Top 5 Things to Consider when Moving to Dubai


Are you thinking of moving to Dubai? You have probably heard many things about Dubai; its majestic desert landscape, rich culture, diverse community and luxurious lifestyle. With a CV like that, who wouldn’t want to experience the life that this Emirate has to offer?

Culture shock is a thing of the past because Dubai will make you feel as if you haven’t left home. If you’re worried about the language barrier between your native tongue and Arabic, don’t overthink it. It is easy to make new friends as the majority of the population can speak decent English. With good food, fantastic entertainment and friendly people, Dubai is always ready to embrace you to help you feel at ease.

Here are the Top 5 things you need to consider when moving to Dubai.


You may have thought the UAE is one of those countries that doesn’t impose taxes. Unfortunately, in early 2018, it has enforced a VAT tax against some goods and services. Properties and accommodation are deemed to include a 5% income tax, restaurants have 10% municipal tax and tobacco and alcohol have also become taxable. Therefore, the cost of living in Dubai (and in the UAE as a whole) has significantly increased compared to previous years.

Schools and Universities

If you are travelling with your children, make sure you are familiar with the nearby schools/colleges/universities. Do your research and check what the requirements for admission are. Plan early to be able to compare tuition fees and payment schedules. Remember to have your child’s birth certificate translated and authenticated from your own embassy/consulate. Allied can offer a School Search Program for assignees through its relocation arm SIRVA.


If you love the sunshine, you will definitely love moving to Dubai. Situated in the Middle East, you can expect an entire year of sunny mornings. Rain does come to the UAE but only when the climate is about to change. 

There are two climates in the UAE: summer and winter. Both seasons can reach extreme temperatures, so pack your cold-weather clothing, as well as your sunscreen. Expect sandstorms, too, so prepare to be indoors when these occur.

Even in winter, when the temperature can drop to 10 degrees Celsius, you can still see the sun. This is the best season to enjoy the outdoors and is the prime time to succumb to the exotic allure of a desert safari.

Job Opportunities

People of some nationalities can enter the UAE without prior arrangements through a 30-day visit visa. If you are looking for a potential career in the UAE, you have at least 1 month to search for employment. Finding a job in Dubai can be tough sometimes, especially because of the recent trade blockade, which occurred between its fellow gulf countries. Be sure to send your CV online months prior to travelling to Dubai. Job sites like BaytNaukrigulfIndeedGulfTalent, and LinkedIn can help you with your job hunt.

Safe for Families

Many people are surprised to learn that living in a city like Dubai in the UAE is considered rather safe. The crime rate in Dubai is very low, which sets it apart from some other Middle Eastern cities. In fact, according to OSAC (United States Bureau of Diplomatic Security), Dubai has been evaluated as being a low-threat location for crime. While some low level crime does occur, you can rest assured that moving to Dubai is safer than other bigger cities such as New York City and Hong Kong. 

Book Your Move with Allied

Ready to make the move to the UAE? Allied has the necessary experience, expertise and equipment to make your move to the UAE a breeze! Get in touch with our friendly team today!