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Removals to Dubai

It's estimated that around 10,000 people from the UK undertake removals to UAE every year, with many moving to the major city of Dubai. Young professionals are attracted by the range of career opportunities, strong economy and high salaries, as well as the beautiful beach landscapes. If you need to arrange shipping to Dubai, Dolphin Movers can organise your move for you and ensure it all goes smoothly.

Surveys have repeatedly found that Dubai is one of the destinations offering the greatest quality of life to British expats, with the zero income tax rate being one of the major advantages of life here. We can arrange moves to United Arab Emirates and shipping to Dubai for both households and businesses of all sizes, providing services tailored to your needs. This could include professional packing and unpacking, with an option for storage if required, as well as insurance for your belongings.

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Geography and Climate

Dubai is the second largest of the seven emirates making up UAE, and lies on the Persian Gulf coast. It has two major ports, Port Jebel Ali, which is the largest port in the Middle East, and Port Rashid, plus many popular beaches where it is possible to swim in the warm Gulf waters. Dubai's land borders are with the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Sharjah within UAE, and also with the sultanate of Oman.

Geographically, Dubai lies within the Arabian Desert, and much of the area is covered by sand dunes, with the Hajar mountains lying to the west, near the border with Oman. Although there are no natural rivers, the salt-water Dubai Creek runs through the city and many famous and iconic buildings stand alongside it. The climate is hot and humid, with warm winters, so air conditioning is a must in both public and private buildings.


Anyone embarking on removals to UAE and setting up home in Dubai will find a large expat community there. The emirate's population has grown fast in recent years and now stands at just over two million, most of whom live in the city. However, there are three million people in and around the city on most days because of all those who commute from outside the emirate, plus the high numbers of tourists.

It's estimated that as much as 85% of the population stems from abroad, with the highest numbers coming from Asia, but a large community of Western expats too. Dubai has a young population, with around two thirds of residents being in their 20s and 30s. More men than women live there, because many male expats make the trip without their families.


Dubai has seen its economy recover dramatically since the world downturn, after restructuring its debts. It has now been chosen to host the World Expo in 2020, which will give a huge boost to the whole emirate and could draw as many as 25 million tourists. Property, construction and financial services are among Dubai's most important economic sectors, with its stock exchange serving as a hub for the region. The city's economy no longer revolves around oil and gas, as it did in the past, but these minerals still play an important role, as does the gold trade. Many high-tech companies have set up bases here in recent years, while Jebel Ali is one of the world's leading container ports.


Nomadic cattle herders and pearl fishers are believed to have lived in the area which is now Dubai around 4,000 years ago, and it was a port of call for ancient trade routes. However, the settlement only grew from a small fishing village into a city in the early 19th century, when a branch of the Bani Yas tribe settled there. It went on to become a major port by the 1870s, and was a British protectorate in the 1890s. Since 1833 it has been ruled by the Al Maktoum dynasty. It is now a constitutional monarchy, with the current Emir, Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, being a descendant of the family.

Landmarks and Attractions

Numbers of tourists heading for Dubai have soared in recent years, drawn by attractions which are the biggest and best of their kind. One of the city's most iconic buildings is the Burj Al Arab, which is said to be the world's best hotel and is the first to have a seven-star rating. Another is the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building at 828 metres, where the view from the top is unforgettable. Other attractions include the world's biggest shopping centre, the Dubai Mall, the Palm Island resort, the Dubai marina and even an indoor ski resort. The city is set to gain many more major attractions as preparations for the World Expo 2020 take shape, and the world's biggest theme park is also under construction.

Expats in Dubai

Over 100,000 people from the UK undertaking removals to UAE have made their home in Dubai, along with many other Western expats. Many work in the financial sector, insurance, construction, technology and telecommunications, as well as tourism. High tax-free salaries are a major attraction, though it should be remembered that the cost of living is also high, especially when it comes to housing and private international schools for children. Good-quality expat accommodation includes villas with pools and serviced blocks of flats, and there are specialist agencies which can help you to arrange a rental. One of the most desirable areas is Emirates Hills, with its luxury gated communities, while other popular choices include Arabian Ranches, the Meadows, the Lakes and Jumeirah.

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