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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Dubai, UAE. DATASENTENCE What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Dubai?

How do I meet people in Dubai?

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When we asked people living in Dubai about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"From sailing to golf to sky diving to horseracing, Dubai is an emerging market that has it all. Wafi City is a great place for various activities such as Sport club, various bars and restaurants, mall and the newly opened Raffles Hotel. Dubai festival City housed some of the most prestigious hotels, mall and residential area as well as golf club. There loads of clubs (each country usually has their own) and activities from charity to commercial events, although you will miss nature's beauty - summers are very very hot (4-5 months)," said another retiree in living in Dubai, UAE.

What is life like in Dubai?

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When we asked people living in Dubai what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"People (expats) work hard and play hard, live revolves around malls and shopping, socialising, attending events/concert, some major sports events are happening during the winter season, Rugby 7, Dubai Horserace, Dubai Duty Free tennis, etc," explained one retiree living in Dubai.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Dubai?

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

"Remember your purpose of coming to the city, many cases you earn lots but also spends lots," explained a retiree in Dubai.

What type of recreational activities are there in Dubai?

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"Golf at Emirates golf club, Els Club, Jumeirah Golf Estates, A qudrah golf club and many more. Swimming at Al Qudra sports complex, Horse riding at Arabian Ranches Equestrian Club, Tennis at Sports city, Rugby at the Rugby 7s stadium... There are many varied activities with options for all ages and interests. The city is vibrant and cater for everyone," said another retiree in Dubai.

Where will I buy groceries and do other shopping in Dubai?

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"There are big grocery stores, like Carrefour, Geant, Spinnies, Waitrose and Marks n Spencers. As the majority of the population is made up of expats, they are catered to very well and a lot of products are imported. There is very little that you can't get. Park n Shop is a store that imports exclusively from the USA and from the UK. Malls are amazing and have a lot of international stores," explained one retiree 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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