The United Arab Emirates is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for British Expats, with 100,000 Brits already living there. Dubai in particular is home to many professional workers looking to embrace a new challenge. Dubai has changed significantly over the last 20 years and has become a major business and transport hub for the Middle East region. This makes the city attractive to professional workers looking to broaden their horizons and enhance their careers.
Combined with lower taxation levels, it’s no wonder that British expats are flocking here. With this in mind, we have put together a round up of the top ten best blogs about Dubai to help with research when planning for a move to this vibrant city.
1. Telegraph Expat Blog: Annabel Kantaria (http://my.telegraph.co.uk/expat/tag/annabel-kantaria/ )
Journalist Annabel shares tips on adjusting to life in Dubai and her opinions on myths and misconceptions about the city among other articles.
2. Living in Dubai.org (http://www.livingindubai.org/)
This website is not just a blog but rather an all round resource for anyone moving to Dubai. Information is provided on education, transport, taxation and housing among other issues. The author advises tips such as reducing culture shock through knowledge and learning about local customs and traditions. There is extensive information on moving to Dubai and everyday life providing a wealth of useful information for prospective expats.
3. Pear Tree Diaries (http://peartreediaries.com/)
This blog has a focus on lifestyle subjects such as restaurants, food and travel. It is written by Jasmine Pereira, a lifestyle blogger from Dubai. The site is definitely worth checking out for Jasmine’s descriptive recommendations. It has received numerous blog and web awards over the last few years due to its high quality images and content. You can also follow Jasmine on various social media channels including facebook, Instagram, pinterest and twitter.
4. Dubai in a Frame (www.dubaiinaframe.com)
This blog is a must for keeping up to date with the latest events in and around Dubai. The site has newsletter whereby you can be kept updated on a regular basis. Topics and events covered include art and wellness among others.
5. Dubai Bound (http://dubai-bound.tumblr.com/)
Blogger and air-stewardess Jessica writes about her move to Dubai and the ups and downs of moving abroad in general. It presents an honest account of her journey, travels and experiences which many expats will no doubt be able to relate to.
6. Mrs Dubai (www.mrsdubai.wordpress.com)
This blog has won many top expat blog awards. Entitled ‘The trials and traumas of a full-time Mum in Dubai’, it is a regularly updated and personal account of family life in Dubai including how to guides and advice.
7. My Adventures in Dubai (www.ncifranic.blog.com)
With a focus on travel and experiences / places to go, this blog will inspire you to explore. It features many good quality images. Check it out when planning how you will spend your leisure time.
8. Homesick and Heatstruck (http://homesickandheatstruck.com/)
Describing herself as a reluctant expatriate, British Expat Lucy writes about several topics including Dubai, dealing with homesickness and Britishness.
9. Longhorns and Camels (http://longhornsandcamels.wordpress.com/)
A blog from the perspective of a Texan living in and exploring Dubai, including travel imagery and information. Day to day living experiences in Dubai are well covered. The blog is a recommended blog by expatwoman.com, Internations and Expatfocus.com.
10. Mommy in Dubai (www.mommyindubai.com)
A blog recently featured in Conde Nast traveller, Mommy in Dubai provides a family life perspective on life in Dubai from an expat Mom’s point of view. The site author is Canadian and has been living in Dubai for over 5 years. This site has lots of ideas to keep children entertained including activity and product and venue ideas.