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The Pros and Cons of Living in Dubai as an Expat

Thinking about moving to Dubai? Find out the benefits and drawbacks of living in this cosmopolitan city from a local expat’s point of view.

Published on
July 12, 2023

Living in Dubai as an expat offers a world of amazing experiences and cultural immersion. It's one of the most culturally-diverse cities on earth, known for its towering skyline, bustling markets, and vibrant nightlife. But there are some drawbacks to relocating to this Middle Eastern metropolis that you should consider before taking the plunge. 

In this post, we'll explore the pros and cons of living in Dubai so you can make an informed decision before packing your bags.

1. There Are High Opportunities for Career Advancement

One pro of living in Dubai as an expat is that Dubai is the hub of unparalleled career opportunities. 

For example, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) UAE has become a financial hub that several multinational companies and financial institutions have chosen as the site for their regional headquarters. This has opened more job opportunities for accounting, auditing, and financial analysis graduates.

Similarly, Dubai is a healthcare-free zone, attracting many medical and healthcare companies, thus creating more jobs for healthcare professionals. 

This presents numerous advancement opportunities to all those highly motivated individuals aiming to develop their professional careers in no time.

2. There Is a High Cost of Living

Living in Dubai as an expat can come with its own unique set of costs. While the tax-free income and high salaries may provide some financial cushion, those looking to live here should be aware that, particularly when it comes to housing, they will likely face significantly higher rent or property prices than elsewhere in the region - this is especially true for spots such as Downtown Dubai or Dubai Marina where demand is high.

Also, utilities such as electricity and water are particularly high. If you prefer a more extravagant lifestyle, expenses like food and transport add up too. 

3. There Is a Diverse Population

As an expat, you can expect all the advantages of living in a cosmopolitan and culturally-diverse city when moving to Dubai. With over 200 nationalities present within the boundaries of this buzzing city, life for many is anything but dull; whether it's experiencing cultural events such as The Dubai Shopping Festival or attending with friends from your home country at the ever-popular Dubai Food Festival - there will be something that provides further enrichment.

Also, there is a high chance that you will meet someone from your native country. 

4. There Is Less Freedom of Expression

As an attractive destination for expats, Dubai offers the chance to experience a unique mix of modern and traditional cultures. Though this is highly appealing to many, it also comes with limitations on freedom of expression based on cultural expectations in line with other countries that make up the United Arab Emirates.

Also, certain public behaviors are strictly prohibited in this region; public display of affection and drinking alcohol outdoors could incur fines or even imprisonment for those who do not adhere.

Wrapping Up! 

Living in Dubai as an expat Free Burj Al Arab, Dubai Stock Photo
Burj ul Arab in daylight

Living in Dubai as an expat can be an amazing experience with numerous pros and limited cons. While these cons are tolerable for many, a few can face difficulties. So, make sure you are okay with every rule before you plan to live in Dubai. 

If you are someone who is planning to move his family or business to Dubai soon and does not know whom to take help from, look no further than Capatt Services. We are trained professionals and ready to remove the heavy burden of moving and paperwork from your shoulders. 

Contact us now for more details! 

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