Why Expats Are Moving from Dubai to Canada?

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There are many reasons why people choose to relocate from one country to another. A few of these reasons include the cost of living, professional growth, political institutions and citizenship. Others choose to move due to medical reasons or they’ve reached the age of retirement and are looking at the most financially equitable options for their golden years. If you’re considering moving from Dubai to Canada for any one of these reasons or more, this article will help you with your decision before you start packing your things.

Living in Dubai and in Canada has its own benefits to expats. But each has a more distinct advantage than the other.

Citizenship

The United Arab Emirates does not offer citizenship to expatriates, so residing permanently in the UAE is nearly impossible once your Residency Permit expires. The UAE offers work residency to expats who are working but, even if you stay for 50 years, you won’t become a citizen. Once you finish working, you are able to stay in the UAE past your retirement age but only by acquiring a business investment visa, a dependency visa (through your child who is working) or a property-based investment visa. If you have any queries, contact the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai. 

When moving to Canada, you can become a Canadian citizen within about 5 years of residing in the country. Once your application is approved, you can make use of Canadian citizen privileges and rights.

Education

 
Expat parents can attest to the education system in Dubai being very costly. School fees range between CAD$1300 to CAD$48,000 per annum, depending on your children’s year level and the school in which they are enrolled. This does not include uniforms, books and additional fees. If your kids attend university, the tuition fees could range from CAD$8000 to CAD$46,000 per year, depending on which degree they are studying for. Therefore, most parents tend to move their children to Canada when they reach tertiary education levels.

On the other hand, Canada has more appealing opportunities for school and university students, with public schools being free to attend and university fees set at about CAD$7000 per year.

Retirement

Many people nearing retirement age are keen for laid-back lifestyle, away from the hustle and bustle of a major international city, so moving from Dubai to Canada is an appealing factor. 

Canada offers a less frenetic environment than Dubai but is more suited to an active retired lifestyle for those who are healthy and want to enjoy life. Assisted living opportunities are more affordable in Canada, too.

Career 

While there are many opportunities for professionals to prosper in Dubai, competition is tough. As the country opens its doors to other nations, jobseekers are flooding into the Emirate looking for a shinier future. If you do land that ideal job, the monetary compensations may not outweigh the cost of living in Dubai. So, if you make your fortune in Dubai, it may make sense to go to Canada to invest more wisely.
Canada may not have as many opportunities for professionals, but the country is large enough for you to venture into other cities to try your luck before giving up and returning home.


Moving from Dubai to Canada is a huge leap of culture if you’ve been living in the UAE since birth or for quite some time. However, travelling allows major personal growth opportunities, which can’t be overlooked. Therefore, if your heart is set on relocating to Canada, you’ll need to start planning your move as soon as possible. 

For all your relocation needs, contact the experienced team of international movers at Allied for valuable information on moving from Dubai to Canada.