Moving to United Arab Emirates


Delivery timescales

Prohibited and restricted items

Every country has its own rules and regulations surrounding prohibited and restricted items. It’s important to be aware of these prior to the move to avoid any delays.

We can provide further information should you require it – please get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise.


The United Arab Emirates is often seen as a haven for expatriates due to its warm climate, tax free income and proximity to many other Asian tourist destinations. The UAE consist of 7 states (or emirates) that were once classed as independent Sheikdoms; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Qaiwain, Ras Al-Kamiah and Fujairah.

The United Arab Emirates is an important centre for both finance and tourism with the offices of many international businesses being located in its major cities. The UAE is also a popular destination for Expats who are drawn there by its tax-free lifestyle, luxury location and sub-tropical climate.

The cost of living in the UAE is generally quite low due to its low taxation policies and government subsidised utilities including gas, water and electricity. Accommodation will be the highest expenditure for expatriates, however due to an influx of property into the rental market within the UAE, property prices are gradually getting lower.

For expats moving to the United Arab Emirates with children, the private education system is ranked highly and comes in at a reasonable cost. Space can be limited within international schools however, so if you are relocating with children you should register them for schooling as soon as possible.

The healthcare system is also good in the UAE, emergency treatment is usually given free and then follow-up treatment is charged after that. It is advisable to purchase comprehensive health insurance when relocating to the UAE to cover all of your medical costs.

Expats tend to relocate across all of the states within the emirates for varying reasons. The most popular destinations for expats who are relocating for work or career opportunities are the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE and has seen tremendous growth within the last decade. Dubai, the most popular destination for expats, is a cosmopolitan mix of people from various backgrounds – the population within Dubai mostly consists of expatriate workers.

There are differences between each emirate so when you relocate you should thoroughly research the state you are planning on moving to. For example, no alcohol at all is permitted in the Emirate of Sharjah. The United Arab Emirates is still a fairly conservative country so it will require some readjustment from expats relocating there. The main religion is Islam which governs the laws and policies of the emirates within the UAE and to fit in expats should work to familiarise themselves with local laws and customs.

If you’re planning to relocate to the United Arab Emirates, we can help you handle the logistics and legal requirements of shipping your goods abroad. Simply get in touch. E: enquiries@squab.co.uk T: 0845 4680 160

Don’t forget to take a look at our handy checklist as a guide to help with organising your move. There’s additional space for you to add your own notes, as every move is different.


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