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Old 18th April 2011, 08:08 PM
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An aussie here, been living and working in UAE for just over a year, so I might be a little biased..!!!

I'm heading home in a couple of months and wont be coming back. A good place to earn a few bucks, but that's changing in the field your hubby is in, and you'll never be able to call the UAE home..

I'm in aviation also, here and was downunder. I can't get back to Oz quick enough..!!!

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Hi, as an Australian I guess I am biased with my reply. If you have a visa for Australia then I would suggest grabbing the opportunity now. It may lead to permanent residency, if you want that. My husband has permanent residency for Australia and we are living in Dubai. We need to return to Australia within 5 years to maintain his residency visa.

Experienced teachers are well remunerated in Australia (in Perth for sure) and you could easily get work FT, PT or relief teaching. There are teaching jobs in Dubai but they do not pay that well (IMO). Daycare is much cheaper and easier to arrange in Australia than here in Dubai.

A downside to Australia is the distance to the UK. Yes there are taxes too but with the right visa you have free schooling and healthcare.

Dubai is an interesting place to live and a gateway to many other places to travel to but on a day to day basis I think there are more leisure activities available in Australia (and especially the WA & NSW beaches).

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Australia would be a much better choice. I was in the same situation few years back when I had the option between Singapore and Dubai. I ended up picking Dubai and I must say, I do regret it. Please dont get me wrong, this city is a fantastic place and there are lots of nice things about living in Dubai but the lack of outdoor life is a huge set back.

If you have a young family, you will be better off in Australia. Money might appear to be a tempting factor with Dubai (certainly did in my case) but the truth is there are lots of hidden expenses here and you never actually save much (mainly due to the life style). That said, it all depends on the two offers your husband has and the career prospects etc.

Good luck with your decision!

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^^^ I'm relatively new here, been here under 1 year but would like to answer from a female perspective.

You have to be careful and obey the rules here which usually expats don't know until they're living here and are warned by work colleagues. You will be told over and over and reminded 'this is a Muslim country' by everyone and anyone.

During Ramadan (a whole month) you cannot chew, eat or drink water in public. Think about this....During this time you also can't wear singlets or shorts in public. If you do you will be shot looks dirty enough to kill and asked to leave the mall, yes the guards 'police' this.

Anytime you also cannot swear, or basically upset any locals, complain - look at them funny. If you do they can get the cops imprison you without grounds.

You have to get a letter from your employer to get a alcohol license.

You have to get a letter from your employer to get a drivers license.

You have to get a letter from your employer to get a credit card or loan - Payslips aren't enough.

To leave the country you have to complete an exit visa showing you owe nothing. This can be declined.

This country is very strictly run by paperwork, stamps, checks, tick boxes. If there is a dot missing they will decline whatever it is and shake their head. And won't help you.

I went to pick up my dog from customs, I passed by 6-8 desks and paid bills in 3 different locations to get my dog 4 hours after getting there. In 40degree heat mind you at 1am. She had been in sub zero aircon the whole time which I was heavily stressed about (heatstress).


The drivers on the road here are very very bad and very dangerous, all jokes aside. Taxis and expats, foreign workers all equally to blame in this. I've seen 3 smashes this last week alone.


The quality of Beauty services is very bad and highly priced. I don't get my nails done anymore because it's 110+USD per gel set. I'm not exaggerating.


I'm doing distance education - uni because postgrad entry into UAE universities is almost impossible. Many expats do this because of this reason. I asked the dean of a well known (western) uni here and he said his hands are tied in red tape.


Healthcare is ok it's paid for by my employer. I go to a hospital the GP there is male but good. A major claim they should have paid for they declined with a very very flimsy reply/rule. It's like a jungle here with no rules.


I have colored hair. Finding a hairdresser was stressful. You walk into any salon and all filipino staff harass you for nail services which is fine however when you ask for the expat hairdresser they're booked for a month in advance.

I'm not trying to put a big downer on your idea of Dubai, I'm just pointing out that its not easy here and these are some of the things I have seen/found. I have lived in a western country and also a chinese country for large periods of time and not had to deal with any of this. I also don't have kids.

Separate from all those gripes I am actually happy here. Admittedly I had a pay rise to move here and very happy with career here also.

You CAN make it work it depends how much you want it.


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It's sounding more and more like Australia would be the better, more family orientated option! We're not a particularly 'outdoors lifestyle' kind of family but not to have the option I think would be a draw back. Many of the comments lead me think that my son would probably be a happier boy in Australia too, and to be honest I'd probably be a happier mum too - not having to worry about the significant cultural differences!
Thanks so much for the input - although we've yet to make the decision it does make me feel more empowered for when the time comes!
One more question to my Aussie friends then... If you had to choose between Perth, Melbourne or Sydney which would it be?! Another no doubt impossible question to give a direct answer to! Sorry!!!
Thanks in advance

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Haha you will find a classic debate between Sydney and Melbourne depending on which the forum members are from...

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Lived in Melbourne for over a year and would pick it over every other place on earth tbh, Dubai included. Especially for raising an 8 year old. Fantastic city.

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you , husband and the son

lived in wollongong for six mounth, then sydney for more than three years, thinking to move to dubai , so i spent a month there,

Australia has a great education, this what is matter for your kid,you can make money any where in world, education no, your kid will have friends for life, in dubai his friend will travel around the world for Uni,your kid if he live Australia can stay for ever.

what dubai to offer as my view, people in dubai people who could not have a job any where better other than dubai, it is rare to see some one one in dubai outstanding world wise,

in Australia yes, Usa, and UK yes.

the great part about Australia is the diversity, sydney, Melbourne, perth,cains goldcoust and many there are so different, Australian are positive in general and not materialistic while dubai is the city of gold, every one ask what is your job and where you live what is your car, is all about what you have nothing left for you as human bee

every place has it is positive and negative

chances come and go

this is just a view with no responsibility

wish you the best

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perth is a small city,as small no traffic easy to make friends
Melbourne is metropolitan is the real australia has the highest greek society outside Greek in the world, many Italians and Germans immigrate to it ,it is little Europe

sydney is a just a beautiful city, so much fun to do , people are busy, it has a different vibe of a busy,beautiful fun city

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One thing no-one has mentioned is that you really do need to consider the amount of support both mental and actual that you receive from your family and friends. I moved to Aus about 15 years ago (wife is an Aussie) and am very self sufficient and grew up living "away from home" but still found that side difficult. I'm sure people will say that with Skype and travel being so affordable these days blah blah blah. Don't necessarily believe it. The UK is a long way away so if your used to your family (or his) helping with your child x days a week and heading off out etc then really consider what life will be like somewhere where that doesn't exist.

Don't get me wrong I love living in Aus (and am infact in process of relocating to Dubai for a while) but if you're not really used to being away from family it may be best to consider somewhere closer to home first (7 hrs not 26 to fly home and 3 hr time difference not 9 when you fancy a chat on phone/skype). Also I am guessing that the Dubai experience where you get free flights home each year and the end of the time there (even if not on a fixed term contract) when you leave you get end of service and paid to go home may be a better first step than gettingto Aus and deciding being away from fam and friends to hard and having to relocate yourselves back home.

My opinion would be commit to Dubai for a couple of years and if living abroad suits you then look to relocat to Aus. As I said I loveit here in Au and would never consider living back in UK but large numbers who come from UK return within a year or two due to finding life without the family support too hard.

Hope this helps rather than hinders!

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