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Dubai Living Guide

Dubai Living Guide

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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 Support groups and charity news

    Support Groups & Charity News

    There are so many great support groups in Dubai so here we look at which ones you can support and how- whether it is by attending their events, showing your support or volunteering your time. We look at animal support groups, 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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  • Tourist information in dubai

    Tourist Information

    Are you visiting Dubai, or are you a resident with plans to bring family and friends over to stay with you? Here's all the information you need about visit visas, where to stay, what to see and how to make the most of your stay while in the emirate!

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  • Shopping in dubai guide

    Shopping in Dubai

    We've gathered all the top tips and information about the best places to shop-till-you-drop across the emirate. From the must-visit malls, to the hidden treasures scattered across the city, let our guide help you find what you're looking for!

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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.

Dubai Guide Features

  • Stunning Three Decade Timelapse of Dubai

    Stunning Three Decade Timelapse of Dubai

    Google's latest update is changing the face of their Timelapse, as it now holds four additional years of imagery, huge amounts of new data and a sharper view of the Earth from 1984 to 2016. Of course understandably, Dubai's ever-changing and sprawling cityscape is one of a few that has most drastically evolved over the course of 32 years, making for impressive images shown!

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  • Leaving Dubai? Here's How to Do It Properly

    Leaving Dubai? Here's How to Do It Properly

    Strange as it may seem, leaving the country is, in so many unexpected ways, more difficult than it is to get here in the first place. With a long check-list of things to tie-up before you board your plane to your next destination.

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  • 11 Emotions You Feel When it's Winter in Dubai

    11 Emotions You Feel When it's Winter in Dubai

    Every year, everyone living in Dubai looks forward to the cooler months. Mainly because during the summer, it's far too uncomfortable to venture out and we're confined to our homes watching boxsets back-to-back. When the weather begins to cool, however, we all must readjust to life on the outside... No longer are we terrified to take a short walk to our nearby wall, or have to wear oven gloves while driving.

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  • Your Dubai Metro Commute Just Got Easier

    Your Dubai Metro Commute Just Got Easier

    Do you commute on a daily basis using Dubai's metro services? Well, now your journey will be a whole lot easier... And a little less crammed! Thanks to changes to the peak-hour journeys on all of Dubai Metro's lines, you'll begin and end your working day with less elbows in your side, or stranger's stepping on your toes. Afer all, nobody enjoys being squashed into a carriage, after all. And it's not the best way to begin your working day.

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  • 4 Ways to Survive Christmas in Dubai

    4 Ways to Survive Christmas in Dubai

    One of the most overlooked things about living in Dubai, and something that many people may not understand, is just how tolerant it is of other cultures and differences. If this is your first Christmas in Dubai, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is a place where the holiday barely registers on the radar. Alas, you're wrong. Here's why...

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  • Rules to Follow at Dubai's Open Beaches

    Rules to Follow at Dubai's Open Beaches

    With the subdued temperatures in the later months of the year, many of us may be attracted to a cool, evening paddle. But before you do, you might want to think twice. There are rules and guidelines that visitors to Dubai's open beaches are expected to follow, here's the low-down on what you need to know...

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  • 3 New Must-Visit Dubai Attractions

    3 New Must-Visit Dubai Attractions

    With your weekends or time off, take the perfect chance to explore all the great, new things that have opened in Dubai this year!

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  • The Dubai Dress Code

    A Guide to Dubai's Dress Code

    Being fashionable in this city is not without its limitations. In Dubai we follow certain laws and unwritten rules regarding the way in which we dress. So, while it may be acceptable for you to go to the mall in tiny shorts or a cropped top, here it is not. Familiarise yourself with the rules and norms here...

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  • See the Best of Dubai with AED 50

    See the Best of Dubai with AED 50

    We all know that Dubai is a luxury city, but did you know that there are plenty of things to do here that involve little to no money? Nevermind the fancy dinners and brunches, get to know the city and the culture by heading down to Old Dubai. Not only is it cheaper, it also carries history and heritage that dates back to hundreds of years.

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  • Life After Dubai with Morgan Carver Richards

    Life After Dubai with Morgan Carver Richards

    Upon landing on the golden sands of Dubai after moving, every one of us was and is quite happy to adapt to the spoiled lifestyle we're offered in this awe-inspiring place. It's not until you leave that you realise just how good you've got it.

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  • 12 Must-Follow Dubai Instagram Accounts

    12 Must-Follow Dubai Instagram Accounts

    With Dubai being one of the most Instagrammable places in the world (yes, we believe that it definitely is), there's no doubt hundreds and thousands, if not millions of snaps of our beautiful emirate shared on the network.

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  • Why Dubai is the Perfect Instagram Spot

    Why Dubai is the Perfect Instagram Spot

    Anyone following #MyDubai on the social media platform will quickly realise just how true our statement is; it always comes down to the bigger, the better in our beloved sandpit, and there's plenty to capture on your smartphone to share with friends and family.

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  • 5 Ways to Make the Most of Dubai's Summer

    5 Ways to Make the Most of Dubai's Summer

    Summer is here… The temperature at its worst plus high humidity forces everybody to change their lifestyle and spend most of the time indoors. Here are some ideas how to beat the heat and make make the most of your summer in Dubai…

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  • You've Lived in JVC Too Long When...

    You've Lived in JVC Too Long When...

    With lots of lost and found cats, speed bumps and a road system that resembles something like the Crystal Maze, Jumeirah Village Circle is understandably a tad frustrating to live in. Of course, despite these fun and often agitating quirks, this spot is an ideal place for any expat living in the emirate.

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  • Dubai Lessons You Learn the Hard Way

    Dubai Lessons You Learn the Hard Way

    It's no secret that we all do things we end up regretting - we're human, after all. With life comes life lessons that we all must endeavour to learn from.

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  • 10 Images that Perfectly Sum Up Dubai's Summer

    10 Images that Perfectly Sum Up Dubai's Summer

    We're all pretty much uncomfortable for at least seven months of the year here in the sandpit. So we've scoured the Internet for some of the best memes that truly sum up what life is like during summer here. Enjoy!

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  • 20 Things You Only Experience in Dubai

    20 Things You Only Experience in Dubai

    We've come up with twenty fun things you only experience in Dubai... Enjoy! Whether you're an expatriate living here, or a tourist visiting, here are twenty things you will no doubt only experience while here in the Emirate. 
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  • Fines in Dubai

    Keep it Clean: Fines in Dubai

    Dubai take pride in its neat and clean Emirate, and authorities go the extra mile to ensure the beauty of the place is maintained. As a result, there are a number of fines implemented to make sure that all who live or visit Dubai - locals, expats and tourists alike - not only stay out of trouble, but also join in the great effort to keep Dubai clean. Here are your main ones explained...

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  • 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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  • 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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