Plan Carefully Before Moving to AbuDhabi

If you are anything like us, there are a million questions you want answered before moving to AbuDhabi – before you are willing to even make the decision to emigrate.

Afterall, it's no small thing emigrating to a completely new place.

Like we were, you are probably keen as mustard to go. But before you can even entertain the concept, you will need to gather all the right information you need to make an informed, educated and sensible decision.

If you are still in the early stages then you’ve come to the right place. Perhaps you have a job offer or are chasing one? Either way, it’s a long journey ahead.

At this point, Abu Dhabi probably feels like a far off place with the promise of financial long term gain and a whole lot of sunshine!

Before moving to AbuDhabi, before accepting a job offer and running off to the beach, its best to investigate the answers to the following questions.

    Will we earn enough to actually save money?
    How much will it cost us to move and get established, before I start earning?
    Is it somewhere we will enjoy living?

Once you have ensured that you are able and want to make the move, then the hardest part is done.

Yes, the relocating is tough and the change of lifestyle, pace and culture is difficult (at first).

But at least you won’t be in for any nasty surprises during the hardest few months, because you’ll have asked yourself the key questions before you emigrate and figured out the very important answers.

In fact, the answers will dictate whether you stay or go.

As you will discover, moving to the UAE is an expensive exercise and one that is not easily reversed should you decide it's not for you.

Fortunately, you'll have done your homework and will be ready for all the highs and lows of emigrating. And consequently, be more likely to settle in sooner and start enjoying the rewards faster.

'To Do' Checklist - before you go!

  • Get your important documents attested 'back home'
  • Inform the tax department you will be non resident
  • Make a change of address list and inform all parties on it in writing. 
  • Choose what to air freight
  • Choose what to ship
  • Identify storage options for items staying back home (especailly important documents like old tax records etc)
  • Organise to rent or sell your property
  • Pre-pack for the flight so you know what you will have on you when you arrive, before your shipping arrives
  • Sort out your Pets 
  • Organise postal redirection
  • Collect email, phone numbers and addresses of friends and family.

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