Your Expat Community in the United Arab Emirates

  • Connect with fellow expats in the UAE

  • Join exciting events and groups

  • Get information in our UAE guides

  • Exchange tips about expat life in the UAE

  • Peter B. Krehmer

    There are so many expats in the UAE, but the InterNations Dubai Ramadan dinners brought some wonderful guests together.

Welcome to Our Network of Expats in the UAE!

As-salām 'alaykum! InterNations welcomes you to our local communities of expats in the UAE! The UAE has a large and vibrant community of expats and with many professional opportunities available to expatriates it is one of the best destinations to start your new life. With so much going on it can be hard to know where to start when you first move to the UAE and that’s where InterNations members can assist you while you get to know your new home.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you are moving to another country or going on a business trip somewhere — our communities around the world are there to make you feel at home wherever you are. Feel free to check out our vibrant InterNations Communities in countries like Germany or Peru.

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Frequently asked questions regarding expats in the UAE

####Why are expats moving to the UAE? Of course, the individual reasons why expats decide to move to the UAE can vary a lot. But thanks to our vast member base and our annual Expat Insider survey, we were able to uncover some of the underlying trends that make the UAE an appealing place to move to. Notably, the most valued attributes of the UAE as an expat destination are a sense of safety & security, that it's easy to live there without speaking the local language and the availability of quality child care and education.In addition, out of the 64 expat destinations worldwide in our Expat Insider 2019 survey, the UAE scores quite well in our Quality of Life Index (21st) and our Ease of Settling in Index (20th). However, it ranks less well in our Working Abroad Index (47th). the UAE isn’t just interesting for career-driven single expats. It has a lot to offer families as well, resulting in a very respectable ranking in our Family Life Index (23rd).

####How much do expats earn in the UAE? On average, expats make on average 191,205 USD according to the ECA Survey for salary levels of expats in middle management positions. This is not the cash salary that expat workers take home after taxes, but the total value of their expat package that usual includes healthcare, cost of education, and housing (among other things). This relatively high salary combined with the not-too-high cost of living explain why the UAE scored so amicably in the Personal Finance Index (61st) and the Cost of Living Index (52nd) in 2019. The fact that there is no income tax makes the UAE even more attractive to expats.

####Where are expats living in the UAE? Usually the expat population concentrates in places that offer the most career opportunities — at least for those who aren’t just looking for a place to retire in the sun. According to our member base these are the most popular cities for expats in the UAE:

  • Dubai
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Al Ain
  • Ras Al-Khaimah

Connect with Like-Minded Expatriates in the United Arab Emirates

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    From Argentina, living in Abu Dhabi
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    From Argentina, living in Abu Dhabi
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    From Argentina, living in Abu Dhabi

Meet other expats like you in the United Arab Emirates

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Attend our many events to get to know like-minded expats, both in the UAE and around the world! Our new online events even let you find connection and inspiration without leaving your home.

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

  • Photography lovers
    12 replies
    Jul 3, 10:32 PM
    Community member

    Rym? why don't you reply to us ? hope you didn't regret it ..lol

  • Survey about UAE's energy situation
    3 replies
    Mar 10, 10:27 AM
    Community member

    I have some ideas in the type of questions that may be useful to your study. We can discuss it if interrested

  • Carpool from Abu Dhabi to Dubai
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    Jan 9, 12:24 PM
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    @Susana I am also about to go to work everyday from Abu Dhabi to Dubai 9- 3:30, I am looking to share ride

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Embark on Your Life as an Expat in the UAE

Nestled in the southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE is a country on the rise. Fuelled by vast oil reserves, the Emirates have experienced significant economic growth since the 1960s, quickly becoming one of the richest nations in the world. The seven emirates that make up the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain) have been transformed from barren wastelands into glittering desert metropolises. The UAE is a melting pot of cultures, with around 85% of the entire population consisting of expatriates. Many come to the UAE seeking new opportunities. InterNations' vast network of expats in the UAE is the perfect place to start looking for tips to help you land that dream job and find the ideal place to live.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad 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 Saudi Arabia or Spain, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

The Network for Like-Minded Expatriates in the UAE

InterNations UAE is a hub of insider information and is an absolutely essential tool for any expat seeking ideas to help with job-hunting. Check out the job board in our members' forum for some of a range of jobs dotted across the whole of the UAE. However, not everyone moves to the UAE for work. Some move to the UAE for the luxurious lifestyle and if you like to work hard and play hard InterNations has a variety of social events and groups to help you let your hair down. From 7-star hotels to serene desert safaris, the UAE offers an abundance of events and the InterNations Groups offer something for everyone.

  • 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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