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Question about Agents/Fees (Abu Dhabi)

Hi,
I will be moving to Abu Dhabi with my wife in one month. From what I have read, finding housing generally requires the use of an agent, and the agent fees seem pretty high, approximately Protected content dirham, Is this standard?

I would also like to know if an agent can show any property, or do they have to be affiliated with specific compounds, etc?

Once we find a place, my wife's employer will take care of the payment and paperwork for the rental. Although the employer is paying for the housing, they do not pay the agents fees. Is it possible to find a place without using an agent? Pros/Cons?

Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide.

Best Regards,

Juan

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