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Moving to the UAE

Whether you're still deciding to move or not, or you’ve just arrived and don’t know where to start, this section is here to help you discover the UAE.

Getting Around


As you would expect during an international move to any new city, you’re very likely to find a long ‘to do’ list waiting for you before you set off for the UAE.

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Country information

While its culture is still rooted in Islamic tradition, the UAE is also one of the most cosmopolitan countries in the Middle East.

Country profile

The country has a bold vision for its future and is working towards becoming a first-choice destination for tourism, finance, industry and trade. This makes it a vibrant and opportunity-filled place to live in and work.

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Finance & Banking

As one of the leading banks in the UAE, ADCB is proud to present “Life in the UAE” to you. We are by your side from the moment you start your journey here in the UAE and here to support every great ambition that you wish to fulfil.

Employment & Careers

The UAE is very much a land of opportunities for skilled professionals who come to advance their career, enjoy a higher standard of living and earn a tax-free salary.

Looking for a job

If you’re looking to live and work in the UAE you have three options. You can search for jobs while in your home country; you’ll often be interviewed by phone or Skype, rather than here in the country. Once you have a job offer, your employer will start to process your residence visa.

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Employment & Careers

Setting up a business

Setting up a business

Purely Business is a web portal dedicated to supporting the small and medium-sized enterprise, SME, business community developing in the UAE.

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One of your first priorities will be to enrol your child in a private school or nursery, where the facilities are world-class and there is a melting pot of nationalities.

Nurseries and pre-schools

The more popular nurseries have long waiting lists, so start considering places early on. If you’re after a particular establishment, it may be necessary to enrol your child before he or she is even born.

Primary and secondary schools

There is a huge selection of high quality schools in the UAE, but they don't come cheap.

Special needs schools

A select group of organisations and schools are leading the way in terms of opening doors to children with learning difficulties and special needs.

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