Pros and Cons of Living in Dubai
Last updated on Feb 02, 2023
Summary: The pros of living in Dubai, UAE include the city's modern infrastructure, excellent job opportunities, and tax-free income. Additionally, the city offers a wide range of leisure activities, from shopping to outdoor activities. On the other hand, the cons of living in Dubai include the high cost of living, the hot and humid climate, and the lack of personal freedom. Additionally, the city is very crowded and the traffic can be quite congested.
What are the pros and cons of living in Dubai?
Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Dubai responded:
"I love Dubai. I it a safe clean city. Goof for kids. Education, health, housing all services are great. It is a great city for Muslims and non- Muslim," said another expat in Dubai.
"Here in Dubai life it's totally different because there is people from all over the world living and working here, so Dubai it's 100% tourist city," remarked another expat in Dubai.
What do expats in Dubai appreciate most about the local culture?
"Expats in Dubai appreciate the diversity of the culture, with people from all over the world living and working in the city, making it increasingly multicultural. The local Emirati culture is also highly respected, with its focus on hospitality, respect and generosity. Additionally, the diversity of the landscape, with both bustling city centers and nearby scenic desert vistas, makes the city an attractive and appealing place to live. The local cuisine, featuring a variety of dishes from the Middle East, India, and beyond, is popular among expats, as is the vibrant nightlife scene. Dubai's legal infrastructure in matters such as employment law, taxation and immigration is also appreciated by expats, as it makes setting up a new life in the city easier," replied an expat in Dubai.
"Although I don't like modern architecture, you just can't help but marvel over the buildings and beautiful water fountains. The Burj Khalif is out of this world and the fountains below are better than the ones in Las Vegas - (Designed by the same guy) Everything is over the top in style and beauty," remarked another in Dubai.
What do expats find most challenging?
"Expats often find adjusting to a new culture and language to be the most challenging part of their transition to a new country. Living far away from family and friends, navigating new bureaucracy and paperwork, and coping with the financial implications of living overseas can also be difficult. Other challenges that expats may face include missing out on accustomed comforts, such as access to favorite foods and activities, or feeling homesick or isolated," replied an expat in Dubai.
"The heat - by far the heat. And there is dust on everything especially after even the smallest dust storm. My deck off my apartment is like a beach most of the time," remarked another in Dubai.
About the Author
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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