Moving house is not always as easy as you would like it to be, and moving to a completely different country can be even harder. However, if you’re planning to move to Dubai, we can help. Whether you’re looking to live in luxury apartments in Dubai or a 3-bed townhouse, there are a few tips that can make the transition a much easier one.
- Get all of your Documents in Order
If you want to move to Dubai, one of the first things you will need is a residency visa. Every single visitor to the country needs a visa, regardless of why they plan to visit. Visit a UAE embassy, and ask them about their visa requirements (They do change from time to time). If you meet the requirements, you could soon be living in this impressive part of the world.
The remaining documents you may have to show are:
- A marriage certificate
- A divorce certificate (If applicable)
- Certificates that show your qualifications
- Your passport that’s valid for at least another 6 months
- Passports for every family member that’s travelling with you
- Birth certificates
- Driver’s licenses
- School records for all children travelling with you
- Dental and medical records
- Passport-size photographs, preferably at least 20, as they will be needed just about everywhere
- At least 5 photocopies of all of the above documents so you have them to hand when they are requested
- Apply for an International Driver’s License
Chances are if you’re going to be living and working in Dubai, you’ll need the freedom to move around the city as much as you wish. Although taxi’s are very cheap, using them is just not as convenient as driving a car. In order to get your international driver’s license, you will have to fill in a few forms, and you’ll be better off getting the license before you move so you can get settled in the city and then apply for a UAE license.
- Sort out your Accommodation Now!
Property prices in Dubai tend to fluctuate along with the market, so it would be wise to sort out your accommodation now. If you are planning to bring your children with you to Dubai, finding a place to live is essential, even if you only plan to live in an apartment, for example, until you’ve bought something bigger.
If you are moving to Dubai for work purposes, your company may have offered you some sort of allowance that will help with the transition, but it’s ultimately up to you to find a place of your own. You should be aware that rush-hour traffic in Dubai can be pretty bad, so you should try to make your journey work as short as possible by living somewhere close to the office. However, this is not always doable, and you should be prepared to travel for at least 20 minutes every day to work.
- Look for Schools ASAP
If you and your children are moving to Dubai together, you’ll need to look for schools ASAP. There are many reputable schools in this part of the world, but they do tend to have long waiting lists. Therefore, it makes sense for you to get your children on a list as soon as you can. Don’t forget that if you and your partner are going to be working all hours, you will need to find someone to take care of them when you’re not home. The good news is Dubai has plenty of nannies available, but it’s unlikely that they will drive, so you may have to look for a local one, or move to an area where there are many close by.
- Be Aware that the Cost of Living can be High
Although taking a holiday in Dubai can cost a lot less than you think, living in the city can be quite expensive. This is because homes are not always cheap, and the cost of educating children can be quite high. Although Dubai is a tax-free city, you will need to be able to cover all of your costs. Work out how much money you are realistically going to need each month, and then work out how much money you’re going to be paid, without working your fingers to the bone.
- Open a Bank Account as Soon as Possible
While you may think it will be just as easy to use your current bank account when you’re living in Dubai, in reality having an account with a local bank will just make life so much easier. When it comes to opening an account you will need to show your passport, ID card, a photograph, and proof of your earnings.
If you tend to live off your credit card you may find life a little difficult for the first 6 months as many banks will not issue a credit card unless you have been in your job for at least 6 months. They do this because many working people in Dubai have a 6-month probation period when starting a new job, and the banks don’t want to issue credit cards until they know you’re continually going to be employed.
- Get used to Shopping Locally
Dubai certainly isn’t short on international supermarkets, but you may want to think about saving money and shopping in more local stores. Food that has been shipped halfway across the world may be nicely familiar to you, but more locally produced food costs less, tends to be fresher, and it’s better for the environment too.
There are many benefits to living and working in Dubai, and making the transition as easy as possible could save a lot of headaches and paperwork. Make a note of the above tips, and start preparing for your move as soon as you can.