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Expat Voices: Here's What Expats in Dubai Are Saying

Peter B. Krehmer
"There are so many expats in the UAE, but the InterNations Dubai Ramadan dinners brought some wonderful guests together. "
Suzanne Payne
"Dubai is such an overwhelming mixture of tradition and modernity that I was very grateful for all the support from other expats. "

Get to Know Our Expat Community in Dubai!

Marhaba! And welcome to our expat community in Dubai! Moving to the UAE is a big step, but there's no need to panic. With InterNations, you can learn more about living in Dubai, reconcile any of your worries or concerns, and meet new and exciting people living in Dubai. Dubai has a large community of expats living in the city, with over 92% of its population being expat or migrant workers. And these people can help you! You may be looking for answers to some of your questions about expat life in Dubai like, "how many people speak English?", "where is the safest part of the city to live?", or "How easy is it to buy property in Dubai?". Well, now you can ask real expats who live and work in Dubai and find out. With their experience and knowledge, our members can provide you with straight answers to your questions, and help you start your life in Dubai. Large numbers of expats have flocked to the shores of the second-largest state in the UAE, the city of Dubai. Many expats that are involved in our community understand exactly what it's like to live in Dubai — where to eat the best street food and how to experience Dubai's culture in full. Dubai is more than just shopping malls and skyscrapers, the 40-year-old state is a melting pot of nationalities, making it an exciting place to eat, drink, hang out, and live.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Riyadh or Hong Kong.

Join Our Exciting Events in Dubai

Attend our monthly events and activities for Dubai expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

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Find More Information in Our Dubai Expat Guides

  • Moving to Dubai

    When you settle in Dubai, you’ll experience a global city with an international workforce. If you take the right steps, your move to Dubai will be a walk in the park! Our InterNations Expat Guide on Dubai briefs you on your way to the Persian Gulf, with info on visas, permits, transportation, and more.
  • Living in Dubai

    Living in Dubai means living in the most important expat destination in the Middle East. Does this sound like a great idea to you? Read our InterNations Expat Guide to find out what to expect from life in Dubai! Learn all about accommodation, healthcare, and education for expat children.
  • Working in Dubai

    Expats working in Dubai make up roughly 80% of the emirate’s population. Want to join their ranks? Then make sure to get a good idea of what Dubai’s business world is like! Our InterNations article on working in Dubai can help you with info on the economy, job search, and a lot more.

Exchange Tips about living in Dubai

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Dubai expat forums.

Find Out More about Life in Dubai

Dubai is an ultra-modern city, home to some of the world's tallest and most architecturally impressive skyscrapers. Despite being just 40 years old, its flavor for culture is clear — with its older backstreets, away from the newer areas of Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai, host to some of the finest bars and restaurants in the city. While the region may be famous for oil (this was actually the founding business of the region in the 1960s), Dubai's industries now center around construction, tourism, and financial services, which have contributed to the enormous number of job prospects for expats from around the world. With so many expats already settled in Dubai, most groups and communities in the city are already made up of foreigners, and rarely include locals. While housing is a little expensive and general living costs are quite high in Dubai, expats have found it easy to settle in and have easily been able to call it their new home. Dubai also offers excellent education, but it can also be a little on the expensive side. Dubai is a great place for families, with 82% of expats reporting the friendly attitude locals have towards families in the city, and almost the same number confirming that the city is a very safe place to live. Most people move to Dubai for job prospects, with the government's increased spending on job creation. And whether you choose to live in a villa in Palm Jumeirah, close to the beach on Al Wasl Road, or if you prefer something bigger, such as one of the luxury villas in Arabian Ranches, Dubai has excellent transportation and road links into the city center.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Khobar (Eastern Prov.) or Beijing, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Grow Your Expat Network in Dubai with InterNations!

Members of InterNations are checked and approved to ensure they meet the guiding principles of our website. This means you can rely on the advice and information offered by our members. What's more, if you are looking to meet up with like-minded people in Dubai, this is the site for you. With the InterNations Dubai Community you can get involved with the latest groups and events taking place in Dubai right now. Whether you have a hobby you don't want to give up, you are keen to try something new, or you just want to meet new people, there are many groups to choose from, such as the Music Lovers' Group, the Dubai Language Exchange, and the Dubai Cocktail Club. There's enough choice to find something to suit you and your family. Through these groups and at our larger social events for the whole community you can meet like-minded people who have already started a life in Dubai, and are enjoying everything the city has to offer. Meeting face-to-face with real expats can also be really supportive and encouraging when you are first starting out living abroad, and can continue to help you throughout your life in Dubai.

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