Expats Guide to International Relocation

dubai guide to expat relocation

The popularity of international relocations has increased as more and more expats are beginning to take advantage of global tourism, investments, and job opportunities, especially in the United Arab Emirates. 

The UAE poses a perfect platform for professional advancement as many sectors attract both young professionals and experienced executives alike for the lucrative pay packets and luxurious living conditions within the Emirate cities. As specialist contracts finish up in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, expats may be keen to return home or expand their horizons further into Asia, Europe or America. 

An international relocation can be daunting enough on your own, let alone having to move your family to a new neighbourhood and choose schools for your kids. To help your children adjust and guide them through the culture shock, you’ll want to settle on essentials, such as accommodation, as soon as possible. Therefore, it pays to be well-prepared for your overseas relocation. 

A guide to international relocating.

1. Research

Meticulous planning should be top of your list and the best way to start planning is by researching your new location. Get to know the country you plan to move to. Do they speak your language? What are the job options and living standards? Researching will give you a head start and an idea of what to expect. Make a checklist of the things you want to accomplish and tick them off as you go.

2. Know the Visa Requirements and Exit Fees

You need to sort out your visa requirements early on to allow enough time for processing. International moving companies like Allied can help you with your visa requirements during a relocation. Our dedicated personal moving consultants are well-versed with the dos and don’ts of moving, along with what tariffs are involved when moving personal items, including vehicles and pets.


3. Finding a Job

If you are going through a company relocation, this part is a no-brainer. However, if you are relocating on your own dollar, engage an international job agency as soon as possible. There are many job sites on which you can post your CV. Starting early allows prospective employers to find you more easily.  


4. Look for Accommodation

Finding a place to stay is one of the most stressful stages of relocating. If you’re moving to a country where the cost of living is cheap, you might be tempted to buy a house or a condo unit. It’s recommended you rent a property first. It’s wise to try living somewhere for about 2 years before you purchase property.


5. Create a Moving Budget

Creating a logical moving budget will help you manage your finances more easily, especially when you’re still looking for work. If you’re unemployed, spend wisely until you have signed your new job contract because you don’t want anything to go wrong and be left penniless in a foreign country. 


6. Book Your Mover in Advance

Make sure to list all the things you want to take with you from the UAE to your country of residence. Contact your mover at least 6 months before moving, so they can estimate how much the furniture shipment will cost. The team at Allied will come to your home to personally estimate your belongings to provide a more thorough inventory. 

Relocation is likely to be emotional and exhausting yet being well-prepared will give you ample time to adjust. 

Contact the team of experienced international movers at Allied UAE for a free estimate and advice on all your relocation needs.