Many expats in UAE move without properly researching

Published:  20 Sep at 4 PM
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Nearly half of the expats who relocated to the United Arab Emirates have said they didn’t research enough practical information, according to a new study.

Furthermore, one third of respondents said the moving experience was tougher than they expected, revealed the research from insurance group Zurich. Once they had relocated, 21 per cent felt obtaining a drivers license was difficult, 18 per cent said finding a job, 17 per cent said the living costs and 12 per cent thought the weather was difficult to acclimatise to.

The biggest worry for most people prior to making the move was the cost of living, with 24 per cent citing that reason. A further 22 per cent finding or keeping a job was tough. Younger people were most worried about the living costs, with 31 per cent of those in the 18-24 age bracket saying this was a concern. Some 34 per cent of those over 35 said that continued employment was their biggest concern.

A lack of information on offer seems to be the reason why some expats were worried before relocating to the UAE, with 45 per cent saying they were offered very little information about the country prior to moving. Just 10 per cent of expats claimed they obtained the information they required before moving.
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