From the culture shock to the lifestyle, there are bound to be many aspects of life in Dubai that expats planning a move there may wonder about. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Dubai.

Can I drive on my licence from home in Dubai or must I take another test?

This depends on the country of origin. Those from Europe, Australia, the US, and selected other countries do not have to take the test. Instead, these new arrivals must go to the Roads and Transport Authority with their existing licence, passport and resident permit. There they will be required to take an eye test before being issued with a UAE licence. Prior to receiving their residence permit expats may drive a rental vehicle using a licence from their home country. A comprehensive list of the nationalities exempt from retaking the test is available from the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority. Have a look at our guide page to learn more about transport and driving in Dubai.

What is the average expat lifestyle in Dubai like?

This really depends. In the past, generous employment packages enabled Western expats to live the high life in Dubai. Most expats lived in large villas, had domestic help, drove expensive cars and still had plenty of money to spare. These days, packages aren't as generous, and many expats are downsizing considerably. That said, expats will still be able to live comfortably, even if the lavish lifestyle once associated with Dubai is out of reach. Eating out is affordable, almost anything and everything can be delivered to one's home and there is no shortage of things to do, including golf, water sports, scuba diving and even skiing.

Exactly how hot does it get in Dubai?

Anyone who has lived in Dubai in summer will confirm that the weather can be hard to bear. With temperatures reaching 98°F (50°C), the heat is stifling and air conditioning is essential. Restaurants close outside dining areas, many expat families escape to their home country for the summer months and the rest simply stay inside. For holidaymakers, the weather might be a treat; for those who have to live and work in such extreme heat, it can become exhausting.

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