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The Pros and Cons Of Living in Dubai – #2 Will Shock You!

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Dubai is the fastest-growing city globally, but like any other place, there are both pros and cons of living in here. Today we take a deep look into each of these parameters, one by one.

Before you choose to live in Dubai, it’s wise to know the pros and cons of staying in this cosmopolitan city. In today’s blog, we’ve wrapped up all that you need to know.

The Pros of Living in Dubai

1. Diverse Community

The land of Dubai is highly diverse, consisting of people from different corners of the world. People have flowed in from different parts to establish their lives in this beautiful city. Almost every turn you take around the corner of the street, you will meet some of the other people from a different continent. 

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So, once you start living in Dubai, you will be exposed to people from almost all cultures. You get to enjoy festivities, food and dresses from different cultures. So, are you excited to adapt to a diversified way of life? Then move into Dubai, and the world awaits you there.

2. Your Income is Tax-Free

Another remarkable feature of Dubai is the nullified amount of income tax that you have to pay on your earnings. No matter how much you earn in the land of UAE, you can keep all that to yourself.

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However, you have to pay tax on goods, alcohol, and other commodities or any other benefits that you enjoy in Dubai. So, ultimately it boils down to the fact that you need to pay less tax than any other country. 

3. Excellent Public Transport System

Dubai is the land of expats, and thus public transport connecting different corners of the city is quite famous among people. There is a wide availability of trains, buses, cabs and even metro transport across the city. 

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Taxis are cheaper and plentiful in Dubai than most other major worldwide cities too. Feeder buses are available in most of the stations of Dubai. Alternatively, you can travel around the city on the metro for a fast and safer ride. 

You will be cutting down a fat amount of expenses if you are using public transport instead of your car in Dubai. We would highly recommend expats to use public transport to keep control over their costs as well as the traffic congestion on the roads. 

4. Accommodation Facilities are Impressive

To start to live in Dubai, you need proper accommodation facilities. And Dubai never fails to keep up your expectations regarding places of residence. 

Apartments in Dubai are primarily new and furnished with the best available amenities. These apartments are given on short-term leases or rent, which is very convenient for expats.

The places of residence in Dubai mainly involve Dubai Marina which can be considered the ‘bubble of expats‘. However, you can choose traditional localities like Deira as the place of residence in Dubai. There are many more localities like Jumeirah, The Green Community, Arabian Ranches, Al Wasl, Al Safa and Umm Suqeim too, which are some of the popular places of residence among expats. 

5. Career Developing Opportunities

Dubai is a fast-growing city and you can have a bright future here. The city excels in aspects of technology, communication and manpower, and that is all you need to set up your business in Dubai.

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Expats have poured in from different countries, making it easier for you to get international relationships with all the corners of the world. To set up a bright, glamorous career, when are you shifting to Dubai?

6. Absolutely Safe and Sound

Unlike most other Arabian countries, Dubai is a highly safe city in the heart of the UAE. You need not trust our words, as we have done enough research to prove our statistical reality.

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96% of expats living here have claimed that they feel safe on the streets of Dubai. And surprisingly, almost half of these people are women. Are you feeling assured now?

If you are a solo woman who wishes to shift to Dubai and start living there, you may find the blog below interesting and useful. We have listed out all that you need to know before making your final decision. 

Being a woman, if safety is the only parameter that is stopping you from moving into Dubai, then our suggestion would be to ditch all worries and fly off to this beautiful city to live your life.

7. Things to Do & Experience

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Beaches aren’t the Only Thing Going on in Dubai!

Anyone living in Dubai will tell you that there’s never a dull day, and we aren’t just talking about sunshine!

When the weather is warm head to any of the amazing beaches. Alternatively when it’s too hot, there’s a whole host of air conditioned indoor activities to choose from in the city.

If money is tight, also do not worry, there’s so many free things to do in Dubai too!

Cons of Living in Dubai

No place on earth comes without at least a few cons. In Dubai, there aren’t too many things we can list as a disadvantage, but nevertheless we’ve listed 3.

1. Religious Principles and Rules

Although Dubai is a city of different cultures, the basic societal rules and norms are all based on Islamic culture. This can be a little difficult to adjust to at first, but once you’ve settled in, you will realise there really isn’t too much to it.

Apart from being careful with the way you dress, you have to follow other religious attitudes. For example, you cannot live with another person of the same gender legally unless the person directly belongs to your family.

2. Bureaucracy

When you are moving into Dubai from across international borders, you will undoubtedly have to deal with paperwork, documents validation, SIM card activation and a lot more.

Completing all these formalities can sometimes be frustrating because of the language barrier. It may sound surprising that even in the 21st century, all official documents are available only in Urdu. So, you must consult an excellent bureaucratic agency to help you out through these procedures.

3. Blazing Heat

Dubai is extremely hot, with a temperature of something around 40 degrees Celsius throughout the summer months of May to September. This can be very uncomfortable for expats hailing from cold countries. 

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As a Dubai resident, be prepared to stay inside air-conditioned rooms most of the day. The summer is intolerably hot, with dust storms at frequent intervals. 

Once you adapt to the Dubai heat, everything will get better though. This is probably the most difficult challenge you will face.


Clearly, the pros overrule the cons. So, are you ready to shift to Dubai to live the next years of your life? Hopefully, the answer will be a big ‘YES’. Just like any other global city, Dubai has its negative sides but that is too insignificant to change your decision to shift your base to Dubai.

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