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Removals to the United Arab Emirates



Removals to the United Arab Emirates

If you are looking to relocate from the UK to the United Arab Emirates, moving your household effects across continents involves a series of steps and considerations, from packing to customs clearance and understanding the costs involved. Burke Bros Moving Group has decades of experience in coordinating removals to the United Arab Emirates.

International removals from the UK to the United Arab Emirates involve careful planning, thorough preparation, and reliance on professional removal services to ensure a seamless transition of your belongings to your new home overseas. By partnering with experienced international movers, you can embark on your move to the UAE with confidence, knowing that your possessions are in capable hands.

 Burke Bros services all 7 Emirates of the UAE with regular routes for removals to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah

Choosing an International Removals Service:

When embarking removals to the UAE, selecting a reputable international removal company is paramount. We are highly experienced in overseas removals and familiar with the intricacies of customs clearance both in the UK and the United Arab Emirates and offer services tailored to your needs, assisting in the entire removal process.  For your further piece of mind, we offer full financial protection door to door.

Removals to Dubai

Moving to Dubai from the UK requires meticulous planning and professional assistance to ensure a smooth move to Dubai. At Burke Bros Moving Group, we specialise in international removals to Dubai, offering comprehensive services from packing and shipping to customs clearance and delivery.

Our experienced team is well-versed in the complexities of Dubai’s customs regulations, ensuring that your belongings are handled with care and efficiency. With regular services to Dubai and tailored solutions for every client, we make your move to this vibrant city seamless and stress-free.

The Removals Process:

From initial planning to final delivery, the International removals process encompasses several stages, each crucial to a successful relocation:

  • One of our experienced estimators will visit you in your home so we can accurately calculate the volume you wish to take and any of your packing requirements. Calculating the correct volume is key to a realistic quotation and the estimator can offer you some invaluable advice in preparation for your move.
  • We will arrive at your home to pack and wrap your items ready for shipment over a two-to-three-day period with the container being loaded on the last day and the inventory checked, ready for the container to be locked, sealed and driven to the UK port.
  • All of our removals operatives are trained overseas packers and will ensure your goods are safely packed. Other considerations are tailor made crates for items such as pianos, clocks and glass cabinets etc. Your items are then ready to be loaded on to the shipping container or can be put into storage for any amount of time you require.
  • Upon arrival in the United Arab Emirates, one of our trusted agents will then take care of your goods and move. All goods entering the UAE are subject to Customs clearance.
  • All documentation is processed by Burke Bros. Agents in the UAE are appointed to negotiate on local levels allowing ease of access into the country. Specialist knowledge of this complex subject enables Burke Bros to provide a full comprehensive international service.

Packing and Preparation:

To ensure the safe transit of your belongings, packing and preparation are paramount. This process is not just about placing items into boxes; it involves a strategic approach to protect each item against the rigours of transportation, especially for long distances or international moves. Our professional export packing services are designed to offer comprehensive protection for your belongings.

We use quality packing materials and employ techniques that are tailored to the nature of each item, ensuring they are securely wrapped and cushioned. This meticulous attention to detail helps prevent damage during transportation, providing peace of mind that your items will arrive at their destination in the same condition they left. For those planning an overseas move, especially to locations as far-reaching as the United Arab Emirates, such precautions are invaluable

Shipping Options:

We offer two main shipping options for international removals: sea freight and air freight. Sea freight is a cost-effective choice for transporting larger volumes of belongings over longer distances, albeit with longer transit times. On the other hand, air freight offers faster delivery but at a higher cost, making it suitable for smaller shipments or urgent relocations to the UAE.

Container Shipping:

If you opt to ship your personal effects to the United Arab Emirates, shipping containers are available in various sizes to accommodate different volumes of goods.  You may require a full 40ft or 20ft dedicated shipping container, we also offer part-loads or groupage containers, where you only pay for the space your possessions take up within a container.  We will advise on the most suitable option for your needs.


We offer Marine Insurance on all of our international moves that is sufficient to cover your entire move, including cover for the cost of your goods and the cost of the shipment itself, on all effects packed by Burke Bros.

Customs Clearance:

Navigating customs clearance is a vital aspect of international removals to the UAE. Customs regulations vary between countries, and understanding these requirements is crucial to avoid delays or complications. As a professional removal company, we can assist with customs documentation and procedures to ensure a smooth transition of your belongings through customs in both the UK and the United Arab Emirates.

UAE Customs Information for Removals from the UK

Required Documentation

To ensure a smooth customs clearance process when moving your household goods from the UK to the UAE, you will need to provide the following documentation:

  1. Passport: A copy of the photo page and UAE residence visa page.
  2. UAE Residence Visa: Must be valid.
  3. Inventory List: A detailed inventory list of all items being shipped, including values.
  4. Import Declaration: Forms provided by the shipping company.
  5. Authorization Letter: Authorizing the shipping company to handle customs clearance on your behalf.
  6. Proof of Residence: A copy of your lease agreement or property deed in the UAE.

Prohibited and Restricted Items

Certain items are prohibited or restricted by UAE customs. It’s essential to be aware of these to avoid issues during the clearance process:

Prohibited Items:

  • Narcotics and controlled substances.
  • Pornographic material.
  • Gambling devices.
  • Religious materials deemed offensive to Islam.
  • Firearms and weapons.
  • E-cigarettes and vaping products (restricted and subject to approval).

Restricted Items:

  • Alcohol: Requires prior approval and is subject to customs duty.
  • Medicines: Certain medications require a prescription and approval from the Ministry of Health.
  • Communication equipment: Subject to approval and may require additional documentation.

Customs Duty

Household goods and personal effects are typically exempt from customs duty, provided they are used and not intended for resale. However, the following conditions must be met:

  • The goods must arrive within six months of the arrival of the owner.
  • The owner must have a valid UAE residence visa.
  • The shipment should not contain new items or items in commercial quantities.

If the above conditions are not met, customs duties may apply, typically at a rate of 5% of the declared value.

Destination services:

Once your items have been customs cleared our agent’s operations department will arrange a mutually suitable day for delivery to your new home, or your shipment can be placed in to secure storage facilities.

Whether you’re moving to Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any other destination in the United Arab Emirates, services include full unwrapping of all furniture items and reassembly of items that require non-specialist attention such as beds and bookcases etc. Other services may be available at an additional cost.

Cost Considerations:

The cost of removals from the UK to the United Arab Emirates depends on various factors, including the volume of belongings, shipping method, destination, and additional services required.

Financial Guarantee

Our membership with BAR British Association of Removers) and FIDI (the global alliance of international quality international removal companies) organisations guarantee your money and move are thoroughly protected.

It offers our customers financial security, operational competence, worldwide support and redress facilities that give you total satisfaction that your possessions are being thoroughly cared for.

It provides a scheme of pre-payment protection. As payments are made before moving, it is more reassuring to use a financially bonded mover who belongs to the BAR or FIDI. The BAR comprises movers that offer a guarantee that customers’ advanced payments are protected should the company cease to trade.



As members of the BAR and FIDI we are regularly inspected and adhere to their strict code of practices.


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