Looking forward to your new life in the UAE? Follow the checklists to becoming a legal resident in the UAE and you will feel right at home in no time at all.
Be sure to collect all verifying documentation from your vet; you’ll also need to arrange an import permit well in advance.
You will want to find a permanent home as soon as you get your UAE residence visa, so come prepared. See the How To section for step by step guides to rent a property.
Once you have a UAE residence visa, you can get your child’s name on the waiting list for a school, which you'll need to do as soon as possible.
If you have a UAE job offer, your employer is obligated to book flights for you and your family; check first, and if not book flights in advance to save yourself money.
Request a report from the school before your children leave, plus any certificates.
Request a no claims certificate from your insurance company as some UAE insurers will recognise this.
If you have a UAE job offer, your employer may arrange shipping or at least provide you with a moving allowance, so check first.
Also, cancel gym and health club memberships, and any other subscriptions services you will no longer require.
Also, check if you need any immunisations for travelling to the UAE.
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