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.
Call us FREE on 0800 136 332 for an instant quote.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Customs info: www.customs.ae/En/UAE-Customs/Pages/CustomsInUAE.aspx