Moving to a new country and making a fresh start has become a common decision in the past few years due to the amount of opportunities available. However, choosing to relocate and actually doing it are two different matters. Dubai, for example, is a popular destination, but there’s a lot to prepare for: employment, renting and living costs. On top of that, moving abroad requires legal considerations, like immigration regulations, visas, and taxes. What about healthcare and schooling?

The point is that careful preparation is essential when relocating to Dubai. Fortunately, you have plenty of reliable sources of information at your disposal. Here are key areas to pay particular attention to.

Job Market

Both you and your new country of residence will want to know that your income can support you. According to The National, Dubai’s job market is currently full of opportunities. In fact, 47% of UAE employers consider talent attraction and retention their second biggest concern, which they approach in more considerate and innovative ways. A range of positions and perks are being offered, especially to employees with IT and soft skills.

Initial predictions expect an approximate 4.5% increase in UAE base salaries in 2020. Pay rises and promotions are more likely in big corporations within the administrative, financial, legal, and technological sector. However, the growing demand for benefits from jobseekers, like flexible working, alongside a salary that promises stability has caused the job market to adapt in order to fill the necessary roles with the best candidate and for as long as possible.

Renting Costs

Next question: where will you live? Your needs and budget determine this. If you want luxury and a nice view for your family, not to mention easy access to a game of golf, real estate online platform Bayut offers a 4,136-sqft villa on the Jumeirah Golf Estate for AED 300,000 ($81,679) per year. On the other hand, if a respectable studio is what you’re looking for, there’s a 530-sqft apartment with a balcony in Majan for an annual AED 26,000 ($7,079). Think about your priorities – income, local amenities, distance from work, personal requirements – and choose your new home wisely.

Living Costs

Apart from rent, you have to consider other costs. Overall, Numbeo reports, a single person can spend an average of AED 3,353.30 ($913) a month on living expenses. Starting with utilities – heating, electricity, water, and garbage disposal – a small apartment can take around AED 638.57 ($174). WiFi would be another AED 370.95 ($101). A basic food shop at the market can be another $100 or so, beef and local cheese costing over $10 each. Assuming you’ll venture beyond McDonalds for a cheap alternative meal, eating at an inexpensive restaurant is around AED 30 ($8) for one person. Depending on what else you’ll need, from clothes to gas or a monthly bus pass, expect additional expenses coming your way.

Moving abroad is daunting, but organizing every detail you can think of will make that process easier and your life in Dubai that much more pleasant. Look forward to immersing yourself in a whole new climate and culture. A fun fact about the UAE to get you intrigued: the government is trying to reduce obesity with rewards of gold.

At the end of the day, the more you learn about the country, the better prepared you’ll be to embrace it.

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