Dubai (/duːˈbaɪ/ doo-by; Arabic: دبي Dubayy, Gulf pronunciation: [dʊˈbɑj]) is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country’s legislature. The city of Dubai is located on the emirate’s northern coastline and heads the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. Dubai will host World Expo 2020.
Life for expats in Dubai is many things, but it’s certainly never dull. No matter how much one researches a place before moving to live there, some things only get discovered after living there for a while.
Following are a few things expats learn only after living in Dubai for a few months.
Language: Arabic may be the official language of UAE, but it isn’t the mostly widely spoken—English is. Expats often say that they go by weeks without hearing anyone speak Arabic.
Ramadan: Working hours reduce to 6 hours a day during Ramadan for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Eating in public is also strictly prohibited during fasting hours.
Postal Mail: Unless something is couriered, postal mail does not get delivered to home addresses. People have to get P.O boxes for regular mail. Most expats prefer to have things delivered at work or get a P.O Box assigned to them through their employer.
Taxes: UAE (and Dubai as a result) is a tax-free country. That means no one here is required to pay any kind of personal or income taxes! There are absolutely no forms to fill, and no claims to make.