Moving to United Arab Emirates
Greens are an international moving and storage company, who provide removals to the United Arab Emirates. We provide removals to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah and Ras al-Khaimah from the UK and between most European and international destinations.
Our removals to UAE service will take away the stress and bewilderment of your international move, saving you considerable time and worry. Greens Removals specialise in moves to all areas of this huge country, and have in place a very successful partnership with one of the largest relocation companies in Asia. This partnership ensures that your possessions are moved from door to door with the minimum of fuss and arrive safely at their new destination.
Our removals to the United Arab Emirates service can include the following:
We have offices across the UAE and ship consignments there on a very regular basis. Whether you are moving to the UAE or returning to the UK, we can provide you with an extremely competitive international removals quote.
Moving to the United Arab Emirates - About the UAE
The United Arab Emirates, which can be abbreviated to UAE, is one of the richest places in the world. It is a fascinating place, well used to westerners and offers fantastic shopping, reasonably priced luxury hotels, a vast newly built airport and numerous attractions such as a massive indoor ski-slope in the desert. Here, nothing is too much trouble. Visitors should dress carefully and extend reasonable behaviour, but will always enjoy an exceptional time in the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE, also known as the Emirates, is situated in South East Asia, borders Oman and Saudi Arabia and spans an area of about 77,700 square miles, with about 819 miles of coastline. The exact size is, however, unknown as there are disputed claims to several islands in the Persian Gulf and it is not known the exact size of many of these islands. The land border with Qatar to the North West (19 km) is part of an on-going dispute.
The Emirates is not a monarchy or a republic, instead it is a Federation of seven monarchies where the rulers have absolute power within their emirates. The seven emirates are: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. The capital is Abu Dhabi, which is the largest Emirate and makes up 87 per cent of the UAE and occupies 67,340 square miles. The smallest is Ajman. The UAE has an extremely important position along the southern approach to the Strait of Hormuz, which is a fundamental transit point for world crude oil.
Moving to UAE: Population
The population of the Emirates is around 6 million. Less than 20 per cent are UAE nationals and 80 per cent expatriates. Of these, the largest number of expats comes from India (1.7 m) and the second largest group are from Pakistan (1.25 million). There is also a sizeable population from other parts of Asia including Philippines, China, Thailand, Afghanistan and Iran. The country has attracted a small number of expatriates from Europe and more than 100, 000 British live here. Most of the population live in either Abu Dhabi (38 per cent) or Dubai which has 30 per cent of the population.
Moving to UAE: Language and religion
The official language is Arabic and the main religion is Islam, which is the official state religion. A total of 76 per cent of the population are Muslims. However, the UAE is tolerant towards other religions, made up of 9 per cent Christians and 15 per cent, Hindu or Buddhist. There are 31 churches in the UAE and one Hindu temple. However, it is against the law to spread ideas though any form of media about any other religion except Islam.
Moving to UAE: Climate
The UAE experiences a subtropical, dry climate with extremely hot summers and warm winters. In July and August temperatures are sweltering and can reach more than 48 degrees centigrade on the coastal plain. In January and February the average minimum temperatures are around 10 - 14 degrees centigrade. Especially unpleasant is a humid south easterly wind, known as the Sharqi, during the late summer months. The coastal region can sometimes experience violent dust storms.
Moving to UAE: Living
The UAE's oil reserves are the sixth largest in the world and the Emirates have one of the most developed economies in West Asia. Under the reign of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the country saw a period of modernisation. It has liberal laws compared to other Arab states, such as Saudi Arabi. Women can drive here and alcohol is served in hotels and clubs. There is also an emphasis on equality as well as human rights. It has a civil law jurisdiction however, Shari'a or Islamic law is applied to certain aspects of family law, inheritance as well as some criminal acts.
In the UAE, you can find almost every facility you can think of. Enjoy shopping in the wonderful souks (including the attractive gold and spice souks), watch horse racing, ski in a massive indoor ski slope or stay in one of the extensive and reasonably priced luxury hotels. The UAE also boasts the only 7-star hotel in the world, the Burj-al-Arab, which is simply stunning. This breath-taking hotel has a restaurant beneath the sea, a golden staircase with aquariums on either side, an outstanding atrium and a helicopter pad, which was converted into a tennis court during a recent visit of international tennis players. It is also not unusual in Dubai to find a hotel with seven different pools including sea water, warm and cold water pools. It is four hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and people drive on the right here.
The vast and impressive Dubai World Central International Airport, which, soon to be complete, will be the world's most expensive airport. The Emirates airline has a huge fleet of modern aircraft offering exceptional service to US, UK and most world destinations. The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall and the three palm islands, to be the largest artificial islands in the world. On the entertainment front, Dubailand is set to be twice as big as Disneyland. The Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building and largest man made structure stands 828 m high.
There is much construction work underway in UAE but some of this work, such as the building of some luxury flats, has stopped due to lack of funds. The economy was badly hit by the global financial crisis 2007 - 10 and there are still concerns in the property market.
The Emirates plays a major role in OPEC, is a member of the UN and one of the governing members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC). It is also a member of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and the World Trade Organisation. The UAE is largely supportive of western policies in the Middle East and a huge contributor of emergency relief to places affected by conflict and natural disasters in the developing world
The Emirates does have some difficult employment laws, for instance employment for non-citizens ties the employee to the employer and stops them looking for other employment without permission from the original employer.
Moving to UAE : Visas
Foreigners moving to United Arab Emirates will need a visa.
Visa forms are available for download from the website of the United Arab Emirates Embassy.
The type of visa you need depends on different factors such as nationality, the reason for your visit and how long you intend to stay. Regulations do change and you have to keep up to date with them, so check with your regional UAE or consulate.
If you are a UK citizen, you do not need a visa simply to visit the UAE, you just have to produce your passport on arrival at the point of entry into the UAE.
Moving to United Arab Emirates Information