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Expats who relocate to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may look forward to a rich and
fulfilling adventure. The country's enlightened cities are among the most Westernized in the
Middle East. Its competitive business climate - reinforced by the extra benefits of high expat
wage packages and no income taxation - has long attracted international professionals to its
Abu Dhabi, the UAE's capital, is a massive metropolitan metropolis with considerable
expansion in recent years. Most expats who relocate to Abu Dhabi live in the city, with
fantastic expat¬ residential districts and suburbs and fantastic work opportunities. Al Ain,
Abu Dhabi's second-biggest city, is also becoming a popular destination for expatriate
workers looking for a gentler pace of life in the UAE.
There are Seven Emirates within the UAE:
1. Dubai
2. Abu Dhabi
3. Ajman
4. Fujairah
5. Sharjah
6. Ras al-Khaimah
7. Umm al-Quwain
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a growing portion of the globe, becoming increasingly
important in international commerce and tourism. Significant infrastructural investment has
been made in several regions, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and elegant buildings and
hotels now define these places.



The UAE has a sizable expat community, accounting for about half the population. Most (95
percent) of people in the UAE are Muslim. Most expats are lured here because of the tax-
free lifestyle, and the standard of living is quite suitable for those earning an international
income. Private schools, incredible shopping, and many entertainment alternatives make
this a fascinating and pleasurable area to raise a family.


PM Relocations is broadly expertise in international relocations to cities all over the globe.
Our long history and comprehensive skills in different countries make them the ideal option
for your move. Below are the most famous places we are asked to move people to in the
United Arab Emirates:
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, Sharjah City, Al Ain City, Jumeirah Beach, Liwa Oasis, Abu
Dhabi City, Al Fujairah City, Burj Khalifa Observation Deck, Al Ain National Museum, Ajman
City, Al Muraba'a Fort, Dubai City, Emirates Fine Arts Society, Jebel Hafeet, Sharjah Fort,
Wild Wadi Water Park, Mezaira'a, Eastern Fort of Al Ain, Tal Mireb Dune, Shamal Ruins,
Barracuda Airport, Sharjah Heritage Area, Rub al Khali Desert, Al Bidiyah Mosque, Ajman
Beach, Ras Al Khaimah City, Museum of Islamic Civilization, Umm Al Quwain City, Burj Al
Arab Hotel, Camel Farms, Khor Fakkan City, Dibba, Fujairah Fort, Archaeological Fort of
Maleha, Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, St Philip the Apostle Orthodox Church, Handicraft
Markets, Sharjah Archaeological Museum, Dubai Mall, Shamal Julphar, Al Ain Palm Groves,
Jahli Fort, Nazwa Dunes and many more.



The national language of the United Arab Emirates is Arabic, and the language of the
Emiratis and Muslims is Islam. Because the bulk of the population is Indian and Pakistani,
Urdu is also commonly spoken. Despite this, everyone speaks English, and all signage and
government papers are in English.


Arid and subtropical climates. Temperature varies from around 50 degrees Celsius in the
summer (April to September) to -15 degrees Celsius at night. Sandstorms arise occasionally.



One disadvantage of not paying taxes is that you must pay for your medical insurance.
Healthcare in the UAE is outstanding, with contemporary, easily accessible medical facilities.
It is critical to have enough medical insurance. Depending on where you live in the UAE,
your employer may be required to supply this. It is also a requirement for gaining
permanent residence.



The Dirham (AED) is the local currency, with banknote denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100,
200, 500, and 1000. Additional Fils coins are available in 5, 10, 25, and 50 Fils (100 Fils = 1



In recent years, the UAE government has put tremendous pressure on firms to help them
reduce unemployment among nationals through a program called Emiratisation. That has
resulted in fewer chances for foreign employees, and it might be challenging to find work.
Most expats are based here on foreign contracts obtained in their native countries.



While living in the UAE might be expensive, high earnings and a lack of taxes help
compensate. The average monthly family spending is AED11,241.20, while the average
monthly income is AED18,248.60, leaving plenty of money to enjoy the Emirates'
recreational offerings. Around 40% of income is spent on housing and utilities, whereas little
under 15% is spent on food and drink.



The majority of Emirates have their utility providers. The Abu Dhabi Distribution Company is
the sole provider of power, water, and sewage in Abu Dhabi. When renting or purchasing,
you must connect to ADDC, which can be done online or in person. You'll need to open an
account with Dubai's Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. Electricity is 240v 50Hz AC
across the Emirates. Although tap water in some locations may be problematic, it is safe to
drink in bigger cities.


Education is a significant focus in the UAE and an essential aspect of its growth. From
infancy through university, they provide free education at all levels to both male and female
students. There is also a sizable private education industry; expatriate children in the UAE
are more likely to attend an international school, which is all personal. Some schools use
both the British National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate. When applying for
admission to one of these foreign schools, you will be expected to provide information
about your child's academic records, and they may be required to take a test. Most of these
foreign schools have high educational standards; however, the costs vary greatly and range
from 30,000 to 40,000 AED annually. Search one of the many UAE Dubai expat forums for
advice from other expat families on which schools they recommend you apply to.


If you're bringing children from another country, investigate schools and begin enrollment
as soon as possible. Because there is no free or government-sponsored education in the
UAE for children from other countries, expats frequently send children to private
international schools.
Several foreign schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have good standards. On the other hand,
the disadvantages are high fees and limited space. The website EdArabia contains some vital
information regarding top schools in the UAE based on the curriculum. It also includes other
relevant information on education in the UAE.


Pet import is a possibility in the UAE. Your cat or dog must be micro-chipped, vaccinated
(including rabies vaccines), and have a health certificate. You must apply for import
permission from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, which allows you to bring
up to two pets per permit.
If you know the UAE's pet restrictions, Links Relocating can assist you with moving to the
UAE with a dog or cat using our Pet Relocation Service.


If you have an Israeli passport or entrance/exit stamps from Israel, you will most likely be
denied entry into any UAE country.
A permit is required to purchase alcoholic beverages from licensed merchants.
No alcohol is authorized in the Emirate of Sharjah.
There is no Free State education for non-UAE residents residing in the UAE. Many rental
agreements are for at least a year, and many landlords may insist that the entire year's rent
be paid in advance. If you leave the nation before the end of the year, you will most likely
not receive your money back.
If someone in the UAE, such as a hotel employee or your employer, asks you to keep your
passport, you should always say no. They do not have the legal power to detain your key.


There are two public holidays in the UAE: fixed holidays such as New Year's Day and Islamic
holidays dependent on moon sightings. As a result, their dates may fluctuate by a few days
each year.
  •  January 1st, 2014 – New Year's Day
  •  January 13th, 2014 – Prophet Mohammed's (PBUH) Birthday
  •  May 27th, 2014 – Israa & Miaraj Night (Night of Ascension)
  •  July 29th, 2014 – Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
  •  October 4th, 2014 – Arafat Day
  •  October 5th, 2014 – Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)


Public transportation is adequate, including connections between the Emirates and overseas
transportation. Dubai is the only emirate with an 80-kilometer-long tram and metro system.
Taxis are the most common public transportation, and the government sets their fares.
Furthermore, the bus system is excellent, and individual emirates have their card payment
system, such as the Nol card in Dubai, the Hafilat card in Abu Dhabi, and the Sayer card in


Moving to the UAE is more complex than moving inside the UK since Customs and Excise
laws must be followed while importing your possessions. Although shipments of household
items and personal things are usually allowed duty-free if you have a resident permit, there
are certain limits on what you bring in. Customs officials will set the levy rate on new home
The Federal Customs Authority manages customs and imports (FCA). They have a set of
Common Customs Laws that each emirate executes and manages autonomously. The typical
suspects are forbidden and restricted commodities for UAE customs (like weapons and
narcotic drugs). Other items to evaluate a cultural focus include Israeli goods, pictures that
contravene Islamic beliefs, and handmade cuisine.
Must declare films, books, pictures, medications, valuables, or money up to AED 100,00, and
must declare some other goods. This list of Dubai customs forbidden commodities and
restricted goods is an excellent starting point, but you should double-check the FCA website
for your emirate.


A visa is required to emigrate or stay in the UAE for over 30 days. If you have a job lined up,
the most straightforward and typical option is for your prospective employer to handle all
these requirements. The restrictions change from emirate to emirate. Thus, it is best to
contact the bodies within your selected one first to find out where you stand.
If you have a family, you should find out if your company will sponsor them. Contact the
UAE embassy in London ( if you need to. According to the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office, adults traveling with children must submit documentary proof
of parental responsibility, such as a birth certificate, to various UAE nations before entering
or leaving the country. The UK Foreign Office must also legalize all birth and marriage
certificates. If you are a woman, you must work in specific fields to sponsor your family's


  •  It has a minister of happiness and well-being. No, I mean it. Why not join the love train as the country strives to become one of the top five happiest in the world?
  •  The weather and beaches are spectacular. If you enjoy working on your tan after a long day, the UAE is the place to be.
  •  Everything is beautiful, from the artificial islands off the coast of Dubai to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. There's also plenty of natural beauty, such as the aptly titled Empty Quarter (Rub al Khali), the world's biggest continuous sand desert.
  • If you've always wanted to witness the sweeping dunes of Disney's Aladdin in person, now's your chance.
  •  As an expat, you'll be in excellent company. While the UAE has over 10 million people, more than 88 percent of its citizens are foreigners (United Nations, 2018).
  • That means a wide range of fascinating cultures and cuisines. Even better, you won't be alone — data from embassies reveals that 120,000 individuals from the United Kingdom and 50,000 from the United States reside in the UAE.
  •  There are virtually no taxes. In 2018, the government implemented VAT on most products and services at a modest rate of 5% - but that was all. There is no income tax. You own whatever you create.


  •  To get things started, here are our top ten reasons for migrating to the Emirates:
  •  Earnings in the UAE are tax-free.
  •  It strikes the ideal mix between the city and the seashore.
  •  It is the world's finest planned city.
  •  Food is more than simply an attraction; it is a way of life.
  •  Dubai is a major international transportation center.
  •  Safety comes first
  •  Culture flourishes and blooms here.
  •  It's more open than the press makes it out to be!
  •  Living properties are stunning... and frequently very, very inexpensive.
  •  Camel safaris are relatively frequent.
  •  You can ski in the desert.
  •  The retail malls are among the greatest in the world.
  •  The sun shines all year.
  •  A robust and stable economy indeed rules
  •  Educational standards are good.
  •  Abu Dhabi has several extra benefits.
  •  There is no language barrier.
  •  Dubai and the UAE are very kid and family-friendly.
  •  The other Emirates have untapped potential.
  •  Excellent assistance for Expats
  •  The new 10 Year Visa and 100 percent foreign ownership
  •  The UAE wants to make everyone happy!
  •  Expand your perspective on life.
Basic Facts About UAE

Capital: Abu Dhabi

Population: About 9.4 Million

Time Zone: GMT +4

Language: Arabic

Internet Domain: .ae

Major Religion: Islam

Official Name: United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Emergency Contact: 999

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