35 Comments

  1. mrhotmaster
    August 1, 2019 @ 2:27 pm

    Thank You For This Article!
    It is very enjoyable & Useful

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    • dankiteski
      August 3, 2019 @ 3:44 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you liked it.

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  2. Joanna
    August 3, 2019 @ 9:56 pm

    I have only traveled to Dubai as a tourist, and just for one day in between flights. I did bumped into the bureaucracy when I asked for a one day visa at the airport, to get out and explore. That was a bit of a nightmare, but in the end I received it. I remember the heat… in the end I jumped in a cab on my way back to the airport, as it was too much.

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    • dankiteski
      August 4, 2019 @ 9:54 pm

      Indeed, Joanna- a lot of visitors struggle with this and end up reacting the same way you did.

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  3. Laurence
    August 4, 2019 @ 1:14 am

    Wow, I guess if you’re a newcomer, you really need to know the laws, and requirements. That’s nice thing to know from someone who experienced it. I guess constructions are always there during summer, but not sure how often in Dubai. Anyway, I hope I can visit Dubai someday.

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    • dankiteski
      August 4, 2019 @ 9:56 pm

      Thanks, Laurence- I’m glad you liked this post. Yup, construction work usually takes place in the summer but Dubai doesn’t really have a winter, hence, construction activities never stop 🙂

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  4. Aditi Sharma
    August 4, 2019 @ 3:39 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Dubai and I am glad I came across this post – appreciate all the insightful tips in this expat guide which is also so helpful for travelers who’d like to learn more about this incredible city. I didn’t know that Sundays are working days in Dubai – that’s good to know as helps with trip planning too. Brunch being the most popular meal sounds great to me – and being a foodie, I’d love to attend the Taste of Dubai festival. Expat and travelers should surely familiarize themselves with the local laws. Thanks for helping me learn so many new things about what it’s like to live in Dubai. Stunning photographs!

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    • dankiteski
      August 4, 2019 @ 9:56 pm

      Thank you, Aditi and I’m glad to hear that you got some useful tips about living/traveling in Dubai from this article.

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  5. Jackie
    August 4, 2019 @ 1:41 pm

    Moving to another country is always daunting. You laid out what to expect with living in Dubai from the laws, culture, and health care aspects. I’m glad to hear that Dubai has a local transportation even though most people use a car to travel.

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    • dankiteski
      August 4, 2019 @ 10:01 pm

      Indeed, it is, Jackie. I’m glad you think that and that you loved this post. Thank you for stopping by and dropping a comment.

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  6. Jiwesh
    August 4, 2019 @ 6:21 pm

    I really liked this article. Well explained and it really useful for people who are planning ro move to UAE . Important points like job opportunities, accommodation and weekends will definitely help a lot. Thank you.

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    • dankiteski
      August 4, 2019 @ 9:57 pm

      Thank you, Jiwesh- I’m glad you liked it.

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  7. Esther Garcia
    August 4, 2019 @ 7:40 pm

    To be honest, I have been to Dubai twice. The first time, 6 years ago, I didn’t like that much the city. But, I was visited the city this year and I totally loved it. So many new things to do there and to visit. Love the places which offers so many things to do and visit, not only for adult but also for kids. I am thinking about going back again soon, this time with my family and with my 3 year old daughter. I am sure she would love it.

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    • dankiteski
      August 4, 2019 @ 10:02 pm

      For some reason, a lot of people don’t like Dubai after their first visit but have a much better second experience. I don’t know if this is due to low expectations or not exploring the city previously. Anyway, I’m very glad you liked this post and thank you for stopping by and dropping a comment.

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  8. Yukti Agrawal
    August 4, 2019 @ 8:03 pm

    I live in Dubai and some things I would totally relate to it. As an Indian I am not used to alcohol and so got well adjusted to this place. I agree that rents are high here but I would say, this city is very safe for all.

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    • dankiteski
      August 4, 2019 @ 10:03 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Yukti. I absolutely agree- Dubai is quite safe to live in.

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  9. Anna Intrepid Scout
    August 4, 2019 @ 11:24 pm

    Hey Daniel!
    Awesome post! Hands down! Well written and informative. I concur that the heat is something that is beyond anything I have ever experienced in US. Also, it is good to be aware of all the local customs. Different, but worth exploring? How long are you going to be in Dubai?

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    • dankiteski
      August 5, 2019 @ 9:38 pm

      Thank you, Anna, I’m really glad you liked it. Actually, I’m not in Dubai anymore, I wrote this after staying there for some time 🙂

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  10. Mirela | The Travel Bunny
    August 4, 2019 @ 11:39 pm

    I learned a lot of new things about Dubai. Though fascinated to learn about it, I am not yet interested in visiting it. Mostly because of the heat. How hot does it get?

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    • dankiteski
      August 13, 2019 @ 5:01 pm

      that’s something that stops a lot of people from visiting Dubai. The average temperature in the summer lingers between 40 and 45 degrees (Celsius)!

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  11. Paulo Tan
    August 5, 2019 @ 1:37 am

    Dubai has always in my list and I got a great insight on how to travel there here. Beautiful place and certainly a great place to travel.

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    • dankiteski
      August 5, 2019 @ 9:39 pm

      I hope you get the chance to visit soon, Paulo 🙂

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  12. Dani
    August 5, 2019 @ 2:48 am

    I briefly considered moving to Dubai for work once, but it never came to fruition. I think I would have a hard time adjusting to some of the differences! Some things really stood out to me – paying for rent all at once?! I can see that being a major burden for people. I have only traveled through Dubai, but it was enough to feel the heat in August, and I don’t think I could adjust to that. Would love to visit though!

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    • dankiteski
      August 5, 2019 @ 9:40 pm

      It isn’t an easy decision, Dani. Of course, there are pros and cons just like any other city. Anyway, I hope you get the chance to visit someday

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  13. umiko
    August 5, 2019 @ 4:09 am

    Talking about heat in Dubai, I remember my friend told me that one time she forgot to take her underwear from outside and it turned to a cracker! Haha… This post is so informative for those whose going to move to Dubai. I wonder if Christians move their worship time from Sunday to Friday or Saturday in Dubai.

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    • dankiteski
      August 5, 2019 @ 9:40 pm

      haha, I can totally imagine that happening, Umiko. Now, that you mentioned it, that’s an interesting point. I didn’t bother because I’m not very religious but I wonder how religious Christians manage.

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  14. Paul Healy
    August 5, 2019 @ 9:33 am

    Not sure I could live in Dubai for too long but I could see it would have some benefits. There’s so much stuff to do there now, I’m sure it would take a while to get bored. Must be a good based to explore other parts of the area as well.

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    • dankiteski
      August 5, 2019 @ 9:42 pm

      Indeed, Paul- there are pros and cons, just like living in any other city. Yes, its airport is very well-connected to pretty much all parts of the world and there sure are a lot of things to do in Dubai

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  15. Yeshi
    August 5, 2019 @ 11:52 am

    This is a great, well detailed guide for those looking to relocate to the UAE/Dubai. I like that you’ve covered the good and the bad as I previously thought of Dubai as a full-on glamour city. It’s good to read about the lifestyle and local laws before deciding to move there!

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    • dankiteski
      August 5, 2019 @ 9:43 pm

      Thank you, Yeshi- I’m very glad to hear you liked this post.

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  16. Renata
    August 5, 2019 @ 12:28 pm

    I’m really hesitant when it comes to Dubai – too much, too big, too fast. I understand that people are attracted by the glamour, but I prefer a slower growth. Also, regarding the environment, the larger than life mentality seems a bit outdated. However, it’s very interesting to read about the things expats have to take into consideration when moving to Dubai.

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    • dankiteski
      August 5, 2019 @ 9:44 pm

      you’re right about too much too fast part, Renata but the city is developing with speed of life and local authorities have put a lot of efforts in recent years to turn it into a “smart city”.

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  17. Laura Schwormstedt
    August 6, 2019 @ 3:54 am

    I have a lot of friends both from the UK and South Africa that either live or have lived in Dubai mainly do to being offered well-paid jobs. It’s not a place that has ever appealed to me despite loving travel and basically wanting to visit everywhere. This guide is super useful and perfect for those looking to make the move

    Laura x

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    • dankiteski
      August 8, 2019 @ 8:47 pm

      Thanks, Laura. I personally like Dubai but it doesn’t mean it’s for everyone and that’s completely fine.

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  18. SuBhaSun
    August 6, 2019 @ 12:30 pm

    This is a good comprehensive guide for all who wish to move to UAE. Rightly said without prior preparation it would be stressful to acclimatize with other culture and environment. Helpful post.

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