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Expat finances thrive in the Middle East

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The UAE offers expats a good quality of life, with modern accommodation, extensive medical facilities, good international schools and a highly developed infrastructure.

There's plenty to keep you entertained in the lively cities of Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, including beautiful beaches, multi-cuisine restaurants and world-renowned shopping malls.

Climate

Getting used to the summer heat is one of the biggest challenges expats face when they move to the UAE. Buildings are air-conditioned to help ease the discomfort, but it may take time to adapt to the mostly indoor lifestyle.

The UAE's arid subtropical climate makes for year-round good weather, but the heat in summer can surprise newly arrived expats. The hottest months are between June and September, when temperatures can reach 45°C (113°F) and the humidity is high. Many expats travel for their annual holidays during the hot summer months.

Working week

The first working day of the week in the Emirates is Sunday and the weekend is Friday and Saturday. Many government and public offices are closed on Saturdays.



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