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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. "

Make the most of living and working in Dubai

Expat living in Dubai raises plenty of questions, for instance: ʺWhat are the requirements from Emirati authorities to get a residence permit?”, ʺWhat are the best designer outlets for a shopping spree in Dubai?ʺ, or ”Who can recommend doctors and dentists in town?”

Finding all this expat information about living and working in Dubai takes a lot of time. Our Dubai expat guide is there to make your relocation to Dubai as easy as possible. Starting with embassies and consulates to information about travel & accommodation, the guide covers all the different aspects of expat life in Dubai.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in Dubai. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world - from living in Amsterdam to living in Hong Kong.

Top Articles in the Dubai Expat Guide

  • 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.
  • Making Your House in the UAE a Real Home

    Choosing between a flat or a villa in the UAE, and whether to opt for a gated community or not, is part of the process of finding accommodation in the UAE. Another thing to consider is whether to hire domestic help and how best to go about this.
  • For a Handful of Dirhams: Currency and Payment Options in the UAE

    Expats moving to the UAE should be prepared for a nation where cash remains king, although international credit cards are widely accepted. Find more information on popular payment options and the Emirati currency in our Expat Guide to the UAE!
  • Avoiding Business Blunders in the UAE

    The nuances regarding business etiquette in the UAE are well worth knowing. Although the UAE business world is very international, its etiquette is grounded in the country’s core values, which are in turn rooted in Islam. These values include hospitality and an emphasis on personal relationships.
  • Less Hassle with Tax: Taxation in the UAE

    You’re moving to the United Arab Emirates? So you can fire your tax advisor, right? Not so hasty! Though there are barely any taxes in the UAE, expatriates should read up on such important topics as taxation for entrepreneurs or planned tax reforms in many Arab Gulf states.
  • A Brief Glance at the UAE

    Get an impression of the UAE with some relevant facts and figures about the country’s demographics, languages, and economy.
  • Common Crimes and Laws in the UAE

    You’re convinced that you would never break the rules? The UAE has a lot of very strict laws that expats often would not expect, but also impresses with a rather low crime rate. Still, it is not uncommon for expats to become the target of scams. Learn more about how to recognize and avoid them!
  • Of Nannies and Nurseries — Childcare in the UAE

    From nannies and maids to kindergartens and nurseries, childcare options are aplenty in the Emirates. However, expat parents need to keep an eye on their budget as all of these options come with a big price tag. Read on to learn all about organizing childcare in the UAE for your little ones.
  • How to Apply for a UAE Visa for a Fact-Finding Visit or Business Trip

    If you plan to visit the UAE on a fact-finding trip before your actual relocation, or will be in the UAE frequently for business, you’re probably wondering if you need a visa and how you can obtain one. In this article, we cover who needs a visa, how to apply, and what documents you’ll need.
  • What You Need to Know about Shopping in the UAE

    Shopping is often considered to be the number one hobby in the UAE, at least in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. While this may take things a bit too far, there is no denying that going to a mall or souk is a great way of soaking up the local culture, finding the odd treasure, and practicing your haggling skills.
  • The Big Transformation of the Healthcare System in the UAE

    Healthcare and health insurance are important topics that come to mind when you’re moving to the UAE. Which kind of health insurance policy do you want? How much do you have to pay for it? InterNations has all the information you need to stay healthy in the UAE.
  • Getting Ready to Drive in the UAE Step by Step

    Are you moving to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or one of the other emirates and do you want to drive here? Make sure that you know how to make your way through the crazy traffic. Traffic rules, driver’s licenses, and toll roads: you can find all the information you need in our guide!

Information on the Expat Life in Dubai

Are you looking specifically for expat insurance providers in town or a doctor speaking your native language in the UAE? In addition to our expat guide, the expat directory for Dubai provides you with listings of all expatriate-relevant locations and relocation services in Dubai. Furthermore, you might want to also consider our Dubai expats forum to receive first hand information from your fellow expats.

Simply become a member of InterNations Dubai and you’ll be warmly received with a friendly As-salām 'alaykum among our expats living and working in Dubai.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside Dubai? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Shanghai or living in Rome!

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. "

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