Background Information to the United Arab Emirates and Dubai: -
is one of the seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE);
it is located in the Middle East. The UAE borders the Gulf of Oman and
the Persian Gulf and is situated between Oman and Saudi Arabia. The
United Arab Emirates was formed in 1971 by the then 'Trucial States'
after their independence from Britain.
The UAE is governed by a
Supreme Council of Rulers, the council is made up of the seven emirs and
they appoint the prime minister and the cabinet for the country.
Despite being ultimately ruled by the Supreme Council, as with the other
six states, Dubai maintains a large degree of autonomy from the UAE
when it comes to general decision making for the city's development.
was first discovered in the United Arab Emirates in the 1950s, before
that the country's economy was built on fishing and pearling, since
1962, when Abu Dhabi became the first of the emirates to begin exporting
the oil, the country's economy has been completely transformed.
Zayed, who has been the president of the UAE since its inception,
quickly understood the economic potential for the country from the oil
industry. He has continued to ensure that each of the emirates benefits
from the oil generated wealth, he has insisted on the reinvestment of
oil revenues into the healthcare system, the education system and the
general national infrastructure.
The development of the oil
industry has led to a large influx of foreign workers to the UAE, in
fact Dubai's population is the fastest growing in the world and the
foreign population makes up about three quarters of the entire UAE
population! As a direct result of this fact the UAE is one of the most
liberal countries in the Gulf, with other cultures and beliefs
tolerated. Dubai has also been quick to understand the need for
diversification. Oil in the region is only projected to last for about
30 years and so Dubai has successfully embarked upon a major
diversification program aimed to at developing industries and commercial
enterprises to take the place of oil as the predominate commodity of
the state's economy.
The climate in Dubai is sub-tropical and arid
or desert like. The city enjoys almost year round sunny blue skies.
Rain is infrequent and if it does fall, it falls in the winter.
range from lows of 10°C to extreme summer highs of 48°C. The average
maximum daily temperature in January is 24°C and the average maximum
daily temperature in July is 41°C when humidity is very high.
About the city of Dubai
is recognised as the commercial and tourism capital of the UAE and is
globally regarded as one of the most sophisticated, futuristic and
cosmopolitan cities in the world, in fact Dubai is something of a
phenomenon! It is an Arab Muslim society with the fastest growing
foreign population in the world, and it has successfully developed
harmony through ethnic diversity. It is a city with unrivalled levels
of economic energy and architectural ambition, a unique city of
contrasts where the most modern and architecturally stunning skyscrapers
stand alongside traditional beautiful Arabic structures.
experiences and attractions available in Dubai are many and varied.
From the miles of immaculate beautiful white sandy beaches to the richly
exotic Arabian heritage, from the awe inspiring majesty of the desert
to the lively international bars, restaurants and nightclubs - a visitor
to Dubai is guaranteed an incredible, never to be forgotten experience.
In 2003 Dubai was voted safest holiday destination in the world by
Conde Nast Traveller magazine, and in fact Dubai is recognised globally
as one of the safest cities in the world. Living in Dubai you will find
that it is virtually crime-free with the Dubai police ensuring personal
safety and security. Anyone found guilty of committing a serious crime
will be severely punished. Alcohol and drug related offences are
The economy of the city of Dubai is a mainly
service-driven economy, with every business amenity from banking to
telecommunications offered. International trading and industrialisation
are actively encouraged through the provision of favourable taxation
advantages, offshore status, specialist free trade zones etc. Recent
innovative projects in the city include the foundation of Dubai Media
City and Dubai Internet City, bringing 21st century technology to Dubai
in the world's very first 'Free Zone' wholly dedicated to e-business.
you are considering moving to Dubai one of your first thoughts will no
doubt be finding somewhere to live. This is not something you'll find
too tricky, there are many companies advertising rental accommodation in
the classified sections of local newspapers and they offer everything
from private villas to luxury apartments or even shared accommodation.
Whatever your budgetary and lifestyle requirements are, the specialist
relocation and housing companies will be sure to have something to
assist you. If you prefer to find your accommodation privately and
avoid any agency costs, many people use supermarkets notice boards to
advertise or request accommodation.
In terms of which areas of the
city offer the type of accommodation you are after, Jumeirah, Umm
Sequiem and the Safa Park area are upmarket and offer villa-type
accommodation. Satwa and Garhoud also offer villas but are slightly
cheaper. Rashidiya, Mirdif and Al Quoz are mainly Arabic areas and they
actually attract a lot of expats.
If you are after an apartment
the most popular areas are around Bur Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Road with
cheaper flats are available in Deira, Satwa and Karama. Some of the
more exclusive apartment developments offer shared gym and pool
facilities together with garaged car parking and the like.
you are considering moving to Dubai with family and are interested in
finding out about the education system and the availability and quality
of schools, one of the best ways is to ask around! Because of the
numbers of expats in Dubai there is actually a large number of primary
and secondary schools from which you can to choose. Most schools are
private fee paying schools and really the best way to get an idea of the
reputation of a school is to ask friends, colleagues and other expats
who live in Dubai. Many of the schools also have their own websites
where you can learn about the curriculum they follow, after school
When it comes to enrolling your child in the UAE
there are a few restrictions you should be aware of. For example you
are not allowed to change your child's school during the academic
year...unless approval is given by the Ministry of Education and the
circumstances are 'special'. This means that you have to make sure the
school you choose for your child will definitely suit them. Another
restriction you should be aware of is that is you move to Dubai on or
after the 1st May each year you can't enrol your child into the
schooling system for that year. Instead you'll have to enrol for the
beginning of the new school year which is usually the beginning of
Another consideration you may have if
thinking about relocation to Dubai may be the state of the health care
system available there. It is fair to say that Dubai has many very well
equipped hospitals and surgeries. Dubai's Department of Health and
Medical Services runs Dubai, Rashid, Maktoum and Al Wasl hospitals, with
Dubai Hospital one of the best medical centres in the entire Middle
East. Al Wasl is a maternity and gynaecology hospital.
Department of Health also run out patient clinics or surgeries and in
addition there are a number of quality private hospitals in Dubai
offering in and out patient facilities - e.g., The American and Welcare
Hospitals. Overall both the private and publicly offered health care
services in Dubai are first class.
Working in Dubai
you will enjoy a tax free salary and all shop goods can be bought at tax
free prices, making it an incredibly attractive city to international
workers and international companies. Job opportunities in Dubai and
diverse and plentiful, particularly since the additions of the Media and
Internet cities...Dubai is a city expanding its horizons at an
It is important to mention that some countries
worldwide have tax laws enabling them to tax their nationals on their
worldwide income. It is important to check your status with an
international accountant before taking up employment in the city.
has a thriving expat population who make the most of their tax free
lifestyle in this amazing city of opportunity. The nightlife in the
city is excellent, with cocktail bars, wine bars, themed bars and
typical British or Irish pubs available, many of which offer food and
entertainment as well.
High standard international cuisine is
available in the city's many restaurants and if you are looking for
lively evening entertainment there are numerous night clubs around the
city. Some of the clubs attract international DJs; there are also
Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian nightclubs offering entertainment with
singers and dancers. Dubai also welcomes international touring singing
and entertainment acts which cater to all tastes and ages...from
traditional theatre groups to ballet, from opera to international rock
and pop bands - all are regular visitors to the United Arab Emirates.