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Removals to UAE | Shipping to United Arab Emirates | Overseas Moving Service

At Dolphin Movers we are seeing a steady flow of requests for removals to UAE, with an increasing number of UK people drawn to the region in search of work, especially in the major cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We can arrange shipping to United Arab Emirates for either private or commercial purposes and can deal with any size of move.

With the United Arab Emirates continuing its rapid economic development, moving to UAE is an attractive option for many Britons who want to work in tourism, real estate and financial services while also being just a short plane ride from Europe.

Our overseas moving service includes a lot more than just shipping to United Arab Emirates and can be tailored to your specific needs to include any combination of packing, unpacking, insurance and storage, all designed to make your removals to UAE as easy as possible.

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About the UAE

Geography and Demographics
The United Arab Emirates shares land borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia and sea borders with Qatar and Iran. It is made up of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, Fujairah and Umm al-Quwain. Abu Dhabi is the capital. The largest cities are Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain, Ajman, Ras al Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm al Quwain, Khor Fakkan and Dibba. The population of UAE is over 8 million. There are two international airports in Abu Dhabi and there are also international airports in Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah and Sharjah. The largest ports are Port of Khor Fakkan, Port of Hamriyah, Port Khalid, Port Rashid, Port of Jebel Ali, Khalifa Port and Port Zayed. It takes around seven hours to fly between London and Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

Economy
The economy of UAE was transformed in 1962, when it began exporting oil. UAE has the world's seventh largest oil reserves, as well as the world's seventh largest natural gas resources. The main industries are petroleum and petrochemical products, fishing, aluminium, cement, fertilizers, ship and boat construction and repair, construction materials, handicrafts and clothing. Major exports include oil, natural gas, dried fish and dates.

History
Representatives of the Islamic prophet Mohamed arrived in the UAE in 630 AD and most of the people converted to Islam. The non-Muslims were overcome during the Ridda wars. The Portuguese came to the UAE in the early sixteenth century and occupied most of the coastal areas for about 150 years. Subsequently there were many problems with pirates hijacking ships, causing the British to align with a group of sheikhs, known as the Trucial Sheikhdoms and agreeing to protect the waters. Six of the Sheikdoms combined forces to establish the United Arab Emirates in 1971, with Ras al Khaimah becoming the seventh emirate in 1972.

Landmarks and Attractions
Landmarks include Burj Al Arab, the world's first seven star hotel, Palm Islands, The World Islands, Ski Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Internet City, Deira Clocktower, Dubai Marina, Sheikh Zayad Road and Al Bastakiya. UAE combines sun, sea, sand, great shopping, luxury hotels, exclusive restaurants and a fascinating culture.

Many celebrity chefs, including Gordon Ramsey, Gary Rhodes, Vineet Bhatia, Nobu Matsuhisa and Marco Pierre White, have restaurants in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. There are also the usual international food chains including McDonald's, Pizza Hut, KFC, TGI Fridays and Hard Rock Café.

Local dishes include hummus, kibbe (meat patties), tabbuleh (cous cous salad made with tomato, onion, mint and parsley), moutabel (aubergine dip), kusha mahshi (stuffed courgettes), warek enab (stuffed vine leaves), falafel, pitta bread, khuzi (a whole roast lamb, stuffed and served on spicy rice), makbus (meat or fish stew), local seafood and shawarma (a spit-roasted kebab). Desserts usually consist of very sweet pastries made with honey and nuts.

Expats in UAE
UAE is a very popular expat location and is one of the most westernised destinations in the Middle East. Expats in UAE enjoy generous, tax free salaries and benefits. Western expats account for 8.4% of the population and there are more than 100,000 Brits living there.

Although many expats are drawn by the high salaries and tax benefits, it's important to take into account the high cost of living. Accommodation and schooling are particularly costly. This should be factored in when negotiating salaries and benefits with future employers. Other costs are lower in comparison to other expat locations.

There is no free or government funded education so expat kids will need to attend a private school. There is a wide range of private international schools available, although they are extremely expensive. It's important to start looking into schooling at an early stage as places are limited.

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