Making the move to a new country is always a trying experience but a new survey suggests that the United Arab Emirates is an especially difficult destination.
According to the survey of almost 800 UAE expats conducted by YouGov, 29% of expats found the overall experience of moving to the UAE more difficult than expected. Obtaining a driving license (21%) is cited as the most difficult part of relocation, followed by finding employment (18%), the cost of living (17%) and the weather (12%).
“Although the majority of people find moving to the UAE straightforward and simple, a third of expats struggle with the experience,” said Maroun Mourad, CEO of Zurich's General Insurance operations in the Middle East. “Moving to a new country is always a daunting undertaking, and everyone’s experience is different, but it seems that a lack of information increases the anxiety of people relocating to the UAE.”
As well as a guide produced by Zurich, expats planning on relocating to UAE or indeed those that are already there might like to read Expat & Offshore’s UAE city guide. The guide provides useful hints and tips to make the expat transition to life in UAE as smooth as possible.