Living in Dubai

All about Dubai, the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates. Includes information on cost of living and the city's massive construction projects.

Living in today’s Dubai is in direct contrast with many of the other territories in The United Arab Emirates. To live in Dubai is to live in a progressive and tourist-friendly area of the Middle East. Thanks to the Jebel Ali Free Zone and the ease of buying property in Dubai, this area is a dream for businessmen and vacationers alike. Many visitors find their visit so pleasant and lucrative, they decide to move to the city and enjoy the bustling, modern community.

Located on the Persian Gulf, Dubai is the second largest and second most populated of The United Arab Emirates. Unlike its sister territories, Dubai’s oil revenue is quite small. The area depends, instead, on consumerism and its booming real estate market. Western manufacturers use the areas creek as a large port of call, increasing the emirates exposure to technological advances. Preconceived notions of a Persian city are thrown out once a person sees the city for him/herself. More tourists are flocking to the area each year as the real estate market continues to skyrocket.

In order for one to live in Dubai, he/she must obtain a residence visa. However, this permanent residence visa can only be obtained after the new citizen finds a job. Should one be relocating to a specific job that has already been gained, this company should have a residence visa application waiting at the nearest airport for stamping. Otherwise, one must possess a visitor visa first and then have it transferred to a residence visa after a job is secured. Once living in Dubai, one can easily transfer an American or European drivers license to The United Arab Emirates.

The first thing one might notice when living in Dubai is all of the construction that is taking place. Indeed, it is one of the fastest growing areas in the world and construction projects on a grand scale are the result of Dubai diversifying its economy to include foreigners. Skyscrapers in Dubai are some of the tallest in the world and the ruling sheikh have truly made their emirate a city of the futureĀ. One would think they are in a modern American city while deep in the heart of such advanced architectural structures, rather than a city on the Persian Gulf.

The cost of living in Dubai can be quite expensive as the areas growth continues to increase and tourists rise in numbers. However, one can budget this cost of living by obtaining a housing allowance from ones employer. The main form of transportation for those living in Dubai is taxis and buses. Cost of living could also be lowered by finding a place to live close to work. Despite certain things being high in price in Dubai, property for sale is quite reasonable, so one could easily make up for any lost money by making a sound real estate investment.

Living in Dubai has great advantages for those looking to invest in property and/or take advantage of the areas growing consumerism. Western investors are moving to the city in droves as it proves to be a lucrative relocation. Things aren’t all business in Dubai, however. Families will find many recreational activities there, such as amusement parks, shopping malls, arcades and movie theaters. Indeed, this city has done the unexpected by bringing the 21st century to the Middle East.

Sunday 23rd July 2006

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