About My Dubai Online

Hello and thanks for visiting my blog.

The idea of My Dubai Online is to do a few things.

1. Share do’s and dont’s and the details that you need to know about, but nobody thinks to tell you. At least not until it’s too late and you’ve done all the leg-work anyway.

2. Take a less than serious look at whats going on around the City, the good, the bad and the ugly. Let’s face it, this can be a crazy place to live, so you need to approach it with a sense of humour or a one way ticket to the nut-house will surely follow.

3. Encourage feedback, views and comments from other people in Dubai. So please comment, ‘Like’ on FB or send on to your friends.

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As you’ve been good enough to visit the site, I should at least introduce myself.  So, briefly, I’m a Brit, aged 40-something, been in the Middle East for nearly six years and in Dubai for over four.  Now we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get onto the content.

Moving to United Arab Emirates

living in Dubai

10 Responses to About My Dubai Online

  1. Tom says:

    First off, what a fantastic blog. I’ve been reading through it over the last few days and the information available on here is brilliant and I’ve really had a great time reading.

    The reason that I am writing to you is because I am in the process (the very early stages) of relocating to Dubai. I am 24, I currently live in Manchester, England and I now want to take the next stage of my life to Dubai. I want to get in touch with fellow British people who have made the move before for tips and advice. I know you will probably get this all the time but I am just wondering if I could ask you a few questions please?

    First, what is the best way to get in touch with British expats in Dubai before you relocate?

    Second, I am visiting Dubai next week for some R&R and hands on research, is there any meetings, clubs or gatherings that would be good to attend while I am over there to meet people who have relocated?

    Thank you so much for what you have created here and I look forward to your response.

    Kindest Regards


    • My Dubai Online says:

      Hello Tom

      Thanks for the post and the kind words about the blog. Feel free to tell your closest 1,000 friends what a good read it is.

      First thing I’d say is that on the whole Dubai is one of the easiest places to relocate to, as 90% of the people here are expats and have gone through the same thing at some point. It’s also very cosmopolitan, with every nationality you could think of here, including over 100,000 from the UK, so you will find plenty of other Brits to hang out with.

      Meeting people will depend on what you do in your spare time. If you are into sports, clubs, socialising or all of the above, you can do it here, and apart from work it’s probably the best way to meet people. (Assuming you haven’t got kids, in which case it’s often driven by the Mum’s network!) There are tons of restaurants, bars and night clubs here, so plenty of options in that regard. I see you come from the part of the country with the good football teams, so if you like to watch the match, there are plenty of sports bars that show every Premier game live. Take a look at Time Out Dubai, it online, updated every week, and has an extensive listing of just about everything you can think of.

      Hope that helps, please drop me another line if you’d like any more info.

      Good luck!!!!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Think we must live on the same compound as we also received that letter!! Happy New Year indeed lol!
    We questioned it and don’t have to move until December.

    • My Dubai Online says:

      Hello neighbour!! We questioned it, on the back of a rather snippy letter from me, and were told we could hang around too. You’ll have to keep an eye on the blog to see if we decided to stay or go. Shameless plea for readers, I know. ;O)

  3. Barry Howard says:

    Help, have the job offer in Dubai, have teenage children, they are rebelling having read all the do’s and dont’s, particularly those about relationships. We are from uk originally (Liverpool), have lived the expat life in Asia, and now in Australia, where there are no rules to speak of. Any experience with teenagers being able to settle in Dubai?

    • My Dubai Online says:

      Hi, thanks for the comment.

      We’ve got teenage kids too, one lad, one girl. There is lots for them to do, so no problems there. It’s very safe here and the public transport is very good (and cheap) and they like the freedom that this brings. The kids do parties, Starbucks, the beach, sleep-over, the usual stuff I guess, so I don’t see a problem with them growing up here at all. It is very cosmopolitan here and I think that gives the kids a good perspective and a good introduction to other nationalities and religions.

      Good luck, happy to provide any other info you might need.

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  5. Shehryar says:

    I would like to contribute travel related article on your blog helping expats to travel in Dubai.


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