Finding Housing, Places To Relax And Shopping: What To Focus On After Moving To Dubai

If you are interested in attractive offers from Arab construction companies in Dubai and are considering this city for moving, you probably want to know how to move to the UAE. Let’s discuss the main reasons.

Where To Find Accommodation In Dubai?

There are many types of housing in Dubai, from elite to more affordable. While in areas such as Dubai Marina and Arabian Ranches, rents are higher, in Mirdif, Deira, International City and Al Nahda, housing costs less. You can search for a new apartment, townhouse or villa and book online — this is typical for the UAE.

What Types Of Residential Properties Are Available To Expats In Dubai?

Dubai has diverse residential properties for every budget and taste. You can find apartments, villas, townhouses and even short-term rentals in Dubai at reasonable prices. Each type of real estate has subcategories, the best solution would be to hire a specialist and select housing with him, no matter for purchase or rent.

What Is The Cost Of Living In Dubai?

The cost of living in Dubai depends on many factors. Most of your budget will be spent to pay for expenses, such as housing, food, utilities, transportation, healthcare, and education.

As mentioned above, in areas such as Arabian Ranches, rents are higher, as in Downtown Dubai. Accommodation in Deira, Dubai Silicon Oasis, and Al Nahda costs less.

The cost of your utilities (electricity/water, TV, internet and mobile phone) will depend on your consumption.

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Transportation costs will depend on the type of vehicle you have and how often you travel. For example, the Dubai metro costs AED 350 (on average) per month for a NOL card.

How To Get A SIM Card In Dubai?

There are 3 major telecom operators in Dubai that offer a SIM card. These include Du, Etisalat, and Virgin Mobile.

They also offer prepaid and postpaid data plans with text message, call and mobile data packages, and you can buy a new SIM card at kiosks at Dubai International Airport or at their specialized branches in the UAE.

How To Pay For All Utilities In Dubai?

You can download the DubaiNow app to pay all your bills. DubaiNow provides access to more than 120 city services from over 30 public and private organizations. Using this application, you can top up your phone balance (Du, Etisalat) and the NOL card (Dubai Metro), Salik (electronic fare payment system in Dubai) and use many other services in the UAE.

Moreover, you can also use the website of a particular service to pay or set up automatic payments using your bank account.

How Much Does Education Cost In Dubai?

The average tuition fee at most Dubai schools ranges from AED 14,000 to AED 80,000 per year, depending on the curriculum, extracurricular activities, and other campus opportunities. As for schools, Indian schools are more accessible than IB, British or American schools. The cost of studying at universities also depends on the faculty.

What Restaurants Are There In Dubai?

Dubai is a melting pot of cultures. There are more than 200 nationalities and an impressive variety of cuisines. In Dubai, you can find almost any cuisine, from American to Indian. While some eateries may be expensive, there are also various medium and budget options.

Food prices in Dubai’s public areas can vary as the city has inexpensive, medium-sized, and high-end restaurants. In the middle-priced restaurant, the cost of food ranges from AED 70 to AED 150 per person. Most restaurants introduce promotions and discounts from time to time. Dubai has food delivery apps like Zomato, Careem Now, and Deliveroo with discounts that help save money.

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What Is The Healthcare System In Dubai?

There are various public/private hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies in Dubai. Dubai Hospital, Rashid Hospital, and Al Maktoum Hospital are one of the best public hospitals in Dubai. Medical centers such as Aster, Medcare and NMC Health have a wide network of clinics in Dubai.

Public hospitals offer free emergency care to everyone, but other hospitals in Dubai charge a lot of money, which is covered by health insurance. Usually, the employer pays for the insurance (as a sponsor). However, you may have to pay for health insurance for family members who are your dependents.

How To Get Around In Dubai?

There are several types of public transport in Dubai, such as metro, bus, tram, taxi, and water taxis. Residents use taxi-hailing apps, such as Uber and Careem. It is possible to apply for a driving license in Dubai or convert your license into a local one if you have one.

Where To Shop In Dubai?

There are several shopping malls in Dubai, from elite ones like Mall of the Emirates and The Dubai Mall, to more budget like Al Ghazal Mall and Karama Centre

Let’s Sum Up

We hope this guide to the main aspects of life in Dubai was useful for you!

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My diverse background started with my computer science degree, and later progressed to building laptops and accessories. And now, for the last 7 years, I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant.

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Jonathon Spire

I blog about a range of tech topics.

For the last 7 years I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant, so I write about those the most.

Full transparency: I do review a lot of services and I try to do it as objectively as possible; I give honest feedback and only promote services I believe truly work (for which I may or may not receive a commission) – if you are a service owner and you think I have made a mistake then please let me know in the comments section.

– Jon