Moving to Dubai
If you are moving to Dubai, Greens Removals are an international removals company who provide competitive low cost removals to Dubai. Based in the UK, we have over 40 years trading history and a strong partnership with one of the largest relocation companies in Asia enabling us to provide removals to Dubai on a very regular basis via dedicated containers, groupage and air freight.
Whether you are moving to Dubai from the UK or are returning the other way, we provide reliable, stress-free removals to and from Dubai, the UAE and between most other European and international destinations.
Greens Removals are BAR registered for overseas moves and hold all three of the British and European Quality Service Standards relevant to the removals industry.
Our moving to Dubai service can include the following:
All quotes are tailored to your requirements.
Moving to Dubai : About Dubai
Dubai is a fascinating, buzzing metropolis which has fast emerged as a global city and business centre.
In recent years many of its construction projects have been under the world's spotlight as it is constantly strives to build the first, biggest and best in the world. Think of the incredible Burj Khalifa skyscraper - the world's tallest building, Dubai Mall, Burj Al Arab which is the world's most luxury hotel where many A-listers stay, the ambitious Dubailand (currently under development), the three Palm Islands and World Island.
The Gulf coast is populated by top of the range leisure and hotel facilities including an indoor full-size ski slope, hotels with multiple swimming pools, marinas housing the world's most amazing motor yachts and miles of clean beaches facing crystal clear water.
Dubai is the most populated of the seven Emirates and has the second wealthiest economy in the Emirates after the capital, Abu Dhabi. Although its economy was built on the oil industry, petroleum and natural gas only make up 6 per cent of Dubai's GNP (Gross National Product). Instead, business is very much the driving force as Dubai's economy is dominated by industries such as financial services, tourism and real estate.
It is bustling, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant culture and the locals are well used to westerners. However, the influence of Islamic and Arab culture can be found everywhere in architecture, dress, food, music and lifestyle.
Here wonders can be found all around the city which draws tourists across the globe for shopping, the souks, to wonder at the city's landmarks, visit ancient or modern attractions, enjoy the nightlife and stay in one of the luxury hotels, which can be truly breath-taking. Most of these overlook the busy Dubai Creek, once the hiding place of pirates but now active with traditional dhows, heavy laden with goods for market and cruise ships brimming with passengers eager to take advantage of gold and jewellery at astonishing prices.
Dubai boasts the tallest skyline in the world with more completed sky-scrapers at 2/3 km high than any other city. The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper, stands at an incredible 2,716 feet (828 m).
Dubai was hard hit as a result of the recent global financial crisis and there are still some concerns in the property market.
It is worth noting that as a compromise between Friday, a Muslim holiday, and the western weekend of Saturday to Sunday, since 2006 the weekend has been Friday to Saturday.
Moving to Dubai : Weather
Dubai is located on the Persian Gulf Coast of the United Arab Emirates and within the Arabian Desert. It has year-long sunshine with very hot and dry summers with temperatures reaching an average of 40 degrees centigrade.
Winters are cooler in Dubai, where temperatures average about 23 degrees centigrade between December and March.
Moving to Dubai : Population
Dubai has a population of 2.2 million (according to the 2008 census) of which less than 20 per cent are United Arab Emirates nationals.
The remainder are the expatriate population, which are mainly from Asia such as India (51 per cent), Pakistan (16 per cent) Bangladesh (9 per cent) Philippines (3 per cent) and a large number of people are from Somalia.
Moving to Dubai : Language
Although the official language is Arabic, English is also widely spoken and understood in Dubai.
Moving to Dubai : Religion
Islam is the official state religion of the United Arab Emirates, with Dubai following the Islamic faith and dress code.
Each day, five times a day you will hear Muslims called to prayer from the minarets of the mosques when traditional trading centres close their doors.
The Emirates are tolerant towards other religions. People of different beliefs and faiths are free to carry out their worship duties in chapels or churches for example, as long as it does not interfere with the Islamic faith.
Moving to Dubai : Shopping
Most tourists are drawn to Dubai for its shopping and Dubai has often been dubbed "the shopping capital of the Middle East." Its traditional markets (souks) are renowned and haggling is all part of the fun.
There are also plenty of boutiques and shopping centres selling everything you could possibly need. Here, unlike at the markets, the boutiques and department stores etc operate on a fixed price basis.
Dubai has made a name for itself as "the city of gold" and the Gold Souk in Deira, at the heart of Dubai's commercial district, is definitely worth a visit. Here you can find more than 300 jewellery retailers.
Moving to Dubai : Lifestyle and Etiquette
Visitors are expected to conform to the dress code and it is advised to cover knees and shoulders. Low cut tops can be seen as offensive and women are urged not to wear mini-skirts.
Wearing a bikini or swimsuits, or trunks are only allowed on certain beaches and expatriates who have flouted the law have been arrested for indecent clothing..
Western dress is tolerated in places such as clubs and bars, but people should still remain respectful. Dancing is only allowed in hotels or certain nightclubs, but public dancing is against the law.
Sexual relationships between unmarried people are illegal as is homosexuality. Kissing in public is also illegal. Two British Holiday-makers got a month's jail sentence in 2010 after a local woman took objection to them kissing each other on the cheek as a greeting in a restaurant.
Moving to Dubai : Transport
There are over one million cars in Dubai and, as only 6 per cent of people in the city use public transport, there is a rising problem with traffic congestion. Taxis are the most common form of public transport in Dubai. There is a state licensed and controlled taxi fleet ever available and operating at reasonable metered prices
The bus system operates on 140 routes and at the end of last year (2010) there were 2,100 buses in service across the city. Plans are earmarked to have a total of 1,500 air conditioned bus shelters across the emirates in order to ease the traffic congestion and encourage more people to use public transport. The metro system opened September 2009 but is still yet to be completed.
Dubai's International Airport is among the busiest in the world. The United Arab Emirate's International Airline, Emirates Airline, is based here which flies to more than one hundred destinations. Once completed, the gigantic and impressive Dubai World Central Al-Maktoum International Airport will be the world's largest. It will be ten times larger than Dubai International Airport and Dubai Cargo Village put together.
Port Rashid and Port Jebel Ali are two big commercial ports. Port Jebel Ali is the biggest in the middle east and among the biggest in the world.