Life in Dubai 'is different to UK for expats'

05/09/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Neil King
Life in Dubai 'is different to UK for expats'

Expats residing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have underlined the fact that it is important for newcomers to Dubai to adjust their expectations of living in the area. In an article for the Daily Telegraph, people who have already made the move to Dubai spoke about what their initial experiences were like. While there was some trepidation, the general consensus appeared to be positive overall. For instance, British expat Iona Baker has now lived in Dubai for four years, but she acknowledged that: "It was a challenge for me to adjust my expectations." "Once you stop comparing life in Dubai to how things would be back home, everything falls into place," she remarked. Another unnamed commentator said she was originally concerned with how she would navigate the healthcare system of a new country. She added that she was five months pregnant when she first arrived in Dubai - so this was a cause for concern. This emphasises the importance of ensuring a thorough amount of research prior to relocating to the emirate. Indeed, a report recently carried out by YouGov on behalf of Zurich surveyed 800 UAE expats - and an estimated 45 per cent of these individuals admitted that they had gathered very little information prior to their move. Only ten per cent said they felt thoroughly prepared with everything they need - and chief executive of Zurich's General Insurance operations in the Middle East Maroun Mourad said that this can become a source of anxiety. Indeed, some issues can be relatively minor - as Sarah-Jane Woodward, who has lived in the emirate for four weeks, admitted she has spent some time getting lost in traffic. "Some of the biggest challenges I've had in the short time I've been in Dubai have been getting to know the area, driving the car on the right-hand side and getting lost," she commented.