A truly cosmopolitan city
A truly cosmopolitan city
Dubai is a great place to be during your downtime. Kids will love the wildlife sanctuary, snow park and beaches, while grown-ups can take part in dune bashing, kite surfing or a stroll around the world’s biggest shopping mall. The city lights up at night, when intimate lounges and cafes come into their own. And there’s a thriving club and bar scene, including beach and outdoor venues, hotels, and live bands.
While you’re working, you won’t have to think about your children’s education. There are schools for children of all ages and nationalities, local and expat, from 18 months of age up to internationally accredited universities for undergrads and postgrads.
English is the main teaching language in most primary schools, while others teach in Arabic, French, Hindi and even Russian. After primary school, students spend three years in secondary or high school. International schools are an option – they’re usually private and therefore expensive, but many offer really good extra-curricular programmes. Some have different curriculums, from Indian to British, American, Canadian and Japanese. Bear in mind that many schools have a waiting list.
Dubai has some of the best medical professionals and great hospitals and clinics, and Emirates provides great healthcare coverage for you and your dependants. Some might even compare the services here to that of a five-star hotel.
The city can trace its history back to a time, when it took its first steps towards growth, prosperity and trade. But the biggest change came when oil was discovered in its Fateh oil field in 1966.
Dubai had already been the principal port on the Gulf coast, and welcomed a range of migrants. The discovery of oil, though, completely changed the course of its history. In just 50 years, it’s gone from an important trading port to the home of investment, architecture, infrastructure and the tallest man-made structure on earth.
Dubai is ranked as one of the world’s safest and most desirable places to live and work. From schools to restaurants, healthcare to shopping, you’ll find Dubai’s global status reflected everywhere.
It really has something for everyone. You’ll discover cutting-edge and historic architecture side by side, and it’s one of the simplest places to get around. Whether you choose the metro and its elevated tracks, or walking around the Marina or the dhow wharf, you can easily see the sights and meet friends for coffee.
People here come from every corner of the earth. It would be difficult to imagine anywhere more cosmopolitan.
That said, life in Dubai is geared to both families and singles alike – from various markets and events hosted around the city to the bustling nightlife, Dubai has it all.
Dubai is a Muslim city and one of the most open-minded of Arab societies. All the same, it’s best to be aware of what’s acceptable and what’s not.