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Welcome to Life in the UAE

Get all the information you need to make your stay in the UAE feel right at home

The helping hand
you need

Moving to the UAE? or already enjoying life in the UAE?

Here’s all the information you need to make your stay in the UAE feel right at home.

I’m moving to the UAE

  • Checklist

    Looking forward to your new life in the UAE? Follow the checklists to becoming a legal resident in the UAE and you will feel right at home in no time at all.

    • Get your birth, education and marriage certificates notarised and attested.
    • Speak to your pension company to see if moving to the UAE affects your pension plan.
    • Start researching neighbourhoods and areas to live in the UAE.
    • Inform entities such as your bank of your change of address.
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    • Visas, Documents & Certificates

      There's a checklist of documents you need to live in the UAE, including your residence visa and Resident ID, which need to be renewed regularly for as long as you live here. Everyone entering the UAE needs a visit visa.

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    • Accommodation

      Apart from securing your new job, getting your accommodation satisfactorily sorted out is probably the most crucial factor in making your move to the UAE a success.

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I'm living in the UAE

Getting around

There are some good public transport options across the UAE but most people travel by car, whether that’s driving themselves or using the generally excellent and inexpensive taxi service.

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Culture & Lifestyle
Getting around

Shopping plays a big role in everyday life in this part of the world, whether you're looking for top designers, high-street stores, souks or supermarkets.

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Finance & Banking

Wherever in the world you live, chances are that you require a trusted banking partner to help you.

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Culture & Lifestyle

Featured tips


Avoid long queues at airport immigration control by getting eGate facility in your Resident ID


Make lots of photocopies of your passport, Emirates ID and visa to keep on hand.


Never pay full price. There are vouchers galore in magazines, on websites, with your ADCB Touchpoints, loyalty cards and many more places.


If someone tells you your request is not possible, ask again. And again.

Upcoming events

Arts & Gallery
Songs for Everyone

Etihad Modern Art Gallery presents this new photographic series by Yiannis Roussakis. This latest art project of Roussakis was developed during his recent journey to Ladakh, documenting life in the rural villages, including young Buddhist monks and tribes people in their everyday surroundings.

Live Entertainment
Rod Stewart – The Hits Tour 2017
Abu DhabiDuArena

British music icon Rod Stewart is all set to make his Abu Dhabi debut on March 2 at the du Arena on Yas Island. The Hits Tour 2017 will see the 72-year-old bring all of his biggest hits, from the 1970s to now.

Live Entertainment
Flip the Lights - Surge
DubaiFlip out Dubai - Al Quoz

The most electric Flip The Lights party is here….. Party all night while DJ Nader keeps the bass pumping with the ultimate RnB and Hip Hop mixes.

Live Entertainment
Image Science Films – Annual Film Festival
Dubai Black Box - New York University

The premier science film festival of the Gulf, highlighting unique voices in science art and film in the UAE, MENA region, and beyond.