The lifestyle: Dubai has a reputation for being expensive, but it all depends on how you choose to live – Housing budgets vary from area to area.
When it comes to eating out, Dubai has the most expensive designer cafes as well as the ubiquitous fast food chains and smaller local eateries.
- Organizing your paperwork: Everything works like clock work in Dubai, so as long as your paper work is correctly organized. Employers help to obtain visas, the mandatory Emirates ID card and health insurance for their employees. Once your documents are processed, make sure you have multiple copies of everything and several passport size photographs – you will need these for everything!
- Getting your driver’s license: License holders of 36 nations are allowed to drive in Dubai without any additional formalities. Others are required to undergo lessons (the number varies depending on whether you have a valid license in your own country or not) before appearing for a driving test.
- Getting your utilities: To connect cooking gas and electricity, you will have to submit the right documentation as well pay a deposit. Internet connection, land phone and television usually come bundled as a package.
- Getting around: Compared to many other Gulf cities in GCC, Dubai has excellent public transport. The metro runs on two lines and covers 47 stops with 2 undergrounds, 2 transfer stations (Union Square and Khalid Bin Waled); 87 trains in the metro system; 75 kilometres total; Train signaling: Fully-automated operation by Thales Rail Signaling Solution, minimum headway of 90 seconds. You can travel by Gold class, ladies’ coach, and silver class. Trains arrive at a frequency of 4 to 8 minutes depending on the time of day. The stations are served by feeder buses. AC buses (which stop at air conditioned bus-stations) connect various parts of the city. Taxis are abundant and not very expensive, but are not a realistic option for a daily commutes.
- School admissions: Dubai only has private schools, but there are a number of budgets, and curricula to choose from – American, British, Indian, Iranian and so on. Check with the school what documents are required, as Dubai’s educational body, KHDA is quite strict regarding these procedures.
With parks, cafes, malls, concerts, and shows, Dubai is wonderful city to live in. Use a trustworthy moving service and you won’t regret your decision to come to this sunny part of the world.
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