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If You Can Live in the UAE, You'd Enjoy...

If you've survived the UAE, here's some countries we think you'll enjoy just as much that are similar

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20 July 2016

Last updated on 18 October 2017
If You Can Live in the UAE, You'd Enjoy...

The UAE is unique as it seems to entertain and engulf people regardless of how different their interests may be from one another.  
Here are some other places from around the world that share similar aspects of the UAE on their very own land. 


If You Can Live in the UAE, You'd Enjoy...

The United Arab Emirates is known as a hub for all things futuristic, that’s why it’s no surprise that they’ve got a magnificent view of an impressive skyline which is home to some of the tallest buildings in the world.

In addition to being home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, the UAE also houses the world’s tallest residential skyscraper, Princess Tower, and the world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.

If your interests lie in the architecture of high-rise skyscrapers then these are some of the places you may be interested in;

  • USA: New York, Chicago
  • China: Shanghai, Hong Kong,
  • Taiwan: Taipei
  • Malaysia: Kuala Lampur
  • Kuwait: Kuwait City
  • Brazil: Sao Paulo
  • Singapore
  • Thailand: Bangkok
  • South Korea: Seoul
  • Japan: Tokyo
  • Canada: Toronto
  • Argentina: Buenos Aires
  • England: London
  • Chile: Satiago



If You Can Live in the UAE, You'd Enjoy...

The United Arab Emirates takes pride in their strong cultural heritage.

Although the country is coated with expats of different heritages and backgrounds, the UAE culture still remains a powerful one that is recognized across the diverse country.

The UAE culture has evolved throughout history and has adapted well to the country’s diverse terrain.

An example of this can be seen in the local dress, which was once strategically designed to tackle strong the conditions of the desert and the climate. Perhaps one of the most expat acknowledged cultural aspect of the UAE citizens is their generous hospitality.

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Emiratis are considered to be very honourable, selfless and hospitable, traits that many locals believe is rooted from their Islamic beliefs that holds their society together.

If you enjoy the culture of pure Arabic hospitality with a proud Islamic influence then visit:

  • Oman
  • Bahrain
  • Lebanon
  • Jordan
  • Algeria
  • Morocco
  • Libya
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Turkey
  • Qatar
  • Kuwait
  • Tunisia


If You Can Live in the UAE, You'd Enjoy...

Situated along the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, the UAE is made up of seven emirates; Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Umm al-Quwain, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Ajman.

Due to its location along the gulfs, most of the emirates in the UAE have a serene view of the water as the country sits roughly at sea level.

The UAE also lies directly on the Arabian Desert. The desert has its own sense of beauty as the sand can often be seen as multi-coloured as the grains appear white, beige and fiery red along a distinct pattern that needs no photo filters.

Along the borders of Dubai and Oman, the mountains of Hajar can be see, which allow for a rough and sharp landscape that lies along the two countries.

If you enjoy a bit of seaside along with a varied terrain of mountains and desert then try exploring this beautiful places:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Chile
  • Mexico
  • Yemen
  • Colombia
  • Kenya
  • Venezuela
  • Jordan
  • New Zealand
  • Libya
  • Peru
  • And any of the neighbouring GCC countries

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If You Can Live in the UAE, You'd Enjoy...

UAE as well as the surrounding GCC countries do not charge any personal income taxes.

This means that UAE residents are not inundated with income tax payments, capital gains tax, tax returns and any other source of personal tax, although the country is introducing the value added tax (VAT) of 5% in 2018.

If you enjoy living the tax-free life, you will also enjoy living in these countries:

  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • Bermuda
  • Kuwait
  • Cayman Islands
  • Bahrain
  • Bahamas
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Antigua & Barbuda


If You Can Live in the UAE, You'd Enjoy...

It’s no wonder that UAE’s Dubai is known as a hub for shoppers as it is home to several malls that home high-end fashion lines.

As UAE can get dangerously hot for 5 months of the year, many people find themselves spending plenty of time  with their friends and families in the mall where they can share a meal, coffee, go shopping, ice skating, skiing tobogganing and more!

Dubai houses the Dubai Mall which is the largest mall in the world as well as two shopping festivals where all your shopping needs from any mall can be purchased at a bargain.

If you’re one of those people who loves all things shopping, then you may want to fly over to the following places:

  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Milan & Roma, Italy
  • Paris, France
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Los Angeles & New York, USA
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Hong Kong, China
  • London, England
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Stockholm, Sweden