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What You Should Know Before Moving to Dubai

A Botany graduate, Nithya Venkat enjoys researching and writing about topics that interest her.

Down Sheik Zayed Road with Burj Khalifa in the background

Down Sheik Zayed Road with Burj Khalifa in the background

Dubai is a great place to live. If you are thinking of moving to Dubai, I am sure that you will want to know all about Dubai and its offers regarding everyday living.

I have lived in Dubai for many years now, and I hope this information will help you in deciding whether to make a move or not.

Here are facts about Dubai that you may want to know -

Airport in Dubai

The airport in Dubai is built with grandeur and style. It is beautifully constructed, and it is a pleasure to go through Dubai airport.

Dubai airport is well connected, and you will not have any trouble traveling to the destination of your choice. There are budget airlines that you can avail of at reasonable prices.

There are Duty-Free Shops in the airport where you can spend your time shopping while waiting for your flight to depart. There are comfortable seating places and restrooms. The staff is accommodating and bail you out of difficult situations. So far, my experiences have been great, as they say, so far, so good.

Traveling in Dubai

Traveling in Dubai is not a problem at all. Once you get off at the airport, there are cabs waiting in line to take you to your destination. If you do not want to take the taxi, then there is the option of taking the metro right from the airport.

For commuting within Dubai, you have the choice of taking the metro, tram, or taxis. The meter rates for taxis are fixed, and you need not worry about being cheated. Call taxis come promptly on time and are safe to use.

In summer, it is best to avoid walking even to nearby places. It is blistering hot, so it is best you avoid going out in the sun. During winter, the weather is pleasant, and you can see people taking a walk or running in the parks.

Shopping in Dubai

You need not worry whether you will get the things that you used to buy back home in Dubai. Shops in Dubai will mostly have whatever you want. It is very rare not to find a particular item in Dubai.

Grocery shops have all the vegetables, fruits, condiments, herbs, or just about any special ingredient that you want for cooking.

It is a shoppers paradise here. You have high-end designer shops and shops where you can get things at affordable prices. Dubai is a haven for people who love electronic gadgets. You will find the latest greatest here in Dubai.

There is always some sale or the other going on with great discounts. Added to this, there are shopping festivals. During shopping festivals, you can get huge discounts on all items. People come from across the world to shop during these festivals.

Schools in Dubai

You will have no problems in finding the right school for your child in Dubai. Schools in Dubai offer various curriculums that you can choose from.

Schools in Dubai offer -

  • IGCSE
  • IB
  • Indian Curriculum
  • American Curriculum
  • British Curriculum
  • French Curriculum
  • Australian Curriculum

All schools are air-conditioned.

Weather in Dubai

The weather in Dubai is pretty hot. Everything is air-conditioned out here. The malls, bus stops, tram stations, metro stations are all air-conditioned.

Dubai is hot, and the humidity level is high. In the summer months, from June to September, temperatures soar. Temperatures hit 40 degrees Centigrade and sometimes a bit more. It gets very uncomfortable due to the high levels of humidity.

People who do not have a problem with living in an air-conditioned environment 24 by 7will love Dubai. People with asthma or any breathing problem will find it difficult to stay here.

The period between December and March is enjoyable. During these times, you can stay at home without switching on the air conditioner. During the period between December and March is when you can expect very little rain.

When you go out in Dubai, remember to wear sunscreen because the sun's rays are harsh and can affect your skin. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go, especially in the summer months. Keep yourself well hydrated and protect yourself by applying sunscreen, wearing a hat, or carrying an umbrella.

Remember, you can get dehydrated even in an air-conditioned atmosphere.

The cost of living in Dubai is very high. There are good schools, daycare centers, hospitals, clinics, restaurants, and play centers. There are many parks that you can go to during winter and enjoy it.

If you are okay with the hot weather and the air condition, Dubai is the best place to live. You will find people from all over the world living in peace and harmony in Dubai.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Nithya Venkat

Comments

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 06, 2015:

FlourishAnyway thank you for stopping by and I hope you get to visit Dubai in the cooler months. Lot of tourists come during that time.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 06, 2015:

I would love to visit one day in the "cooler" time of the year.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on January 02, 2015:

Peggy W thank you for reading and am glad you enjoyed. Dubai is a place of beautiful constructions!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2015:

I will undoubtedly never get to visit there but the temperatures sound a bit like Houston. It is hot and humid here in the summers also. I have seen many beautiful photos showing the wonders of architecture in Dubai. Enjoyed reading this.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 31, 2014:

BlossomSB it must be beautiful where you live, thank you for stopping by.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on December 31, 2014:

I enjoy living where I do, but thank you for a very interesting hub.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 31, 2014:

AliciaC thank you for stopping by, Dubai is a great place if you like the hot sun all the time!!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 30, 2014:

Thanks for this interesting hub, Vellur. I enjoyed learning about Dubai very much. It sounds like a great place to visit, although I wouldn't like the heat in the summer.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 30, 2014:

ChitrangadaSharan thank you and I hope you do get to visit someday. Wishing you a Happy and a Prosperous New Year!!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 30, 2014:

Wonderful and informative hub about Dubai! I have heard a lot about Dubai, since many of my relatives are living there. I wish and hope to visit it some day.

Thanks for sharing and wish you a very happy and prosperous new year.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 30, 2014:

travmaj yes Dubai has a lot to offer and the shopping malls are great. Thank you for stopping by.

travmaj from australia on December 29, 2014:

Great article on Dubai. I could almost live at the airport - truly, it has everything.

I'm not a great shopper but the shopping malls in Dubai offer entertainment, food, fabulous stores - it's difficult to leave. Yes, Dubai has much to offer.

Thank you Vellur.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 29, 2014:

Eiddwen thank you. Wishing you a great year ahead!

vasantha T.K thank you.

tirelesstraveler thank you.

Jackie thank you. One would feel cooped up in Dubai during summer times, you just can't walk out. America is a beautiful place to be, hope to visit there someday and yes we would definitely tilt the world!

Nell Rose thank you. Dubai is great during winter.

ladyguitarpicker thank you and I do hope you get to visit Dubai some day.

always exploring thank you and if you love the sun then you will definitely love Dubai.

agusfanani thank you for reading.

AudreyHowitt thank you for stopping by and you should visit Dubai once in your lifetime especially if you like shopping!

mary615 thank you for stopping by and everything is not about wealth here, you will fit in nicely here.

prasetio30 thank you for reading and the vote up. Happy Holidays to you too!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 29, 2014:

Great information. Dubai is on my travel list. I hope I can go there someday. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up. Happy holidays!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 29, 2014:

Since I do enjoy hot weather, I would probably like living in Dubai. I've often heard about the wealth there, so I wouldn't fit in.

I did enjoy reading about Dubai, though!

Audrey Howitt from California on December 29, 2014:

Such a wonderful article!! I have never been, but would like to go!

agusfanani from Indonesia on December 29, 2014:

It's concise interesting information about Dubai. Thank you for sharing friend.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 29, 2014:

I know I will never live in Dubai but I like to learn about other areas. I especially would love the sun, it's freezing here, and I hate cold weather. I would love to visit and shop there...Enjoyed your hub. Thank you..

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on December 29, 2014:

Hi, a very nice and useful hub. Thanks for the facts about Dubai, I enjoyed the useful information you have presented. I would love to visit this country. It sounds a lot hotter than Florida.

Nell Rose from England on December 29, 2014:

What a wonderful hub Vellur! I would love to visit Dubai, its amazing! The heat may be a bit too much for me though as I do have Asthma, but it would be lovely to visit in your winter, wonderful!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 29, 2014:

Dubai sounds like a wonderful place but a little too hot for me. I love to be outside every minute I can taking pictures or sightseeing and I couldn't take more than a few minutes at a time i am sure. We have place in America I love that are really hot too but they cool down in winter season and I visit them then or early spring when flowers sprout but not yet hot.

It is good we all have different likes though isn't it? Or else we would all be in one place and tilt the earth!

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Judy Specht from California on December 29, 2014:

Dubai has always interested me. You nicely presented all one needs to know if she is considering moving to Dubai.

vasantha T k from Bangalore on December 29, 2014:

interesting

Eiddwen from Wales on December 29, 2014:

Very interesting Vellur and wishing you a great year ahead.

Eddy.,

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 29, 2014:

billybuc thank you for reading, I do hope you get to visit Dubai once

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 29, 2014:

I doubt I'll ever visit your country, but it was nice to learn about it. Thanks for the mini tour.

Nithya Venkat (author) from Dubai on December 29, 2014:

Jodah thank you for your visit, Dubai is a great place to live.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 29, 2014:

Great hub Vellur. Dubai looks like a beautiful and one of the most modern cities in the world. You provided very good information, photos and videos for anyone thinking of going there. Voted up.