Relocating from Czech Republic to Dubai
January 6, 2016
Dubai is a city that is growing quickly. As a cosmopolitan and international city it has a lot of opportunities to offer.
Even though you are relocating alone for work or with your family, the experience of living here can be great adventure if expats leave themselves open to the experience and follow a few rules.
Here are a few things you should consider 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 respect. The Islamic religion is an important 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 is usual that business close during this time. Modest dress is required and drunkenness, and public displayed of affection are criminal offences.
Other religions are allowed
Although Dubai is an Islamic emirate, other religions are permitted 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.
Properties 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 areas 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 zone. 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.
Free time and night life
There are long stretches of beautiful beaches, five star restaurants offering 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.