These days when you think of Dubai, you’ll typically conjure up images of luxury and wealth set in an environment of fantastic modern architecture and of course almost wall to wall sunshine.
In just a few decades since the discovery of oil in the region, forward thinking and courageous developments together with almost unlimited funding, have transformed Dubai from a small city with an industry based primarily on fishing into a bustling and energetic economic powerhouse offering numerous opportunities for business success.
Liberal tax regimes make Dubai an ideal location for business and there are many multi-national companies well established here. This, of course, means that there are huge opportunities for their employees and it may be that this is the reason you are contemplating moving here on either a short term or long term basis.
Of course Dubai also has a well-deserved reputation as being an exciting and attractive location for new business development and it could be that you are an entrepreneur looking for a new business challenge in a location where opportunities in business services such as tourism, travel, infrastructure services and property abound.
Whatever your reasons for moving to the region, you’ll need somewhere to live and there is an extensive choice of accommodation on offer here.
Whether you plan to buy or rent, you’ll be spoilt for choice as apartments are typically built to extremely high and exacting standards with buildings typically boasting large swimming pools, saunas and gymnasiums and often incorporating an on-site mall or shopping facilities.
Although Dubai is set an arid and predominantly desert region, your find that within the city itself many complexes like Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah are built round marinas and other water features.
This can help enormously during the four month summer period when things can get very hot indeed. For the other eight months of the year though the amazing weather means that there are huge opportunities for sporting activities and for enjoying the outdoors in general including; magnificent beaches, swimming pools, golf and tennis, fishing, sailing and many other water sports.
You’ll also find that though this is a Muslim state, things are fairly relaxed when it comes to dress codes and acceptance of other religions. As with any country though, local customs and proprieties should be treated with respect.
Alcohol is permitted in hotels, bars and restaurants and can be bought in special outlets as long as you have a licence.
Although Dubai exudes luxury it is not just a place for the very rich. Money goes further and things you may only dream about at home can become a reality<./p>
Culturally Dubai has a very full programme all year round with exhibitions of all sorts from art to architecture, technology to cars and fashion. Many of the most famous musicians and singers have Dubai high on their lists of places to perform so you can be sure that you’ll never be short of something to keep you entertained.