I know that you’ve already read tons of articles about moving to Dubai! That’s why I am planning to make this a little different!
Did you choose Dubai with the spin of a globe and your eyes closed? Did you fall in love with an Emirati? Are you looking for opportunities to boost your career? Or are you tired of raining every single day in Seattle-people of Seattle I know you understand.
Whatever or whoever brings you to Dubai, well done!
Here are some things you need to know before you visit Dubai!
Yes, Islam is the official religion of Dubai. However, you shouldn’t consider Dubai as a conservative emirate among the United Arab Emirates.
Of course you are expected to respect Islam and abide by certain rules, but isn’t that the case everywhere?
You can still freely practice your religion and buy pork and alcohol. You will need an alcohol license, though.
Therefore, if you are man or woman who doesn’t plan on wearing any provocative clothing and start getting drunk in public, you will be just fine!
More than 70% of Dubai’s population is a foreigner. That means that English could have easily been its official language.
So, don’t worry about getting the “stranger in a strange land” feeling. Plus it will be insanely easy to network there. If you thought New York was a melting pot, then wait till you move to Dubai.
During the summer months, from April to October, it gets very really, REALLY hot in Dubai. Temperatures may reach 122°F, with humidity some 70% and beyond. Yes, you can literally fry an egg on the sidewalk. However, there is air conditioning everywhere, in just about every vehicle and every building.
So your whole mind and body will feel a strong contrast every time you are moving from outside to inside. You will get used to that.
If you are an American moving to Dubai you are advised to have lots of patience!
Bureaucracy and ever-changing rules can be a challenge. Here is some really wise advice for you: if you can avoid bureaucracy, just avoid it.
For instance, if you have important documentation (passport, driving license), which is about to expire, don’t wait till you move to Dubai to update it.
Because if you don’t, they will make you wish you would earlier… Seriously, just do your due diligence and try to save your time for this kind of boring stuff!
I know you’ve probably heard a lot of stuff regarding safety in the Middle East, and by extension about Dubai.
Well, in that case, let me inform you that Dubai has been ranked as one of the safest cities in the world and the city has zero tolerance for violence and extremism.
I am not saying that there is no illegal activity whatsoever, but that there will be times you’ll feel safer in Dubai than back home. No matter where home is…
Obviously, Dubai is nothing like it used to be five years ago before the great recession that the stroke the city.
However, you will find plenty of job opportunities there with decent salaries. And there is a good chance that you will be better paid for working the same job in Dubai than in the United States.
The market always needs skilled professionals no matter the overall financial situation. I would highly recommend you not to move to Dubai without a job no matter how adventurous you are!
Besides, there are tons of websites and networks that can help you find a job before you even relocate there. Keep that in mind.
I hope you found this article useful and hopefully will give you an extra motivation to go for it. If you haven’t decided yet? No hard feelings! At least consider these facts before you decide!