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Dubai Dubai Living Guide

Welcome to the Dubai Guide

Whether you are new to Dubai or have been here for years there is always something new to discover about Dubai. Here we take a look at what it is like to live in Dubai as an expat, what Dubai charities are doing, a guide to life in Dubai as well as our packed Discover Dubai section which looks at the top ten things to do from beaches to malls, from souks to day trips and everything in between.


  • Discover Dubai

    Discover Dubai

    There is so much to do in Dubai that here we take a look at the best of everything- the top ten things to do with visitors, top ten things to do with kids, top ten day trips from Dubai and so much more.

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  • Guide to Life in Dubai

    Guide to Life in Dubai

    Here we have an in-depth look into life as an expat in Dubai. We look at etiquette, the weather, the geography and all the essential things you will need to know about living here.

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  • Dubai FAQs

    Dubai FAQs

    This is a really great section of the ExpatWoman.com website with all the FAQs about life in Dubai from Salik to RERA, from traffic fines to getting a visa and everything else you need to know whilst living in Dubai as an expat.

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  • Dubai Charities

    Dubai Charities

    There are so many great charities in Dubai so here we look at which ones you can support and how- whether it is by attending their charity events, making a donation or volunteering your time. We look at regional and international charities too.

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  • Dubai Forum

    Dubai Forum

    We have the busiest expat forum in Dubai where you can ask all those questions you need and get great answers from our 1000s of members. We also have dedicated theme boards too for schools and maids etc.

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  • Events in Dubai

    Events in Dubai

    ExpatWoman.com hosts aroubnd 15 events per week including neighbourhood coffee mornings, ExpatBumps & Babes groups, ExpatMums & Tots groups and special sponsored events as well as listings for concerts, gigs and shows- it's so busy!

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  • Jobs in Dubai

    Jobs in Dubai

    Are you looking for a job in Dubai? Then this is the section for you. We have lots of jobs specifically for women in lots of industry sectors from teaching to admin from retail to embassy vacancies this will help your job search and hopefully kick start a new career for you.

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  • Dubai Classifieds

    Dubai Classifieds

    Our Classified Adverts section for Dubai is great for buying and selling- from cars to prams, baby equipment and garden furniture. We have lots of genuine buyers and sellers just like you and have a great success rate- we're sure you'll find what you need!

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Dubai Info & Snippets


Dubai City Profile: Quick Overview

Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. It is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors. With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world.

The local currency is the dirham, which is pegged at AED 3.67 to 1 US dollar. Dubai is a real melting pot of nations, races, cultures; the result is a colorful, energetic and tolerant society. However, Islam is a way of life in the city, and therefore tourists should adopt a certain level of cultural and religious sensitivity for the duration of their stay.

UAE is a truly family-oriented society. The country offers a wide variety of schools and universities from many education systems. Quality medical services industry is being rapidly developed. Trade has always been one of the pillars of the economy of the country; the modern super-malls just elevated it to the art level. The grandeur and elaboration of the municipal infrastructure projects is truly amazing. Meanwhile, despite the high quality of life, the cost of living in the UAE is not too high.

Residential areas in Dubai vary drastically, from breathtaking beauty to crowded run-down areas. Visit our Property Guide  to find out which is the best for you.

  • Airports in Dubai

    Airports in Dubai

    There are three airports in Dubai and we have a guide to them all. The main airport is Dubai International Airport, however there are two new airports and the future sees Emirates Airlines as having its very own place where passangers can fly to and from Dubai. We also have some useful tips for flying.

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  • Dubai Dress Code

    Dubai Dress Code

    Dubai has a dress code based on respect for the culture and religion of the UAE. It is not hard to follow and will make your visit/ stay here a more pleasant one and will help you avoid causing any of the many nationalities here any offence. In a nutshell whilst you are out in public you should have everything from your shoulders to knees covered- which is not hard to do! You can even pick up women-only taxis too!

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  • Getting Around Dubai by Taxi

    Getting Around Dubai by Taxi

    Getting a taxi is an essential part of Dubai life and luckily we are in a country where it is easy and they are plentiful. You can flag a taxi down on a street (in a safe spot), get one from a taxi rank at airports, malls, hotels etc. or call and book in advance or for an immediate pick up. Taxis work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can even pick up women-only taxis too!

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  • Getting Married in Dubai

    Getting Married in Dubai

    Unfortunately in modern times we come across a lot of scams- be they email, sms and street scams. There is always someone trying to rip someone else off and make money off unsuspecting victims. There are a few scams that are very common in Dubai and here we take a look at the top ones, how they work and what to do about them to make sure you don't get duped.With mobile and email scams you can report them to the Dubai Police Electronic Crimes Unit: 04-2036212.

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