Relocating to Dubai
November 1, 2015
Dubai is a city that is growing at a rapid rate. As a vibrant, international city the opportunities are endless.
Whether you are relocating for work or with your family, the experience of living in Dubai can be most enjoyable and a great adventure if expats leave themselves open to the experience and abide by a few simple rules.
Here are a few things you should know before moving to Dubai.
It’s important to be aware that Dubai is an Arab emirate. While It’s fairly liberal there are cultural restrictions to consider. The Islamic religion is a key aspect of daily life and Muslim’s prioritise their life in this order: religion, family, country. The call to prayer occurs five times a day and it’s not unusual for business to close during this time. Modest dress is required and drunkenness, and public displayed of affection are criminal offences.
Other religions are tolerated
Although Dubai is an Islamic emirate, other religions are allowed to be practised -there is a church compound in Jebel Ali with Christian churches and a Sikh temple. However, there is a strong warning that no evangelisation will be tolerated. Ramadan, the holy month, will mean shorter hours and lots of Iftar parties in the evening after the fast is broken.
Accommodation in Dubai
Renting property in Dubai is the best option as purchasing a place can be difficult because of restrictions on foreigners owning property. There are many sections of the city to live in, depending on your preferences. Dubai Marina is an exclave of expats, Deira and Burj Dubai is the more traditional area. Outer communities include Arabian Ranches and the Green Community. Jumeirah, Al Wasl, Al Safa and Umm Seqeim have lovely residential accommodation. All will have mostly newer high-rise apartments and attached villas available for rent.
Leisure and entertainment
There are long stretches of beautiful beaches, 5 star restaurants serving the best international cuisine and some of the largest shopping malls in the world. Due to its desert location, Dubai sees high temperatures for most of the year. For this reason entertainment usually takes place late in the evening when the weather cools down. There are many clubs and bars and a vibrant night life scene across the city.