7 Things to know before moving to Dubai

If you've decided to move to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you may hear many views and reviews. You wouldn't know what to really expect. Knowing it is a Middle Eastern country may bring up a lot of questions in your head.

Having spent a good deal of time in this country, I can tell you that Dubai and the UAE is very different from any other country in the Middle East you may have visited. For one, they are very welcoming and open to expatriates from around the world. Living in Dubai gives you the opportunity to come in contact with so many nationalities and cultures.

So, if you have decided to make the move, whether for a short or long term, you can be assured that your move will be a pleasant one and you won't have to deal with too many culture shocks or bureaucratic hurdles.

Some things you need to know before making your move to Dubai.

Here are a few things you should know before making the move to Dubai:

1. Where you're going to stay matters a lot.

Even though Dubai is a relatively smaller city compared to other metropolis around the world, the commuting can be difficult. Choose your area of residence carefully, based on your requirements, budget, and where your place of work is located. If you can't find enough information about this online, it would be wise to stay in a hotel apartment for a month or true until you decide on a place.

2. Be prepared for the heat.

Summer takes on a whole new meaning in Dubai. Most people are unprepared for the intensity of the heat that makes going out during the summer months very, very uncomfortable. That is why Dubai has so many fantastic malls and indoor parks! Make use of them. Just don't expect it to be a beach party all year long.

3. Respect Islamic traditions.

Although the local people of Dubai are very tolerant of other religions, it is still a city rooted in Islamic traditions.It would be worthwhile to read a little about Islam before entering this country, so you are at least aware of what you should respect. This is especially important during the month of Ramadan when Muslims fast, and all residents are expected to comply with the rules surrounding the Holy Month.

4. Understand the laws and rules very well.

Ignorance is no excuse when it comes to the laws. Each of the emirates in the UAE have their own rules and regulations, and it is best to be well-versed with them. You may not give a second thought to something in your own country, but it may be prohibited in Dubai. For instance, to buy alcohol, you need to have a license.

5. Get a head start on school admissions.

If you have kids, you may want to start shortlisting and applying to schools early on. Seats in the best schools are limited, and sometimes open even a year in advance! Find out if your kids' curriculum is available in Dubai (most of them are), and start approaching schools the minute you know you are moving. It will save a lot of headache later on.

6. Be open minded about other cultures.

As mentioned, you will meet people from various countries, where the culture may be very different from yours. You don't have to become best buddies with them, but be tolerant of the traditions and cultural presets of others.

7. Don't get carried away by the spending.

You will find hundreds of opportunities to spend your money in Dubai. From eating to entertainment, and adventure, there's so much to choose from. While you should take advantage of that, don't forget to save a little, and watch your debt.

Good luck with your move!

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