Relocating to Dubai? Here is What You Need to Know

It seems almost everyone is traveling to Dubai, but there’s a lot more you need to know if you plan on relocating to Dubai not just touring the UAE. With amazing scenery everywhere you turn, beautiful beaches and lovely weather, and zero income taxes, Dubai is by far one of the happiest places in the world. Here is an overview of what you need to know when relocating to Dubai.

1. Accommodation
Living in Dubai can be fun and exciting but also very expensive. If you plan on staying in Dubai for a relatively long time or permanently, you should make adequate research as to the best housing option for your budget. You may consider leasing an apartment, staying in shared apartments or opting for corporate housing in Dubai depending on how long you plan on staying.

2. Culture & religion
The culture and religion in Dubai is by far the most important factor to consider when relocating. It may be a bit difficult for women to adapt to the culture shock as women must dress appropriately in public. Women are not required to wear a hijab but shoulders, knees and necklines should not be exposed. Public displays of affection, if you’re not married, is punishable by 80 lashes.

In addition, Dubai is an Islamic country so expect to hear the call to prayer six times a day and certain things like drinking and smoking may be looked down upon. During the fast of Ramadan which lasts for a month, everyone is banned from eating or drinking in public.

3. Finances
The living expenses in Dubai are often much higher than where you’re relocating from. While there are no income taxes, you are going to be spending a lot on everyday expenses like coffee and housing can take a bulk of your finances. So, make sure you can actually afford to move to Dubai.

4. Unusual laws
Dubai has several unusual laws; some you would never think of. You can actually get jailed for taking pictures of a road accident. Sex outside marriage is illegal and attracts a year of jail time. Also, gossiping and swearing are highly prohibited.

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