Living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Moving to the United Arab Emirates is an attractive option for many foreigners with over 80% of the UAE’s population being born abroad.

The authorities in Dubai have set up many ‘free zones’ so expats can set up a business without needing a native sponsor, and the lack of income tax makes investing and doing business in the UAE enticing.

At the same time, it is important to be aware of the culture and traditions of the Arab nations so as to integrate successfully into this society.

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What to expect when you arrive in the UAE

A knowledge of Arabic is essential when moving to the UAE. Very different from western European languages, it is read from right to left so investing in a language course and a phrasebook is recommended.

It is important to remember that the UAE is a Muslim nation. While more relaxed than the other Arab countries, it is wise to be aware of its rules and cultural traditions.

Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s federal capital, plays host to many international sporting events such as the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and its own Formula One Grand Prix.

Dubai also boasts the world famous Burj Al Arab Hotel, the only hotel in the world with a seven star rating.

There are 23 local and 28 foreign banks in the UAE. Opening a bank account varies in simplicity between each institution. You may require a letter of no objection or a letter confirming salary before opening an account. The UAE government website has a section dedicated to opening a bank account, helping you to do your research before choosing who to bank with.

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Burgeoning expat communities exist, providing access to children’s playgroups and social groups for adults where you can adjust to life in the UAE.

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Working in the United Arab Emirates

Working in Dubai will mean you require a health card, labour card and a residence visa, which will allow you to stay for up to three years. To obtain these documents you must have a contract of employment or sponsor. Short term stays are far easier to plan for. Nationals from 33 countries comprising Western Europe, The United States and Japan are all granted a thirty day visa on arrival in the UAE.

When looking for employment in the UAE international agencies such as Gulftalent.com and bayt.com are a good place to start. Unemployment is extremely low in the UAE at 4.2 per cent, which means there are a wealth of opportunities to find a promising career there. Many employers will also interview applicants via Skype before meeting them in person, which will give you time to prepare and hopefully secure a job before making your move.

The average working week runs from Sunday to Thursday with the typical working week being forty eight hours, although this may be higher if you work in the hospitality sector. During the month of Ramadan, working hours are shortened to allow for fasting and prayers.

Largely founded on the rich oil industry, the UAE’s powerful economy supports exceptional healthcare services in both the public and private sectors.

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You guys were friendly and efficient and we felt like we were in experienced hands.

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You guys were friendly and efficient and we felt like we were in experienced hands.

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Alan, Paul, Tony and Rob were a lovely bunch working in the coldest days of the year! They did a great job at packing our belongings safely and delivering our things as well as building furniture.

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10/10

How can we improve our service?
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10/10

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Thanks so much it was faultless.

Robyn Duffy

They were polite and professional throughout and took the stress away from us on moving day

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9/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
Needed to move house and was seemed the best company to do so.

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The team were absolutely fantastic. They were polite and professional throughout and took the stress away from us on moving day. They took care of everything and even found our son’s Christmas elves which was a huge help and helped settle our son into our new house.

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8/10

How can we improve our service?
Think there are a few things pre-move day that would help.

  • A general email to say what to expect, perhaps a video that shows what will happen. Moving house is stressful enough and this would’ve helped take the edge off.
  • A text message to confirm what time the team is arriving, potentially with the team member names included - we feel this would be a nice personalised touch.

BUT - on the actual day the team were brilliant and should be praised for their efforts.

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends / family?
10/10

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your move?
John, Rob, Tyler and Anthony were brilliant, we really hope they are praised by their Management. We will recommend to anyone else moving home due to these 4 gentlemen.

Owen and Claire Ladds

You made it stress-free and we now have the opportunity to just enjoy our new home.

Why did you choose to get a quote from us and where did you get our contact details?
We googled "Movers Staffordshire" and came across your company. The high review rating drew us to visit your website for more details.

How would you rate the way we dealt with your initial enquiry?
10/10

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10/10

Why did you choose to move/store with us?
We appreciated the transparency of being able to get an instant quote range so that we had a good idea of how much the final quote would be. We were also pleased with the prompt replies and ease of making all of the arrangements throughout the process. Because the initial inquiry was dealt with so well, we felt comfortable enough to choose you without shopping around for other quotes.

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10/10

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Kim, Matthew, and Darren were delightful. They were efficient, friendly, and considerate. Kim went above and beyond to make sure that all of our essentials (keys, dog food, phones) were set aside. When unpacking, we noticed how carefully wrapped the items were. Everyone was very patient with our dog who was keen to get in their way.

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8/10

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Communication was excellent for the most part. We would have appreciated confirmation the day before the packing to know around what time we should have been expecting you.

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We are so grateful for your help in our move. You made it stress-free and we now have the opportunity to just enjoy our new home.

Justin Chung

The overall experience at a time of stress was good

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Recommended by two people who used your company.

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9/10

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9/10

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Because of others experience

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9/10

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Very pleasant. Courteous, helpful guys

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9/10

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Not sure

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10/10

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The overall experience at a time of stress was good 

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