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11. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

Dubai is a really nice place, nice people (most of them speak good english) and pretty cheap except for accommodation which was sky high except in my lucky situation of getting hosted by a really great family. One strange thing I found out by a local was that in Sharjah (just outside Dubai), it is illegal to wear shorts! So on those stinking hot days which is an almost every day thing in Dubai, if you go to Sharjah you have to cover up, because if the police see you in shorts, you'll get in trouble. Sharjah is the only one of the Emirates that make up the U.A.E which has that rediculous law though.

12. Posted by AndrewS (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi, woohoo.

Yes, the law against co-habitation does apply to non-Muslims.

That being said, it's often flouted, particularly by expats who are from nations with easy visa applications. The authorities don't go looking for people breaking this law, but they will enforce it if it's brought to their attention.

If you have to apply for visas in advance, the subject of where you'll be staying will come up during the process, and it becomes harder to arrange a co-habit.

My recommendation would be to observe the law. If you choose to break it, exercise discretion and be aware of the penalties if caught.

13. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 10y

For anyone considering a move to Dubai, be warned of the high rise in accomodations now. Landlords are free to charge 15% more each year. Yes, in 6 years the rent can go up by 100%. This is a new law. Most landlords are doing so.

I read in one blog that someone receomneded 6000 Dhs per month as a good wage. If you are coming from the west, this is not a good wage if you then have to pay for your accomodations etc on top of this.

My rent, per month (which my company pays is just under 8000 Dhs per month) and I live in a 3 bed villa, at the cheapest end of town. The same size house towards media city, or the center would cost 25% more.

For anyone arriving here from the west, make sure that you get accomodation as aposed to an allowance each month. You are also expected to pay for your accomodation 12 months upfront, one cheque, although banks will arrange suitable loads, but then you end up paying interest on top of this.

I am not negative about the rents, if I were a Londlord, I too would ask for teh 15% more, as people are paying! This is a great place to live, but when negiciating packages with companies, try to negociate housing included rather than an allowence.

Hope this helps anyone right now considering a move here!

14. Posted by nkandsl (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

hi guys

can anyone tell me a bit of advice on getting a visa to dubai for myself???? will i have any problems getting one or would i have to get married???? can you also answer why some jobs ask for husband's or fathers visa???? is it quite tough for a western girl to get a job???


15. Posted by AndrewS (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Getting a visit visa to Dubai is an easy process for most Westerners - walk off the plane and get a stamp.

A residency visa and work permit is a little more complicated.

To get residency, you must be sponsored by (a) a UAE national (this usually comes with a job, as does the work permit) or (b) a spouse or parent who is in turn sponsored by a UAE national.

Before anyone gets residency they must take an AIDS/HIV test. Failure in the test brings an escort to the next plane home.

A resident man may sponsor his wife if he has a monthly salary above AED4,000. He may also sponsor sons (up to the age of 18, I believe), and unmarried daughters. As soon as a daughter is married, her husband must assume her sponsorship.

Women may not sponsor their husbands unless they work in certain professions (such as doctor).

The jobs you see requesting women on husband's or parent's sponsorship may be a little dodgy. It suggests to me that the employers do not want to do the paperwork (and pay the fees) of sponsoring employees themselves. Nor is the job likely to carry a work permit.

Full details on visas and residency are available at the Dubai Naturalisation, Immigration and Residency website:

16. Posted by AndrewS (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Most of people's questions on living in Dubai, the paperwork, places to go and so on, are answered in The Dubai Explorer, currently in its 10th edition.

For newly arrived residents, it's a must-buy book, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone thinking of moving here. It's not so essential (but may be interesting) to prospective tourists.

17. Posted by Hayden_NZ (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hello Guys,
I have got a job offer in Dubai, I am really confused. Could you please help and assist me with accomodation prices?
I want to live in Dubai not Sharija.
Thank you

18. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 10y

depends entirely on your needs. A studio flat will set you back anywhere from 40 - 60'0000 Dhs per year. Rents are payable 12 months upfront.

2 bed apartments, from 85'000 Dhs onwards.

3 bed villas, 100'000 Dhs onwards

Flat sharing, where everything uncluded, usually from 3-4500 Dhs per month.

Really need more info, but the above should be a good guide.

19. Posted by ivansentch (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y


Noticed this article in the gulf news:

In particular:
"The clause is known as "Tawajed" or "Tahseen Al Ma'asiya". These couples have been punished under this clause: sharing a closed place and encouraging sin even though they shared no relationship."

And then:
"Mohammad Yousuf, Deputy Director of the Dubai Courts Department, said while the Federal punitive law is implemented in the UAE, the situation is different in Dubai. The Tawajed or Tahseen Al Ma'asiya clause, he said, is not implemented in Dubai."

is not implemented in Dubai - Anyone know anything more on this?


20. Posted by StephanieH (Inactive 18 posts) 10y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting moscowmetr

Hello There,

I have recently gained the oppotrunity to work and live in Dubai. I know very little about the city outsude the obvious. It is on the ocean near a dessert, has many world class hotels, has alot of money and is growing very quickly.
Living there seems interesting but there are alot of things I need to learn. I understand that UAB is a musliom country, does this mean that if I want to have a drink I need to find a Hilton and sit in a cheesy Hotel bar? Do most everyone speak english, is language barrier a problem? Cost of living, I dont want to find out that my pay is enough to go out on the town once a week. getting around.. do I need a car, how big is the city?

Much thanks for any help in advance


Dubai is very western orientated because, many Europeans/Americans live there, don't bother about drinking a cold beer in a good bar. English is widely spoken. I've been there a few days (waiting for my flight to Delhi), first thing I noticed: small sheik guys in big cars. Everyone in Dubai seems to have a big fancy car. Dubai is really rich, you can't imagine. To me its all glitter and glamour. The airport of Dubai is the most glamorous I have ever seen.

What the "sheik guys in big cars" are concerned I disagree with you. Most Arabian people there are no locals but Lebanese.


Get timeoutdubai for nightlife. They also have a website.

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