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Domestic helpers ease off the pressure from people who need help with household work. Some residents sponsor a live-in maid on their own while others select a maid from an agency or company dealing in such services.
The UAE has a number of agencies that offer maid services for any type of household work on an hourly, daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or even long-term basis.
Hourly rates usually start from Dh25-40, but vary according to the services a household requires. Generally, agencies specify a minimum number of hours, probably two to three hours for each visit, or four to six hours per week.
Services offered can range from cleaning the entire house (including deep cleaning), doing the laundry, ironing clothes, cooking, grocery shopping, babysitting, elderly care, walking the family dog to party stewarding and pre-move cleaning, among many other services.
The maids have been trained to meet company standards to ensure they give clients quality and efficient service.
Some agencies use eco-friendly cleaning products; thus, environment-conscious households have the option of requesting for such products to be used, or the standard solutions.
• Agencies are reliable sources of help with a fee
• They offer maid services on hourly, long-term basis
• Part-time helpers generally bill Dh35-40 per hour
Source: Arva Shikari, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer