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From the look-see trip to the first day your family calls your new place home, moving abroad can be an exciting and stressful time. Share your experiences (the good AND bad) with those preparing to follow in your footsteps.

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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.

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