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Moving to Dubai can be both stressful on one hand, but also very exciting. Like with all things, the more prepared you are the easier the transition will be. If you are moving to Dubai with children, preparation is even more essential to ensure the move goes as smoothly as possible..
You firstly need to tie up any loose ends before you move to Dubai from UK. If you are leaving a family home vacant, check that you have the correct insurance. If it is to be tenanted, check that you have followed procedures and adjusted the insurance accordingly. It may be in your interests to declare yourself non-resident for tax purposes, but get advice first. Such a declaration may impact any medical or pension arrangements currently in place.
Setting up internet banking, if you are leaving a bank account active and have property to maintain, is useful.
The cost of living in Dubai can be high due to the cost of housing and private schooling. if you have children, you cannot send them to Government school in Dubai. So, although it is a tax free environment, make sure you have the salary to cover your costs..
Living in a country like Dubai, you will encounter a culture shock, as the country is so different from the UK. Culture shock is that feeling that things are not right, overcoming culture shock is learning to see that things are different rather than wrong. The more you know, the better you can anticipate and prepare for the little niggles that can precipitate a bout of culture shock.
Dubai is a Muslim country. There are mosques dotted all over the city, and they all have minarets from which the call to pray can be heard five times a day. Because the call is amplified, it can be surprisingly loud especially in the early morning. In the summer, as the pray call begins before dawn, it can be very early. Most westerners get used to the call and are able to sleep through it, but it takes time for light sleepers. Eventually, it becomes part of the life in Dubai.
Almost from the moment you arrive in Dubai, you will see men immaculately dressed in white and women in black. This is national dress. There are small variations within the general community, but it is all variations on a theme. Emiratis are very proud to wear their national dress. The women may have expensive designer outfits on under their black gowns, but they present a perfectly groomed and modest appearance to the world. Very few women wear the niqab (full face covering), but it is worn by the more conservative Muslims.
Along with traditional Arab clothing you will see various different traditional Indian and Pakistani outfits, men wearing identifiably Afghani dress and very occasionally, different types of African dress. This is all part of the richness of living in a multi-cultural country.
The weather in Dubai is very different from that of the UK. Get used to being hot all the time in the summer. Of course air-conditioning takes the sting out of the summer, but it is lurking outside heating up your car even when parked in an underground car park. The upside is that the winter is like a six month long summer in most other countries. When you first move to Dubai, the heat will be exhausting, but you will get used to it.
Bureaucracy is a beast in all countries and Dubai is no different, but it is trying harder to minimize the issue. Nevertheless, get used to needing copies of a few standard items to do or apply for almost anything. Almost nothing can be done in Dubai without a swatch of photos – get 24 passport photos before you leave home and you will always have plenty; of course, if you have a family, they will need at least 12 photos each, too. The other top requirements are a photocopy of your passport, your residence visa (once you have one), your salary certificate, and your Emirates ID card (once you have that). Clearly, getting your residence visa and then your ID card are the first hurdles and cannot be done without the help of your employer.
While it is possible for a couple to both have work visas if both are working, the way it usually works is that one has the residence visa and the other has a spousal visa. It is possible for someone on a spousal visa to work, but that person will need a letter of no objection from the resident.
Bringing pets to another country is never easy. It may be wiser to get yourself installed before you bring the pets. You will need to organise shipping to Dubai, via an approved airline. To bring a pet into the country one of the things you need is to prove that you have a residence visa or have a letter from your employer stating that the application is in process.
You will also need a permit to import your pet. This can be complicated but there is help available. Cats and dogs in Dubai have to be registered and micro-chipped. Your pets will need to be in good health and have up-to-date inoculation certificates. You might like to consider that there are plenty of cats and dogs in the UAE looking for good homes.
It is possible to come to the UAE, make contact with prospective employers, secure a job, fly home and sort things out only to return in a few weeks or months. Some people come to specific conferences and engage in this process. For example, the annual TESOL Arabia Conference is a great place for teachers to make contact with future employers. The hotel industry regularly holds conferences where networking opportunities are vast.
If you already have a job offer, your employer will take most of the strain when it comes to getting you a residence visa. It is a complicated process, but your employer will let you know how to move to Dubai from UK. You biggest task will be making sure you have the original documents that your employer requires – birth certificates for all, marriage license, divorce license if applicable, and qualification certificates. If you have had a tertiary education, your employer may require you to get your university to send them a transcript of your degrees. This needs to come directly from the university because some people have presented themselves for employment on the basis of bogus qualifications.
Do make sure you ask whether or not your documents have to be attested in your home country or anywhere else. The rules for this seem to be flexible. But getting documents attested once you are in the UAE can be expensive if courier charges are added to the cost of having some dignitary stamp something. Wielding a stamp in an official capacity, especially if attached to an embassy, is a lucrative business.
You will be issued with a visa at the border, or you will have arranged visas to get into the UAE, so here you are.
When moving to Dubai from UK, part of getting a residence or spousal visa is the medical examination. You and your spouse will have to have a blood test, this is to check for diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS. One thing to be aware of is that these blood tests are batch tested. This means that if any of the blood in a particular batch is contaminated, everyone in that batch will be called back for retesting. So a recall may not mean what it suggests. In addition to blood test, sometimes people are required to have chest X-rays or urine tests. Clearly, the chest X-ray is looking for TB. If you are found to have any of the major transmittable diseases, you will be required to leave the country.
Private schooling is the only option you have in the UAE and it can be expensive. At time of writing the most expensive was GEMS Academy at AED 53-92K. Some schools stress that they follow the curriculum of a particular country such as the USA or Britain. Some offer GCSEs and some stress International Baccalaureate (IB).
Location and type of accommodation make a huge difference to price in the UAE.
It is possible but somewhat frowned upon to share housing in Dubai especially if there are males and females sharing a house. Flats of all sizes and in all price ranges are available. And the same can be said of villas. Some advice should be available through your employer. Some employers even provide the housing. While this is good when you first arrive, once you know the ropes, you may regret having had your home chosen by someone else.
Telephone charges are very low in the UAE. Everyone has a mobile phone and most companies prefer to contact you by mobile. So, one of the first things you need to do is to get a SIM card. In 2012 a new regulation was introduced making it mandatory for all SIM card holders in the UAE to re-register their cards and show identification documents. The idea was that once the registration period was over, all non-registered SIM cards would be deactivated. So part of getting a reliable mobile phone now is registering it to your name. This can be done quickly and efficiently at any Etisalat or Du outlet, they are in most shopping malls, with your passport and Emirates ID card.
To open a bank account you need the usual documentation – passport copy, ID card copy, salary certificate and a photo, though this latter requirement may be wavered.
Once you have a bank account, it should be possible to apply for a credit card. However, some banks will not issue a credit card until you have been in your job for six months. This is because there is a six month probation period with most jobs and they do not want to risk giving a credit card to someone who may abscond or lose their job.
When you get your credit card, your credit limit will be linked to your salary scale and is likely to escalate quickly each year. Interest rates are high as with all credit cards, so the best option is to pay the card off in full each year. Some banks offer this as an automatic option for you when you sign up. Most banks send you a text message every time you withdraw money at an ATM or bank and when you use your credit card. This is very reassuring.
Alcohol is tolerated in Dubai, but to buy or consume alcohol you are meant to have a license. One of the alcohol outlets in Dubai has the necessary forms and offers an easy to follow guide on how to go about the process. You will need the usual documents and photos to complete the process plus a copy of your tenancy agreement.
Although, with a license, you can buy and consume alcohol, do keep in mind that it is only tolerated. There are plenty of bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, but public drunkenness is not acceptable and can get you into trouble
Imagine a quiet suburb on the outskirts of the maddening city. Streets are lined with trees and manicured gardens stand in front of well-maintained, lone-standing villas.
You see a group of children kicking a ball around in the street, while others are riding their bikes around the neighborhood.
Removals to Arabian Ranches
Arabian Ranches is a very popular residential area with and the majority of UK expats are moving to Arabian Ranches. The area offers excellent schools, as well as clinic and hospital facilities and a compact shopping complex, which includes a selection of cafes and restaurants.
Due to its popularity, it can come as no surprise that accommodation here commands a higher price tag. The properties are mostly independent villas, ranging in size from 2 to 5 bedrooms, while a few villas are so large and well-designed that they look more like mansions.
If you are looking to buy in this area, you can expect to pay a fairly large price. Renting is likely to set you back at least 160,000dhs and upwards of 400,000dhs per year. Due to its location on the outskirts of the city, it is also essential to have a car.
Removals to Mirdif
If you need to be close to an airport for work, maybe moving to Mirdif would be the ideal location for you. With convenient connections to the original areas of Dubai, as well as the highways connecting the other Emirates, the airport just in front of this spread out community and is another popular residential base for expats.
Accommodation in Mirdif is a selection of apartments and villas, and prices vary greatly. Some buildings have aged quite quickly, and due to the large amount of renters, many homes have been somewhat neglected, so be sure to check it out thoroughly before you commit to buying or renting.
Although Mirdif is under the flight path, noise is rarely a problem. Traffic at rush hour can make getting to Mirdif a bit frustrating, but the traffic just passes by so there’s nothing in and around the residences. The Mirdif City Centre shopping mall is one of the best and quietest malls in the city.
Jumeirah Beach residence is a long line of high-rise buildings with beach views in Marina. The accommodation only consists of apartments in this residential area, although they vary in size from one bedroom to up to 5 bedrooms in a duplex apartment, with sweeping ocean vistas. With such stunning views, moving to Jumeirah Beach Residence is well worth considering. Nearby facilities are excellent, with a host of excellent restaurants, cafes, boutique shops, and even a cinema along the beachfront promenade known as The Walk. Due to the popular beach and the prime location, weekend and evening traffic can be infuriating, although there are usually police trying to maintain the flow.
Jumeirah lakes towers is a more affordable area than the previously mentioned Jumeirah Beach Residence, and offers the same selection of apartment accommodations. Although not sea-facing, many apartments still have pretty views looking out over the man-made lakes and green spaces winding their way around the base of the towers. Moving to Jumeirah Lakes Towers, will put you in an up and coming area with an increasing number of restaurants to take your fancy.
Moving to Silicon Oasis, an up-and-coming residential area of Dubai, with its constantly increasing in size, is a good move, and is popular because of its affordable accommodations.
Villas and apartments are scattered just past a major intersection, down the road from the airport. The accommodation is almost all set back from the roads so traffic noise is not an issue. Add to that the ease and speed of having the major road network just nearby, and you’ll soon come to appreciate the location.
Since the area is still undergoing rapid expansion, development is constant and nobody has really gotten round to landscaping just yet. There are no green spaces, lush parks, or trees in the area, so bear that in mind if outdoor space and scenery are important to you.
Imagine living next to or in the world’s tallest building. The Burj Khalifa is visible from every part of Dubai on a clear day, and that it the very heart of Downtown. Moving to Downtown, “The Centre of Now,” and it certainly seems to be, you will find plenty of villas and apartments, with some new developments in progress, but be prepared to pay for them.
The central location of Downtown, the proximity to the world’s largest mall (the Dubai Mall), and the magical musical fountains are major attractions in the area. But there are drawbacks: for example, the traffic on evenings and weekends is the stuff of nightmares.
If you like suburbia, then look no further than moving to Emirates Hills. With a collection of residential areas known as the Springs and the Meadows, leafy streets lead off to spacious villas and children play ball in the road. The neighbors are all friends. The women go to gym classes together and the men go play golf.
In this area you will find some of the best schools in Dubai, as well as large areas with lakes and parks, a small “town centre” area with a supermarket, cafes, and restaurants, it’s hardly surprising that so many families are based here. Prices vary greatly based on the exact location and size of home you’re looking for.