Ten things you need to know about Dubai before living there.
Have you been thinking about making the move for some time?
Have you got a job lined up? All set to go?
One thing to do before taking the plunge is to fully research the lifestyle and culture of Dubai, this will allow you to fit in seamlessly and stop you feeling lost and confused.
One important thing to remember is to take care of your business back in the UK, this will keep your mind focused on the move. One of the major jobs to take care of is to sell your house, if you have been struggling to sell your home (try CashBuyeruK) then we suggest you speak to this company. They have cash available to purchase property throughout the UK.
Once you are fully committed to the move the we suggest you take a look at the following list to help your prepare for life in Dubai, just some little tips to help you along:
Language: Although Arabic is the official language of the UAE it is not as widely used as English, so ex pats from the UK should fit in nicely.
Ramadan: Ramadan is widely observed in Dubai by Muslims and even non Muslims. Working hours are generally reduced to 6 hour days and in most public places eating during fasting hours is prohibited.
Post: Unlike the UK, post is not delivered to your residence. Instead it is generally delivered to a PO Box that you hire.
Taxes: The UAE and therefore Dubai is a tax free Country. No taxes to pay, whatsoever.
Construction: Dubai is constantly developing and therefore h a lot of established large and luxurious buildings and a lot more going on. Dubai has the World’s Tallest Building (Burj Khalifa), longest metro line (Dubai Metro), biggest man-made island (Palm Islands) and the largest shopping mall (Dubai Mall) to name just a few.
Alcohol: There is a protocol to follow, whilst not as strict as other Muslim countries Dubai still has rules about alcohol. Alcohol is served in Dubai but strictly on in licenced premises. Licenced premises only exist in hotels with many hotels having numerous bars and even nightclubs inside.
Oil: It is a myth that Dubai is an oil rich country, Dubai does not have a lot of oil. The majority of income in Dubai is from trade.
Media: Dubai is a censored state. News is monitored for offensive content including politics, sex, religion etc. It is censored where necessary. In fact it is illegal to discuss politics, sex or the Dubai Royal Family live on air. Social Media is also closely monitored for offensive content.
Politics: Dubai is ruled by the Royal Family and a president. A Prime Minister is chosen by the Royal Family. Because of this, there are no political parties in Dubai.
Airports: There is only one major airport in Dubai. Although this airport has 3 terminals, each terminal is actually large enough to be an airport in its own right! Terminal 3 is exclusively for Emirates Airlines and is widely regarded as one of the finest in the world.
Health Insurance: Health insurance is a must for ex-pats moving to Dubai. Healthcare is not provided for free and private clinics and hospitals can be extremely expensive. Make sure you source a suitable health care insurance policy before making the move.