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New to Dubai

So, you are new(ish) to Dubai or possibly planning to relocate to Dubai in the near future? We are happy that you have found our blog, Expat Echo Dubai. Hopefully, you will find it a helpful resource during your settling in process into this unique city.
First of all, let me start by the obvious. Dubai is unlike any other city in the world. It’s very likely that you will be relocating here from some place very, very different. Do not fear. Don’t let the glitz, glam or size scare you.
For many visitors, Dubai is a fantastic vacation get away. Beaches, year around warm weather, fabulous hotels and many activities for the entire family are what brings so many tourists here all year around. Residing in such an environment may seem almost impossible but the majority of expats who have made Dubai their home often love it.

The home finding / neighbourhood search can be a daunting task. If you ask most expats in Dubai where they live, they will mention a different neighbourhood and most likely will tell you that they have moved into a new rental every year or every other year. This doesn’t help you with your own personal home search. So, what I recommend is to ask yourself some of the following questions?

What points are most important to you?
– cost of rent,  size of garden, sense of community, location and distance from work/ school/ beach, etc., size of house, villa or apartment, ability to exercise at your doorstep, and/or nearby amenities.

Based on your answers, your relocation coordinator can help you narrow down the area that maybe best for you and / or your family. Stay open minded and keep your needs realistic to what is available.

Your home is a huge first step to your Dubai relocation. Your children’s school is also a huge factor in the equation. Once you have crossed these two key factors off your to-do list (along with all your residence visas), it is time to unpack your personal effects and make your rental house a home.

Scan the pages of our blog for activities to take part in or sign your children up for. This is a city filled with options so be imaginative – dust of that old tennis racket and join a tennis club or look for a nearby book club. Stay active and busy and you will soon have friends and a social life which will hopefully keep you from being stuck at home depressed or roaming the malls on a regular basis.

In the meantime, browse through our New to Dubai section for more tips on what life in Dubai is like!

2 Responses to “New to Dubai”

  1. Susie Fletcher says:

    I would so love someone to contact me on +971 55 972 3903. I am in need of advice and help.

    Susie Fletcher
    (+971 55 972 3903)

  2. Riyas.s says:

    Hi friend, how are you? Where are you from?

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