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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.

InterNations – The Place for South Africans Living in the UAE

Want to connect with the expat community of South Africans in the United Arab Emirates? Looking for South African compatriots to help you with your questions on expat life? Or are you looking for other South African expats to go on an excursion to the tiny emirate of Ajman with?

InterNations the UAE offers everything you might need as an expat, no matter whether you already live in the UAE or are still in South Africa planning your upcoming foreign assignment. InterNations is the leading platform among expatriates and global minds in all countries around the world. Needless to say, our community of South African expats in the UAE is going very strong, with members having roots all across South Africa - from Durban, over Johannesburg to Cape Town.

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    From South Africa, living in Abu Dhabi
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    From South Africa, living in Dubai
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  • Fifa World Cup
    10 replies
    Jun 19, 11:11 AM
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    Netherlands of course. :) Hopefully this time we can win it. :)

  • Spiritualism
    8 replies
    Aug 29, 3:43 PM
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    So happy someone else has also been looking..... im south african and I was part of a spiritual church and circle in durban. So would love to get into contact with like minded people and if there are …

  • The NEw Guy
    3 replies
    Dec 1, 1:53 PM
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    ADIB and Alhilal in general are ranked most favourably among expats. But you should know before hand that ADIB is an islamic bank, meaning they have credit card and loan modules that is not typical to …

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Tips and Advice on the UAE from Your Fellow South African Expats

Obviously, expat life in the UAE goes well beyond shipping your belongings and taking care of red tape. Socializing with fellow South Africans is an important facet of living abroad and can be a huge stepping stone in getting to know the Emirati mentality and way of life. South Africans in the UAE are a part of our community, calling cities such as Dubai, Sharyah, Abu Dhabi, and many others home. You can use InterNations to look for fellow South Africans in Abu Dhabi, for example.

Wondering where to shop for South African delicatessen, want to discuss your national team's latest match, or simply talk to someone in your native language? Become a member of the Emirati InterNations Community!

  • Our network is the best place to meet expats from South Africa.
  • On the the UAE Expat Forums, you can get competent answers to all your expat-related questions: how to find a babysitter fluent in your mother tongue, where to get bobotie in Abu Dhabi, etc.
  • The InterNations Places database for the UAE has information on the nearest South African embassy and many other institutions.

From the tiny emirate of Ajman to the richest city in the world, you can meet supportive and friendly South African expats in the UAE on InterNations.

Meet and Mingle with Fellow South Africans in the UAE

Additionally, InterNations hosts regular expat events and activities in the UAE. Our get-togethers are sure to cater to your taste as well: as a member, you can partake in cozy gatherings to enjoy some Emirati shawarma, join one of our huge expat celebrations with hundreds of participants in Abu Dhabi’s best locations, and much more. Want to discover the UAE? Go on a weekend trip with your fellow expats to see the only 7 star hotel in the world and other beautiful landmarks.

Our meet-ups and activities offer many wonderful opportunities to mingle with expatriates hailing from South Africa and dozens of other countries in a casual setting. Just sign up for your InterNations membership and you’ll soon hear a cordial Siya namkela nonke, welkom, isibingelelo from our South Africans living 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.

  • 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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