Moving to Dubai, Living in Dubai: Tips to Consider

Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates, ranks as one of the leading world-class tourist, educational, entertainment and commercial destinations in the region. Many people are attracted to the city for the impressive career opportunities, which is why Dubai attracts so many from around the world.

According to, expatriates account for over 88.5% of the total population based on a study from the National Bureau of Statistics. If you’re considering a move to Dubai from the U.S., here are five tips to consider:

Visit First

It may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s imperative to visit first before making the big move. Allow yourself at least two weeks to familiarize yourself with various areas of the city to help you decide which area suits best. Consider renting a flat instead of staying at a hotel to get a more local feel for Dubai. Use this trip to research everything you can to ensure a smooth transition after you move. This is the perfect opportunity to find housing and meet with your employer.

According to, over 70% of Dubai citizens rent their homes, but the rental market can be very competitive. It’s helpful to hire a real estate professional to assist you with housing. Many employers will cover real estate services as part of the moving expenses, so be sure to ask your employer if they do. Use this visit to meet with a Dubai realtor and tour a few options.

Store Important Items

One of the toughest parts of moving around the world is determining what to take and what to leave — and packing it all up. Depending on the planned duration of your stay, go through your home making piles of things to throw out, donate, sell, store and take with you. Take this into consideration when it comes time to pack, as you can always buy essentials when you arrive. Find an affordable storage facility, such as Cubesmart’s storage units, and store items you want to save at home, such as large furniture, keepsakes and other items.

Consult a Tax Professional

According to the IRS, “Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.” This means that expatriate Americans are required to pay taxes in the U.S. and any other country you reside in. Dubai is widely considered a tax haven as the United Arab Emirates doesn’t enforce a federal tax on income, so you won’t have to worry about having your income taxed twice.

However, there are plenty of other taxes, such as those on property, food and alcohol. For assistance managing your fiscal responsibilities at home and abroad, the U.S. Consulate to Dubai recommends consulting with a tax professional who has experience in international accounting.

Establish Goals

Write down a few goals for your time in Dubai. Do you want to learn a new language? Do you want to conquer your fear of heights visiting the observation deck atop the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world? Whatever the goals might be, write them down and plan how to accomplish them. The simple act of writing down your goal helps to make you accountable, provide focus and increase your motivation to achieve it.

Experience It All

As stated by, seasoned expatriates Nicole and Cameron Wears suggest obvious, yet imperative advice: “Get out and experience as much as you can. Eat foods that you never thought you would, visit temples and museums, speak with the locals, try to learn the language, and most importantly, push your comfort zone to the limit.” Be sure to explore all of the tourist attractions so you know what’s worth seeing and avoiding when friends and relatives come to visit.

This article provided to us by our guest writer Daljit Singh. He isoOriginally from India, Daljit has been enjoying his life of travel since age 4. He has visited 30 countries and written travel stories about 25 of them.