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about the UAE

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the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is situated in Southwest Asia, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, with Oman to its east and Saudi Arabia to its west. The country is a federation of the seven states, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Qaiwain, which formed in 1971 after gaining independence from Britain. Originally a fishing and pearling industry, it is now one of the Middle East’s most important economic hubs. In 1962 Abu Dhabi was the first of the emirates to begin exporting oil, which transformed the economy and attracted many foreign workers into the country, who currently make up more than three quarters of the population. However, the authorities were cautious not to allow the economy to become dependent on oil, and so diversified the economy, redirecting oil revenues into healthcare, education and infrastructure,which has led to the country becoming an important centre for business, tourism and construction.Although the UAE is one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, the government is still authoritarian, only gaining elective bodies in December of 2006, which still only play a consultative role.


  • Full name: United Arab Emirates
  • Population: 6.7 million (EIU)
  • Urbanized population: 6.7 million (EIU)


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  • South Asian


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  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Area:77,700 sq km (30,000 sq miles)
  • Major language:Arabic
  • Major religion:Islam (96%) Hindu (4%)
  • Monetary unit:1 Dirham = 100 fils
  • Main exports:Oil, gas
  • GNI per capita:US $44,507 (WB, 2013)
  • Internet
  • International dialling code: +971
  • Time:GMT +4
  • Life Expectancy:77 years (men), 79 years (women) (UN)

useful information for expatriates

    • Climate


    The Emirates benefit from all year round sun. During the summer months of April to September, particularly in July and August,
    temperatures are high, peaking at 50 degrees. In the late summer months, a humid southeastern wind known as the ‘sharqi’ visits the coastal
    regions. However, the climate is more moderate between October and March, where temperatures average around 26 degrees.

    • Electri


    220-249v. Usually the outlets in UAE accept the 3 pronged UK plug.

public holidays

Muslim holidays are set according to local sightings and lunar phases. Therefore each year they fall on slightly different days. These are approximate dates for the 2011 calendar month.

  • 28 Jun: Leilat al-Meiraj (Ascention of the Prophet)

  • 01 Jan: New Year

  • 09 Jan: Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)

  • 31 Aug: Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

  • 07 Nov: Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

  • 26 Nov: Islamic New Year

  • 02 Dec: National Day

  • 05 Dec: Ashoura

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    The Emirates have a very respected reputation for their hospitals, with the latest technology and good financial support.


    • School



    French Schools

    Lycee Libanais Francophone Prive

    Lycee Francais International de Dubai
    Primary School

    Lycee Georges Pompidou Ecole primaire Dubai
    Located in Oud Metha
    PO Box 27425, Dubai, UAE

    German Schools

    Deutsche Internatioale Schule Dubai
    Embassy Primary School

    International Schools
    Manarah International Boarding School

    Greenfield Community School


    Abu Dhabi Schools

    American Community School

    UAE Academy

    Al Rabeeh School

    British International School

    German School Abu Dhabi

    French School Abu Dhabi


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    It is possible to transfer a large number of driving licences to a UAE licence (after obtaining a residents visa), with a driver’s licence form, passport sized photograph and letter from the Embassy or Consulate of the country from which it was issued to confirm that it is valid. To see a list of these countries, visit:
    For more information on how to embark on driving lessons, visit:

    • Shopping


    The UAE are famous for their shopping. Alongside the traditional souqs are many plush malls offering wide-ranging, state-of-the-art facilities. There are some more ‘western’ oriented supermarkets, such as ‘Spinneys’ and ‘Choithram’s’, where pork (in a separate section to the other meat) and some European goods can be purchased. 

    • WorkVisa

    Work/Residence Visas

    To obtain a residence visa, the applicant needs a sponsor, i.e their employer to apply for it on their behalf. They are responsible for all of the paperwork and documentation, and are also responsible for the behaviour and actions of the foreign worker while they are in the country. It is easier for a man to obtain a visa, who can then apply for a family visa for the rest of his family. However, if the wife also wishes to work in the UAE she needs to apply for a separate visa. All members of the family should have a separate passport.
    Usually visas last 1-3 years, but if the sponsor can prove that the foreign worker is still needed, they can easily renew the visa. The applicant’s passport will need at least 6 months left of validity, and at least 3 blank pages. If this is not the case, a new passport should be obtained before the visa is applied for. The applicant will also need to pass medical tests to prove that they are in good health, up to date with all vaccinations and free from sexually transmitted diseases. Fingerprints will also be taken to ensure security of the visa. Usually the costs of the visa are met by the employer.
    Once obtained, the holder cannot spend more than 6 months out of the country, or the permit will expire. They also should leave the country and reapply for another permit if they decide to leave their original job.

    • Licensing-Regulations

    Licensing Regulations for Physicians in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

    For the requirements for physicians desiring to work in Dubai Healthcare City, click the link below:
    (Professional- Medical and Dental- Guidelines- Physician Licensing Guidelines)

    For the requirements for physicians desiring to work in the United Arab Emirates (except Dubai Healthcare City), click the link below:


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