So you’ve landed yourself a very good offer to work in Dubai, and have started to prepare yourself for the jump. Let’s get you prepared with some quick tips that would help you make the transition as painless as possible, but most of all, enjoyable. Still, always remember that Dubai is nice on the eye, hard on the pocket!
1- Bring your driving license with you (to change it for an Emirati driving license, or at least skip some of the regular tests and shorten the needed duration to get a driving license).
2- Look for a Chiller Free place to rent (Utility bills in Dubai can become very notorious, specially if you go for a villa, and with the extremely hot and humid summer. When you go for a chiller free place, you avoid paying the A/C’s hefty electricity bill).
3- Look for free zones residential areas to rent, to avoid paying the 5% Dubai municipality housing fees (Dubai municipality charges 5% of the annual rent, which is added to the utility bill, but older neighborhoods, and the new areas allocated to free zones are not included in those fees, and so renting there will save you the 5% fees). rent a car in Al Barsha
4- Consider buying second hand furniture from people moving out, who post their stuff on online classifieds websites like Dubizzle and Souq (People living in Dubai got used to heart-breaking ads of expats who have moved to Dubai on very nice packages, then were made redundant after few months, with no other similar or closer jobs available, and so they head back home, selling all the brand new furniture and Sports cars they purchased, for a reasonable price. On the other hand, when you buy second hands, you don’t risk losing much should you become redundant as well!).
5- Buy reliable and safe cars, go for Volvo, be prepared to have a car accident every two years, and get a good car insurance policy. Accident rates on all of UAE roads are high, but thankfully fatalities are low. It’s very easy for any one to get a car loan and walk away with a very fast car. The consequences are obvious, the roads are like race tracks for those jerks, and you get used to seeing very exotic cars racing around or zipping through next to your lane, with unbelievable speeds, so better be prepared and drive a trusted 4×4 car. Go for Volvo or BMW, if not consider a Toyota Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol.