Moving to Dubai? | The Realities of Living in Dubai
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Moving to Dubai? | The Realities of Living in Dubai

What’s up Youtube and welcome back to another
video. In today’s episode we are going to be discussing
the realities of living in Dubai. Just to warn you up front, this video is not
for everyone. Ideally this video is targeted to people that
are looking to move to Dubai or probably interested in what is life actually like in Dubai. So let’s get started these are common questions
that I get asked all the time and I thought I would just put a video out there. I lived in Dubai now for 25 years. I moved outside for university and boarding
school then i came back again. I would like to give you a very neutral opinion
on what Dubai is actually like. So you are going to hear a lot of good things
and bad things and I just kinda want to give it to you straight up. Is Dubai a country? No, a lot of people think that Dubai is actually
a country and it’s kinda funny, its not a country, it’s not even the capital, its just
a city. So Dubai is a city within the United Arab
Emirates Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates or we just say U.A.E. Do you speak Arabic? I personally
speak a little bit of Arabic because I took a course outside to learn it, a lot of people
don’t. You don’t have to learn Arabic. Its not compulsory. This is a very English speaking country. So no matter where you go, English is the
most common language. Which is great, if you want to communicate
with people, its quiet straight forward. What is the weather like? So you probably hear that the weather is hot
all the time. That is not entirely true, it is hot for maybe
about 5 months of the year, the rest of the year is actually pretty decent. You talking more or less tropical weather. I know it’s not a tropical country but you
are going to get a lot of beach weather and everywhere I go I can not drive with my windows
open. I need to have it open the fresh breeze, it’s
really amazing. So we are talking from the months of end of
October / November to around end of April you are going to have pretty decent weather
and actually December time it gets quiet cool in the evenings. Summer months which we consider roughly from
May to September, that yes it will get really hot The thing is, in Dubai, you are not actually
outside all the time. Majority of the time you are literally from
your house jumping into a car from your car to your work. So you are always inside, so where ever you
go there is always air-conditioning so you never really feel the heat as well. If you have a construction job or your job
has something to do outside like a lifeguard, yes it can be quiet hot. 3 to 5 months will be a little bit tough on
you. The weather fluctuates but it is not always
hot you do ge t good weather as well. Is it safe? Yes it is pretty safe here. I think a lot of people move to Dubai because
it is very safe. You don’t have to worry about, you know, things
getting stolen and there is a lot of cases and a lot of scenarios that you hear that
people have actually gone to the banks and I don’t know why they have done this but they
have come out with huge bags of cash, I am talking thousands of dollars, you hear it
time and time after again that taxi drivers happen to hand in this bag of cash which then
somehow gets returned to the owner. I think it is quiet amazing to hear stories
like that. I used to have a Jeep Wrangler and I used
to have my roof open and I would never be worried for someone jumping in it to take
something or steal something. You are not going to have these common break
in’s that you would have in the UK where people would smash your windows. You are pretty safe in that sense. You do have to have a little bit of common
sense, obviously just don’t leave your mobile lying around because you know, someone might
take it but in most cases you will never hear much stories of people stealing things over
here. What is it like to live in Dubai? Plenty of activities, you know you will be
surprised how much activities Dubai has to offer you and I mean you are having things
like Sky Diving, to a lot of water sports, to going into the desert, camping to, so much
stuff here, like really it is incredible the amount of activities that you have here. There is a lot to offer here but then again
it comes down to what it is that you actually do. I think your job is very important. If you don’t have the right job or the right
group of friends, it can be a little tough on you as well. This is a major factor. I am very fortunate to be in a good position. I’ve heard and seen people other people in
the opposite position. I love to mix with different culture, I have
met so many different people from different countries world wide and it’s kinda allowed
me to have a very open mind open opinion about everyone I am never biased about anything, and I guess
that is because you learn a lot of different things from different people. What is the working life like? It’s tough. It’s a working city. A lot of people come out here because they
want to make money and you know the first thing is if you do have a job opportunity
and someone is offering to move out to Dubai, you probably are very interested in the cash
that they are offering and your like, you know what they are paying me a lot more, why
not? If you come from the western side you might
find it really tough because at least you have working hours. I am not saying that you don’t have working
hours here but you tend to work a little bit more and you might not necessarily be paid
overtime for that. Which is very normal here and when you go
to the east side of the world, that is just normal anyways. You know, you don’t have working time limits
from 8am to 5pm. So that is your contracted time but you are
also expected to stay you know, to work till 7pm 8pm depending on, how urgent
the job is. In general, you are making good money but
you are working very hard for it as well. Can you drink alcohol? Yes, there is a lot of places that serve alcohol. By law you need a license which a lot of people
should apply for, a lot of people may not have that license and the thing is where ever
you goto any bar, club its not like they are checking for a license. So as long as you are 21 year old and older
your allowed to drink, there’s a lot of great parties here. A very common thing that they do have here
is something called brunches. So the way that the brunches work is like
you pay a set amount and you get unlimited good and beverage. So here is the thing, alcohol is permitted,
however there is a lot of people that may abuse that in a country that it’s also can
be a sensitive subject. Obviously if you are going to go out and have
fun you don’t want to cause trouble. If you are causing trouble or problems, you
can get into serious trouble here. Even though the government is very allowing
you to drink and go out and have fun you need to do it in certain areas and you can’t obviously
run out on the streets and do silly things because that is going to put you into a lot
of trouble. How’s the driving & can women drive? Yes women can drive here, that is not a problem. The driving can be a little bit tough, especially
depending where you are coming from. I mean, you know, if you are indicating to
jump into a left lane, normally you would expect the person to allow you to pull in
or in front of them. Here it’s kinda, you got to push or fight
a little bit, so, yes the driving can be a little bit tough and it’s not easy for a lot
of people. It can be a little bit more on the higher
speeds. You may feel people are not respecting the
certain rules as much as they would really respect them in Europe. If you see a stop sign, they are going to
stop. If you see a pedestrian, they will stop. Here, it may not be as common to stop but
you do get used to it. I just advice you to do a little bit of meditation
before you drive out here. Is everyone in Dubai rich? No, not everyone in Dubai is rich. I hear this all the time. You will be surprise, there is a lot of people
with no wealth and there is a lot of people with a lot of wealth. It’s a big mix, there are many different classes
here. You can make very good money out here, depending
on your job and your career and you can make very little money over here but that little
money might still be considered good money compared to back home. So again, it really depends on jobs you are
doing. I know again, I always relate everything to
construction, I used to work in construction so I kinda have a background in that. I have seen laborers being paid for about,
$200 a month. Back home where they would be from, they probably
wouldn’t even get get $50. For them that’s really good and they get accommodation,
they get benefits from the company, they get flights to go back home. What ever the job ism a lot of the times when
you do come out here to Dubai, you are getting a package with that. Cost of living So Dubai is getting more expensive, then again
you look at places like in Europe and other places around the world. All the prices are increasing, there is no
different here. Sometimes you go to the supermarket and you
come back thinking, what did I just buy? I don’t even have any food but yeh unfortunately,
i guess we all need to go vegan these days. I am already getting there. So food can be little bit pricey, you can
get cheap places as well. I am not saying that everything is expensive. Oh I think I just did say that. Seriously, over time you are going to start
to learn how to survive here. Accommodation, depends on your job of course
because, if you are getting a good salary you will be able to live in an apartment by
yourself / in a studio apartment. If your salary is ok, you might be sharing
with other people. What is there to do? It depends on your character, what are you
looking to do, but you are probably going to find everything. If you are looking to see a lot of the touristic
things in Dubai, even though I am a resident and I have been here for let’s say, 25 years,
there is a lot of places that I have never been to. For instance, Sir Bani Yas in Abu Dhabi, it’s
an Island that i would never ever think to go to, and I never even realized that they
had cheetahs on that island till one week ago. So there is a lot of things to explore and
discover within the UAE but people don’t realize that. In terms of restaurants, food is what the
middle east culture is about. You are going to be eating a lot, so you most
probably are going to put a little bit of weight on. Everything you do is pretty much food related
when ever you go out with friends, your probably going to go out and eat something and the
food is quite decent. You are going to have a lot of good food out
here. Finally, if you are into shopping you are
probably not going to have a bank account anymore. You have an infinite amount of shopping, clothes
here, and clothes for everyone. If you are looking for the higher class market,
you have the top luxury brands all over the malls. If you are looking for affordable stuff, you
also have things that you can go to certain markets and souqs where you can get very cheap
t-shirts and clothing and you will be surprised, they are quite good quality as well. Can I bring my pet? Yes, you are allowed a pet in Dubai, I have
a dog. It might be a little bit tough cause you cannot
take dogs everywhere, if you go somewhere lets say like in California they probably
will allow you to take it into restaurants and where ever you want. Here they allow us to take them around to
certain parks and certain areas. It has to be on a lead, lets say, if it is
a dog. Cats i guess are just roaming around from
what I have seen. But every animal needs to be registered, they
need to have all the vaccinations and if they do catch you without it, they probably will
take your pet away. If you are looking to bring your kids here,
it is pretty decent. School was fun. Put it this way, it was interesting. Depending where you are from and what you
are looking for, you have British schools you have American schools, you have Indian
schools, you have schools just for the locals. You have all the different types of schools
from private to public and I think its also good to be here for so many years but also
good to go outside to understand how other people think and the educational system there
because if you do decide live in Dubai for a very long period of time, it’s also good
to bring the outside knowledge back in. If you made it this far in the video I just
want to say thank you for watching it, you must some what be interested in it. I hope this information helped you out. If it did, give me a big thumbs up for the
video, if I didn’t leave a comment down below, hopefully I can try to get back to you and
help you out with a question that I might of not had in the video. If you did like these types of video or want
to find out more stuff about Dubai, again please let me know and I will be more than
happy to make these type of videos. Alright guys and we are done. Subscribe


  • syed khaja moinuddin

    Hey there mate .. very nicely done video ..very brief and detailed at the same moment .. I am planning to be there by mid Sep .. the one thing I know u need is get yourself in a good position to initiate is either be in demand for the requirement or have a pretty gud luck or finally have a gud recommendation. .. I ask you openly "do u think I can get a recommendation from your side … " my details i ll send it to you of u wanna lend a helping hand … Thx btw for the video

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  • Hanna Bekele

    Is renting an apartment in Dubai expensive? What is the average price? which is the best areas in Dubai for renting studio apartments?.

  • Miracle Godswill

    Carl, I will be coming to Dubai by October and I would like us to be friends. am from Nigeria. I have also subscribe to your channel. it would be a pleasure carl to meet you in person. thanks

  • Wonderwala

    It's difficult to generalize about the realities of living in Dubai. There is an unspoken class system based on nationality and how wealthy you are (or not). If you're an Emirati, you have more rights and privileges than if you're an expat. If you're from the West (Europe, US, Canada), you will have access to better jobs and salaries than if you're from the East (India, Pakistan, Philippines). Seeing the labourers working and being bussed around in the relentless heat is heartbreaking.

  • leonora Hand

    I live 14 years in Dubai there are lots of crime the jails are full so no were in the world its safe Ramadan is the worse time in Dubaie that month most of the expats takes there leave the conditions of the construction labourer is very very poor and bad the house maids get very much abuse by the arab woman there are lots more to tell

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    100% factual I saw people leave cameras unattended laptops unattended all over the place I know over in the UK people would never hand it in even I handed in a laptop to security

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    Maybe I'm wrong, but I've got a sound impression that this video might be somehow backed up by some more interested people behind it, local administration, if I can say so…

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    Thanks for your tips! But I have a question that my friend went to Dubai for business and got robbed right at his hotel and he lost all his properties including passport, money and so on, is that depends on the area or my friend just got bad luck? I’m looking forward to hear from you soon thanks again

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    Dubai is how we have been these days in America Dubai is it said he lives daily the day I am rich area whenever I’m not good at this OK and is it is it still hard and I have a speech in the head limit so yeah

  • RR

    Why do stupid people go to Dubai? It’s not interesting and beautiful like Italy or Spain. The country is built on slave labour. I would never set foot in the gulf countries.

  • Zvezdochka J

    I love living in Dubai, this september it will be 24 years I am here. And I am happy!. Summer time is exhausting for like 3 month, but the rest of the year is brilliant! It clean and beautiful and you meet a lots of great people from all over the world. Still I making here much more money then I could do in my country, its just important to learn how to manage expenses and to make extra income – the right and safe way. If I want to enjoy nature – I am travelling and here also nice natural places .

  • Bianca Hotca

    Let's talk about the reality of things. Are their Christians in Dubai? If there are, how are they treated??? How are women treated? Who actually maintains, builds the infrastructure? Are there people treated like slaves there? just some of the questions

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    30.000 € per month in Dubai v.s 10.000 € per month in Rome ?? … I would never think even 1 min. to answer to this question.. ROME!! Europe!! CIVILIZATION!!

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    I love Dubai but my father is very negative about Dubai like they give rights to expats and expats leave expats are not in a good condition because of sponser not giving favor expats are being kicked out they only prefer Their locals and don’t give foreigners attention I live in Canada I want to move to Dubai maybe after I turn 18 my dad discouraged me my we have 6 neighbors who are Pakistani who come from Dubai and my father has negitvity in his brain I came from Saudi Arabia they do treat expats in a little bit of a bad way but my dad thinks UAE is not a good place for work and live he is just so negative I wish to convince him it’s a good place to live he thinks only and only Canada is the best place to live the rest of the countries are bad and people struggle to come here and no body likes it in Dubai I wish to live there but he is discouraging he hates Dubai and the Middle East I hope I could convince him some how I hope you’ll help too

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    This video is very interesting. Carl Hewett speaks well. Dubai is well known for it's human rights abuses. In the United Arab Emirates it's common for even teenagers to be arrested simply for protesting for freedom of speech. In turn they're taken to some hell forsaken prison where there tortured into confessing to a crime they didn't commit. The penalty is either a whipping, lengthy prison sentences or even beheading. Carl H. said a couple of times that if you basically break the law "bad" things will happen to you. He didn't mention what they could be. Being that Carl H. lives in Dubai if he had said anything bad at all about the city or country the police could very well arrest him. The country lures workers from the Philippines and other countries with a promise of a good paying job and housing. When in fact they work as low paying maids for the wealthy. Their passports are taken away for them. That's great Carl H. likes living there. It's a barbaric city that I wouldn't even visit.

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  • Mikey Astorga

    Thanks for the info. Great vlog. New subscriber here. Soon I'm gonna do a vlog something like this that I can post to my channel. God bless.

  • Antonio delrosario

    I've been to Dubai many times while I was still in active in the US Navy.I would like to go back ONLY to see some friends but would never never stay for more than a week. I hate their weather and they don't have much more outdoor activities not like my beloved city of San Diego, Ca.

  • Josh Hartigan

    If you like a lack of human rights, abusing women, hard alchahol restrictions, slave labor, living in a desert, and religion mixed with politics then Dubai is for you. Just remember to live in one of the places where the douche bags are concentrated…..once you go farther out of the city you either get the gritty "old Dubai" or slums where the slaves are hidden! Also when he says you have to go to certain areas to go out and drink hes essentially talking about expat areas…..if living in a bubble is for you then move to Dubai!

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    Did you forget to mention that if you use WhatsApp it’s monitored? And if you use profanity while texting your in big trouble. Lots of watching and monitoring by big brother there. They have MAJOR issues with anyone who is gay, woman need to dress so that their shoulders do not show, and the health care is not great.
    But you can’t mention those things or you will be deported. Yes it’s safe if you are wealthy, a single male.

  • Francesco Picanza

    Hi thanks for the video. I was thinking to move in there with my girlfriend, how is the situation for unmarried couple to rent a property?

  • Ncncn Hcncn

    Dubai is only loking good but in reality dubai over all gulf country are so poor facilities You all will dying here only about the ac all are live in here

  • Bt Paulie

    How are they on breast feeding in public, or the word vagina are they afraid of it, will I spend the rest of my life in jail for having the silhouettette of a breast on my shirt for cancer awareness, or am I watching to many American shows? Also every place has air conditioning? Really no poor people with only a fan, and a broken down coke machine and ice is like gold.

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  • hugo boss

    This guy is one asshole would u work for 200 hundred dollars a month..NO so what if they got 50 dollars a month in there own gonna there to make more money working for what you worth them poor people work there ass off in the heat,and live in a room with about 20 people in

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