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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Moving to Dubai, UAE? DATASENTENCE Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Dubai.

What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Dubai?

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We asked people in Dubai if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!:

"I was pretty well informed on what not to do, but when I first arrived, I just couldn't help watching the Arabic women walk around in their black garb when it was 120 degrees outside. They don't like to be stared at!!!," said another expat in Dubai.

"Went to an Arab house and forgot to take off my shoes. Not that I didn't already know this, just forgot to," remarked another expat who made the move to Dubai.

"In Azerbaijan - Standing at the side of the road on my own, waiting for a friend to meet me in her car - I was mistaken for a prostitute! I should have been more discreet, stood in a less visible spot and not had my coat unbuttoned (it was warm)," explained one expat living in Dubai, UAE.

"Do not park our car outside the yellow lines I got a parking ticket at 7:30 in the morning 200 aed," said another expat in Dubai.

Why do people move to Dubai?

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When we asked people why foreigners move to Dubai, they responded:

"Work. There are a ton of job opportunities and most companies provide really favorable employment packages," offered another expat living in Dubai.

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How are healthcare services Dubai?

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When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Dubai, they replied:

"There are a huge veriety of clinics and hospitals available, and most are held to a very hight standard of care. Seek advice from other expats and do some research, there is loads of info out there. It took us a few trys before we found a doctor that we were comfortable with and so you might need to shop around a bit. Doctors and other health care professionals tend to be expats as well," offered another expat living in Dubai.

"The medical care in the UAE and in Dubai was mostly really good. We had a range of private and government hospitals and clinics available to us. The staff were international, as were the hospitals. There were a range of well known American, Canadian and English hospitals," added one expat living in Dubai.

"I am a mental health patient and I got a relapse episode here. The medication provided to me has massively improved my life," offered another expat living in Dubai.

About the Author

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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