If you dream of relocating to the UAE, or if you are already planning it, then you need to give this article a read.
Here we are going to debunk many myths that make many Women afraid from even considering the idea of relocating to the UAE. We’ll share everything you need to know before moving, so you can have a good idea on what to expect.
That’s all, let’s begin with the good stuff!
Safety: Is It Friendly Towards Women?
Is the UAE safe for women? The short answer: YES! It is the calmest and most peaceful region in the Middle East; therefore, it is safe for women.
Here you have some quick facts that support this claim:
- According to online crime index, Abu Dhabi is the safest city in the world
- UAE is expected to have the lowest violent crime rate in the world by 2021
- Pickpocketing and pretty crime rates are very low
In comparison to other countries in the Western hemisphere, the UAE is very safe and not in vain Abu Dhabi is officially the safest city in the entire world. Let that sink in.
As reported by Wise Move, the vast majority of expats feel very happy to live here, because the salaries are excellent, safety is real and the politic and economic climate are stable.
Moreover, locals are very friendly towards expats (both men and women), and it is largely because a large part of population (especially in Dubai) is composed by expatriates.
Do not worry, because there are no rules that prevent you from visiting certain places or doing specific things just because you are a woman. Although, prayer and schooling are a different matter.
Police does its job very well here, and you can always ask for help. This is something completely different to what Indians experience in their home country, where they cannot really trust police. Therefore, they feel quite happy here.
Will You Need to Cover Yourself?
This is one of the most common myths, because it says that because you are a woman you will have to cover yourself. That is not true at all.
Remember that the UAE is a Muslim nation, yet liberal. Therefore, you do not need to cover yourself with a veil or burka in public spaces. Although, when entering to religious spaces and temples, you will need to cover your hair.
If you are looking for the best city in terms of dress rules, then it is Dubai. Here you can wear virtually anything you want without problems.
But if we talk about the cultural aspect, then you will be expected to follow certain rules in public and classrooms. Your knees and shoulders should be covered, because if you dress too provocatively, then you will draw negative attention.
Can You Go Out Without Problems?
This is another myth: women are allowed to go out without problems. Be it on your own or with a group, you can go and enjoy everything Dubai, Abu Dhabi and any other emirate has to offer you.
You have at your disposal some of the best restaurants, pubs and bars in the world, so make sure to take advantage of this. Abu Dhabi is one of the most fun cities in the world, you will really enjoy it!
Just remember that drinking in public is strictly forbidden, you can solely do it in licensed bars or pubs.
What about Relationships?
Remember that public displays of affection are not recommended. Moreover, it is illegal to live with a live with a non-related person of the opposite sex, so that is another fact to take into account.
Dating is alright, especially in cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but make sure you understand the limits.
These are the things you need to know as a woman relocating to the UAE. As you can see, there are certain rules you need to be aware of, but they are not very restrictive, at least not as they portray them.
What are you waiting for? Tons of new and exciting opportunities are waiting for you in the UAE! ;)