Life in the UAE
Like any major city in the world the UAE can be a costly city to live in but there’s no need to fear. One of the great things about the UAE is that the salaries match the cost of living.
It can be lonely moving to any new country if you don’t know the people there. Luckily in the UAE there are hundreds of ways to meet new people. Because there are so many expats in the country, they have formed extensive networks making it easy for people to connect to one another.
You can start making friends in the UAE before you move here by joining one of the many expat forums and groups online. Having a good group of friends from your home country is bound to make your move an infinitely better experience.
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One of the things that draws most people to the UAE is that there are no taxes. Not having to pay a tax on your salary, imports, groceries, etc., saves a huge amount of money in the long run. Not only can this money be used to save, it can be used to afford certain luxuries that would otherwise be unattainable if one had to pay taxes.
In the UAE, houses and villas are extremely uncommon unless you’re a multimillionaire. Property is expensive and most people choose to live in apartments. While this sounds like a bad trade off, the apartments in the UAE are mostly new developments with spacious living areas, windows that let in lots of light, and are fixed with state of the art amenities. Because most apartments are equipped with facilities such as gyms, parking, and even banquet halls they save you money while providing you with more luxuries than you could ever have in a home.
Unlike other countries where rent payments are made on a monthly basis, in the UAE rents are paid on a quarterly basis or on a yearly basis. Similarly, salaries are paid monthly rather than on a bi-weekly basis like in the States. While it doesn’t make a difference financially it can take a bit of getting used to the new system.
The weekend falls on Friday and Saturday, meaning that as Thursday nights get more fun, Sunday mornings can be a real chore.
When most people think of the UAE, they imagine a conservative Muslim society where alcohol, clubs, and bars are strictly forbidden but the reality is actually the opposite. Many of the Emirates, most notably Dubai, offer an incredible nightlife that rivals that of most major cities like New York and London.
There are endless clubs and bars of all varieties where alcohol is served freely and it is easy to purchase alcohol for your home as long as you obtain a permit. If you’re looking to move to a country with an endless selection of places to let loose and party then you’ve found the UAE is for you!
The joy of there being zero income tax comes at the cost of having to organise and pay for your own medical insurance. Despite this, the UAE has quite notorious when it comes to healthcare. In 2015, Dubai and Abu Dhabi were voted second and third most popular medical destinations respectively. This may have something to do with the development of Dubai Healthcare City, a huge mass of medical centres, not hospitals, dedicated to research and private care.
From Chinese, to Lebanese, to Jamaican, no part of the world goes unrepresented in the culinary sphere of the UAE. The best part is that the food is all authentic because the people making it are actually from the country where the food originates.
With thousands of restaurants to try you will never get bored of the food here. It’s no wonder why the UAE is considered one of the culinary capitals of the world, and Dubai is a foodie’s dream.
While the UAE is primarily built on a desert, this doesn’t mean that the landscape doesn’t vary. There are a number of huge parks with fresh, green grass and flowers. The UAE is home to the world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall, which contains thousands of restaurants, shops, a movie theatre, an amusement park, and a skating rink. That’s just one mall!
There are endless clubs and bars of all varieties where alcohol is served freely and it is easy to purchase alcohol for your home as long as you obtain a permit. If you’re looking to move to a country with an endless selection of places to let loose and party then you’ve found it, the UAE is for you!