It’s the world’s biggest building site, a tank of petrol costs under a tenner and your salary comes tax-free
Who’s out thereWho isn’t? If you aren’t, you should probably be asking yourself why not.
Who you need to knowNakheel, Emaar, TDIC and Aldar are the main clients. But in Dubai, anyone with a traditional headdress and a bank account is worth meeting. Middle Eastern clients are as professional as the clients in the UK.
Where the action isDubai is the world’s largest building site and Abu Dhabi isn’t far behind. Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah have serious potential – not to mention oil money.
What to doEat with your clients – the communal meal is a focal point of Arabic culture.
What not to doNever eat, drink or smoke in front of Muslims during Ramadan. At best it is considered offensive and at worst it can get you arrested.
Down timeGo shopping, go skiing, go to the beach or go to the gym. Don’t expect much in the way of traditional culture in the city centres.
Fashion dos and don’tsDress conservatively in front of Muslim hosts, and more so if you intend to visit a mosque.
How far will your money goWhen you’re buying petrol, far – it costs less than £10 to fill your car. But for drinks and food in chic Dubai hotels, expect to pay London prices.
Free and easyIf you’re working in the Emirates full-time, you will do so tax-free.
Going downNot on Jumeirah Beach you shouldn’t, unless you want to face a sharia court.
Useful phrases“?????? ???? ??? ??????” (The traffic here is dreadful); “??? ?????? ???? ????? ?????” (I can build one taller).
HEALTH & SAFETY
None beyond your routinely recommended vaccinations
Foreign Office advice
Official advice is that there’s a high risk of a terrorist attack in the UAE, but more than a million UK visitors went there last year with few significant problems
Emergency phone number
The British Embassy: 971 2 610 1100 (Abu Dhabi) or 971 4 309 4444 (Dubai)