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Expat Guide to Living in UAE

Whether you're already living in UAE or preparing to move to UAE, our Expat Guide to Living in UAE offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in UAE. For answers to specific questions, visit our UAE Forum to talk with expats in UAE.

7 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in the UAE

Expats and people moving to the UAE have lots of questions. Healthcare and health insurance are often on the list. Here are 7 tips about healthcare, health insurance in the UAE, having a baby in the UAE and more.

Shipping A Car To Dubai: What You Need To Know

Everything you need to know about shipping a vehicle to Canada. From permitted uses of imported vehicles, to duties on imports, to what side of the road to drive on, find out what you need to know about shipping your car to the UAE's most populous city.

5 Things to Know Before Moving to the UAE

Expats in the UAE talk about what they wish they had known before they moved to the UAE - from bringing gardening tools to making friends, healthcare to culture shock.

6 Expats Talk about Living in the UAE

6 expats talk about the expat life in the UAE and how to meet people in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

8 Expats Discuss Culture Shock & Diversity in the UAE

Expats in the UAE talk about the country's incredible diversity, friendly people and family-oriented culture. Some of the downsides of life in the UAE - the heat and fact that platonic relationships between men and women are non existant.

5 Tips for Living in Dubai

Expats in Dubai will find one of the largest expat hubs in the world. With so many other people from other cultures, it's a location where just about anyone can find a comfort zone with the right frame of mind and amount of effort.

10 Tips for Living in Abu Dhabi

Expats in Abu Dhabi enjoy a unique lifestyle in the Middle East, but the requirements for moving there are very specific. Find out what these are and what it is like to live in this truly diverse city.

12 Tips for Living in Dubai, UAE

12 Tips for Living in Dubai, UAE

An expat talks about what it's like living in Dubai - the extreme heat, air conditioning everywhere, low crime rate, many expat clubs and organizations, great nightlife, high cost of living in Dubai and much more.

More Living in UAE Reports

What are people's priorities in UAE - work? family? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in UAE:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in UAE

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in UAE. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in UAE:
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Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to UAE. If you are already living in UAE, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in UAE by taking our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby in UAE Reports

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in UAE? Below are some of the reports from expats in UAE:
Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working in UAE Reports

What's it like to find a job in UAE? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in UAE? Below are some of the reports from expats in UAE:
Submit a Working Abroad Report
Additional Articles
10 Best Places to Teach Abroad

Anne Keeling highlights the 10 most popular cities for teaching overseas. From Dubai to Bangkok, Doha to Shanghai.

Expat Dubai: A Hub of Growth

Are you considering the Middle East as a possible business venture but the World crisis has brought to you second thoughts? Following are some interesting facts about Dubai that can give you a general idea of where, this city is and its future plans. I hope you find this information useful...enjoy.

What You Need to Know About Moving to Dubai

Relocation professional, Einat Mazafi, discusses the pros and cons of moving to Dubai. The warm temperatures, large expat community, world-class shopping vs. strict Islamic laws and high cost-of-living.

Incorporating in Dubai - The Benefits of a Dubai Company

If properly structured, a Dubai incorporated company can legitimately enjoy a wide variety of benefits, which is the main reason why it has attracted almost 200 of the global Fortune 500 companies. Lawrence Smith explains.

Future perfect: Living in Abu Dhabi

Barely two hours from Dubai lies Abu Dhabi, more culturally sound and peaceful, and the richest city in the world with booming job opportunities!

Living in Abu Dhabi, UAE

One member of ExpatExchange offers a glimpse of life in Abu Dhabi. Diversity is the key to this city's allure!

Living in Al Ain, UAE

Considering a move to Al Ain, UAE? One member shares their experiences and offers advice about meet others, finding a job in Al Ain and more.

Expat Life in the UAE: Working in Dubai

There are tremendous job opportunities in Dubai, but employment may come as something of a shock to expats. Sanderson's article provides a great overview of what to expect!

Culture Tips for Dubai Visitors

Important advice for expats and travelers in Dubai about how to dress appropriately, the Holy Month of Ramadan and other customs.

An Expat's Insight: Moving to Dubai, UAE

Dubai's booming economy and resort lifestyle appeals to many expats. An expat offers insight into social activities, the shopping culture and hot, hot summers!

Jobs in Dubai: Finding Employment in the UAE

Many job hunters still believe that the streets of Dubai are paved with gold, but competition for jobs can be fierce.

Expatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in UAE from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
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Culture-Shock-in-Abu-DhabiAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Abu Dhabi, UAE

One expat who moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE explains that moving to a Middle Eastern country is so different to other European countries. And, he feels that the greatest challenge is understanding how and why things happen in the workplace.

One expat who moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE explains that moving to a Middle Eastern country is so different to other European countries. And, he feels that the greatest challenge is understanding how and ...

7 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in the UAE

Expats and people moving to the UAE have lots of questions. Healthcare and health insurance are often on the list. Here are 7 tips about healthcare, health insurance in the UAE, having a baby in the UAE and more.

Expats and people moving to the UAE have lots of questions. Healthcare and health insurance are often on the list. Here are 7 tips about healthcare, health insurance in the UAE, having a baby in the ...

5 Tips for Living in Dubai

Expats in Dubai will find one of the largest expat hubs in the world. With so many other people from other cultures, it's a location where just about anyone can find a comfort zone with the right frame of mind and amount of effort.

Expats in Dubai will find one of the largest expat hubs in the world. With so many other people from other cultures, it's a location where just about anyone can find a comfort zone with the right fra...

5 Things to Know Before Moving to the UAE

Expats in the UAE talk about what they wish they had known before they moved to the UAE - from bringing gardening tools to making friends, healthcare to culture shock.
Expats in the UAE talk about what they wish they had known before they moved to the UAE - from bringing gardening tools to making friends, healthcare to culture shock. ...

8 Expats Discuss Culture Shock & Diversity in the UAE

Expats in the UAE talk about the country's incredible diversity, friendly people and family-oriented culture. Some of the downsides of life in the UAE - the heat and fact that platonic relationships between men and women are non existant.
Expats in the UAE talk about the country's incredible diversity, friendly people and family-oriented culture. Some of the downsides of life in the UAE - the heat and fact that platonic relationships ...

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