Living in Dubai: Where to Start
If you wish to move to Dubai with your family, or move your business instead… here you will find the best tips
Dubai has increased its popularity among foreign users since less strict and seclusive laws were approved by the state of Dubai in 2002, welcoming this way many investors (and expats), which has caused the real estate market to grow, adapt and expand. It is now relatively easy and straightforward to purchase a house anywhere in Dubai, although it is always recommended to check with professionals before adventuring into such a market, with a different language, customs and habits. It is definitely recommended to do so if you are somewhat uncertain about the procedure required to buy or build your home in Dubai.
A good place to start looking for an apartment to sell or rent would be one web portal that would provide a good overview of the offers in different areas of the country, such as Dubai Property Society, with information in English and prices shown in several currencies.
- Arabian Ranches: variety of freehold villas and townhouses. Properties in this area normally have from 2 to 4 bedrooms. It is a desert-themed location with peaceful and relaxed environment meant for small and big families. Situated near Burj Khalifa and Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.
- The Greens District: located in the heart of the city of Dubai, this elegant set of apartments is designed for social interactions with other family neighbors, with lots of facilities such as community barbecues, gyms and swimming pools.
- The Springs: one of the most requested areas to reside in Dubai. The Springs is built for the most fulfilling family experience, with schools, parks, commercial areas and integrated in a lush landscaping composed of lakes and nature. The houses here are spacious and have open backyards to one to immerse in this beautiful scenery.
- Dubai Marina: a Riviera-style waterfront town full of sophisticated and stylish housing options located along an artificial canal leading to the open sea. In Dubai Marina will one find the best cosmopolitan restaurants and the best selection of shopping malls. There is also a big residential complex of towers called Jumeirah Beach Residence located in Dubai Marina that offers about 7.000 apartments.
These are only a few examples of the many residential options available in Dubai. There are several more, such as The Lakes, Emirate Hills, Downtown Dubai… and it is highly recommended to find out about all of them to ensure the right choice for the user. In order to keep oneself posted about the possible changes and opportunities in the real estate market in it is also wise to visit regularly the news on Dubai property market; this way the consumer will have the chance to adapt his selection process to the current regulations and potential changes that may occur in Dubai.
There is a law framework that applies to the companies that wish to settle or expand in Dubai which is regulated by the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre), which also operates as a financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. DIFC is an entire district that accommodates hundreds of firms, companies and institutions. There are extensive opportunities for businesses to operate and settle in Dubai, as this Financial Centre offers companies 100% ownership without the need for a local partner, with a 50-year guarantee of zero taxes on corporate income and profits complemented by the UAE’s network treaties and stipulations meant to prevent double taxation.
There is much to discover in Dubai, and many opportunities to become a part of this fast growing community, with not only a great financial condition, but with a great ambition in every social and work aspect. Good luck!
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