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.

Call Us:  Staffordshire & Cheshire: 01785 251161 orCall Me Back

Living in the UAE

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.

Get support for your settlement in the UAE

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

Living in the UAE

Call Us:  Staffordshire & Cheshire: 01785 251161 orCall Me Back

Call Us:  Staffordshire & Cheshire: 01785 251161 orGet an Estimate

Living in the UAE

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.

Living in the UAE

Call Us:  Staffordshire & Cheshire: 01785 251161 orGet a Quote

Meet our movers

Call Us:  Staffordshire & Cheshire: 01785 251161 orGet a Quote

Removal quote appointment booking service

Britannia Goodwins Removals & Storage can help your overseas move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote, or by calling 01785 251161 and speaking with one of our Stafford and Cheshire removals specialists.

How are our appointments carried out

In the current times you might prefer that we don't visit your house in person to carry out a survey. This is fully understandable and we can just as easily undertake the survey by video call, using whatever method you're comfortable with, usually FaceTime or WhatsApp.

See what our customers think of us...

Great team of very experienced removal men

Nothing was too much trouble. Made it stress free. Used the company for the very competitive quote. Everything from initial contact to moving day was dealt with efficiently. Crew arrived on time and worked constantly throughout the day. I don’t think they even stopped for a lunch break. Great team of very experienced removal men. Dealt with the initial inquiry efficiently.

Helen House

Friendly & went above and beyond to help me

My mum & dad used your company 40 years ago and have always raved about you compared to others. I couldn’t praise Ant, Clive & Rob more, they were outstanding, really efficient, friendly & went above and beyond to help me - truly A*.

Hannah Murphy

Very friendly and helpful

Very friendly and helpful. I always use this company.

Susan Harrison

I’ve used them three times now

They were two lovely men, very polite, funny and extremely patient. I’ve used them three times now and it’s always been because of the men actually doing the move being so professional and the office being so efficient, thank you. They replied immediately to my initial inquiry.

Melanie Beaton-Brown

UK Quote

Complete the form below to get your UK Removals quotation

Date Details

Moving Details

Contact Details

European Removals Quote Request

Complete the form below to get your European Removals quotation

Date Details

Moving Details

Contact Details

International Removals Quote Request

Complete the form below to get your International Removals quotation

Date Details

Moving Details

Contact Details

Call Me Back

Complete the form below and we'll call you back to discuss your requirements

Your Details

Self Storage

Complete the form below to get your Self Storage quotation

Storage Details

Additional Information

Contact Details

UK Price Guide

Complete the form below to get a Price Guide sent to you

Moving From

Moving To

Moving Details

Your Details

Call Us:  Staffordshire & Cheshire: 01785 251161 orLet Us Call You Back

© Britannia Goodwins Removals & Storage 2021. Registered in England #00719614 An indicoll website
Privacy PolicyCookie PolicyDisclaimerAccessibility