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PAL PS3 60Gb to launch in Dubai, UAE on 22/3


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Hmm, interesting. The games have a similar price point to PS2 titles here. I wonder how much the lack of tax plays a role in this.

Still, no one's going to buy it when they can get a cheaper PS3 in Abu Dhabi a few weeks on.

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Hmm, interesting. The games have a similar price point to PS2 titles here. I wonder how much the lack of tax plays a role in this.

When I was in Dubai in 2004, I wandered into a games shop (appropriately named "Geekay Games") and discovered that the prices of games and consoles over there worked out as almost exactly the same price as over here, give or take a few pence. So I would imagine this would be the case with PS3

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Geekay is absolutely famous for being a rip off. No one really buys anything from them, since their prices are extortionate. They're still selling the Wii for 1700 Dhs when you can now get it in Abu Dhabi for 950 Dhs. (Approx 7Dhs to the £).

Once I found Ikaruga for 99Dhs there and decided I wasn't going to find a PAL version any cheaper. I told a friend of mine in England about it (hi Milko!) and he asked for a copy. I went back two days later and they wanted 170Dhs for it.

Their customer service is even worse. I wanted to buy Zelda: TP on the Gamecube (NTSC) and went in to find it at 220Dhs. After mulling it over and checking out over shops, I figured that it wasn't worth going all across Dubai for a 10Dhs saving, since petrol would cost me more. I went back in three days later and asked them how much it was, he said 240. I told him I wasn't prepared to pay that much because the last time I asked it was 220. He said it was a 'mistake' and he wasn't going to lower it.

I asked him if he was prepared to risk losing a sale over 20Dhs and the fucker said yes, so I just walked out.

So yeah, the moral of the story is, Geekay is shit and we really need some sort of high street retailer in the vein of GAME, Gamestop or EB to sort them out.

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Hmm, interesting. The games have a similar price point to PS2 titles here. I wonder how much the lack of tax plays a role in this.

Hmm, interesting point.

Let's work it out.

346*1.175=406.55

So, 20 quid cheaper then.

/edit

Just out of interest, are you a Brit ex-pat over there?

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It's not just VAT, though, is it? The only tax (at the moment) in the UAE is an equivalent to the corporation tax, which is about 3-5% IIRC. There's no income tax, no road tax, etc, etc. All those add up and add to the cost of goods in the UK.

And I'm a British Arab :lol: So yes and no.

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There's no corp tax SMD - just a 5% import tax on goods brought into the country.

[exch rate is 7.1 guys]

Are you sure? I've heard companies moan more than once on the radio that while there's no 'tax', they have to effectively pay a tax because of some charge to the municipality that only businesses pay - otherwise there wouldn't be a reason to have the Jebel Ali free zone, right?

I'm not 100% sure, so if you know first hand your information is better than mine!

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Jebal Ali FZ is to bypass needing a local sponsor to start a business really. Internet City and Media City are also free zones.

JAFZ is useful as a distribution centre as you only pay import duty on goods that leaves the FZ and enters The UAE, so Sony, HP etc can bring in shit loads of kit and then forward most of it to Russia, Europe etc and only pay the 5% for stuff sent into the UAE without any locals getting a cut of the action.

So there's no Tax as such, but you do need to bung a local a few AED (or a %) every year for being your sponsor (in most cases)

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Well here's an interesting offer for all us UAE based forumites:

Buy a Sony Bravia LCD TV and pre-order a 60GB PS3 and receive the following:

FREE HD cable

FREE Open Season Blu-Ray movie (probably in addition to the Casino Royale that comes with the console)

and 2 FREE tickets to the Shakira concert.

I saw it in the paper* last week, but it didn't mention a price tag for this 'bargain'.

This probably tops HMV for the most desperate console bundle of recent years. Any takers? :P

*Gulf News, if anyone else reads it.

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Well here's an interesting offer for all us UAE based forumites:

Buy a Sony Bravia LCD TV and pre-order a 60GB PS3 and receive the following:

FREE HD cable

FREE Open Season Blu-Ray movie (probably in addition to the Casino Royale that comes with the console)

and 2 FREE tickets to the Shakira concert.

I saw it in the paper* last week, but it didn't mention a price tag for this 'bargain'.

This probably tops HMV for the most desperate console bundle of recent years. Any takers? :angry:

*Gulf News, if anyone else reads it.

Saw that, I already have the 40" V-series and would love to have an excuse to ge the 50" X-series - the price was basically the RRP of the screen plus the PS3 price - so a free cable, game and a bit of fanny thrown in I guess.

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I had no idea there were PAL over there. Although admittedly I've never thought about it before! Has anyone could a world map of video regions?

Despite there being a separate category for SECAM and PAL/SECAM, I do believe those SECAM regions (such as France) also support PAL. Perhaps this refers to the official broadcasting standard, while the equipment itself will actually support PAL for videos and games and stuff.

NTSC-PAL-SECAM.jpg

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Despite there being a separate category for SECAM and PAL/SECAM, I do believe those SECAM regions (such as France) also support PAL. Perhaps this refers to the official broadcasting standard, while the equipment itself will actually support PAL for videos and games and stuff.

NTSC-PAL-SECAM.jpg

Ah yes....but this only refers to the colour palette used in each region.....

In Brazil for example....They use the PAL colour palette, but their televisions still display 480 interlaced lines @ 60 Hz much like their American neighbours, and very

different to our 576 interlaced lines @ 50Hz.

:( /Geek

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Saw that, I already have the 40" V-series and would love to have an excuse to ge the 50" X-series - the price was basically the RRP of the screen plus the PS3 price - so a free cable, game and a bit of fanny thrown in I guess.

So thats:

25,000 Dhs for the TV + 2,500 Dhs for the PS3 = 27,000 Dhs or £3,800 (approx)

That's a pretty hefty console bundle, even by local standards.

Can I have your soon-to-be-spare V-series then? :(

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Awesome pic, JohnC, thanks.

Ah yes....but this only refers to the colour palette used in each region.....

In Brazil for example....They use the PAL colour palette, but their televisions still display 480 interlaced lines @ 60 Hz much like their American neighbours, and very

different to our 576 interlaced lines @ 50Hz.

:) /Geek

So Brazil is natively PAL60 then? Interesting.

Yes, I guess the 50Hz versus 60Hz thing is more relevant to videogames.

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Saw a couple of gimps on one tv last night, they've been looking forward to the PS3 because "it has better graphics".

Great, thanks for that.

I want to wander into all the shops I can tonight and count how many PS3s are unsold.

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The Thursday magazine in today's Gulf News (the local paper I love to loathe) had an article 'comparing' the PS3 and Xbox360.

No writer/journo was credited with writing the piece, so I assumed it was a cut and paste job from Sony's Middle East PR office.

What got me tutting and rolling my eyes was the part about backward computability- saying the PS3 was fully compatible with PS2 titles, whereas the 360 was only partially compatible with xbox titles.

Blatant lying or the final run of the hardware emulation PS3s? Am I right in thinking these are PAL units being sold round these parts?

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spin, spin, spin - it's a shame MS never actually released the XBox of the 360 over here.

I noticed a large pile of JAP PS3s piled high in Geant last week in a last ditch attempt to flog them off before the official launch.

on another note, what's the betting that the PS3 comes with a shitty 2-pin plug? They wouldn't be able to get away with that shit in the UK.

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