TAG | Public displays of affection
Dubai has emerged as a global city known as the business hub of the Middle East offering a warm and luxurious lifestyle for global professionals. Below is Morgan McKinley’s list of top 5 need to know tips when taking the exciting step of relocating to Dubai:
1. Be respectful – while Dubai offers a cosmopolitan environment it is still an Arab nation with Islamic traditions, beliefs and values that must be respected. Dress sensibly for any outing – if you are going to the beach a bikini is appropriate, if you are going to the mall a shirt and jeans are appropriate – not the other way around. Public displays of affection are very much frowned upon.
2. Embrace your new surroundings – Dubai is a melting pot of cultures, languages, social class, religions, experience and understandings therefore the way things are done may be very different from what you are used to.
3. Be prepared to do things differently– many businesses and services are paper based with limited automated services provided compared to more developed markets. Queuing at banks, hospitals and utility providers is not uncommon in Dubai.
4. Transportation – public transport is getting better with more metro stations opening throughout the city and passenger bus stations installing air conditioning. Taxis and car leases are both reasonably priced. Cars are a lot more affordable and petrol is cheaper than in Western markets.
5. Accommodation – extortionate rental properties are a thing of the past and we can thank simple economics for that with an over supply of housing coupled with an under supply of people renting. Many impressive housing developments have come to completion offering brand new accommodation across Dubai with city or beach views at reasonable prices. Take your time to look around when seeking your home away from home.
6. Lifestyle – the old and new Dubai offers a very different experience and way of living. With a population of almost 1.8m (16% Emirati, 3% Western and 81% Asian) the city has a lot to offer for people from all corners of the globe.