How To Survive As A British Expat In Dubai


A decade ago, virtually nobody is aware where Dubai is, but today, because of its continual economic growth, you may not only heard of this emirate if you were living under the rocks for the last couple of years. United Arab Emirates has been very successful in making Dubai an economic and tourism powerhouse, and this is apparent with numerous constructions of skyscrapers, openings of multi-national companies, and large migration to the city.

In the past several years, many investors have cashed in on the growing economy of Dubai. The result of this is expansive job market. Because of Dubai’s fairly healthy and growing job market, more and more people from other neighboring cities, emirates, and countries are moving to Dubai in hopes of establishing a more lucrative career. Dubai is currently the home of thousands of expats and foreign workers, even outnumbering locals. This only proves that Dubai is a melting pot of professionals, skilled workers, business people, and even adventure-seeking tourists.

If you are one of the British professionals or skilled workers who are intending to move to Dubai to find a better career, you may want to learn about basic “survival” skills. These skills will help you have a convenient time adapting to Dubai’s culture, lifestyle, and laws.

  1. Exchange local money to dirhams – The currency being used through UAE is dirham (AED). The exchange rate for AUD to AED is approximately AED 3.43. Before you move to Dubai, it is recommended to have your British dollars exchanged for dirhams so you will not have a hard time transacting with businesses when you arrive in Dubai. You may also want to have your AUD exchanged for AED when you arrive at the airport.
  1. Ensure that you can use your cell phone in Dubai – It is strongly recommended to consult your network carrier about using your cell phone in Dubai. You may also inquire the customer support of your cell phone brand to know whether or not your phone can be used in Dubai. Some cell phones are locked and can only be used in the country where it was bought. In order to avoid the hassle of not having a ready-to-use cell phone when you arrive in Dubai, you would have to contact your service provider before you move.
  1. Learn about the basics of Dubai laws – Dubai has some laws that may be alien to Britishs, and you have to watch out for these laws because you don’t want to spoil your stay in Dubai. You should know that consuming alcohol outside establishments that are licensed to serve alcohol is illegal. Additionally, if you drink, don’t even think about driving as the Dubai has zero tolerance for intoxicated driving. If you are a fan of public display of affection (PDA), better not think about doing it in Dubai. PDA is not only frowned upon in Dubai but is also unlawful.
  1. Contact an international school Dubai – When you decide to move with your family to Dubai, one of your priorities should be is to look for a good school. You can enroll your child or children to an international school Dubai. There are several international schools in the emirate that provide topnotch education. So, if you are Brit, you will find a good school that offers British curriculum. Education is important and Dubai knows that for sure.

Moving to Dubai may not be a practical idea a decade ago, but because of its current economic stability, its job market is better than ever. One of the main reasons why workers and professionals flock the emirate is because there is no income tax. Hence, workers in Dubai relatively get more compared to their counterparts from other countries.