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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jan 03, 2024

Summary: The approximate population of UAE is 9.9 million people. The largest cities in UAE are Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah. Expats love living in UAE because of the high quality of life, excellent job opportunities, and tax-free salaries. People describe life in UAE as luxurious, modern, and vibrant. Popular foods in UAE include shawarma, falafel, hummus, and kababs. The cons of living in UAE include the high cost of living, the hot climate, and the lack of personal freedom. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,500 to $3,500 per month, depending on lifestyle and location.

What do I need to know about living in the UAE?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to the UAE, they said:

"Remember your purpose of coming to the city, many cases you earn lots but also spends lots," said one expat who made the move to Dubai.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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