13 mistakes many expats make when they first move to Dubai
1. Taking out a massive loan
Yes, you might need a loan to put a cheque down on your apartment, but don’t get carried away. Better yet, see if your employer will give you a salary advance.
2. Moving into a ridiculously expensive flatshare
You may have heard that rent in Dubai is expensive, but do your research before you end up living in a windowless box for the price of a generous one-bed with a sea view.
3. Going to every brunch every weekend
We LOVE brunch, but there’s so much more to do with your weekends, trust us.
4. Booking in too many visitors too soon
Think you want your mum to fly out two weeks after you move? And your bestie the following week? You don’t. Take some time to make friends and get settled so that you can show them a really good time.
5. Getting a really awful temporary phone thinking you won’t be there that long
You probably will, so just sort yourself out with a proper phone sooner rather than later.
6. Buying really cheap temporary furniture thinking that you won’t be staying that long
You probably will, so just sort yourself out with some decent furniture sooner rather than later.
7. On that note… thinking that it’s only going to be for one year
See you in three years, mate.
8. Not realising just how small the city is
… You will bump into the person you ghosted again. And again. And again.
9. Getting stuck in JBR at 4pm
Don’t learn about the taxi changeover time the hard way.
10. Eating out and ordering in way too much
The rumours about that Dubai stone are real. Locate your nearest supermarket ASAP.
11. Not figuring out exactly where you’re going before getting in a taxi
Better yet, get GPS up on your phone.
12. Thinking that you have to fit in with a certain crowd
You may have been led to believe that Dubai is full of materialistic people, but that's not true. The best thing about this city is its diversity, so you’re bound to find others who are just like you.
13. Paying full price for everything
The Entertainer App, bank offers, credit card savings, shopping festivals… get clued up.