Welcome back to our “Customs With Katy!” International Edition blog feature, where we focus on International customs-related topics for various countries abroad, brought to you by none other than Phillips’ very own Move Manager, Katy Duncan! Onto new territory! In moving to the UAE, you’ll want to first ensure that the completely different way of life is a transition which you can comfortably accept and adapt to. Some cities in the UAE have become popular destinations for many to live, offering persuasive advantages such as good standards of living, abundant job opportunities, and high salaries. However, the trade-off is a matter of cultural fit. Here are three tips from an ultimate checklist on moving to the UAE which covers the essentials of your international relocation, to help ease the transition:
Do your research
The UAE represents a very different culture and way of life than most are used to, so be sure that you do your research to find out whether or not it is the right culture fit for you and your family. The following resources will provide you with an idea of what to expect:
- An introduction to the United Arab Emirates
- Climate and seasons in the United Arab Emirates
- The government and political system in the UAE
- Average wages and salaries in the United Arab Emirates
Remember, you don’t want to wait until after you’ve made the move to discover that the fit is not for you.
Arrange your visa
One of the first things to keep in mind prior to moving a country is whether or not you are actually legally able to live and work there. That being the case, make sure you check that you have the correct visa/immigration documentation prepared before leaving, to avoid any inconveniences upon arrival.
Transport your belongings
Moving all of your worldly possessions to the UAE can be a challenge, so why not consider a relocation specialist? These professional services can take the stress out of your relocation, since many also offer assistance and support for all aspects of your move, besides transporting your belongings (storage and settling-in services for example).
Read on…you’ve still got eight tips left! These cover other essential, and important topics you’ll need to know about, including living, work, childcare, and language to name a few.
To review: Be sure that you visit the original article and check out the linked resources included under each of the tips to help get you started. Based on that information (and plenty of your own additional research), you should identify whether the cultural shift in relocating to the UAE is a decision that you will be comfortable with long-term, as you would not want to be surprised and uncomfortable with the choice once you arrive!
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Continue to stay safe and stay customs compliant!