Moving to the United Arab Emirates

Here at Arrowpak International we’ve been moving families, businesses and individuals, to and from the UAE since 1979 so you can be sure you’re in good hands. Wherever you’re moving to in the UAE our specialist team will take care of everything to make sure your move goes smoothly and your household goods arrive at your new home safe and sound.

We realise that moving to another country can be daunting, so we will always be on hand to give you the help and advice you need at every stage of the journey, from expertly packing your fragile goods to arranging transport for cars, motorbikes and even the family pet. 

Whether you’re moving to a major city or a location out of town, our experts have the local knowledge, contacts and skills to make sure your move goes smoothly and there are no delays or bureaucratic hiccups along the way.

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The United Arab Emirates located on the south eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula is a union of seven sovereign sheikhdoms formed when the British withdrew from the Gulf in 1971.

Today the UAE is a stylish conglomeration of high-rise cities with state-of-theart tourist infrastructure, magnificent beaches and sumptuous shopping malls that attract duty free shoppers from around the world.  The capital Abu Dhabi is one of the most modern cities in the world bursting with luxury hotels, green boulevards and sky-high apartments matched by similar prices. 

Most expats work in the banking, finance and insurance industries, although there are also opportunities in the telecoms, retail and construction sectors. Residency is dependent on sponsorship, which is tied to an employment contract, so job flexibility is very limited. 

Household effects

You may import household goods and personal effects duty free provided they have been owned and used before importation. Documentation must be completed and submitted when requested, before leaving the UK.  However, you must be in the UAE to complete all customs clearance procedures. All books, CDs, videos, DVDs and magazines should be packed into separate cartons and marked clearly as they may to subject to physical inspection on arrival.


Taking pets to the UAE can be challenging so careful research and planning is recommended well in advance. However, there are no quarantine requirements for dogs and cats arriving from the UK provided all conditions are met. The team at Arrowpak International will be happy to advise about the latest regulations.


Electrical current in the UAE is 220 and 240 volts, 50Hz. The most frequently used plugs are of the square three-pin type.

Motor vehicles

Vehicles are subject to import duty of 5% of the assessed value by customs and must not be more than 10 years old. The team at Arrowpak will be happy to advise on the formalities and procedures involved.

Driving licences

UK Driving Licence holders may only drive hire cars in the UAE, however a temporary licence valid for six months may be obtained from the Traffic Police Office in each Emirate.

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