5 Things Expats Should Know Before Moving To Dubai

Are you considering a move to this alluring United Arab Emirates city? Could you perhaps be having inhibitions about living among new people with a different culture? To start, 80% of the population in Dubai is foreigners. As if that is not enough, it is home to 8 million expats some of whom you will connect with and end up as friends. Here are five things that you need to know before making that move.

Expect intolerable heat

Dubai is a desert so prepare for the high temperatures that reach 50°C. The heat particularly peaks in May – September. If you are planning a move as an expat, organize to have your holidays during these summer months when the temperatures are extreme. This heat causes a burning sensation in your eyes, a pounding headache, unending thirst, and continual sweating. 

It makes you feel as if you are baking at maximum in an oven. This is in combination with frequent sandstorms. Of course, as time goes by you will get used to the weather. All buildings have air conditioning, which makes life bearable though you still have to walk from the bus or car to those facilities.

Acceptable Drinking happens

Dubai is a strictly Muslim city where Muslims do not consume alcohol as part of their Sharia law. However, this does not hinder you from drinking alcohol as long as you do it responsibly and within their set laws. 

Some of these laws state that you can only take alcohol from licensed bars and restaurants. These two facilities must be within hotels or else they cannot sell alcohol. Do not even think of consuming it in a public place. The consequences are heavy fines.

It’s an enviably tax-free state

Most countries worldwide live under hefty taxes from all sectors. This makes Dubai attractive especially if you intend to work or invest here. The thought of no income tax is mind-blowing. Your gross income is your net income.

Well, there are some taxes like VAT, which is at 5%. Dubai introduced it on January 1, 2018. Import taxes also exist. They sharply affect the cost of living, as everything is expensive.

Enjoy endless entertainment 

This beautiful nation has many entertainment spots and activities guaranteed to keep you busy throughout your stay. Here are some activities to engage in:

  • Shopping at Dubai mall – even if it is just window-shopping, this and other giant malls are a must-visit. Dubai mall has a variety of activities to participate in like skiing, luxury shopping, and yachting, which are all available within.
  • Massage and self-love – there is no better time to pamper yourself than when you are in this city. Pay a visit to massage parlors and beauty salons in Dubai. You will leave there feeling relaxed and looking forward to the next visit.
  • Sand duning – experience the desert scenery by going on a desert safari seasoned with huge sand dunes.
  • Ascending Burj Khalifa –  a climb up to the 148th floor of this fascinating and unique landmark will mark the highlight of your stay in Dubai. Once there, take your time to gaze at the irresistible Dubai Fountain.
  • Food sampling – ensure you sample diverse foods from all over the world in the exquisite restaurants dotting this city. You are sure to be served local cuisine, Mediterranean seafood, traditional Japanese food, Indian delicacies, South American mouthwatering dishes, and Italian meals among many others.

Safety

When you are in Dubai as an expat, you do not need to worry about your safety or that of your belongings. Dubai has the strictest security laws with cameras everywhere. Anyone caught stealing faces the full wrath of the law.

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