Dubai is an exciting and dynamic place in which to live. From humble beginnings as a pearling port, the city has rapidly grown to become a global hub in which cultures meet. But don’t be taken in by stereotypes: while skyscrapers spring up incessantly and opulence is often particularly visible, there is a great deal more to Dubai and the UAE than the myths would have you believe.
The quality of life is particularly high. While income is tax free, the cost of living matches this quality and you should be ready for groceries, rent and services to be more expensive than you may be used to.
That said, Dubai is a particularly safe place to live: crime is minimal and should you forget your wallet in a taxi, for example, there is a strong chance it will be returned to you very quickly.
While Dubai is particularly cosmopolitan, those residents who are culturally sensitive will adjust the fastest. It is worth remembering that in public, everywhere from shoulders to knees should be covered to avoid giving offence.
With the exception of the summer months, the climate in Dubai is delightful and reliably sunny. June through September can get particularly hot and humid although many residents choose to sojourn abroad for much of this period.
Families are well catered for in Dubai with myriad activities and venues designed with young people and their parents in mind. There are many exciting activities for all interests within easy reach of Dubai. Head to Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and beyond for the great outdoors (e.g. diving, climbing, biking) or Abu Dhabi to experience the modern wonder of the world that is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
For a long weekend, teachers have even been known to catch the great migration across the Serengeti in Kenya or to put their feet up on a beach in Sri Lanka.