Things to Consider before Relocating to Dubai: A Detailed Guide for First-Timers

Relocating to Dubai isn’t easy. Not only is it expensive, but also stressful. The culture shock and getting accustomed to new surroundings, job, and ambience will put you in anxiety.

However, a tax-free earning will often not make you think twice before relocating. As a matter of fact, only with a little research and proper planning, your move to Dubai can be swift and easy. Well, that’s the scope of this post. We shall discuss the essential things that you must consider before relocating to Dubai.

 7 Essential Things to Consider Before Moving to Dubai

Paperwork in Order

The first thing you need to do before relocating to Dubai is to have all your documents in order. Make sure to attest them all from designated authorities. This particularly applies to your university degree and marriage certificate. To live with your partner in Dubai, you must furnish evidence of legal union. If you are relocating from a country with no embassy in Dubai, make sure to attest your documents from the concerned authorities as soon as you land there.

Things to watch out for –

  • Your passport must be valid for six months from the date you enter Dubai.
  • Get the necessary medical tests done and carry the report. Now, it’s essential to get the PCR test done from a recognised centre and carry a COVID negative report.
  • You’ll need to convert your driving license. The process is simple, though. All you need to do is, obtain an optician’s certificate and a few other documents, visit the concerned RTA Driving License Center and pay the required fees.

Your In-hand Salary 

Considering that you already have a job and are ready to relocate, the next thing that you need to do is, consider your monthly income. An ideal income for leading a life as a bachelor in Dubai is between Dhs 6000 – Dhs 7000. However, if you are planning to relocate with your family, it must be above Dhs 10,000.

The Number of Dependents

This is the most important point that you must remember if you plan on relocating to Dubai. If you are shifting to Dubai all by yourself, you will not have to spend much on your food and clothing. On the contrary, if you are planning to relocate with your family, you must consider what you are earning, the number of family members, how many of them are employable, your child’s education, and monthly medical expenses.

Cost of Accommodation

This is yet another important aspect that you must consider before relocation to Dubai. This primarily includes house rent, clothing, and education. It may not cost you much as a bachelor. But if you are planning to relocate along with your family, you will have to rent at least 2 BHK. The rent is directly proportional to the number of rooms. There’s no denying that cost of accommodation in Dubai is towards a premium.

Expenses on Education  

If you are moving with your kid, you must consider the cost of education in Dubai. Schools that abide by Pakistani or Indian curriculum charge comparatively less than those following British or American system. Going forward, you must have a complete idea about the fees that your child wants to enrol in.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Dubai is on the higher side when compared to the global average. Rent, groceries, and other essentials can cost you a bit higher. So, you mustn’t get dazzled by the higher salary when compared to your home country; the amount you are getting in Dubai might just be enough for a decent lifestyle.

Weekends are Friday and Saturday

This will probably be shocking in the initial days, as weekends in most countries take place on Saturday and Sunday, but gradually you will get used to it. The week in Dubai starts on Sunday and ends on Thursday. That’s because Islam considers Friday as a holy day, and people must not work on Fridays.

So, here are 7 points that you must keep in mind before you think of relocating to Dubai. Feel free to comment below if you think we have missed out any.

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