The United Arab Emirates is in the Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. The climate is desert, but cooler in the eastern mountains. The official language is Arabic. English is widely understood and is the main business language. The main religion is Islam. The economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is that of a developing country. The UAE currently has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Expatriate business dress is typically a suit. Dress codes in Dubai are relatively liberal however other areas such as Sharjah are more conservative. Expatriates should be careful not to offend Islamic sensitivities. The security risk for expatriates in the United Arab Emirates is low. Risks include low levels of petty crime, the underlying threat of terrorism, and indiscriminate attacks on expatriates or foreign interests by extremists in the region. The currency of United Arab Emirates is the Utd. Arab Emir. Dirham (AED). Banking is on a par with that of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Proof of insurance or the means to settle any medical fees is generally required before treatment is provided. Cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus have been reported. The population of the United Arab Emirates is 9.3 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 3.4% for the United Arab Emirates as at March 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in the United Arab Emirates is 0% as there is currently no personal income tax.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In UAE, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): UAE as at 1 April 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: Low UAE is for example -0.4% cheaper than USA for groceries, 37.2% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 48.6% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for UAE for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (the United Arab Emirates) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. UAE is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in UAE? Register subscribe to your home location and UAE and run your personalised reports.