If you’re prepared to do most of the work yourself in packing and carting your stuff into a storage unit, you may save money. On the other hand, depending on the value of what you’re putting in storage, it often pays to get professionals like us to do it for you. This has the added advantage of receiving an itemized inventory of what you have put into storage, making it easier to value the goods for insurance purposes and know where to find your possessions later. Given the mobility of large sections of the Dubai population, most ex-pats will find themselves in a situation of needing to put some, or all of their possessions into storage at some point in their lives.
Climate-Controlled Units: Excessive moisture wreaks havoc on the storage items; it doesn’t matter how tightly and securely you cover the goods? Primarily this is the case with wooden furniture, which can enlarge and decline when the items are uncovered in high humidity. At the same time, if humidity levels are too low, the same wood can dry out and warp. That’s why it’s necessary to choose always the best to find a storage unit that includes built-in climate control and temperature control. Ensure that all the units are located in a clean, dry, and fully air-conditioned warehouse.
Legitimate Business: It’s the best way to partner with a company or businessman that carries a valid and up-to-date business license and provides legal and sound business accounts. It simply isn’t worth the danger to trust your valuables to an entity that offers anything less.