Moving to the United Arab Emirates

 Moving to the United Arab Emirates

Basic information United Arab Emirates

If you are moving to the United Arab Emirates, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

  • Population: 9,346,129 of per 2013
  • Capital City: Abu Dhabi
  • Government: Federation of 7 hereditary monarchies
    • President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
    • Prime minister: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Monetary unit: UAE dirham (AED)
  • International dialing code: +971

 

Are you moving to the United Arab Emirates? Start by checking out the information below, and filling in the form in order to receive the best  removal quotes.

Education

The government of the United Arab Emirates thinks that education is one of the highest priorities and the education system is quite new.  The education system of the United Arab Emirates consists of public schools and private schools. The public schools are free of costs and the private schools cost money. The cost of the private schools varies per school. The education system consists of the following:

 

  • Kindergarten (starts at the age of 4-5 years old)
  • Primary education (starts at the age of 6 years to 11 years old)
  • Preparatory stage (starts at the age of 12 years to 14 years old)
  • Secondary education (starts at the age of 15 years to 18 years old)
  • Higher education

 

Jobs

The unemployment rate of the United Arab Emirates was 4.2% in January 2012. It is quite easy for expats and foreigners to find a job in the United Arab Emirates because English is the business language. Moreover, 85% of the workers come from abroad. Most expats or foreigners can find a job in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. If you are moving to the United Arab Emirates, depending on which country you come from, you might need a work permit or visa. The following documents are needed if you want to apply for a wok permit or visa:

  • Photograph of applicant
  • Passport (with at least six months validity) and residency visa
  • Valid health certificate
  • Photocopy of sponsoring company’s trade license
  • Three copies of employment contract with signatures of employee and employer
  • Copies of professional qualifications

 Bank account

It is possible for expats and foreigners to open a bank account in the United Arab Emirates. However the requirements might differ per bank. Many banks require you to be a resident before you can open a bank account. However some banks in the United Arab Emirates also open bank accounts to non-residents.  The following documents are required if you want to open a bank account in the United Arab Emirates:

  • Passport with residency (original and copy)
  • A letter of no-objection from the employer/sponsor

 

Keep in mind that if you are moving to the United Arab Emirates that you do not have a residence card to open a bank account. However it might be possible that you need to make a minimum deposit but this varies per bank.

Moving to the United Arab Emirates

Visa

Depending on which country you come from, you might need a visa if you want to enter the United Arab Emirates. However if you need a visa, then you can also apply this online. The following visas are applicable:

  • 96-hour
  • Tourist – short term (one entry)
  • Tourist – short term (multiple entry)
  • Tourist – long term (one entry)
  • Tourist – long term (multiple entry)

If you are moving to the United Arab Emirates and need more information about visas, click on the link below:

http://www.emirates.com/ae/english/plan_book/essential_information/visa_passport_information/prearranged_uae_visas.aspx

 

Cost of living

The cost of living in the United Arab Emirates will mostly depend on your living style. The VAT on goods and services are minimum, and most expats and foreigners spend most of their money on luxury goods. The biggest expense of expats and foreigners will be on accommodation, education and transportation.  Like most countries, the cost of living is in the cities higher than in rural areas.

 

Medical care

The health care system of the United Arab Emirates is considered quite high compared to other EU countries. Public health care is only available for the United Arab Emirates residents. However, each region has its own requirements and can differ.

 

Driving license

The driving standards of the United Arab Emirates are not that good as compared to the United Kingdom, people driving in the United Arab Emirates are seven times more likely to have an accident than people driving in the United Kingdom. Depending on which country you come from and whether you already have a driving license, it is possible to drive for a period of time with your own driving license. Afterwards, you will need to swap your driving license for a United Arab Emirates one. In order to obtain a driving license in the United Arab Emirates, you must first pass a theoretical examination and a practical examination. The following documents are needed for a driving license:

  • Passport copy
  • Photo
  • Foreign driving License
  • Legal translation of the license – take your original to any typing office/translation office in Abu Dhabi.
  • Letter from your sponsor (No Objection Letter for permission)

 

Tax

The tax system of the United Arab Emirates gives a huge advantage to foreigners and expats, namely they do not need to pay income tax on your earnings. The VAT on goods and services are also minimal. However VAT is included at alcoholic beverages.

 

Moving to the United Arab Emirates

Why Moovmii?

Instead of spending time searching for movers, Moovmii will send your request directly to the international removal companies. You will just have to wait, and get contacted by them, either by phone or by email. And by doing that you can save money, since moving companies will compete for your move! You will be able to choose the right mover for you, depending on its services, and its price. Is this not enough to convince you to use Moovmii and its network of international removal companies when moving to China? Here are some other reasons that will surely convince you:

  • Our service is free!
  • You get up to 5 quotes, giving you the possibility to choose;
  • International removal companies have years of experience, and have done furniture transports just like yours innumerable times;
  • Movers can disassemble and assemble your furniture, pack your belongings, and do all the heavy lifting;
  • Moving companies are specialized in transporting furniture and hefty items around, so they can guarantee you the best protection for your things, whether you are opting for a shipping by land, by air, or by sea;
  • Other services provided are insurance and help in the handling of documents

With Moovmii your international move to the United Arab Emirates starts in the right way: You will get up to 5 quotes, and be contacted by the best movers around. All without having to spend time, and money. Thanks to Moovmii and its network of international removal companies you can be assured that your international transport will start, and end, with a smile. Moving to the United Arab Emirates could not be any easier!