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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. "

The InterNations Expat Guide for working and living in the United Arab Emirates

Are you an expat working and living in the UAE? Or are you preparing to move soon to Abu Dhabi, Sharyah or any other of the Emirati international hotspots?

Expat life in the UAE has much to offer and provides a great intercultural experience – from discovering the countryside like the tiny emirate of Ajman, learning how Emirati people celebrate Leilat al-Meiraj, up to tasting the UAE’s favorite dishes such as shawarma.

However, InterNations does not only address expats in the UAE. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world – from living in Costa Rica to living in Sweden.

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Top Articles in the United Arab Emirates Expat Guide

  • Moving to the UAE

    The opportunity of settling down in the UAE is certainly an exciting prospect for most expats. However, moving to the UAE might also seem like a leap into the unknown. Let us help! Our Guide gives you info prior to your move, from facts on the Emirates to detailed visa requirements.
  • Living in the UAE

    With 80% of the UAE’s population being foreign born, the country is often considered an expat’s paradise. Indeed, you’ll find that many aspects of living in the UAE combine to make settling in fairly easy for expats. Our InterNations Guide gives you a detailed overview of expat life in the UAE.
  • Working in the UAE

    Before you start working in the UAE, you will have to consider various things, from business etiquette to social security, so as to avoid unpleasant surprises. Our InterNations Guide on working in the UAE helps you make your entry in the business world of the Emirates a breeze!
  • 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!

Working and living in the United Arab Emirates – Valuable Information from A to Z

Moving to and living in the UAE requires a wealth of up-to-date, trustworthy information on various aspects of Emirati expat life. Living abroad in the UAE raises a lot of questions such as: ʺHow do I find the best relocation services for moving to the UAE?ʺ, ʺWhich rules of etiquette should never be violated in public?ʺ, ʺWhich international school in Abu Dhabi should our kids attend?ʺ or, ʺHow do I obtain a work permit for my spouse at the Emirati municipality in Dubai?ʺ

Collecting all that information on working and living in the UAE is quite laborious and time-consuming. Our InterNations Expat Guide for the United Arab Emirates aims to help you and provides you with reliable info on those topics that matter to expats living in the UAE. The Guide includes information on many different areas ranging from local organisations and companies, to travel & accommodation or embassies and consulates, up to culture & sights. Typical questions related to expat life abroad, such as ʺWhat are the best designer outlets for a shopping spree in Dubai?ʺ, will no longer remain unanswered.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside the UAE? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Switzerland or moving to Ecuador!

Tips on living and working in the United Arab Emirates – From doctors and dentists to expat insurance providers

Moreover, our expat directory for the UAE includes recommended listings of expat institutions and relocation services, e.g. doctors and dentists or expat insurance providers. As a member, you’ll also be able to share your experiences of living abroad in the UAE with your fellow expats on the InterNations Forum. We are looking forward to welcoming you with a heart-felt As-salām 'alaykum from our expats living and working 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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