As many of you
know, I have recently relocated from Ireland to the incredible city of Dubai.
It’s never easy to leave behind all that is familiar and set up a brand-new
life in a completely new place; looking for an apartment, looking for a job,
navigating a completely unknown city and all the of the logistics in between is
truly a huge learning curve. The fear of change and the level of risk involved
with relocating can be a real deterrent for some people who are considering
making such a drastic step, and it might even completely stop someone from
making a decision that could truly be the best of their life. This article will
discuss the challenges, the benefits and the experience of relocating to Dubai
from Ireland, and what I wish I knew before I came out here.
This was the
question everyone asked me before I left Ireland, why Dubai? Most of my friend
group were moving to America, Canada, London and Australia but nobody seemed to
be considering Dubai. For myself and my girlfriend, Dubai was a no-brainer. As
85% of Dubai are expats, the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life
and from every corner of the world is unmatched. Meeting so many new people
from completely different backgrounds has been such an enlightening experience,
and it’s one I’m truly so grateful for. The lifestyle is unlike anything I’ve
ever experienced before, and there is always an endless list of things to do
and places to see. The standard of living here continues to blow me away every
cars and skyscrapers. That’s the main thing people think when visiting Dubai on
holiday. It is still surreal looking up at the Burj Khalifa, and I’ll never get
tired of all the amazing food offerings or spending Saturdays sitting on the
beach, however behind it all is a world class infrastructure.
thing I would say is that everything is accessible. Taxis are extremely
affordable, the metro is perfect for commuting and deliveries of food and
groceries are second to none, there’s absolutely nothing you can’t have at your
door within an hour.
There is a place for everyone in Dubai. Whether
you’re into sports, nightlife, music or exploring – you’ll find exactly what
you need here. The first thing I was told by Conor when I arrived was: “You get
out of Dubai what you put into it.” Putting yourself out there and getting
involved in activities is the best way to meet new people and make connections.
It also gives you a great excuse to try out something new, like for me it was
People were commenting before I left saying “Dubai
is expensive”. There are a lot of aspects of life in Dubai that can be
expensive, but there is also so much that I have found to cost far less than in
Ireland. Initially, it can feel expensive, so looking out for deals on Careem
or investing in the Entertainer app are easy ways of getting the Dubai
experience at good prices. You can do almost anything for a very reasonable price
if you know where to look.
Rent varies depending on location and size, but it
is undoubtedly cheaper here than it would be in Ireland (particularly Dublin).
Heading toward the outskirts, such as Sports City, Jebel Ali, Dubai Hills, JVC
– you will find the rent to be cheaper. Areas such as Business Bay, JBR, Marina
– these areas are substantially more expensive due to location, so it’s up to
you how important it is to be right in the middle of the action.
suncream! Coming to the winter months from October to March, the weather is
hot, but really pleasant. However, once the summer months roll around, the heat
definitely doesn’t allow for spending much time outside at all.
balance in Dubai is key. I found being able to balance work and pleasure is one
of the hardest things to do in Ireland. With the cold, rainy evenings, it can
feel like a constant race towards the weekend. In Dubai, every day has the
potential to be a great day and it’s so much easier to want to do something
after work, or even before it. You can’t go to the beach on a November Tuesday
evening in Ireland (Well I’m sure you can, but I certainly wouldn’t). On top of
that, weekends in Dubai truly feel like holidays and it’s so worth it to make
the most of them.
So there you
have it – life in Dubai is whatever you want it to be. There is so much
opportunity for success, fun, friendships and experiences if you’re willing to
go and find it. Moving to Dubai was one of the best decisions I could have ever
made and my only regret is not coming sooner.
I hope that this article
will help anyone who is considering making the change to move here and details
my journey so far. If anyone would like to reach out to me or is considering
moving here - I’ll be more than happy to help 😊☀️