Living in the UAE: 21 Things to Know Before You Move | MoveHub (2023)

Living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an experience like no other. Home to a wide range of nationalities, a nightlife to rival London and New York, and absolutely zero income tax, the Gulf nation has plenty to offer. Thankfully, it’s not too difficult to move everything you own halfway across the world – especially if you use the form above.

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Gorgeous, isn't it? This beautiful scene is one of many you'll see while living in the UAE

There’s plenty to recommend about life in a land where the skies are almost always blue. Here are the five best reasons to start living in the UAE:

  • It has a minister of state for happiness and wellbeing. No, seriously. The country aims to become one of the five happiest countries in the world, so why not hop on board the love train?
  • The weather and beaches are amazing. If you love following a day of work by working on your tan, the UAE is perfect for you.
  • In fact, everything is gorgeous, from the man-made islands off the coast of Dubai to the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa. There’s plenty of natural beauty too, including the wonderfully named Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali), which is the largest continuous sand desert in the world. If you’ve ever wanted to see the sweeping sands of Disney’s Aladdin in real life, this is your chance.
  • You’ll be in good company as an expat. While the UAE’s population is around 10 million, more than 88% of residents come from abroad(United Nations, 2018). This means a huge variety of exciting cultures and food, and better still, you won’t be alone – data from embassies shows that 120,000 people from the UK and 50,000 from the US live in the UAE.
  • There are almost no taxes. In 2018, the government introduced VAT for the first time on most goods and services, at the low rate of 5% – but that’s it. No income tax. Everything you make is yours to keep.

However appealing these reasons may be, it must be noted that if you're thinking of making the jump to this Gulf nation, you may be in for a shock. Homosexuality remains illegal in the UAE, while women may face grave challenges in light of the country's attitudes towards abortion, rape, and domestic abuse.

If you are able to navigate this level of culture shock, and are able to secure a decent job, then you'll be in a prime position to take advantage of what the UAE has to offer. Let us help you get the most out of your move with these top 21 things to know.

1. How do the individual emirates differ?

The UAE is comprised of seven emirates, which gained independence and formed the country in 1971 after the British military stopped protecting the region. If you’re moving for work, you’re probably heading to either Abu Dhabi – which includes the UAE’s capital, most of its population, and 87% of its land – or Dubai, the spectacular business hub of the country.

Abu Dhabi contains both the largest place of worship in the country, in the shape of the imposing Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi City, and the UAE’s biggest economy. In 2018, the emirate’s gross domestic product (GDP) was £194 billion. That’s more than Portugal, Egypt, and Vietnam, according to the International Monetary Fund – and it’s just one emirate.

Meanwhile, Dubai’s GDP is £83 billion – and when you consider that fact alongside the emirate’s incredible skyline and man-made islands, you can start to understand why Dubai International Airport is the third-busiest in the world. According to National Geographic stats from 2018, an enormous 88 million passengers pass through its gates across the year.

2. Don’t forget to check out the other emirates

While the urban hubs of Abu Dhabi and Dubai are endlessly enjoyable, the other emirates also have their unique charms, and are worth exploring – not least for their highly Instagrammable landscapes.

As well as Ajman, which is a mostly agricultural region, there’s Fujairah, an emirate with picturesque countryside and mountains that also boasts the Al Badiyah Mosque, built more than 650 years ago and still in use. And though you as a foreigner are banned from buying land or owning the majority of any business, you’re welcome to enjoy plenty of watersports, such as windsurfing, water skiing and diving.

You can also take a sea-and-sun-themed trip to Ras Al Khaimah, an emirate with 64km of beach coastline, as well as the longest zipline in the world at Jebel Jais – the UAE’s highest peak.

Take care if you visit Sharjah, where the law requires everyone to dress conservatively and bans drinking in public (and only privately if you have a licence). You’re also forbidden to socialise with members of another gender if you’re not married to them.

But if none of that bothers you, Sharjah has everything from a classic car museum to a palace and aquarium – and for those who are more interested in exploring nature, there’s a mangrove forest, a seaside promenade, and a beautiful bird of prey centre.

The UAE mixes Islamic history and culture with many western attractions, and nowhere is this clearer than Umm Al Quwain. The emirate contains a majestic 18th century fort and historic architecture, alongside a water park which covers 250,000m² and has a daily capacity of 10,000. Dreamland Aqua Park contains more than 30 rides, slides and attractions, and runs throughout the year.

3. What is healthcare like in the UAE?

Hopefully your company will provide you with access to private treatment, which has a better reputation in the UAE than the public healthcare system. As of 2017, there were more private hospitals than public, according to Allianz.

This makes sense, since anyone who isn’t an Emirati national only has access to emergency treatments.

In the particular case of Dubai, unless you are an Emirati national, it is mandatory that you have some form of private medical cover.

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4. Make sure you can afford the move

Living in the UAE isn’t cheap. Stats gathered by Numbeo reveal that renting a three-bedroom flat in the centre of either Abu Dhabi or Dubai costs more than £2,000 a month, and even your everyday expenses like coffee or beer will set you back about £3.50 apiece.

If you’re from a big city like London or Los Angeles, then you’re prepared for these sort of prices. Just make sure, as ever, that your salary matches your lifestyle – a calculation which will be helped by the complete lack of income tax in the UAE.

5. Living in the UAE is a cultural shift – but yes, you can still drink

The UAE could be your dream move, as long as you respect the rules. First off, remember that the weekend is on Friday and Saturday– with Sunday as the first day of the work week – because Friday is a holy day in Islam.

If you’re after some alcohol-fuelled fun when you clock off on Thursdays, go for it – just don’t discuss it at work, as there is still a stigma around drinking. There are plenty of bars and restaurants with drinks licenses, and most Dubai bars have happy hours. Women can also enjoy ladies’ night, usually on Tuesdays, while there are countless brunch options with unlimited food and drink.

Watch out if you’re used to life in the UK, though: the legal drinking age in the UAE is 21, and they check IDs. It’s also illegal to consume alcohol on the street, and there is a zero tolerance approach to consuming drugs, which can lead to deportation or imprisonment.

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6. In fact, get ready for many unexpected laws

Though you can find licensed bars, clubs and restaurants to drink in everywhere apart from Sharjah, watch out for other unusual restrictions. You could be thrown in prison for gossiping, swearing (both in real life and on WhatsApp), raising money for charity without a licence, carrying food with poppy seeds, or taking photos of people without their permission.

You can be deported for all of these offences, and may also be forced to leave the country – as well as facing a five-figure fine – if you take photos of road accidents.

Sex outside marriage is banned as well, meaning that you and your partner will have to tie the knot before moving to the UAE or risk spending a minimum of one year in prison.

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7. What’s life in the UAE like for foreign women?

While it’s generally safe to walk the streets, if you’re a woman in the UAE, that comes with conditions. There’s no need to wear a hijab, but make sure to cover your shoulders, knees and neckline if you’re at work or in a public space – unless that place is the beach.

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Lonely Planet recommends that if you’re in the UAE with your boyfriend, you should say you’re married, and avoid public displays of affection – these can even be punished with 80 lashes. On public buses, sit near the front in the women’s section, and try not to make direct eye contact with men you don’t know.

Also be aware that women have often faced denial or even imprisonment after accusing men of rape or domestic abuse. Abortion is also illegal in the UAE, unless the person giving birth or their baby is in mortal danger. It can lead to a year in prison.

Apart from these restrictions, living in Abu Dhabi as a woman – or almost any other emirate, for that matter – is much the same as life in the west. You can drive, you can drink, and you can move around the country alone without much trouble.

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8. What’s it like working in the UAE?

If you’re moving to the Gulf nation for work, you’re most likely heading to Abu Dhabi or Dubai, where the majority of the jobs are found. Most of these roles will be taken up by men, who form the large majority of the population and the workforce. The Emirati government reported in 2017 that 91% of men above the age of 15 were employed, compared to just 42% of women.

While the country’s economy is largely reliant on oil, government agencies and construction, tourism is booming – especially in Dubai, which was the world’s fourth-most popular tourism destination in 2018, according to Mastercard.

But expats in Abu Dhabi or Dubai have typically come to the UAE to work in accounting, finance or IT – that is, unless you’re working for a multinational company like Microsoft, AstraZeneca, DHL, FedEx, Marriott or Hilton Worldwide, which all have offices in the country.

There are many bonus features when it comes to working in the UAE. As well as the tax-free income, many companies also offer their employees a housing allowance, contributions towards your kids’ school fees, medical insurance, and even free air tickets back home.

Be warned, though: labour laws are different in the UAE. If you’re ever thinking of joining a trade union or starting a strike, don’t. It’s a criminal offence, and can lead to you being deported.

9. Do you need to learn Arabic?

If you pick up some Arabic, you’ll find it easier to bond with colleagues and locals. As with any country, learning some of the language shows you respect the place and its people. However, English is widely spoken, and the sheer number of expats in Dubai and Abu Dhabi means that you’ll always have a community available to you if you need it. By using an online forum like InterNations, you can easily stay in touch with other people in your exact situation – and even ask for advice before you travel.

There are also plenty of British pubs and restaurants in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, if you ever have a craving for bangers and mash or toad in the hole.

10. What do I need to do to start living in the UAE?

You can get a free 30-day visa if you’re a citizen of a host of countries – including the UK, US, Australia, Canada and Ireland – and extend it for another 30 days during your stay. You’re probably after something a bit more long-term though – in which case, you need a sponsor.

This can be anyone who lives permanently in the UAE, but if you’re moving for work, it’ll most likely be your company. Your sponsor will apply for a 30-day residency on your behalf, before extending your stay while you’re in the country. All you need to provide is a copy of your passport – your company should take care of the rest.

Expats living in the UAE can sponsor you to bring over close relatives like your spouse and children, so you shouldn’t have to leave anyone behind. Also make sure to get an ID Card through this government website, as everyone living in the UAE has to have one.

11. Move your belongings to the UAE in the least stressful way possible

After you’ve done all of that, you’ll need to ship everything you own to your new home in this desert paradise.

We’ve calculated the average international shipping rates for some of our most popular journeys from the UK (London), the US (New York), Australia (Sydney) and Canada (Montreal) to Jebel Ali in the UAE. The rates are sourced from, and are based on the port-to-port transportation of a 20ft container of used furniture worth £40,000 – the typical value of the contents of a three-bedroom house (according to Admiral Insurance). These prices were last updated in April 2019.

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New York£3,490

Please note: these container shipping costs exclude typical add-ons such as door-to-door delivery, professional packing/unpacking, and basic insurance cover. Our shipping suppliers normally incorporate these services into their prices, so expect some discrepancy between the rates given here and the quotes you receive. These estimates should be used as an indication only.

12. What’s it like living in the UAE with a family?

Once you’ve managed to arrange for your spouse and kids to join you in your fresh start, you’ll want to get them settled in as quickly as possible. Fortunately, English is widely spoken in the UAE, which will make things easier.

As in many cultures, family is highly valued in the UAE, and will give you an easy way to bond with locals and other colleagues. In terms of education, you will be encouraged to find a private or international school for your kids – and if you’re worried about your children suffering a culture shock or having to adapt to a new curriculum, don’t sweat it.

As of the 2017/18 school year, there are 78 schools in Dubai – nearly half the total – which offer the British curriculum, while 34 teach kids what they would be learning in American schools.

Your family will be able to learn all about the Emirati culture (including getting used to hearing the call to prayer six times a day), but will still be able to enjoy western traditions. Easter and Christmas are proudly celebrated in the UAE, complete with Christmas trees and mall Santas.

13. Is there a lot of family-friendly entertainment in the UAE?

There are plenty of fun activities for all the family to enjoy, including some top-level sport. Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit holds an annual Formula One race, football and cricket are extremely popular, and you absolutely have to take the kids to see some camel races in Abu Dhabi or Al Ain – especially since they often feature robot jockeys.

You can go camping in the stunning natural surroundings of Fujairah beach, or Liwa in the Empty Quarter, which is home to the kind of sand dunes familiar to Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker and Rey. Speaking of films, you can see all the latest releases, so there’s no fear of missing the latest Marvel blockbuster. Some flicks have been banned in the UAE in recent years, such as Black Swan, Love and Other Drugs and Fifty Shades of Grey, but it’s rare, and generally doesn’t apply to films you’d take your kids to.

14. Is it too hot in the UAE?

Temperatures typically reach 45°C in the summer, but can go down to a more manageable 10°C in the winter, depending on where you live. In Dubai, the temperature rarely drops below 15°C all year round, and has been known to hit a sweltering 49°C. This can make summers tough, but thankfully, there’s air conditioning wherever you go – including bus stops.

The constant heat does also mean that you and your family can visit the plentiful Emirati beaches at any time in the year. That’s right: whenever you fancy it, you can go and work on your tan, build sandcastles, or even try out some watersports. Just remember your sun cream.

15. When it comes to food, the UAE has its own unique flavour

Prepare yourself for brunch. We told you about the UAE’s plethora of brunch choices earlier, but it deserves to be mentioned again, if only to make sure you’re ready for the concept of double or even triple brunch. That’s right – some people repeatedly jump from one brunch to another once Friday and Saturday roll around.

The other ubiquitous part of Emirati cuisine is the national fruit: dates. The UAE produces more than 530,000 metric tons of fresh dates each year, so you’ll see them being sold everywhere and incorporated into many local recipes.

16. Get ready to explore global cuisine

As well as regional specialities, you’ll also have access to every type of dining experience, from high-end food to fish and chips. And don’t worry about bacon or ham hocks being forbidden in Islam, as pork is available in a special section of most supermarkets.

Because of its diverse population, the UAE is home to all the dishes you’d expect to find in a big city – Indian, Italian, French, Japanese, and so on – while also satisfying true foodies’ appetites with high-quality Arabic and Middle Eastern cooking. Immerse yourself in the Abu Dhabi and Dubai lifestyle, and see what real falafel, curry and hummus taste like.


17. You’ll be living in an Islamic country

The state religion of UAE is Islam, which impacts every part of life in the country – from the law itself to the six times a day you’ll hear the call to prayer.

Your colleagues and friends in the UAE may well have different cultural expectations when it comes to drinking, relationships, and clothing, to name a few. Some of these differences are enshrined in law. The UAE’s legal system incorporates Sharia Law, which means that offences like insulting Islam or consuming alcohol if you’re a Muslim person are liable to get you deported, flogged, or worse.

18. Ramadan will affect you, regardless of your religion

Be prepared for the month-long fast of Ramadan each year in the spring, during which time everyone is banned from eating, drinking or smoking in public. This includes you, making it one of the most important things to know about the UAE. You can eat at work, but do so away from people, in a private section of the office.

On the plus side, each night, you can join in as people break their day-long fast at the incredible night markets in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. As well as delicious food, the markets also create a smorgasbord of art, fashion and fun.

19. Living in the UAE means living under an absolute monarchy

While you may think you’re used to living under a monarch if you’re from the UK, Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t have anything on the seven rulers of the UAE. Each of the emirates is overseen by a tribal leader, called a sheikh, who has absolute power over his people and passes down his title from father to son. Together, the sheikhs make up the Federal Supreme Council (FSC).

The seven members of the FSC elect the president and prime minister, usually giving them to Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s sheikhs, respectively. Unlike the country you’re probably coming from, the UAE is certainly not a democracy, and its authorities don’t take kindly to criticisms of this fact.

20. Is the UAE a safe place to live?

A US government report from December 2018 found that the UAE has the lowest threat level possible. And in the opinion of hundreds of Numbeo users, the level of crime is “very low” all over the country.

In 2018, the UAE government reported that the rate of premeditated murders was down to 0.3 per 100,000 people, leading deputy chairman of police Lt-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim to call the UAE “the safest [country] worldwide,” according to Gulf News.

21. So who should move to the UAE?

The UAE is a challenging place to live if you’re a woman or part of the LGBT+ community, with many of the country’s laws restricting your freedoms. However, if none of these identities apply to you, you will find an accepting, welcoming place which is home to dozens of different nationalities from across the globe.

As long as you have a salary which allows you to enjoy all that the Gulf nation has to offer, and you can respect the country’s laws and religious customs, the UAE will be a wonderful home to you and your family. Head on over to our International Container Shipping Costs page, and see how much it would take to set you up in paradise. Or, to start receiving quotes for shipping to the UAE, simply fill in this form and our professional suppliers will get back to you!

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Is it worth moving to UAE? ›

There are many bonus features when it comes to working in the UAE. As well as the tax-free income, many companies also offer their employees a housing allowance, contributions towards your kids' school fees, medical insurance, and even free air tickets back home. Be warned, though: labour laws are different in the UAE.

What are the disadvantages of living in UAE? ›

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  • Hard to Find a Job. ...
  • Strict Laws in Place.
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Is UAE a good country to settle? ›

Overall, the UAE ranked second in the world in the Expat Essentials Index, and fifth for both the Quality of Life and Working Abroad categories, which cover the likes of career prospects, salary and job security, leisure options, health and well-being, and safety and security.

What salary do you need to live in Dubai? ›

Let's begin. If you don't want to read the whole blog, here is the bottom line; a salary of AED 10,000 - 15,000 (USD 2,700 - 4,000) a month is considered pretty decent with the potential to save a good amount, while a salary of AED 15,000 - 20,000 (USD 4,000 - 5,400) per month and more is considered very attractive.

Is UAE a risky place to live? ›

In 2021, as per the total combined stat, Abu Dhabi (88.46) was the safest city in the world, followed by Doha (87.96). Sharjah (83.6) and Dubai (83.59) were ranked sixth and seventh for the complete year.

How much salary do you need to live in UAE? ›

Living Expenses in the UAE

The average cost of living for family of four is about about 12,000 AED per month (3,000 USD). Without rent, this includes items such as groceries, transport, leisure activity, and eating out at restaurants. A single person can expect to pay about 3,000 AED (800 USD).

What is the biggest problem in the UAE? ›

The global COVID-19 pandemic and global economic downturn impacted the UAE, as it did every other country. The pandemic triggered an unprecedented financial crisis as oil prices fell, significantly reducing the UAE's oil revenues.

What are the main problems in UAE? ›

Invasive species, carbon footprints, limited water resources, overfishing, waste generation, air pollution and land degradation and desertification are posing an environmental threat to the UAE.

Can boyfriend and girlfriend live together in UAE? ›

It is pertinent to note that cohabitation of unmarried couples is not a crime anymore in the UAE if there are no objections by their legal guardians. Therefore, if you are living with your girlfriend in the UAE, it may not be considered a crime, and there may be no imprisonment or penalties for cohabitation.

What is the safest emirate in UAE? ›

Abu Dhabi has been named the world's safest city for the sixth consecutive year. Numbeo Safety Index 2022, the 10 safest countries also include Sharjah (4) and Dubai (8). The three United Arab Emirates are ahead of cities like Zurich and Monaco. Abu Dhabi has a safety index of 88.4.

Why do people leave Dubai? ›

Lured by almost no taxes, full paid salaries without deductions, sunny beaches and luxurious lifestyle to some point you cannot handle the high expenses of such a lifestyle. High paid professionals are not expecting to come to the UAE and live a lower standard life than theirs in their home country.

What is an OK salary in Dubai? ›

The average salary in Dubai is AED 21,500 per month, which is equivalent to USD $5,853. The salary of a worker in Dubai is therefore on average higher than in Western countries.

How much is monthly rent Dubai? ›

Housing, Rental & Utilities
Type of ApartmentCost of rent per month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City CentreAED 5,141.89 (USD 1 399.92)
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of CentreAED 3,281.72 (USD 893.47)
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City CentreAED 9,766.53 (USD 2 659.01)
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What is a very high salary in Dubai? ›

The highest paid Dubai are Legal Department professionals at $141,000 annually. The lowest paid Dubai are Transportation & Logistics professionals at $12,000.

What areas should I avoid Dubai? ›

Neighborhoods to avoid in Dubai

Deira is the oldest district in Dubai. More authentic than the ultra modern districts of the city, this district is also one of the poorest. It is populated mainly by workers who come from abroad (Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China). Pour naviguer, appuyez sur les touches fléchées.

Can you hug in UAE? ›

' … Yamalov answers by saying that public display of affection (PDA) is, in fact, not illegal in the UAE. However, public display of affection that may be deemed either disgraceful or against public moral is against Article 58 of the UAE Penal Code.

Does UAE have good Quality of Life? ›

Best quality of life

86% of respondents in HSBC's 2021 Expat Explorer study said Dubai offers better living standards than their home country.

Do I need to pay 45 days salary in UAE? ›

You have to pay only 45 days of salary if it is a limited period contract, and in case of an unlimited period contract, you have to pay nothing. However, you should review the conditions of the employment contract.

What is a high salary in UAE? ›

The highest paid UAE are Legal Department professionals at $141,000 annually. The lowest paid UAE are Transportation & Logistics professionals at $4,200.

Can I live in UAE permanently? ›

If you invest in a property in the UAE worth at least 5 million AED, you can acquire a five-year visa. You must meet the following terms for the visa: You must hold onto the property for at least three years.

How does the UAE treat its citizens? ›

The UAE does not have democratically elected institutions and citizens do not have the right to change their government or to form political parties. Activists and academics who criticize the regime are detained and imprisoned, and their families are often harassed by the state security apparatus.

What are the common diseases that people in the UAE suffer from? ›

Cardiovascular disease is the principal cause of death in the UAE, constituting 28 percent of total deaths; other major causes are accidents and injuries, malignancies, and congenital anomalies.
  • Niilo Disorders.
  • Obesity.
  • Diabetes.

Does UAE block Internet? ›

UAE blocks online content with: The legal mandate given by the anti-terrorism law. The sweeping power of the TRA, a censorship agency.

What can cause a ban in UAE? ›

A labour ban may be imposed if the employee:
  • illegally terminated the employment contract or did not observe the provisions of the UAE Labour Law. ...
  • committed any of the violations listed in the UAE Labour Law.
  • worked with another company without obtaining a work permit from MoHRE.
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Is crime a problem in Dubai? ›

In terms of crime, Dubai is one of the safest destinations in the Middle East. 1 The largest city in the United Arab Emirates is a major tourist and business hub and one of the fastest-growing cities with international travelers in the world.

Why is crime low in UAE? ›

The security has a high standard in Dubai. Law enforcement bodies utilize latest technology to find criminals and the punishment is severe to control the crime rate.

Can I sleep with my boyfriend in Dubai? ›

Looking at pornography online (or bringing it into the country) is also illegal. Some prescription drugs, which you can get over the counter in the UK, are also illegal in Dubai. Sex outside marriage is also illegal – although if you get caught for that one, you're probably asking for it.

Can you kiss in Dubai? ›

Well, among public displays of affection, kissing might be the worst of the lot. It does not matter if one party kisses the other on the lips, on the cheek, or in a private place that would get them locked upon any part of the world; kissing is forbidden in public places in Dubai.

Is adultery a crime in UAE? ›

Adultery is regarded as a criminal offense in UAE under Article 356 of the UAE Penal Code and the person committing it can be accused of the same. Ingredients of the offense of Adultery: There shall be a consensual relationship between two people of opposite sex.

Where do rich people live in UAE? ›

Jumeirah, Al Barsha, Arabian Ranches, Al Thanyah and Umm Suqeim are home to the highest number of rich people in Dubai, says a new report.

Where do middle class live in Dubai? ›

The only districts offering affordable accommodation for many middle-income earners are run-down areas near Dubai's creek and parts of the city's outskirts, such as International City and Dubai Outsource Zone.

What is the richest city in UAE? ›

#Dubai is the richest city in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and the 29th wealthiest in the world according to New World Wealth. Dubai's population of HNWIs, rose to 54,000 in June 2021, up by 3.8 percent from 52,000 last December.

Are there any murders in UAE? ›

In 2019, homicide rate for United Arab Emirates was 0.7 cases per 100,000 population. Though United Arab Emirates homicide rate fluctuated substantially in recent years, it tended to decrease through 2006 - 2019 period ending at 0.7 cases per 100,000 population in 2019.

Is Abu Dhabi or Dubai nicer? ›

Dubai is much bigger and has more entertainment options, nightlife, family activities, luxury hotels, and plenty of budget options. In contrast, Abu Dhabi is slightly more expensive. Despite being more expensive, Abu Dhabi is a more peaceful location. And Abu Dhabi has better beaches than Dubai.

What is the 2nd safest country in the world? ›


In fact, according to the Global Peace Index 2022, New Zealand is the second safest country in the world, behind only Iceland. There are several reasons why New Zealand is such a safe place to live. For one, it has a relatively small population and a low crime rate.

Can men kiss in Dubai? ›

As of 2020, there are no known arrests or prosecutions for same-sex sexual activity in the UAE since at least 2015. Individuals have been prosecuted for related offences, under public decency laws, for acts such as kissing in public, or for cross-dressing.

How do people get rich in Dubai? ›

Its economy is vibrant and diverse and generates revenue in various ways. It includes manufacturing, providing services, and tourism. So, unlike its neighbors, whose economies rely on oil, Dubai has a diversified economic base resting on finance, trade, transportation, tourism, oil, and technology industries.

Why do Westerners live in Dubai? ›

While some may find the cost of accommodations expensive, the large supply of attractive housing units, high salaries and low taxes motivate many people to move to Dubai and live the expat lifestyle. In fact, only 15% of the city's residents are Emirati – the rest are migrant workers and expats.

Is salary in UAE tax free? ›

Absence of taxation

There is currently no personal income tax in the United Arab Emirates. As such, there are no individual tax registration or reporting obligations.

What is the lowest paid job in Dubai? ›

Low Salary jobs in Dubai
  • Storekeeper. Fit n Glam. Dubai. ...
  • Emirates is Hiring. new. The Emirates Group4.2. ...
  • Accounts Assistant and Reception. Low Price Rent a Car. Dubai International City. ...
  • Front Desk Receptionist. TDC. Dubai. ...
  • Receptionist. Magenta LLC2.6. Dubai. ...
  • Receptionist/Cashier. new. ...
  • Front of House. 1BEAT DXB. ...
  • Crew Member. Wingstop3.3.

What jobs are in demand in Dubai? ›

The following are 10 high-demand skills employers in Dubai are looking for:
  • Finance/Money Management Skills. ...
  • Cybersecurity/Risk Management Skills. ...
  • Coding/Web Development Skills. ...
  • Administrative Skills. ...
  • Marketing Skills. ...
  • Social Media Marketing Skills. ...
  • Language Skills. ...
  • Teaching Skills.

Are groceries expensive in Dubai? ›

However, shopping at premium retailers can bring up the monthly cost for groceries in Dubai to AED 3,000 – AED 4,000.
GroceriesCOST PER MONTH AED 1920
UtilitiesCOST PER MONTH AED 2k – AED 3.5k
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What is the average rent in UAE? ›

The average rent in the UAE ranges between 30,000 to 50,000 AED (8,100 to 13,600 USD) per year for a studio apartment. One-and two-bedroom apartments range between 70,000 and 100,000 AED (19,000–27,220 USD).

Can I live in Dubai without a job? ›

With the travel and tourism industries returning to normalcy, and under the UAE's new visa rules, expats can now choose to live and enjoy the high standard of living that the country offers to its residents without a work visa.

Which career is best in UAE? ›

Highest Paid Jobs in the UAE
  • Lawyer.
  • Senior Human Resources.
  • Data Scientist.
  • IT Manager.
  • Doctors.
  • Bank Manager.
  • Pilots.
  • Engineers.
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Which career is best in Dubai? ›

Dubai has a thriving financial sector with a plethora of job opportunities. One of the most well-paid roles is that of a bank manager. You should have a degree in accounting, finance, marketing or business and at least three to seven years of experience working in the financial sector in order to be considered.

Which is the easiest job with high salary in Dubai? ›

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What are the top 30 highest-paid job openings in Dubai?
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  • Business development manager. ...
  • Software engineer. ...
  • Real estate consultant. ...
  • Physical therapists. ...
  • Call center manager.

Is living in Dubai worth it? ›

The pros of living in Dubai

Dubai is an exciting and happening destination that cannot be ignored! It is, therefore, the place to be if you want to enjoy your social life and your working life in the fast lane. The climate in the emirate for 8 months of the year is perfect.

Is it worth settling in Dubai? ›

Since a majority of people living in Dubai are expats from different backgrounds, you will not feel like a stranger there. Settling in Dubai won't be difficult for an Indian expat. Yet, there are some things you need to learn before you go so you can start enjoying your life as soon as possible.

Does UAE have good quality of life? ›

Best quality of life

86% of respondents in HSBC's 2021 Expat Explorer study said Dubai offers better living standards than their home country.

Is it hard to move to UAE? ›

Expats wanting to know how to move to the UAE will be pleased to know that it is relatively easy. With an expat population that is almost five times larger than the population of Emirati nationals, the UAE makes relocating to their country easy and straightforward.

Is living in Dubai stressful? ›

"It is very stressful, as you get to stay here depending on how well you do your job," Shaheen told Insider. "That's a huge burden on anyone, especially for breadwinners and people who come from countries that are not doing well economically."

What makes life in the UAE challenging? ›

Invasive species, carbon footprints, limited water resources, overfishing, waste generation, air pollution and land degradation and desertification are posing an environmental threat to the UAE.

Can you wear shorts in Dubai? ›

Yes, women can wear shorts in Dubai as long as they are not too short. You can wear them at beaches or malls but you should avoid them at local markets and souks. Can men wear shorts in Dubai water parks? It is mandatory in the water parks to wear any kind of swimwear.

Can boyfriend and girlfriend live together in Dubai? ›

Live Together With Your Partner In Dubai Legally

According to the Dubai government, it's a legal move to cohabitate.

What is the best area to live in Dubai? ›

Top 10 Best Places to Live in Dubai
  • Madinat Jumeirah Living. ...
  • Port De La Mer. ...
  • Emaar Beachfront. ...
  • Emaar South. ...
  • Downtown Dubai. ...
  • Dubai Marina. ...
  • Arabian Ranches. ...
  • Dubai Hills Estate. Dubai Hills Estate is sustainably designed and is the first of its kind.

What makes people in the UAE happy? ›

The respect for all religions is one of the many reasons why the UAE is one of the happiest nations in the region. From Mr Mayur I. I love the easy living, the commuting, not paying tax, multi-cultural friends and tolerance.

Which is the best emirate to live in UAE? ›

Top 10 Places to Live in the United Arab Emirates
  1. Dubai. Best Place To Live For Expats. ...
  2. Abu Dhabi. Best Place To Live For English Speakers. ...
  3. Sharjah. Best Place To Live For Families. ...
  4. Fujairah. Best Place To Live For Digital Nomads. ...
  5. Ras Al Khaimah. Best Place To Live For Solo Travelers. ...
  6. Ajman. ...
  7. Al Ain. ...
  8. Khor Fakkan.

Can I move to UAE without a job? ›

UAE visa you can get without a job. Although a majority of the expats, which accounts for about 85 percent of the UAE's population, work as an employee in the country and require a work visa to live here, there has, however, been a noteworthy expansion of the visa scheme as announced by the UAE government.

What are the issues in UAE? ›

United Arab Emirates
  • Freedom of Expression.
  • Detainee Abuse and Dismal Prison Conditions.
  • Unlawful Attacks and Detainee Abuse Abroad.
  • Migrant Workers.
  • Women's Rights.
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

Which is the best place to live in UAE? ›

You'll find useful information on schools, healthcare facilities and the most popular neighbourhoods for expats.
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  • Dubai Marina/Marsa Dubai. Location. ...
  • Barsha Heights/Al Barsha. Location. ...
  • Jumeirah Beach Residence. Location.


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