Here are a few tips to make your transfer to Dubai as smooth as possible.
New to Dubai? Don't fret, Dxbuzz is here to sort you out with the essentials to help you settle into the city in no time!
So, you've recently received a transfer letter, or decided to move on to greener pastures that landed you in Dubai, the lovely City of Gold. What now? You'll need to sort out a number of things before truly enjoying the metropolitan lifestyle.
Get an Emirates ID
Everything related to living in Dubai (and the rest of UAE) is connected to the Emirates ID, so this is the first thing you will have to take care of before settling down. For newcomers, your HR will guide you through the documents required to apply for the national identity card. Alternatively, you can walk into any Emirates Identity Authority branch or log on to www.ica.gov.ae to have a new card issued. Passport aside, this ID is primarily used for any government-related transactions and official uses.
Open a bank account
A bank account is also something your workplace should assist you with, as it is required for monthly salary transfers. If you decide to opt for a bank other than the one selected by your organisation, you have to fill in an application form, prepare a set of documents, including Emirates ID, produce any finance-related records, and at times, a No-Objection Certificate from the employer. Requirements vary from bank to bank.
Expatriates can enjoy affordable housing with incredible amenities in some of the most enviable locations across the city. A quick search on websites such as propertyfinder.ae will give you a better idea of the neighbourhoods in Dubai alongside a range of yearly rental rates. All housing contracts are registered at the Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Agency; with all information, including the rent breakdown. If dealing with a real estate agent, expect to pay a certain amount as commission; this is a onetime charge.
Dubai is well-connected with a fleet of taxis, public buses, trams and the Metro lines. Depending on where you stay and the nature of your job, you may need to rent a vehicle. If you don't have a licence yet, you can approach any driving institute in the city and sign up for a set of courses. Once issued a licence from the Roads and Authority Transport, you can rent a car using a credit card as security, or even invest in a secure auto-loan for a new ride. Don't forget to register for SALIK, as you are likely to pass by one of the toll gates in the city.
Food delivery apps
These are the real heroes for a city dweller. Dubai has a tonne of food delivery apps that can bring the tastiest dishes right to your doorstep. Few popular ones are Zomato, Talabat, Deliveroo, Carriage, CareemNow and UberEats. A number of restaurants and fast food joints also have their own app with exclusive offers and deals.