Leaving the UK to Work in Dubai

Leaving the UK to Work in Dubai

Dubai, like the rest of the United Arab Emirates, is truly an international business centre. When you think of Dubai you may think of super rich sheikhs; a hot, dry climate; and soaring skyscrapers. But what are the pros and cons of leaving your job in the UK to go and work there?

Approximately 90% of the working population of Dubai were born outside of the Emirates. This means English is widely spoken.

Dubai has no direct income tax. Council tax is often paid by employers and the startlingly low petrol prices further reduce the cost of living and increase the disposable income enjoyed by its residents. This is perhaps the most compelling reason to move there.

You are unlikely to be able to move to Dubai without having a job lined up, as you will need a work permit and visa to enter the country and stay there for any length of time.

Dubai has a low crime rate, but there is also zero tolerance of certain offences. These include any offence connected with drugs. Bearing children out of wedlock is illegal. The local police often go undercover, perhaps working as taxi drivers, so you need to be on your guard.

You will also need to make other sacrifices to the Islamic way of life. Drinking in public is banned during the month of Ramadan, and if you like eating pork, you will have to get used to life without it.

Property rental costs in Dubai are high, and are rising all the time.

Because of the lack of income tax (see above), government provision of many services is very limited. You should certainly ask if your employer will pay for health services and education for your children before accepting a role. If they will not, you will need to take out your own private healthcare – only emergency care is provided by the state – and pay for education out of your own pocket.

There is no unemployment benefits system, so if you lose your job through redundancy, dismissal, ill health etc., you may have little alternative but to return to the UK.

Dubai’s winter climate of temperatures over 20 Celsius and almost no rain may seem attractive to UK residents, but consider that summer temperatures can top 50 Celsius. Whilst your office and home may be air conditioned, tasks such as taking a walk or trying to entertain the children through outdoor play become almost impossible on the hottest days.

Dubai also has one of the world’s highest rates of road accident deaths.

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