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International Relocation to UAE

Removals Service to United Arab Emirates

Ark Relocation has been shipping, families, individuals and commercial clients to United Arab Emirates for over 25 years. Over the years we have gained a wealth of experience in shipping furniture and commercial items to all parts of United Arab Emirates including Dubai and Abu Dhabi

A pre-move international moving survey will be completed to accurately assess the items you want to relocate to UAE, our surveyor will also account for any items that you wish to be placed in storage. We’ll also establish if there’s anything you want to have sent over immediately via airfreight whilst waiting for the main delivery of your items. Our survey is very comprehensive and will ensure we have covered every item to be moved and help us establish a complete itinerary for your relocation.


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Moving to United Arab Emirates – Dubai – Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates has swiftly become one of the most popular destinations for expats. The economy is growing in leaps and bounds and the opportunities to make a very good living in a place where modern facilities and 21st century amenities are part and parcel of the experience are luring foreign workers and their families from all over the world.

That is not to say that moving to the UAE and its flagship city – Dubai is not without its challenges. These challenges can include a climate that is very different from other places on the globe, differences in culture and a religion that places some severe restrictions on lifestyle.

However, that said many companies are choosing to have a presence in Dubai. Its strategic location and modern infrastructure make it an attractive proposition for a regional office.

However leaving for Dubai in the hope of finding a job is not the correct approach. It is essential that those who wish to make Dubai their home base have employment before relocating. The first step in the process is to obtain a residence permit – which in turn will allow the expat to apply for a work permit.

The residence permit is essential for those who want to open a bank account in Dubai, or even renting an apartment or a car. There are a number of different types of residency permits available to those who are taking up employment in Dubai.

Having gainful employment prior to relocating to Dubai is essential as the employer will be responsible for almost all of the paperwork that is required to apply for an employment permit.

Property rental in Dubai can eat up much of the expat’s salary. Although prices have come come since the property market crashed in around 2008 property rental is still expensive. Expat’s should be aware that the rental of property should not exceed around 20 – 25% of their annual salary. It is also important to note that the contract period for renting property is 12 months – and some landlords will require that the deposit is equal to the annual rental.

The challenge of adapting to the strictures of Islam may present the expat -especially if they have a family with other challenges. However, Dubai, in keeping with its commitment to becoming a ‘world city’ is more liberal than other governments in the region. In fact many of the department stores will sell goods relating to Christmas and Easter at the appropriate times of year.

Language should not be an issue. the vast number of expats has prompted the government to make allowances. Street signs and other information are usually displayed in both Arabic and English.

Emigrating to the UAE and especially to Dubai can be a tremendously rewarding experience – not only in monetary terms but also in exposure to new ideas and a unique culture. However those wishing to take up a job in Dubai should ideally consult with an emigration expert. the pitfalls of visa requirements are only some of the challenges that need to be dealt with before taking the leap.

Exclusive Use Container / Full Container Load (FCL) to Port

If you are shipping your furniture and household effects in a sole use container, the container will arrive at your residence in the UK and then be go straight to the port to be loaded onto a vessel.

Shared Container Service to UAE

A shared container or groupage service is a good option if you are shipping small volumes or if you are looking for a more economical way to ship your household items.

Our Partner Removals Company In UAE

Our dedicated agents in New Zealand will ensure that all the relevant paperwork and customs clearance is processed in the correct fashion and arrange the unloading, unpacking and setting up of your household goods to your satisfaction which also includes the removal of any used packing materials.

Storage Services

At Ark Relocation, we can provide short term storage while you find a home in United Arab Emirates, then ship your furniture and belongings to you at a later date. Another option, particularly useful for people moving to UAE for a few years and then returning to the UK, is long term storage.

Customs Clearance

Personal-Use Goods

Your personal effects and household goods are eligible for duty-free customs clearance if they are in used condition and if the quantity of goods to be imported reasonably corresponds to the size of your household. There is, however, no set limit to the volume of household goods you may bring with you.

You must submit the following items to the Federal Customs Authority in the UAE for your goods to clear customs:

  • two copies of your passport
  • a copy of your residence visa*
  • proof of employment in the UAE
  • a complete inventory of all the items in your shipment, written in English, with two additional copies
  • two original authorization letters — one addressed to the shipping line and one to the customs authorities
  • an insurance certificate
  • *If you don’t have your residence visa yet, you can submit a letter from the company sponsoring you in the UAE. You will then need to make a deposit of 5% of the assessed value of your goods to the customs office, which will be refunded as soon as you can show them your residence visa. If you don’t submit your residence visa within 59 days of the arrival of your household goods, the money will no longer be refunded.

Prohibited and Restricted Goods

There are certain goods that cannot be imported, exported or transited or that require permits from the competent authority. The restrictions and prohibitions of goods are determined in accordance with GCC Customs Tariff Codes. The classified Goods under those Customs tariff codes will require a permit while submitting the online Customs Declarations.

Banned Items:

  • All kinds of Narcotic drugs (Hashish, Cocaine, Heroin, Poppy Seeds, Hallucination Pills, etc..).
  • Goods intended to be imported from boycotted countries.
  • Goods from Israeli origin or bearing Israeli trademarks or logos
  • Crude Ivory and Rhinoceros horn.
  • Gambling tools and machineries.
  • Three layers fishing nets.
  • Original engravings, prints, lithographs, sculpture and statues in any material.
  • Used, reconditioned and inlaid tires.
  • Radiation polluted substances.
  • Printed publications, oil paintings, photographs, pictures, cards, books, magazines stony sculptures and mannequins which contradict Islamic teachings, decencies, or deliberately implying immorality or turmoil.
  • Any other goods, the importation of which is prohibited under the authority of U.A.E. customs laws or any other laws in the country.
  • Forged and duplicate currency.
  • Cooked and home-made foods.

Certain goods such as animals, medicines and weapons can be imported/exported only after receiving necessary permits from the competent authorities – Speak to a member of our team if you require more information or please see the UAE government website here –

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International Relocation to UAE 19th July 2018

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Milton Keynes,

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