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Top 10 reasons to move to Dubai

Top 10 reasons to move to Dubai

Most Filipinos work abroad to seek better employment and career advancement. Dubai and the UAE remains home to more than 700,000 OFWs and tops the Middle East region. Whether you are visiting family and friends or planning to look for a job in the future, here are the top ten reasons to move to Dubai.

1. Safety

I feel safe in Dubai going out at 10 o'clock in the evening. If you feel like strolling to the mall and get some fresh air, you won't get harassed. No security guard will check your belongings when entering malls. If you avoid the corners of Naif and parts of Satwa by the beach late at night, I think you are just fine. Most people in Dubai (if not everyone) are very respectful to Dubai police. They are the most feared and yet respected in and around Dubai.

There is no such thing as Philippine movie-made infamous 'police patola' here compared to our home country. You cannot bribe Dubai police officers.

Now if you want to be respected as a Filipino expat in Dubai, especially the ladies, dressed properly. I have seen a few of them in a popular road in Deira. As a man, I felt awkward, ashamed seeing my 'kababayan' dressed in tight skirts and tops that are just inappropriate. To be fair with the ladies, Filipino men needs to do some man up as well. If you ever finished playing basketball in a far away residential court, it would be great to change your used undershirt when taking the metro. Again, it's not just hygiene but a courtesy to your fellow Dubai metro commuters.

Elsewhere, I mistakenly left my car, doors not locked with car keys inserted in while going to a class. I know there was a big mistake from my side. Goodness gracious, the car was still there after four hours. Thing is, very few people would dare even steal or runaway with it, Dubai Police can track them down in an instant.

2. Tax-free Salary

Tax-free salary jobs is not just available in Dubai and the UAE but also the rest of Middle East countries like Qatar,Bahran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman. If you want to go out of the country and experience an expat life, try a good place like Dubai to start fresh.

Engineers earn a very good income in the country. Nurses and accountants might earn more overseas than in the Philippines. The perspective you have to look at is, you have to make your way to the top. If you are an Engineer with five years of experience back home and you expect to be positioned in a Senior level in a company in Dubai, you might disappoint yourself. Companies in Dubai recognise Middle East and Western experience more than other countries. If you are a certified accountant in the Philippines with a good amount of experience, there is a chance you get hired with a high salary. Still, there is a high amount of candidates looking for jobs in Dubai. Competition is high and Western-educated candidates tend to land the top positions. My only tip is for you to decide whether you will want to accept a job for less or run out your visit visa and go back home. It takes time to make your way to a higher career position. Work hard.

3. Weather is much better

I know you miss the days where you can enjoy a bit of rain but that's the only thing expats long for. The summer days in Dubai are humid and definitely hot but the rest are fine. Imagine this, you only get out of the sun when going to your workplace and going home in the evening. Can you still complain? I don't think so. Fast forward the summer season, you get to experience Dubai winter where you can flash your turtleneck tops and newly-bought jackets from the discount shops. You get this experience more than a couple of months and that's the joy of living in Dubai and the UAE. You can enjoy the free parks, the Jumeirah beach and all.

4. Banking is reliable

I remember opening an account to one of the well-known banks in the Philippines. Oh yes, there was the joy of having one account under your name and all but that's it. When you get a job in Dubai, your salary should be paid through your bank account. Opening a bank account in Dubai is easy. On top of that, you can apply for online banking easily plus mobile banking and all. I remember how hard it was to get that top up to your account in the Philippines. Here, you can pay your DEWA and Etisalat bills straight from your online banking. There are branches in shopping malls where banks are open till 10 o'clock in the evening. It's not going to happen, for now, in the Philippines as they close at 4pm. What I'm saying is that reliability and efficiency of banks in the Dubai are good for expats and residents. I'm not going far with loans and debts as that’s another topic for expats.

5. Dubai Government allows Mass

This is a sensitive point but Dubai Government is open when it comes to allowing expats to gather and pray at certain dedicated places like DECC in Jebel Ali and St. Mary's Church in Oud Metha. Expats are encouraged to respect and abide by the rules and regulation.

6. Petrol is affordable

Imagine yourself working in Dubai for more than three years and then buying your own car. Here comes the perks of owning a car in Dubai. You pay for insurance, annual registration and maintenance. Petrol is cheap in Dubai. I have a 2.0 Renault vehicle and I only pay 70dhs weekly! That's less than 1,000php per week. That says it all.

7. Dubai and its wonders

Dubai is known for the superlatives and world records. And as an expat in Dubai, you can enjoy what it has to offer. Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world; Burj Al Arab, only seven star hotel in the world; JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, tallest hotel in the world; Dubai Mall, largest shopping centre in the world; the list goes on in one place, that is Dubai.

8. Service and facilities

Dubai provides world-class facilities and even Europeans and the rest of the world knows it. We, Filipinos, can't compare our airport to Dubai's International Airport. Have you ever heard of A380, the largest commercial plane in the world and Al Maktoum Airport, in what would be the biggest airport in the world? If you live in a nice flat, you get gym and swimming pool facilities. If you take Dubai Metro, yes that's the public train, you have got the experience of tidy toilets and all. Expats and residents in Dubai are just spoiled.

9. Events

Dubai has this thing of attracting big names in the biggest stages every year. From sporting events to sell out concerts, it has become part of the expats lives in the country. As a tennis fan, I remember being up close to Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic during the annual tennis tournament. The expats had a chance to see Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Rihanna and more in sell out concerts.

10. Multicultural Taste

I think this is an experience you will never get back in the Philippines. Imagine in a table of five different nationalities calling themselves friends and having a nice evening. The expat life in Dubai teaches you to get out of your box. Let people learn from your culture and then you learn from them at the same time. Dubai gives you the chance to meet and understand people in different ways. I think this is a great experience for me.

There are a lot more reasons I like about living an expat life in Dubai. I can say it is not a perfect place but the good outweighs the bad. You just choose how you live your life as an expat. And don't forget to thank God for what He's allowed you to experience. After all, once you decide to move out of Dubai, you can take with you the good things you have learned.


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