23 Things Nobody Tells You Before You Move To Dubai

A few nuggets of info people might forget to mention...


It's always difficult moving to a new city, trying to make new friends, trying to find somewhere to live, getting used to the exchange rate. It can all get a bit much...what you need is some simple life tips to get you on your way.

Lucky for you, If you're contemplating a move to the wonderfully unique Dubai, we've compiled a little list that might just help you out... 

23. You need a licence to buy alcohol



22. You get so excited about saving $$$ on taxes...

..but significantly less excited when your savings go towards overpriced rent and food and booze


21. "Hello ma'am, sir" becomes a legit greeting.

And very quickly begins to sound normal.

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20. There is an absolutely breathtaking skyline

...well, you may have heard this one

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19. ...but it can be largely dominated by cranes


a small bit of cropping and it would be insta worthy?

18. The road systems can be confusing


good luck trying to pull a U-ey on that one

17. And the road signs aren't much help


6 lanes. rush hour traffic. 100 meters to get in lane.... GO!!

16. Okay, someone probably mentioned it gets hot...

But NO ONE mentioned what the humidity does to your hair...oh and the water isn't too kind on your hair either


hair problems

15. And the beautiful sea you've heard so much about?

GOOD LUCK taking a dip in 35 degree water my friend.


not a good beach look

14. It's way too convenient to get deliveries to your door

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13. You get used to answering the same questions over and over... "And, where are you from?"


12. It will be a while before you see an unedited movie again


Things stay pretty PG around here

11. The Fountains will begin to lose their magic

There's only so many times you can tear up to Michael Jackson.


well there's always one...

10. You won't go to The Dubai Mall to shop

But you will go for a gawk at the fishies


9. You will end up in Rock Bottoms at least once

But only once you've hit rock bottom.


oh homey

8. Dubai has the tallest building in the world but your taxi driver won't get you anywhere near it

...Which brings us back to the shoddy road signs. oh and did we mention the traffic?


Seriously though, why is it so hard to drive to?

7. You stop paying attention to fire alarms on the 40th floor

You shouldn't, but you do.


I can't hear youuuuuuuuuuuuuu

6. Your apartment will look the same as everyone else's

Damn Ikea...


But we love you really

5. You only cook on special occasions

The rest of the time Ronald and the Colonel are good enough to deliver.


thanks guys!

4. You won't get a taxi come 4pm

Shift change time until around 5.30pm

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3. The walk from the Metro to The Dubai Mall takes about a year

So be prepared and wear comfy shoes


Beautiful, yes. Practical, no.

2. You need clothes for all weathers

Roasting outside, freezing inside...you just can't win!

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1. But after a 50 degree day in the summer, you'll never appreciate this feeling more...


hot. hot. hot. and aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Now read: Your definitive guide to the BEST sports bars in Dubai

Written By

Casey Fitzgerald

Outside of writing for Lovin Dubai, you'll find Casey teaching a class of KG kids, inhaling hummus, making a constant stream of terrible puns and justifying midweek nights out.