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Moving to: Dubai

Jun 05. 2016

Dubai is proving to be an increasingly popular destination for UK expats. Famed for its entrepreneurial opportunities and outstanding economic growth, Dubai offers numerous advantages for expats.  Burke Bros have extensive of experience of moving clients to Dubai and many areas across the United Arab Emirates.  We continue to offer frequent services to Dubai.

Life in the UAE poses many differences to UK life.  There are many things that expats need to look into before re-locating to the UAE.

Choosing a school

There are no state schools in Dubai; private schools are the only option. Some of these independent schools follow American or British curriculums and there is variation between whether they offer GCSE qualifications or place more emphasis on International Baccalaureate (IB).

There are variations in the costs of school fees and, even though there are financial advantages to the country being tax free, school fees need to be factored into living costs.


If you are moving pets with you to Dubai, you will need a permit to import them into the country.  It is also a requirement for cats and dogs in Dubai to be registered and micro-chipped. Furthermore, pets will need to be up to date with their vaccinations.


With a prosperous economy, Dubai is often seen to offer a myriad of job opportunities.  Many industries in Dubai hold conferences and networking opportunities, which potential expats may find useful to attend.  For example, specific conferences are held for teachers wishing to work in schools in Dubai and to teach English abroad.  Equally, there are numerous employment agencies which may be worth contacting.

If you do already have a job offer your employer will be able to support the process of acquiring a residence visa. As in most countries, this can be a complicated process. Ensure you have the original documents that your employer requires: birth certificate, marriage license or divorce license, and qualification certificates (transcripts of degrees are required for graduates.)


The UAE poses many cultural differences to Britain and it is well worth taking the time to research customs and laws.  For example, alcohol is tolerated in Dubai, but to buy or consume alcohol you are required to have a license. Public drunkenness is not tolerated and can be dealt with severely.

For more information on removals to Dubai and all areas of United Arab Emirates please contact Burke Bros. Moving Group on sales@burkebros.co.uk or on 01902 714555.




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