View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

UAE Information: Essential Guide for New Residents to the Emirates

For the increasing number of people who are exploring the possibility of living and working in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf News Resident’s Guide is a mine of valuable information.

Have a look at this sample of the sections and subjects listed (this is being constantly updated):

Getting Started in the UAE
Dubai guide for tourists
Buying property
Schooling in the UAE
Opening a bank account
Vehicle Insurance
How to learn Arabic
Bringing pets to the Emirates
Visa rules and regs.

Family Life
Guardianship of children
Sponsoring parents
Visa for stepchild
Getting married in the UAE
Having a baby

Legal Issues
Making a will
Blood money rules
Banned drugs list
Sharia Law—this is important for ex-pats as it is forbidden for unmarried people to share an apartment or be in the same space alone with each other. Not knowing about this law is not a valid excuse.

UAE Society
UAE Fact File
Driving in the desert
Alcohol licences
Age limits
How Salik works

Working Life
Sponsorship transfer
Working after retirement
Losing your passport
Settling labour issues

And much more…

The full index of topics is at:
Gulf News Resident’s Guide

See also: Gulf News: Ask the Law—Guide to the UAE Legal System

Dr. Geoff Pound

Image: Driving in the desert.