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ask louiseQuestionI am looking to move to Dubai but I’m extremely nervous despite it being my life long dream to move there. I wanted to ask you about when you get a job and you need accommodation, should you ask your employer and discuss this or just go along with what they have planned for you. Also, is business reliable in Dubai

AnswerDubai is a fabulous place to live but accommodation can be quite expensive. Depending on the type of business you are in and which area the company is located in, will help you decide where to live. Most Expats that are offered a position in Dubai  from their home country will have a package to include a housing allowance, making sure it will cover what you need will require doing some homework and finding out all the extra costs for deposits, for example DEWA.  It is very worthwhile to use the knowledge and expertise of a Relocation Company such as Move One Relocations to help you with your home search.  There are many hidden costs when moving to Dubai – please see this link to learn about these costs.  Business is reliable in Dubai but as with any job it is advisable to do your research on the company beforehand.

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respectful-clothingWhen you tell people you are moving to Dubai the topic of dress causes much confusion.  Unlike other Islamic countries such as Saudi women do not have to be fully covered however it is important to remember that there are many different cultures living in Dubai with different definitions of what is and what is not acceptable and the Dubai government is trying to maintain harmony amongst all these communities.

Most malls in Dubai display signs asking shoppers to dress respectfully. So what does this actually mean? In UAE law it does not specify certain acceptable clothing, but in general specifies that clothes should not be sexually provocative, for example do not wear a bikini in public places. Wearing very short shorts and see through blouses in public places is also frowned upon, reserve these items of clothing for the pool or private beach club. When you have finished working out in the gym make sure you cover up again when exiting the gym. Wearing a skirt of an appropriate length and t-shirt to the mall is absolutely fine.

It gets hot in Dubai and by hot we mean temperatures that can reach the dizzy heights of 50 degrees in July & August, so make sure you pack some loose fitting clothes preferably made of a fabric that can breath such as cotton.  However, despite these extreme temperatures you will find that in these months you will be spending much of your time indoors where the air-conditioning can be just as fierce so it is always  you carry a Pashmina that will keep you warm (this is also an ideal  cover up if you are not dressed appropriately).

Business wear is quite casual and many professionals wear business suits but reserve the jacket just for meetings.  When you move to Dubai you may find your social diary is filled up quicker than back home so remember to pack the odd outfit for special occassions.

Out-with the hot summer months temperatures in Dubai are very pleasant so clothes that you would wear on a summers day in Europe are ideal.

Here are some examples of clothing that you should pack

  • Trousers (long and capri)
  • Leggings (ideal to wear under a skirt that is too short)
  • Short Sleeve Tops
  • Camisole Tops
  • Skirts (not less than knee length)
  • Dresses (not less than knee length)
  • Light Sweaters
  • Hats (sun and formal – for the races)
  • Pashminas
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear
  • Flip Flops
  • Sandals
  • Boots (these can be worn in January/February!)
  • Sports Wear

ask louiseQuestionI am moving to India and I have a 2 years old parrot which I want to carry along. I want to know from where can I send my parrot as all the airlines have refused for the bird travel. Thank you. Read more

Sports Life
Location: Hamdan Sports Complex
Ages: 8+
Contact:+971 55 951 3632

Synquatics
Location: Safa Private School
Age 5 years and up (must be a confident swimmer)
Tel: +971 4 55 448 5381
email: sarah@synquatics.com

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