Dubai’s luxury lifestyle may be addictive for expats

Published:  21 Mar at 6 PM
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According to a recent survey, a majority of Dubai’s expatriate professionals decide to stay as long as possible in the emirate because they’ve fallen in love with its seductive lifestyle.

As well as attracting ever-increasing numbers of expat professionals over the years, Dubai is now the focus of expat decisions to stay even longer after their initial contracts have expired. A survey by the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry indicates that the majority of expats in the emirate extend their stays by at least another three years rather than returning to their home countries. One in every ten of those surveyed have made the emirate their permanent home, having stayed for more than 20 years.

Dubai’s lifestyle is best described by the saying, ‘time flies when you’re having fun’, with 64 per cent of expat respondents to the survey having so much fun they can’t bear to leave. High disposable incomes, plenty of exotic, upscale places to spend the extra cash, endless sunshine, new activities and leisure destinations plus the affordability of servants and childcare assistants where necessary all contribute to a reluctance to leave.

The city’s buzzing energy and excitement caused by its fast-paced lifestyle is, it seems, addictive for a growing number of Westerners who first moved to Dubai for work reasons. Although they’re living in a dream world and often fail to take care of the serious side of life’s administration tasks, the thought of leaving for home isn’t high on the agenda. Even so, most don’t see Dubai as a permanent home, citing the possibility of moving on but placing it far in the future.

According to many respondents, time seems to move at an accelerated pace in Dubai, but the seductive lifestyle seems to prevent most expats from dealing with matters such as pensions, insurances or even making wills. The everyday reality of human life seems to recede to the far horizon whilst the partying continues. Over the years, many long-stayers have acquired a family, a property, other assets or a business they’d no intention of getting when they first arrived, but need to now address the difference between their beliefs and life’s hard realities.

Source: Global Travel Industry News
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